After representing Estonia in 2022, Sahlene participated in the 2022 edition of Eesti Laul, where she managed to qualify for the Final of the competition, with her song “Champion”. After her participation, she will perform for Eurovision fans, as it’s been announced she is one of the acts performing at the Melfest WKND Pre-Party on the 11th of March.
About the Pre-Party: Melodifestivalklubben OGAE Sweden, usually holds Melfest WKND, consisting of a Pre-Party (held on Friday night before the Melodifestivalen final), and the Main Party after the final of the Swedish selection takes place. The pre-party is well known for being the only Pre-Party of the 2020 season to physically take place.
For Saturday, there is currently Melodifestivalen veteran Magnus Carlsson as one of the acts confirmed.
Venue: The show will take place at Nalen, an elegant 19th-century building, located in Stockholm.
Tickets: The tickets for the Pre-Party (11th March) are 380SEK for the Show, 540SEK for a Meet & Greet, with an Early Entrance. Tickets for the Main Party cost 300SEK. OGAE members can take advantage of lower rates for tickets, and further information about the tickets can be found right here.
Estonia’s Eurovision Journey
Estonia has appeared at almost every Eurovision since their debut in 1994. They have won the contest once with Tanel Padar, Dave Benton and 2XL in 2001, singing Everybody. Other notable Estonian entrants include 3rd placer Sahlene with Runaway in 2002 and Ines with Once In A Lifetime in 2000, who placed 4th. More recently, their highest-placing entries have been Urban Symphony with Randajad in 2009 and Ott Lepland with Kuula in 2012, both of whom finished in 6th place. In 2021, they elected to resend 2020 representative Uku Suviste through Eesti Laul to the contest with The Lucky One. He failed to qualify for the final.
Estonia has used Eesti Laul to decide their competing entry every year since 2009. Before then, they used another national final format, Eurolaul, dating back to their first attempt at participation in 1993, where they failed to make it through the pre-qualifying round.
News Source: Melfest WKND
Photo Source: ERR