It has been over a month since Kalush Orchestra won the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Turin Italy. Today the Live-On-Tape performances that were recorded in the event an artist could not perform in Turin continues to be released. The next performance that was released was Stefan’s performance of their song “Hope”.
Stefan has been a familiar face on Estonian TV for many years, but his big break came as part of duo VAJÉ, when they entered Eesti Laul 2018 with “Laura (Walk With Me)”. Since then, he has become one of Estonia’s most prominent singers, having reached the Eesti Laul final as a soloist twice before winning the ticket to Eurovision this year, alongside releasing a number of singles. He also won the 2020 version of The Masked Singer Estonia, where he performed as Aires.
What is a Live-On-Tape
A Live-On Tape performance is essentially a backup performance. Last year they were used in the event that a delegation could not travel to Rotterdam. This proved to be the case for the Australian delegation in 2021, due to the strict travel restrictions in place in the country at the time. Iceland also had to use a backup performance, however instead of the one they recorded in Iceland they used rehearsal footage, recorded in Rotterdam. Iceland had to use a Live-On tape due to several members of Daði & Gagnamagnið testing positive for Covid-19 during Eurovision 2021.
Watch the Other Live-On-Tape Performances
At the time of writing, you can now watch the Live-On-Tape performances for Ronela Hajati (Albania), LUM!X and Pia Maria (Austria) Intelligent Music Project (Bulgaria), Mia Dimšić (Croatia), REDDI (Denmark), The Rasmus (Finland), Amanda Tenfjord (Greece), Systur (Iceland), Brooke (Ireland), Michael Ben David (Israel), Citi Zēni (Latvia), Monika Liu (Lithuania), Emma Muscat (Malta), LPS (Slovenia), Marius Bear (Switzerland), Vladana (Montenegro), MARO (Portugal), Achille Lauro (San Marino), Konstrakta (Serbia).
Estonia’s Eurovision Journey
Estonia has appeared at almost every Eurovision since its debut in 1994. They 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 2022, they elected to send STEFAN through Eesti Laul to the contest with “Hope”. He successfully qualified for the final and finished in 13th place with 141 points.
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