Estonia’s national broadcaster, ERR, has confirmed that Eesti Laul 2023 will be used to select their entrant for the Eurovision Song Contest 2023.
Rules for Eesti Laul 2023 in detail
After confirming their participation for the upcoming Contest in August, ERR released more details regarding the rules of their national selection.
In a change to last year’s competition, only three shows will take place during the course of Eesti Laul 2023. This means that quarter-finals, which had been introduced for the selection for 2022, have been scrapped. The two semi-finals will take place on January 12th and 14th, with the final taking place one month later on February 11th.
As a result, ERR opened the submissions window for interested artists to submit their songs. Those looking to participate in Eesti Laul 2023 must send the final master of their song by October 20th this year. Artists will need to pay €50 to submit a song in Estonian, whilst a song in another language will cost €100. Artists from both in and out of Estonia are allowed to participate, although each song must have at least one Estonian songwriter.
Each of the 20 competing songs will be released in December ahead of the semi-finals in January. Following the semi-finals, 10 songs will compete in the Grand Final in the hopes of representing Estonia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2023. The winning singer will also receive a €1,000 prize, whilst authors will receive a €3,000 for the winning song.
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 2022, they elected to send STEFAN through Eesti Laul to the contest with “Hope”. He successfully qualified for the final and finshed in 13th place with 141 points.
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.
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News Source: ERR
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