Estonia is continuing its preparations for Eesti Laul 2023. As the artists gear up for the semi-finals in January, Rory speaks to ELLIP. The artist is vying to represent Estonia in Liverpool with her song “Pretty Girl”.
Check out our interview with ELLIP here!
Together, Rory and ELLIP talk about how she came to be in Eesti Laul 2023 and her rebellion for wanting to break Eurovision conventions. She also tells us some of her favourite Eurovision moments and how it would be like a homecoming if she got to go to Liverpool to represent Estonia.
ELLIP is the stage name of Pille-Riin Karro. A native of Tallinn, Karro has been interested in making music from as young as eight years old. Before taking part in Eesti Laul, Karro released an EP of songs in collaboration with fellow Estonian Nzea. Her effort for Eurovision – “Pretty Girl” – was written by herself, alongside Meelis Meri.
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 finished 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.
What do you think of our interview with ELLIP? Do you think “Pretty Girl” will have a chance of representing Estonia in Liverpool? Where does the song fall in your rankings? As always, let us know what you think by commenting below. Also, be sure to follow “That Eurovision Site” on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Tiktok as we look ahead to Eurovision 2023!
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Photo Credit: ELLIP