Estonia is continuing its preparations for Eesti Laul 2023. As the artists gear up for the semi-finals in January, Rory speaks to INGER. He is vying to represent Estonia in Liverpool with his song “Awaiting You”.
Check out our interview with INGER here!
Together, Rory and INGER talk about how he came to be in Eesti Laul 2023 and his previous attempts at trying to represent Estonia. He also tells us about his growth as an artist, his love for Harry Styles and his favourite Eurovision memories. He also gives recommendations for his other music if you enjoy “Awaiting You”.
INGER is the stage name of Inger Fridolin, a 23-year-old singer-songwriter from Estonia. A native of Tallinn, Fridolin first came to prominence in 2017, having reached the final of Noortebänd. INGER has taken part in Eesti Laul on two previous occasions: in 2019 with “Coming Home”, and again the following year with “Only Dream”. His third entry to the competition – “Awaiting You” – is written by INGER himself, alongside Oliver de la Rosa Padilla and Sofia-Liis Liiv.
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 INGER? Do you think “Awaiting You” 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: INGER