Super Saturday for Eurovision 2023 has officially kicked off, after Estonia made its decision for this year’s Contest. The viewing public in Eesti Laul, combined with a professional jury selected ALIKA as the winner of the competition. As a result, they will go on to represent Estonia at Eurovision 2023 in Liverpool.
These were the results for Eesti Laul 2023:
Twelve competing entries made it into the final, which took place at the Tondiraba Ice Hall on the outskirts of Tallinn. Ten of the entries qualified from the semi-final, whilst two were given a ticket to the final as public wildcards.
The results of Eesti Laul 2023 were as follows, with the first round decided between both the jury and the televote:
|Draw||Artist||Song Title||Jury Points||Televote Points||Total||Result|
|3.||Janek||“House of Glass”||5||7||12||5th|
|5.||M Els||“So Good (At What You Do)”||1||3||4||9th|
|7.||Andreas Poom||“Why Do You Love Me”||3||2||5||8th|
|9.||Annet x Fredi||“You Need to Move On”||2||0||2||10th|
|11.||MIA||“Üks samm korraga”||0||0||0||12th|
Of these twelve songs, three made it to the super-final. The super-final is conducted solely based off televoting and the winner was revealed as such:
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.
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News Source: ERR
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