Following her first rehearsal, our Rory got a chance to catch up with Alika to discuss her Liverpool experience so far.
Watch our interview with Alika right here:
During their interview, Rory and Alika talked about how her first rehearsal went, as well as the inspiration behind her outfit. They also discuss Alika’s career participating in competitive singing competitions, including Eesti otsib superstaari, the Estonian equivalent of Pop Idol. They also discuss Alika’s love for rapping and find out what her favourite rappers are – a true connoisseur.
Alika’s Eurovision Journey so far
Alika was one of twenty artists selected to compete in Estonia’s national final Eesti Laul. She qualified in first place from the second semi-final, and then in the final placed first with the jury and televote to make the three-person superfinal. In the 100% televote superfinal, Alika placed first over Ollie and Bedwetters to win Eesti Laul and earn Estonia’s ticket to Eurovision 2023.
In the lead-up to Eurovision 2023, Alika made several stops in the Eurovision pre-party season, including the Polish Eurovision Party, Pre-Party ES, Eurovision in Concert, and the London Eurovision Party.
On Tuesday, Alika performed on the Eurovision stage for her first rehearsal. You can find out more about her first rehearsal, and our thought’s on that here.
Who is Alika?
Alika has made her career by singing by participating in numerous talent shows, until she ended up winning “Eesti otsib superstaari” in 2021, where she ended up landing herself a record deal with Universal Music Group. Her first three singles (“Õnnenumber”, “Bon Appetit”, and “C’est La Vie”) have been released to success and have reached the top of the Estonian Radio Charts.
Alika’s Eurovision 2023 entry “Bridges” was co-written by Alika herself, alongside Nina Sampermans, as well as Wouter Hardy, who has worked on Duncan Laurence’s Eurovision entry in 2019 “Arcade”, which won the competition.
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.
What do you think of our interview with Alika? Do you think they will qualify for the final this year? Where would you like Estonia to finish this year? 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 cover the rehearsals of Eurovision 2023!
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