Estonia’s national broadcaster,has now opened the submissions for its selection ‘Eesti Laul’, which will be used to select its representative for Eurovision 2024.
Rules for Eesti Laul 2024 in detail
After confirming their participation for the upcoming contest in, ERR released more details regarding the rules of their national selection.
A change from 2023, only two shows will take place during the course of Eesti Laul 2024. The semi-final will take place on January 20th, with the final taking place one month later on February 17th.
ERR has confirmed that 20 entries will be selected for Eesti Laul 2024. Five of the selected entries will be pre-qualified for the final, which means 15 entries will compete in the Semi-Final. Five entries will then be selected for the Grand Final. Following the semi-final, 10 songs will compete in the Grand Final in the hopes of representing Estonia at Eurovision Song Contest 2024. The winning singer will also receive a €1,000 prize, whilst author(s) will receive a €5,000 for the winning song.
ERR has opened the submission window for interested artists to submit their songs. Those looking to participate in Eesti Laul 2024 must send the final master of their song by October 23rd. If the artists submit their entries by October 21st, the application fee will be €50 for Estonian entries and €100 for multi-language entries. However, if the entries are submitted between October 21st and October 23rd, the application fee will be €100 for Estonian entries and €200 for multi-language entries.
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 “Rändajad” in 2009 and Ott Lepland with “Kuula” in 2012, both of which finished in 6th place.
In 2023, Estonia elected to send Alika through Eesti Laul to the Contest with “Bridges”. She successfully qualified for the final and finshed in 8th place with 168 points. Alika finished with 146 points from the juries, and an additional 22 points from the televote.
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News Source: ERR
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