Today Estonian broadcaster Eesti Rahvusringhääling (ERR) revealed that 215 songs have been submitted to Eesti Laul 2024. One of these songs will succeed Alika and represent Estonia at the 2024 Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö, Sweden.
What was submitted?
ERR has announced that 215 songs have been submitted for Eesti Laul 2024. Of these, 126 are in English, 88 are in Estonian and 1 is in Italian. According to Karmel Killandi, ERR’s editor-in-chief of entertainment programs, a mix of famous artists and newcomers have submitted entries.
What happens next?
Before Submissions for Eesti Laul 2024 opened in September, we knew that there would be some changes to the format of the national final. Now, we have a clearer picture of what that will look like. A jury of more than 35 members from a wide range of genres, professions and experiences will listen to all the songs to select 20 to advance to the competition. This jury plays a significant role as they will select five songs to go straight through to the final. The remaining 15 will compete in the semi-final, with 5 songs qualifying to make a 10-song final. The winner will be determined in a super final based on the televote.
ERR will announce the winners of the selection in November and we will hear the songs for the first time on the 8th of December. The semi-final will take place on the 20th of January and the final will take place on the 17th of February.
Estonia’s Eurovision History
Estonia has appeared at almost every Eurovision since their debut in 1994. They 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 finished 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
Photo Credit: Sarah Louise Bennett / EBU