Estonian broadcaster Eesti Rahvusringhääling (ERR) announced that the participants for Eesti Laul 2024 will be revealed on November 6th and 7th, 2023.
The Process so far
Last week, host broadcaster ERR announced that 215 songs were submitted for the competition. A jury of 35 members then whittled it down to just 20 songs. These jury members play a very important role as they select 5 songs to automatically qualify for the February 17th final in Tallinn. The other 15 songs, however, will face the semi final on January 17th in Tartu.
What happens now?
The participants and their song titles will be released across two days, November 6th and 7th, on the Estonian TV program “Ringvaate”. However, we will have to wait until December to hear the songs themselves. The two Eesti Laul show hosts will be Tõnis Niinemets and Grete Kuld, who have previously hosted the show since 2021.
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