Estonia will join the party in Israel next year! The Estonian national broadcaster, ERR, comfirmed the country’s participation in next year’s Eurvision Song Contest.

The Estonian broadcaster through its official Eesti Laul facebook account, announced the beginning of preparations for Eesti Laul 2019. Eesti Laul is the format Estonia has been using since 2009 to hold its national selection determining the latest years it Eurovision representative.

Tomi-RahulaOn 18 June Eurovision songwriter Tomi Rahula was revealed as the new Head of Eesti Laul. Tomi has written some past entries in the Estonian national selection and the Eurovision Song Contest itself. Specifically ESC 1998 in Birmingham, one of the authors of the song “The Children of the Sea” was Tomi Rahula.

As we are approaching the EBU deadline of September 15 for the countries to submit there privisional application to participate in the next edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, more broadcasters are expected to confirm participation.

In this year’s Eurovision Estonia was represented by Elina Nechayeva and her song La Forza, which finished 8th in the final with 245 points.

THE EUROVISION STORY SO FAR

Estonia joined the Eurovision family in 1994 . On their debut participation they were represented by Silvi Vrait, who finished 2nd last with only 2 points. Seven years later the country was crowned winner of  Eurovision Song Contest 2001 for the first and only time until today. Tanel Padar, Dave Benton & 2XL, performed the song Everybody and managed to top surprisingly the scoreboard in Copenhagen. However this success didn’t continue as Estonia failed to qualify for the final from 2004-2008. In 2009 after successive bad results led to the establishment of Eesti Laul, as the show through which the country has been selecting its Eurovision entries the last ten years, having six times qualified to the final.

Lets remember Estonia winning entry back in ESC 2001: