The first semi final of  Eesti Laul 2017 was held tonight and was aired on Estonian national channel ERR. The program was hosted by Marko Reikop and Elina Netšajeva

The national broadcaster had made a call for submission of songs early September 2016 with a deadline finishing on 1st of November. A special jury afterwards cut the list down to a total of 20 acts that would be divided in two groups , ten artists for each one of the two semi finals to be held. Five artists from each semi final are to qualify for the grand final.

Tonight the first of the two semi finals was held and the contestants that competed for a place in the final were :

  1. Lenna Kuurmaa – Slingshot
  2. Elina Born – In or out
  3. Carl-Philip – Everything but you
  4. Ivo Linna – Suur loterii (Big lottery)
  5. Ariadne – Feel me now
  6. Uku Suviste – Supernatural
  7. Laura Prits – Hey kiddo
  8. Whogaux & Karl-Kristjan feat. Maian – Have you now
  9. Janno Reim & Kosmos – Valan pisaraid (I’m pouring tears)
  10. Leemet Onno – Hurricane

After a first round of voting by a special jury and public voting , 4 contestants where qualified to the final. Elina Born, Ivo Linna, Lenna Kuurmaa και Whogaux & Karl-Kristjan were the ones to make it first to the final. The fifth and last one was determined, exclusively by televoting after a final round among the rest 6 artists.  The last ticket went to Ariadne who won the public vote on this round of voting.

Next week  18/2 the second group of 10 artists will compete in the 2nd semi final and another pack pf 5 artists will qualify to the final that will take place on  March 5.