As in the previous years since 2009, the Estonian national broadcaster, ERR,  selected its Eurovision 2019 act through the national final format of   Eesti Laul 2019. This year’s Eesti Laul saw a total 24 acts compete in the semi finals while 12 of them reached the final. Eventually  the Swedish act Victor Crone  won the ticket to Tel Aviv with his entry “Storm”.

A few word about Victor Crone

Victor Crone (his full name is Victor Fritz-Crone ) was born on January 31,1992 in the Swedish city of Österåker. Apart from singing Victor is a composer and guitarist as well.  He grew up in a family of musicians but he began dealing with music and writting his first songs at the age of 14 when his parents offered him as a gift a guitar. At the age of 18 he moved to the United States in order to deal with music professionally and he collaborated with several established American composers such as Diane WarrenDesmond Child and Eric Brazilian, and not long after he released his first song under the artistic name Vic Heart.

In 2015 he released his first single entitled Burning Man, while the same year he take part in  Melodifestivalen 2015. In that year’s edition of Melodifestivalen he competes with the song “Det rår vi inte för” in collaboration with the rapper Behrang Miri with who he reached the Second chance semi final, where he lost in the duel battle with Samir & Viktor. In 2017 he worked with the Swedish-Norwegian group  Tungevaag & Raaban in the song Coming Up, which reached more than 18 million streams on  Spotify.

The year 2016 he meet the Estonian singer Stig Rästa, who represented Estonia at Eurovision 2015 alongside with Elina Born and their entry Goodbye to yesterday, finishing in the 7th place . Since then Victor has joined forces with Stig several times traveling to Estonia for this purpose. Their latest collaboration is the song  Storm  which Victor  will perform in Tel Aviv representing Estonia.

The entry “Storm”

Storm is pop/dance song entirely in English.  It was from the beginning the fans’ favorite as it topped the televoting in the semi final , the final and superfinal where it achieved a 46% share of the votes.  According to Victor Crone is open ofr interpretation by the audience as it refers to the difficult situations we face in life that seem like a storm , which no matter how strong it is at some point it finsihes and the good weather follows.

Victor Crone contributed to the composition of the song alongside with  Stig Rästa. Apart from those two behind the song’s compsition are Vallo Kikas, Sebastian Lestapier and Fred Krieger too. During the song Victor  will be accompanied on stage by Estonian actress and singer Saara Kadak

The lyrics of “Storm”

All my life I’ve wondered why

I keep fighting all the tides

For a million reasons that I find

But I might, I might be all wrong
I’ve hit highs and I’ve hit lows

But somewhere down the winding road

It felt like I could lose it all

But I might, I might have been wrong
A storm like this

Can break a man like this

But when it all calms down

We’re still safe and sound
All my life I’ve tried to find

The meaning of what’s left behind

They say it’s life itself but IFeel it might, it might be all wrong
A storm like this

Can break a man like this

But when it all calms down

We’re still safe and sound
Even if the sky falls down

We can turn it all around

We’ll escape the darkest clouds

And we’ll be safe and sound
Wherever we may go

Whatever happens down the road

However far from home

I know we won’t let go
In no time the storm will end

And it’ll be alright again

The battle scars won’t matter then

But I might, I might be all wrong

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.

Last year Eesi Laul 2018 winner,  Elina Nichayeva represented the country with her entry  La Forza which finish 8th in the Grand final.