ERR held this afternoon a press conference in Tallinn, Estonia during which it revealed the split of the two semi-finals for Eesti Laul 2019

A total of 24 acts will be competing in this year’s two semi finals. This afternoon EER held a draw which determined in which of the two semi final will each act compete in  Eesti Laul 2019.

Semi Final One:

  • The SwingersHigh Heels In The Neighbourhood
  • RaneleSupernova
  • Sofia RubinaHunter  – Deep Water
  • xtra basic & Emily JHold Me Close
  • Johanna Eendra – Miks sa teed nii?
  • Victor CroneStorm
  • StefanWithout You
  • Jennifer CohenLittle Baby El
  • Sandra NurmsaluSoovide puu
  • ÖedÖhuloss
  • Marko KaarSmile
  • Inger – Coming Home

Semi Final Two:

  • Synne Valtri – I’ll Do It My Way
  • SissiStrong
  • Kaia TammWo sind die katzen?
  • IseloomadKaks miinust
  • Cätlin Mägi & Jaan PehkParmumäng
  • Lumevärv ft. INGAMilline päev
  • Uku SuvistePretty Little Liar
  • Kerli KivilaanCold Love
  • Around The SunFollow Me Back
  • Lacy JayHalleluja
  • Grete Paia  – Kui isegi kaotan
  • KadiahBelieve

Tomi Rahula, who was appointed on June 18 new head of Eesti Laul , commenting on the new edition of Eesti Laul and the significant changes introduced stated:

The new goals of the new Eesti Laul are to carry forward the old tradition, to simply upgrade and update things.

Commenting further on turning the semi final in live shows also he said:

The tension is even bigger for the competitors, it’s like the Eurovision, you do not have multiple chances , it’s a live broadcast and the people will vote on that basis.

The national selection shows will kick off  on January 31 with the first semi final set to take place , and one week after on February 2 the second semi final show will follow. The grand final is scheduled for February 16 2019.

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: