The Estonian national broadcaster has revealed the 20 songs that will compete in the Estonian national final of Eesti Laul 2020, the format through which the Baltic nation will determine its representative at the forthcoming Eurovision Song Contest.
The 20 entries that will compete in the next edition of the Estonian national final Eesti Laul , are split up in two semi final rounds, set to take place on 13and 15 February. From each semi final heat, six songs will qualify to the grand final which will be held on February 29.
The overall spit up of the two semi final rounds has as following:
Among the contestants Laura Põldvere draws our attention, as she has already represented Estonia twice, in 2005 as member of the groupSuntribe and the song Let’s get loud, and in 2017 as a duet with Koit Toome performing the song Verona. In both her participations she failed to reach the grand final.
The group of Stig Rästa, Trafficwill compete with the song Üks kord veel, marking its 4th participation in Eesti Laul.Stig Rästa represented Estonia in Eurovision 2015 μαζί alongside with Elina Born and the song Goodbye to yesterday. Among the song’s creative team is this year’s representative in Tel Aviv, Victor Crone, who finished 20th with hs entry Storm. Eesti Laul 2013 winner Tanja is amongst the authors of Little Mess’ “Without A Reason” while past Eesti Laul participantsUku Suviste, Rasmus Rändvee , Stefan will make one more attempt to represent Estonia in Eurovision.
THE EUROVISION STORY SO FAR
Estonia joined the Eurovision family in 1994 . On their debut participation they were represented bySilvi 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 against all odds achieved to bring the trophy from Copenhagen in Estonia.
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 seven times qualified to the final.
In 2019 with Swedish singer, Victor Cronewon Eesti Laul 2019 and rerpesented Estonia with his song, “Storm”. The Estonian representative finished in 20th place in the final with 76 points, marking Estonia’s qualification to the final for a second year in a row. Lets remember Victor’s performance on Expo Tel Aviv’s stage: