Today, Estonian broadcaster ETV announced the order in which the ten finalist of Eesti Laul 2017 will perform during the grand final on 4th March.
The running order of the Eesti Laul final will be as follows:
- Liis Lemsalu – “Keep Running”
- Koit Toome & Laura – “Verona”
- Whogaux & Karl-Kristjan feat. Maian – “Have You Now”
- Lenna Kuurmaa – “Slingshot”
- Daniel Levi – “All I Need”
- Elina Born – “In or Out”
- Ivo Linna – “Suur loterii”
- Rasmus Rändvee – “This Love”
- Ariadne – “Feel Me Now”
- Kerli – “Spirit Animal”
Out of the ten finalists, five have participated in a past Eurovision. Four have represented Estonia itself – Ivo Linna (1996), Koit Toome (1998), Laura (2005 as part of Suntribe) and Elina Born (2015) – meanwhile Lenna Kuurmaa represented Switzerland as part of Vanilla Ninja in 2005.
The Eesti Laul final will be broadcast live from Tallinn’s Saku Arena for the second year running, and will be hosted by Märt Avandi and Ott Sepp. Eurovision 2015 winner Måns Zelmerlöw and Estonian boyband Beyond Beyond will perform during the interval act of the show. The winner will then be decided through a two-round voting system. The first round will be a 50-50 split between the jury and a televote, and the top three acts from this combined vote will progress to the superfinal. The votes will then be reset, and the superfinal results will be decided by a 100% televote.
The winner of Eesti Laul 2017 will go on to represent Estonia in the 2nd half of the 2nd semi-final of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest on 11th May, and will hope to take Estonia back to the final after Jüri Pootsmann’s “Play” finished last in its semi-final in Stockholm.
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Estonia debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1994 alongside six other countries. At the contest in Dublin they were represented by Silvi Vrait, who finished 2nd last scoring just 2 points. In 2001 Estonia won the Eurovision Song Contest for the first and so far only time with Tanel Padar, Dave Benton and 2XL who performed the song “Everybody”. After the success of the 1990s and early 00s, Estonia failed to qualify for the final from 2004-2008. In 2009 Estonia began using the Eesti Laul selection format and has since made the final in five out of eight attempts.