Estonia has selected Koit Toome & Laura to represent them at the 62nd edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. They will sing “Verona” when they take to the stage in Kyiv.
Koit & Laura beat nine other acts in tonight’s final of Eesti Laul 2017 to become the 23rd act to represent Estonia at Eurovision. It will be the second time that both of them have represented Estonia; Koit came in 12th place in 1998 with “Mere lapsed”, and Laura representd them with Suntribe in 2005, singing “Let’s Get Loud” . The full results of tonight’s show were as follows:
- Liis Lemsalu – “Keep Running” (7th)
- Koit Toome & Laura – “Verona” (Superfinalist)
- Whogaux & Karl-Kristjan feat. Maian – “Have You Now” (4th)
- Lenna Kuurmaa – “Slingshot” (8th)
- Daniel Levi – “All I Need” (9th)
- Elina Born – “In or Out” (10th)
- Ivo Linna – “Suur loterii” (5th)
- Rasmus Rändvee – “This Love” (Superfinalist)
- Ariadne – “Feel Me Now” (6th)
- Kerli – “Spirit Animal” (Superfinalist)
The results were decided through a two-round voting system. The first round was a 50-50 split between the jury and a televote, and the top three acts from this combined vote progressed to the superfinal. The votes were then reset, and the superfinal results were decided by a 100% televote. As the top three acts from the first round of voting, Koit & Laura, Kerli and Rasmus Rändvee qualified through to the superfinal. In the end, Koit & Laura won against runner up Kerli, with Rasmus in 3rd.
Tonight’s show was broadcast live from Tallinn’s Saku Arena for the second year running, and was hosted by Märt Avandi and Ott Sepp. Eurovision 2015 winner Måns Zelmerlöw and Estonian boyband Beyond Beyond featured as interval acts in the show.
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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 only time to date. They were represented by Tanel Padar, Dave Benton & 2XL, who performed the song “Everybody” and took a surprise victory in Copenhagen. After the success of the late-90s and early 00s, Estonia failed to qualify for the final from 2004-2008. In 2009 Estonia launched a new selection show, Eesti Laul, and has since qualified for the final five out of eight attempts.