Estonia has confirmed their participation in Eurovision 2018 today with the announcement of ticket sales for the final of Eesti Laul 2018.
Estonia will select their participant for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 on March 3 at the Saku Arena. Next year will mark the 10th time that Eesti Laul has been held, the selection process which has revitalised Estonia’s results in the Eurovision Song Contest. Mart Normat, the Producer of the contest stated,
Interest in the Eesti Laul finale concert is extremely high – we sold in May last year, about a thousand of the best seats. As the Estonian song celebrating this year the 10th anniversary, it can be assumed that the interest in this event will continue to rise. For two years we have been selling full Saku Hall, believed to be going so well for this event, so it’s worth a rush.
Tickets for the final of Eesti Laul 2018 will go on sale tomorrow and can be purchased here.
Koit and Laura won the final of Eesti Laul 2017 by a wide margin despite not being the favourites in the odds to win the competition, and so will represent Estonia at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. The pair beat nine other acts in the 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 represent them with Suntribe in 2005, singing “Let’s Get Loud”.
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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.