The Estonian delegation considered appealing to perform again last night following issues at the start of their performance.
For the first 1.5 seconds of “Verona” the Estonian entry for Eurovision 2017 viewers in the arena and at home were unable to hear Laura sing. Laura as a result expressed her annoyance at the fact that viewers were unable to hear the first few words of the song, but felt that:
I do not think it’s so tremendously influenced when a few words remain unheard
Mart Normet the Head of Delegation for Estonia confirmed that discussions took place in the Green Room as to whether they would appeal to the European Broadcasting Union to perform again. Had Estonia performed again, they would be the first act since Spain 2010 to have performed for a second time in a live broadcast due to issues.
Mr Normet explained that the decision was taken not to appeal to perform again because:
If there has been such a powerful performance for three minutes and given an absolute maximum, then this energy again does not come back when you go on stage again
It was explained to the Estonian delegation that the error was purely technical, with the microphone supposed to automatically come on. Instead a sound technician was forced to manually react and turn on a button at the sound desk.
Estonia was one of the shock non-qualifiers in last nights second semi-final, with Laura and Koit Toome having been backed to make the final. This is the second year running that Estonia has failed to qualify from a semi-final.
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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.