It has been revealed that entries for Eesti Laul 2018 have already been submitted in Estonia, despite the fact that the submission window has not officially opened.
The official Eesti Laul social media accounts have revealed that two entries have already been submitted for the 2018 contest, both songs having been written by an unnamed Swedish songwriter. This is despite the fact that the submission period for songs for the 2018 edition of Estonia’s Eurovision selection show has not yet opened. Understandably, the broadcaster appeared pleasantly surprised that submissions are already being made, and that they are being sent from outside of Estonia.
However, ERR were quick to confirm that for entries for Eesti Laul 2018 to be valid they must be made within the official submission period, which has not yet been disclosed. The broadcaster also confirmed that entries need to be submitted alongside the appropriate forms.
Nevertheless, the fact that the Estonian broadcaster has already been receiving submissions for Eesti Laul 2018 is impressive, particularly given that Estonia has failed to qualify for a Eurovision final since 2015. Last year, the country was represented by two veteran Eurovision performers, Koit Toome and Laura, who performed “Verona” in Kyiv. The pair finished in 14th place in the 2nd semi-final of Eurovision 2017, coming in 17th with the juries and 6th with the viewers. This failure to qualify came one year after Jüri Pootsmann brought Estonia their worst result to date in 2016, finishing last in his semi-final in Stockholm.
Despite these recent poor performances, it would seem that interest in Eesti Lual is still high. Last year, a record-breaking 242 songs were submitted for the show, and it remains to be see whether this record will be smashed once again in 2018. With last year’s submission period opening in the first week of September, an open call for songs for Eesti Laul 2018 is expected to be made within the next few weeks.
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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.