Five songs have qualified from tonight’s Eesti Laul Semi-Final 1.
Ten songs competed at the first semi-final for Eesti Laul for a chance to represent Estonia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon, but only five made it through to the next stage of the competition. The five qualifying acts were:
- Vajé – Laura (Walk with me)
- Elina Nechayeva – La forza
- Iiris & Agoh – Drop that boogie
- Sibyl Vane – Thousand words
- Stig Rästa – Home
Tonight’s finalists were chosen in a two-round voting system which was introduced in Eesti Laul 2017. In the first round, four finalists were chosen with a combination of jury votes and televoting. The fifth finalist is then selected after a second round of televoting.
Elina, Iiris & Agoh, Sibyl, and Stig were chosen after the first round, while Vajé got the top televote in the second round.
The semi-finalists who did not advance to the final are:
- Aden Ray – Everybody’s dressed
- Desiree – On my mind
- Etnopatsy – Külm
- Miljardid – Pseudoprobleem
- Tiiu x Okym x Semy – Näita oma energiat
The second semi-final for Eesti Laul 2018 will be broadcast next week, February 17, where ten more artists will compete for five spots to the final. The ten acts can be previewed here.
The grand final will be held on March 3 at Saku Suurhallis. The winner of the grand final is expected to represent Estonia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon, following Koit Toome & Laura, who represented the country in Kyiv with the song “Verona”. The pair finished in 14th place in their semi-final.
As with tonight’s show, the second semi-final will be hosted by Kristel Aaslaid and Martin Veisman. Ott Sepp and Meelis Kubo will present the final.
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.