The cities that will be hosting the semi-finals of Eesti Laul 2019 are set to be revealed on November 1 by ERR.
The two cities that will be hosting the semi-finals of Eesti Laul 2019 will be revealed in less than a week. Tomi Rahula the Head of Eesti Laul revealed that the broadcaster has visited a number of cities across Estonia, to determine which will host the shows. This year is the first time that Eesti Laul has traveled outside of Tallinn.
Alongside making Eesti Laul a more national event, the contest has undergone a number of additional changes. A total of 24 artists competing to represent Estonia at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. Six artists will qualify from each of the semi finals and compete in the live final in Tallinn. The competition has also been opened up to foreign songwriters for the first time. Previously the selection had only been open to Estonian songwriters.
Estonia was represented by Elina Nechayeva at the 2018 contest in Lisbon, Portugal. With her song “La Forza”, she placed 8th in the final with 245 points.
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 six out of ten attempts.