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Estonia: Eesti Laul Semi-Final 1 Moved to January 31st

The dates for the national selection of Estonia, Eesti Laul, have been changed by new head of production, Tomi Rahula.

Originally, the first semi-final of Eesti Laul 2019 was set to take place on January 26th, but the date has now been pushed back to January 31st. The second semi-final will still take place on February 2nd, and so it’s likely that the shows will be held at the same location. The final will take place on February 16th at Saku Suurhall in Tallinn.

If you would like to compete in Eesti Laul 2019, please follow these steps:

  • Fill in the participants form which should be completed by one of the authors of the song which you are submitting.
  • Send a copy of the song you are submitting in MP3 or WAV file format.
  • The song’s lyrics (including a Estonian translation if the song is in a different language).
  • PDF file with a short biography of the performer inclosed.
  • At least one and a maximum of five images of the performer(s).
  • A live performance from the performer (max. 6 mins).

When the submission is closed, the judges will decide on the final 24 competitors without knowing the author(s) of the song. The show’s format will have two rounds, the first containing jury and televoting and the second wholly decided by the televoting public. Tickets to watch the show live will go on sale in late November.

The Estonian Association of Songwriters will give a total of 500 Euros to each entry for royalties, the winning entry receiving 3,000 Euros. Performers will receive money from the Association of the Estonian Performers, 50 Euros for Semi-Final tracks and 100 Euros for final tracks (given per performer). 1000 Euros is given to the top 3 entries and an extra 1000 Euros is given to the winning entry, donated by the Estonian Fonogram Producers’ Association.

Submit your entry here.

Source: ERR

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.

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