Sahlene has revealed that she attempted to represent Estonia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019, thanks to a change in the rules of Eesti Laul.
Sahlene revealed to Delfi that she submitted a song in to Eesti Laul 2019, in the hope of representing Estonia for a second time. The Swedish born singer represented Estonia at the 2002 Eurovision Song Contest in Tallinn with the song “Runaway”.
The song that she submitted in to the competition was written by songwriter Linnea Deb of Sweden and produced by Oliver Mazurtšak from Estonia. Sahlene revealed that she was disappointed to have not been selected by the jury but;
In the coming years I will definitely try my luck again!
Sahlene was the last singer to take Estonia to a top three in the Eurovision Song Contest. She scored a total of 111 points in 2002 and received the 12 points from Sweden and Latvia.
Changes have been made to the format of this year’s edition of Eesti Laul. Six artists will qualify from each of the semi finals and compete in the live final in Tallinn. The semi-finals will also travel outside of Tallinn for the first time, with the shows to be broadcast live. The University of Tartu will host both semi-finals.
The 24 competing entries are:
Semi Final One:
- The Swingers – “High Heels In The Neighbourhood”
- Ranele – “Supernova”
- Sofia Rubina-Hunter – “Deep Water”
- xtra basic & Emily J – “Hold Me Close”
- Johanna Eendra – “Miks sa teed nii?” (Why are you doing so?)
- Victor Crone – “Storm”
- Stefan – “Without You”
- Jennifer Cohen – “Little Baby El”
- Sandra Nurmsalu – “Soovide puu” (Tree of wishes)
- Öed – “Öhuloss” (Sky castle)
- Marko Kaar – “Smile”
- Inger – “Coming Home”
Semi Final Two:
- Synne Valtri – “I’ll Do It My Way”
- Sissi – “Strong”
- Kaia Tamm – “Wo sind die katzen?” (Where are the cats?)
- Iseloomad – “Kaks miinust” (Two minuses)
- Cätlin Mägi & Jaan Pehk – “Parmumäng” (Play of jaw harp)
- Lumevärv ft. INGA – “Milline päev” (What a day)
- Uku Suviste – “Pretty Little Liar”
- Kerli Kivilaan – “Cold Love”
- Around The Sun – “Follow Me Back”
- Lacy Jay – “Halleluja”
- Grete Paia – “Kui isegi kaotan” (Even if I lose)
- Kadiah – “Believe”
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.