The final of Eesti Laul 2019 will have a jury made up entirely of international members.
ERR has announced that the jury that will decide 50% of the vote in the first round of the Eesti Laul final, will be made up entirely of international members. This is the first time since the introduction of Eesti Laul that the jury does not contain any members who are from Estonia.
The Estonian broadcaster has decided to introduce a 100% international jury this year, due to the smaller size of the Estonian music industry. The broadcaster argues that with Estonian members of the jury it is very hard for any member not to have any links to any of the artists competing in the contest.
The voting in the final of Eesti Laul will remain the same as in previous years. After all of the acts have performed the jury and public will award their points to the competing entries. The three acts that receive the highest number of points will go through to the Super Final. In the Super Final it is entirely down to the public to select the winner.
The running order for the final is as follows:
- Sissi – “Strong”
- Lumevärv ft. INGA – “Milline päev”
- Victor Crone – Storm
- Kerli Kivilaan – “Cold Love”
- xtra basic & Emily J – Hold Me Close – Televote Qualifier
- Kadiah – “Believe”
- Synne Valtri – “I’ll Do It My Way”
- Stefan – Without You
- The Swingers, Tanja & Birgit – High Heels In The Neighbourhood
- Uku Suviste – “Pretty Little Liar”
- Inger – Coming Home
- Sandra Nurmsalu – Soovide puu
The twelve finalists were selected from two semi-finals which were held last week, eight singers were selected by the jury while four were selected by public televote. The Grand Final of Eesti Laul 2019 takes place on February 16 at the Saku Suurhall in Tallinn.
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.