Stig Rästa, the writer behind “Storm” which will represent Estonia at Eurovision 2019, has questioned who the international jury members were at the Eesti Laul 2019 final.
Stig Rästa is asking who the members of the international jury were for Eesti Laul 2019, after struggling to find out information about the jurors. The past Eurovision entrant and now three time songwriter for Estonia at Eurovision commented to ERR that:
I do not need to know, but as a musician in general, not quite a foreign person, I know quite a lot of foreign people in my opinion, and I have no idea where the jury was created or put together. Honestly, even after I googled, I still couldn’t find very much about these people.
The jury was formed of Stig Karlsen (Norway), AFSHeen (USA), Guna Zučika (Latvia), Ben Camp (USA), Cyrus Saidi (USA), Lörinc Bubno (Hungary) and Josh Cumbee (USA).
Stig Rästa added that he would be interested to talk to the jurors to understand how “Storm” could be improved for Eurovision. The songwriter wants to understand how the staging of the song could be developed for Tel Aviv.
Who is Victor Crone?
Victor Crone is from the north of Stockholm, and first came to the public attention in 2015. He attempted to represent Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2015 alongside Behrang Miri with “Det rår vi inte för” but was knocked out in the Andra Chansen round.
In 2019 he entered Eesti Laul after ERR allowed international singers perform in the contest again. Victor will be performing the song “Storm” which was written by Stig Rästa, Vallo Kikas and himself.
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.