The Estonian entrant for the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 will be selected on February 29.
The final of Eesti Laul 2020 will take place on February 29, with ERR revealing the schedule and rules for next years Estonian selection process. A total of twenty-four acts will once again compete to represent Estonia at the Eurovision Song Contest.
The submissions window for Eesti Laul 2020 opens on September 1 and closes on November 6 at 12:00. The acts competing in the Estonian selection process will be revealed at the latest by November 15.
As has happened in previous years, two semi-finals will be held to determine the acts that will compete in the Grand Final. Semi-Final One will take place on February 13, while Semi-Final Two is scheduled for February 15. The locations for the semi-finals and final have not been confirmed.
From each of the semi-finals six acts will be selected to go through to the final. There are two rounds of voting, in the first round the jury and public will select four qualifiers. A second round of voting will see the public select two further qualifiers.
In the final, two rounds of voting will be held. A jury and public will vote, with the top three going to a super final. The winner of the super final will go to Eurovision 2020.
Of note within the rules for Eesti Laul 2020, is that the staging for the winner will not change from the contest to the Eurovision stage. Changes to the staging concept will only occur if the staging concept does not meet the rules of the Eurovision Song Contest.
At the 2019 contest, Estonia was represented by Victor Crone. With his song “Storm”, he finished in 18th place in the Grand Final.
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.