ERR, the Estonian national broadcaster, has revealed that 178 songs have been received for Eesti Laul 2020.
Of the 178 songs submitted, 76 are in Estonian while the rest are in other languages. Tomi Rahula, the Head of Delegation for Estonia, has commented that although the number of songs submitted is lower than last year, the quality of songs is still very high. The 24 selected songs will be revealed on Ringvaade on ETV on November 13 and 14.
Tartu and Tallinn will once again be the venues for Eesti Laul. The semi-finals will be held at the University of Tartu Sports Hall, while Saku Suurhall remains as the venue for the Grand Final in Tallinn.
The dates for Eesti Laul 2020 are:
- Semi-Final One – February 13
- Semi-Final Two – February 15
- Grand Final – February 29
At the 2019 contest, Estonia was represented by Victor Crone. With his song “Storm”, he finished in 18th place in the Grand Final.
Source: Eesti Laul
Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest
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.