ERR has revealed the first twelve semi-finalists in Eesti Laul 2020, which includes a return by former Eurovision participant Laura.
The Estonian national broadcaster has revealed the first twelve artists competing to represent Estonia at Eurovision 2020. The twelve artists revealed this evening on ETV, will be competing in the semi-finals in February.
The artists and their songs are:
- STEFAN – By My Side
- Kruuv – Leelo (Singsong)
- SHIRA – Out In Space
- Jaagup Tuisk – Beautiful Lie
- Little Mess – Without A Reason
- Ziggy Wild – Lean On Me
- Uku Suviste – What Love Is
- Traffic – Üks kord veel (One more time)
- Rasmus Rändvee – Young
- Mariliis Jõgeva – Unistustes (In dreams)
- Renate – Videomäng (Video game)
- Laura – Break Me
Among the twelve artists announced is Laura, who represented Estonia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kyiv, Ukraine. Returning to the Eesti Laul stage are STEFAN, Uku Suviste, Traffic, Rasmus Rändvee and Laura.
The jury that selected the twenty four artists competing in Eesti Laul 2020 was formed of Andres Puusepp, Anu Varusk, Birgit Sarrap, Daniel Levi, Eda-Ines Etti, Hendrik Sal-Saller, Jüri Makarov, Kaupo Karelson, Lauri Hermann, Madis Aesma, Maiken, Owe Petersell, Sten Teppan and Vaido Pannel.
The remaining twelve artists and their songs will be revealed tomorrow evening on ETV. 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.
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.