ERR, the Estonian national broadcaster, has opened the submission window for Eesti Laul 2021.
Eesti Laul will be used to select the Estonian entry for Eurovision 2021. The submission window for entries opened today and will remain open until November 6. 24 songs will be chosen for the semi-finals on Feburary 18 and 20. 12 songs will then qualify for the Grand Final on March 6. All three shows will be broadcast live and the presence of a live audience will depend on COVID-19 restrictions in place at the time of broadcast.
The rules of the selection are as follows:
- The cost of participation is €25 for songs in Estonian and €75 for songs in other languages. The cost doubles if the song is submitted after November 1.
- This fee is paid electronically through the ERR website and will go towards funding Estonian participation in Eurovision 2021.
- Foreign artists and composers may take part, as long as they collaborate with an Estonian citizen or resident.
- Artists and composers can submit a maximum of five entries.
- Songs must not be longer than 3 minutes.
- All artists must be at least 16 years old.
- To apply, applicants must fill in a participation form, send the song in MP3 or WAV format, the lyrics of the song with an Estonian translation (if needed) and a biography and photos of the artist(s).
- Should Uku Suviste decide to participate, he will automatically qualify for the semi-finals.
The 24 semi-finalists will be revealed no later than November 12, with their entries being presented no later than December 5.
Uku Suviste was selected to represent Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 with the song “What Love Is” before the contest was cancelled.
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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.