Grete Kuld has been revealed as the co-host for Eesti Laul 2021 alongside Tõnis Niinemets.
Grete Kuld will be joining Tõnis Niinemets on the Eesti Laul stage next month as the co-host for this years Estonian selection process. Grete is a singer and an actress who started off presenting the weather for Channel 2.
The twenty four acts competing in Eesti Laul 2021 are:
- Karl Killing – Kiss Me
- Egert Milder – Free Again
- Rahel – Sunday Night
- Sissi – Time
- Alabama Watchdog – Alabama Watchdog
- Kristin Kalnapenk – Find A Way
- Tanja – Best Night Ever
- Heleza – 6
- Uku Haasma – Kaos (Chaos)
- Suured tüdrukud – Heaven’s Not That Far Tonight
- Kadri Voorand – Energy
- Ivo Linna, Robert Linna, Supernova – Ma olen siin (I am here)
- Uku Suviste – The Lucky One
- Gram-Of-Fun – Lost In A Dance
- Tuuli Rand – Üks öö (One night)
- Jüri Pootsmann – Magus melanhoolia (Sweet melancholy)
- Redel – Tartu
- Kéa – Hypnotized
- WIIRALT – Tuuled (The winds)
- Hans Nayna – One By One
- Nika Marula – Calm Down
- Andrei Zevakin & Pluuto – Wingman
- Helen – Nii kõrgele (So high)
- Koit Toome – We Could Have Been Beautiful
The semi-finals of Eesti Laul will take place on February 18 and 20. 12 songs will then qualify for the Grand Final on March 6. All three shows will take place in Tallinn for the first time since 2018, due to the current Covid-19 restrictions on gatherings in Estonia.
156 songs were submitted to the selection. 63 were in Estonian. Of the 93 non-Estonian songs, English was the most common language used but the songs also featured lyrics in Russian, Spanish and French.
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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.