Tanja who previously sang for Estonia at Eurovision 2014 revealed she initially planned to send another song to Eesti Laul 2021 before setting on “Best Night Ever”.
“We actually had another song ready, but then we looked about three days ahead of the deadline and found that there was still no real feeling with this song.” – Tanja Mihhailova
In a recent interview, Tanja revealed that with three days to go until the Eesti Laul 2021 submission deadline her team decided to change her song to the current submission “Best Night Ever”.
“So much sadness and negativity has happened that we decided to bet that it’s just three minutes of pure joy and a little singing and jumping,”- Tanja Mihhailova
Tanja wanted to send a more upbeat and joyfully song to Eesti Laul to counter the ongoing negative news due to the coronavirus pandemic. Suggesting her originally she planned to sing a slower and darker song.
Tanja is currently set to open the first semi-final of Eesti Laul on February the 18th with her song “Best Night Ever”.
The running order for both of the semi-finals are as follows:
- Tanja – “Best Night Ever”
- Hans Nayna – “One By One”
- Wiiralt – “Tuuled”
- Kea – “Hypnotized”
- Andrei Zevakin & Pluuto – “Wingman”
- Karl Killing – “Kiss Me”
- Nika Marula – “Calm Down”
- Egert Milder – “Free Again”
- Tuuli Rand – “Üks öö”
- Koit Toome – “We Could Have Been Beautiful”
- Kristin Kalnapenk – “Find A Way”
- Ivo Linna, Robert Linna, Supernova -“Ma olen siin”
- Sissi – “Time”
- Gram-Of-Fun – “Lost In A Dance”
- Kadri Voorand – “Energy”
- Helen – “Nii kõrgele”
- Redel – “Tartu”
- Rahel – “Sunday Night”
- Uku Haasma – “Kaos”
- Heleza – “6”
- Uku Suviste – “The Lucky One”
- Alabama Watchdog – “Alabama Watchdog”
- Jüri Pootsmann – “Magus melanhoolia”
- Suured Tüdrukud – “Heaven’s Not That Far Tonight”
Source: ERR / Image Source: Albin Olsson
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.