ERR has announced that changes to the rules of Eesti Laul will be announced on September 2 as the submissions window opens.
The Estonian broadcaster ERR has announced that song submissions for Eesti Laul 2022 will begin on September 2. The broadcaster also stated that new rules will be announced for the selection on Thursday, hinting at potential changes to the Eesti Laul format.
Eesti Laul has been used as the Estonian selection process for the Eurovision Song Contest since 2009. Since its launch, a number of changes have been made to the format. This includes the introduction of the Semi-Finals in 2011 and an increase in the number of competing songs from 20 to 24 in 2019.
Uku Suviste represented Estonia at Eurovision 2021 with “The Lucky One”. He finished 13th in his Semi-Final scoring a total of 58 points.
Image Source: Andres Putting | Source: ERR
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.