The final of Eesti Laul 2022 is set to take place on February 12, with the contest kicking off in November.
ERR has this morning announced the full rules and dates for Eesti Laul 2022. The announcement reveals that Eesti Laul is set to commence at the end of November and culminate in the Grand Final on February 12. Songs are being accepted from today until October 20.
The dates of the selection shows are as follows:
- November 20 – Quarterfinal 1
- November 27 – Quarterfinal 2
- December 4 – Quarterfinal 3
- December 11 – Quarterfinal 4
- February 3 – Semi-Final One
- February 5 – Semi-Final Two
- February 12 – Grand Final
Up to 40 songs will be selected to compete in Eesti Laul 2022 with a jury listening blindly to all the submissions. An equal number of Estonian language and English/multilingual songs will be chosen to compete in the shows. The Quaterfinalists will be announced no later than October 27.
In the quarterfinals five songs from each show will be chosen to progress to the semi-finals. Three songs will be chosen by the public and two by a jury. In the semi-finals five songs will be chosen for the final from each show, both the semi-finals have two rounds: winners of the first round are decided by the jury vote and TV viewers’ phone votes, and winners of the second round are decided by the viewers’ phone votes.
In the Grand Final the show will have two rounds of voting. The first round will determine the acts in the Super Final and are determined by 50% jury voting and 50% public vote. In the Super Final the Estonian representative is chosen by 100% televoting.
Of note is that ERR is planning an additional show to be held between April and May called ‘Eesti Laulu’ which will feature performances from the Super Finalists, the exact format is to be announced.
Full rules in English can be found here.
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.