ERR have announced the names of the hosts for Saturday’s opening Semi Final of Eesti Laul 2021.
In a tweet and an article on their website, ERR, the Estonian broadcaster have announced that Tanel Padar & Eda-Ines Etti will be the hosts for the first semi final of Eesti Laul; the Estonian selection process to decide their entrant for the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest in Turin.
Tanel Padar is most well known in Eurovision circles for winning the 2001 Eurovision Song Contest for Estonia alongside the boyband 2XL and Dave Benton; their only win to date. His sister, Gerli Padar also represented Estonia in the 2007 edition. He has continued to pursue a music career in Estonia with his band Tanel Padar and the Sun.
Eda-Ines Etti also represented Estonia at the Eurovision Song Contest. She earned 4th spot in the 2000 edition. At the time, this was Estonia’s best result in the competition. She has come close to returning the competition on several occasions, and she finished runner up in EuroLaul to Sandra Oxenryd in 2006.
This year has seen a big shake-up to the Eesti Laul format, with quarterfinals being introduced. In total, 40 different songs will be competing in 4 quarterfinals. From each of the quarterfinals, five songs will be selected to qualify for the semi-finals. In the semi-finals, ten songs will compete, with five songs qualifying for the Grand Final from each show.
Over 202 songs were submitted to the Estonian broadcaster this year, with ERR comfirming that 7 previous Estonian representitives were among them. Tanel & Eda will be announcing the names of the first 10 participants on today’s edition of Ringvaates.
Source: EER (In Estonian) | Image Source: Delfi
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.