ERR have announced that Uku Suviste & Tanja Mihhailova-Saar will be the hosts for the second quarterfinal of Eesti Laul this coming Saturday.
The Estonian broadcaster announced today that previous Eurovision contestants Uku & Tanja will be given the honour of hosting the second quarterfinal of the revamped Eesti Laul. They will also be introduced on today’s edition of Ringvaates where they will announce the names of the next 10 competing artists.
Uku Suviste is no stranger to Eurovision fans, having been the winner of the last two editions of Eesti Laul. He was chosen to represent the country in 2020 with his song What Love Is, but was unfortunately unable to after the contest was cancelled due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. He then won the 2021 edition of Eesti Laul with a landslide victory, and was finally able to represent Estonia with his song The Lucky One. Sadly, he placed 13th in his semi final and was unable to progress further in the competition.
Tanja Mihhailova-Saar, who will be known as simply ‘Tanja’ to Eurovision fans represented Estonia with the song Amazing at the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen where she failed to progress from her semi final. She has competed several times before in Eesti Laul and has been part of several musical projects in Estonia.
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.
The first quarterfinal took place on Saturday and saw the first 5 acts advance to the semi-final stage. They were:
- Jaagup Tuisk – Kui vaid (If only) – Jury qualifier
- Stig Rästa – Interstellar – Televote qualifier
- Maian – Meeletu (Crazy) – Jury qualifier
- Boamadu – Mitte kauaks (Not for long) – Televote qualifier
- Evelin Samuel – Waterfall – Televote qualifier
Over 202 songs were submitted to the Estonian broadcaster this year, with ERR comfirming that 7 previous Estonian representitives were among them. Uku & Tanja will be announcing the names of the next 10 participants on today’s edition of Ringvaates.
Source: ERR (In Estonian) // Image Source: Eurovision.tv / Kersti Niglas
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.