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ESC Reporter | January 23, 2018

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Estonian selection for Eurovision has just gotten bigger

Estonian selection for Eurovision has just gotten bigger
Alvaro Sanabria


Eesti Laul has gotten bigger after a successful year.  Estonia’s representative Elina Born and Stig Rästa reached the seventh place in Vienna and also achieved a number one hit with Goodbye to yesterday.  After this successful experience, many Estonian acts have decided to follow in Elina’s and Stig’s footsteps.

According to ERR, the national broadcaster in Estonia for the Eurovision Song Contest, 238 songs were submitted (19 more songs than 2015’s season), making this year the most competitive selection they have ever made.  In fact, ERR has decided to move the final to their main arena, the Saku Suurhall.

A selection panel consisting in 11 music professionals (Anne Veski, Olavi Paide, Erik Morna, Toomas Puna, Ingrid Kohtla, Eeva Talsi, Owe Petersell, Eisi Mäeots, Siim Nestor, Valner Valme and Kira Evve) chose the 20 best songs.

The semi-finalists were revealed on the 5th of November during the TV-show Ringvaade.  These are the contestants who will compete to represent Estonia in the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest:




Song Composer (s)


Ei ole mul olla Jaanus Saks, Kristjan Soomre, Mark Eric Kammiste, Hannes Agur Vellend, Herlend-Kaspar Raudkivi
Indrek Ventmann


Hispaania tüdruk Allan Kasuk
Zebra Island


How many times Rasmus Lill, Helina Risti


I’m facing north Kaspar Kalluste, Rosanna Lints
Cartoon & Kristel Aaslaid


Immortality Ago Teppand, Hugo Martin Maasikas, Joosep Järvesaar, Kerli Kõiv, Iiris Vesik, Kristel Aaslaid
Kati Laev


Kaugel sinust Urmas Kõiv, Anneli Kõiv


Lonely boy Egert Milder, Robert Stanley Montes, Ian Karell
The Jingles


Love a little bit Jonathan Flack, Hain Hoppe, Rauno Vaher, Tanel Liiberg
Púr Múdd


Meet halfway Oliver Rõõmus, Joonas Alvre
Gertu Pabbo


Miljon korda Priit Pajusaar, Maian-Anna Kärmas


Parmupillihullus Jaan Tätte Juunior
I Wear* Experiment


Patience Hando Jaksi, Mikk Simson, Johanna Eenmaa
Jüri Pootsmann


Play Fred Krieger, Stig Rästa
Go Away Bird


Sally Stanislav Bulganin
Windy Beach


Salty wounds Priit Uustulnd, Tuuli Rand, Mari Tamm
Mick Pedaja


Seis Mick Pedaja
Grete Paia


Stories untold Sven Lõhmus
Anett Kulbin


Strong Anett Kulbin


Supersonic Sven Lõhmus
La La Ladies Unikaalne Tatjana Mihhailova, Mihkel Mattisen, Timo Vendt, Inga Tislar


The participants will be allocated in one of the two semi-finals (10 songs each), but only 5 songs from each semi-final will make it to the Grand Final.

Elina Born & Stig Rästa represented Estonia in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna:


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