Estonia: Eesti Laul 2022 first quarterfinal qualifiers
Five acts qualified to the semifinals of Eesti Laul 2022 during this evening's 1st quarterfinal round.
The first quaterfinal of Eestil Laul took place this evening determining the first five semifinalists. The show was hosted by Eda-Ines Etti, the ESC 2000 representative and Tanel Padar, the Eurovision 2001 winner alongside Dave Benton and 2XL
A total of 10 contestants competed in this round with five of them singing in Estonian and the rest five in English. The public determined three qualifiers while the other two were selected by the jury.
Here are the 10 entries of the night with the five qualifiers being highlighted:
- Traffic – Kaua veel (For a Long Time)
- Jaagup Tuisk – Kui vaid (If only) – Jury's qualifier
- Kéa – Everytime
- Fiona and Me – Feel Like This
- Peter Põder – Koos lõpuni (Together until the end)
- Stig Rästa – Interstellar – Televoting qualifier
- Maian – Meeletu (Crazy) – Jury's qualifier
- Little Mess – Hea päev (Good day)
- Boamadu – Mitte kauaks (Not for long) – Televoting qualifier
- Evelin Samuel – Waterfall – Televoting qualifier
The jury that determined the two qualifiers consisted of the following members:
- Sissi (Past Eesti Laul participant)
- Synne Valtri (Past Eesti Laul participant)
- Egert Milder (Past Eesti Laul participant)
- Maiken (Songwriter)
- Olav Osolin (Advertising and television expert)
- Bert Järvet (Host on Raadio 2)
- Vaido Pannel (Host on Sky Plusi)
- Andres Puusepp (Host on Star FM)
The Estonian national selection continues next week with the second quarterfinal as one more set of 10 contestants will battle for five spots in the semifinals.
Estonia in Eurovision
Estonia joined the Eurovision family in 1994 . On their debut participation they were represented by Silvi Vrait, who finished 2nd last with only 2 points. Seven years later the country was crowned winner of Eurovision Song Contest 2001 for the first and only time until today. Tanel Padar, Dave Benton & 2XL, performed the song Everybody and against all odds achieved to bring the trophy from Copenhagen in Estonia.
However this success didn’t continue as Estonia failed to qualify for the final from 2004-2008. In 2009 after successive bad results led to the establishment of Eesti Laul, as the show through which the country has been selecting its Eurovision entries the last ten years, having seven times qualified to the final.
In 2019 with Swedish singer, Victor Crone won Eesti Laul 2019 and rerpesented Estonia with his song, “Storm”. The Estonian representative finished in 20th place in the final with 76 points, marking Estonia’s qualification to the final for a second year in a row.
Uku won the Estonian national final back in February 2020 with his entry “What Love Is” and along with it the right to reprsent Estonian at Eurovision 2020 in Rotterdam. Unfortunately the contest never took place cause of the coronavirus pandemic leaving Uku’s ESC journey incomplete.
However, the Estonian act was given a pass to compete in Eesti Laul 2021 finals, which he eventually won again with his song 'The Lucky One' and went off to representing the country in Rotterdam. Uku competed in the second semi final and depsite his strong performance didn't make it to the Grand Final.