Estonia: Tõnis Niinemets and Grete Kuld confirmed as the Eesti Laul 2023 hosts

Estonia: Tõnis Niinemets and Grete Kuld confirmed as the Eesti Laul 2023 hosts
Saturday, 19 November 2022

  • The Estonian national broadcaster. ERR, has confirmed Tõnis Niinemets and Grete Kuld confirmed as the Eesti Laul 2023 hosts.

    Estonia will be selecting their Eurovision 2023 hopeful through the format of Eesti Laul 2023 with the broadcaster revealing the two presenters of the next edition. 

    Tõnis Niinemets and Grete Kuld had hosted the 2021 edition and is now returning after two years at the presentation of the Estonian national selection for Eurovision 2023. 

    According to Niinemets, the management of Eesti Laul is a kind of privilege:

    "Eesti Laul is one of the coolest projects and, truth be told, the biggest celebration of Estonian music. The atmosphere that arises in the hall during these live shows is indescribable. It's a privilege to be a part of it and be in the process."

    Grete Kuld is very excited about the new competition:

    "There's going to be a strong competition because the songs are really really good – you can hear that the songs have been worked on and there are both old and new and exciting artists for me. From pop princesses to rockers," I'm looking forward tolive performances!"

    Even before the semi-finals, already on 2 December, the presenters will be seen on the screen of ETV as in the special show "Eesti Laul 2023. Start" will be unveiled for the first time all of this year's race stories. The first recordings have been made for the special show, and preparations are in full swing.


    Eesti Laul 2023

    The Estonian national selection will unfold over three nights with two semi-final heats and a grand final show. The shows will take place according to the following schedule: 

    • Frist Semi-Final  – January 12
    • Second Semi-Final  – January 14
    • Grand Final – February 11

    The semi-finals of Eesti Laul  on 12 and 14 January will take place in Viimsi Artium. The final on February 11 will be held at the Tondiraba Ice Rink. Tickets for the concerts go on sale on December 2.


    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.

    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. 

    In 2022 STEFAN won the national final with the song 'Hope' and flew the flag in Turin where he finished 13th in the Grand final with 141 points. 


    News Source: ERR

    Image: Kairit Leibold/ ERR