ESTONIA – Eesti Laul 2019 will be the eleventh edition of the Estonian national selection Eesti Laul, which will select Estonia’s entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. The competition consists of 24 entries competing in two semi-finals on 31 January and 2 February 2018, leading to a twelve-song final on 16 February 2019.
The format of the competition includes two semi-finals on 31 January and 2 February 2019 and a final on 16 February 2019. Twelve songs will compete in each semi-final and the top six from each semi-final will qualify, completing the twelve-song lineup in the final. The results of the semi-finals were determined by a 50/50 combination of votes from a professional jury and public televoting for the first five entries, then the final spot is decided in a second round of voting, televote only. The winning song in the final will be selected over two rounds of voting: the first round results selects the top three songs via the 50/50 combination of jury and public voting and the second round decides the winner from those three songs, televote only.
In early September 2018, ERR opened the submission period for artists and composers to submit their entries up until 6 November 2018 through an online upload platform. Foreign songwriters are also eligible to submit songs for the first time. A fee has been imposed on songs being submitted to the contest, with 25 Euros for Estonian language songs and 50 Euros for songs in other languages. From all 216 songs submitted to ERR, a jury panel selected the 24 songs for the competition, with the selected entries being announced on 15 November 2018.
These entries were then revealed on the 1st December 2018 as 1-minute clips on TV, and later as full videos on the ERR MENU portal. The selection jury consisted of Ivar Must (composer), Lenna Kuurmaa (musician and singer), Kaupo Karelson (TV producer), Leen Kadakas (Manager of Universal Music Baltics), Vaido Pannel (Radio Sky Plus music editor), Allan Roosileht (Star FM presenter), Laura Põldvere (singer), Karl-Erik Taukar (singer), Dagmar Oja (singer), Rolf Roosalu (singer), Renee Meriste (Music manager), and Sten Teppan (Vikerradio music editor).