ESTONIA – Estonian national broadcaster confirms now changes in the national selection, Eesti Laul, a revelation which took place during tonight’s show Ringvaade. The changes include live broadcast of the semi finals, fee for participation and more.
ESTONIA – Estonian entry is not doing well only in the semi final odds (regarding qualification) but is also considered as one of the dark horses for the Eurovision 2018 trophy. We have seen something similar (in terms off stage presentation) as in 2015 Russian entry came 2nd behind Måns Zelmerlöw. This time Elina is giving a stunning vocal performance and the dress projection works perfectly on camera despite the intense change of in and out of the stage where the dress is lost. I am wondering whether the viewers will like this one. Technically and vocally the song is perfect. But thee real question is will people like it enough to vote for it? Well I am sure the juries will!
ESCKAZ.COM: No changes for Estonia either today – still sounding and looking great, it comes across beautifully in the hall.
ESCBUBBLE.COM: Overall I’m slightly underwhelmed. I really thought this could win, but not anymore.
ESCXTRA.COM: Tighter camerawork maximises projection effect for Estonia’s Elina.
EUROVOIX.COM: Elina’s vocals remain one of the strongest in the competition, being able to replicate her impressive operatic range in every take. It is unfortunate that the dress limits her ability to move on the stage.
ESTONIA – Estonian Head of Delegation and Executive Producer of Eesti Laul Mart Normet has today announced that he will step down from his roles after this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.
He released the following statement:
“We’ve had 10 years of constant growth and transformed what was merely a Eurovision selection tool into the most important pop music event in Estonia. I am so proud of the work that we’ve achieved here, but after so long at the top, it’s time for some fresh blood. Progress and innovation is born out of charting unknown territory and I am starting to feel like I know all the answers. In environments as dynamic as music and television this can only slow down progress. So after Portugal I will step down as Estonian Head of Delegation and Executive Producer of Eesti Laul. It’s important for me to leave while we’re still at the top of our game to allow someone new to come in and make their mark on what we’ve created. I’ve not decided what is coming next for me, but I can’t wait to see what comes next. Unless we win Eurovision this year, in which case I am definitely doing Eurovision in Tallinn!”
Mart Normet was appointed Head of Entertainment at Estonian public broadcaster ERR in late spring 2008 and became the HoD and Executive Producer of the first Eesti Laul competition in autumn the same year.
ESTONIA – Do you wish too have your favourite Eesti Laul participant dancing and singing in any scenery you wish? Well Estonians, pioneers in high tech the recent years in Europe, made your dream come true. Creator of the visualisation, René Vilbre spoke to Estonian TV morning show and shared his idea which will definitely surprise everyone. More specifically he stated that there will be five artists presented each week and for him this is a miracle project. The artists themselves were confused on how to shoot the green box at first, before the computer mumble their images to the final result. technically it was very difficult. You can enjoy more in the video shared in this post.
ESTONIA – Estonian national broadcaster annunceed the artists who will participate in the two semi finals of Eesti Laul, the shot through which the country will decide its participation in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. Among the participants we spotted Stig Rästa who participated in the 2015 Eurovision edition alongside Elina Born bringing Estonia in the 7th position in the Grand Final.
1. Frankie Animal – (Can’t Keep Calling) Misty
Music: Marie Vaigla, Jonas Kaarnamets, Jan-Christopher Soovik, Lyrics: Jonas Kaarnamets
2. Iiris & Agoh – Drop That Boogie
Music: Ago Teppand, Iiris Vesik, Lyrics: Iiris Vesik
3. Aden Ray – Everybody’s Dressed
Music: Nikita Bogdanov, Lyrucs: Nikita Bogdanov
4. Stig Rästa – Home
Music: Stig Rästa, Lyrics: Stig Rästa, Fred Krieger
5. Nika – Knock Knock
Music: Nika Prokopjeva, Lyrics: Nika Prokopjeva
6. Metsakutsu – Koplifornia
Music: Meelis Meri, Lyrics: Rainer Olbri
7. Etnopatsy – Külm
Music: Aile Alveus-Krautmann, Lyrics: Aile Alveus-Krautmann
8. Elina Net?ajeva – La forza
Music: Mihkel Mattisen, Timo Vendt, Lyrics: Ksenia Kuchukova, Elina Net?ajeva
9. Vajé – Laura (Walk With Me)
Music: Karl-Ander Reismann, Lyrics: Karl-Ander Reismann
10. Tiiu x Okym x Semy – Näita oma energiat
Music: Kaido Luht, Sergei Morgun, Lyrics: Tiiu Kaarlõp, Meiko Umal
11. Desiree – On My Mind
Music: Amiran Gorgazjan, Lyrics: Amiran Gorgazjan
12. Miljardid – Pseudoprobleem
Music: Miljardid, Lyrics: Marten Kuningas
13. Rolf Roosalu – Show A Little Love
Music: Rolf Roosalu, Priit Uustulnd, Lyrics: Maian-Anna Kärmas, Rolf Roosalu
14. Eliis Pärna & Gerli Padar – Sky
Music: Imre Sooäär, Lyrics: Imre Sooäär
15. Girls In Pearls – Spellbound
Music: Vivi Maar, Viveli Maar, Rasmus Lill, Lyrics: Vivi Maar, Viveli Maar, Rasmus Lill
16. Marju Länik – Täna otsuseid ei tee
Music: Liina Saar, Herman Gardarfve, Axel Ehnström, Lyrics: Marju Länik, Liina Saar, Herman Gardarfve, Axel Ehnström
17. Indrek Ventmann – Tempel
Music: Allan Kasuk, Siim Koppel, Indrek Ventmann, Lyrics: Allan Kasuk
18. Sibyl Vane – Thousand Words
Music: Sibyl Vane, Lyrics: Helena Randlaht
19. Evestus – Welcome To My World
Music: Ott Evestus, Lyrics: Ott Evestus
20. Karl Kristjan & Karl Killing (ft. Wateva) – Young
Music: Karl-Kristjan Kingi, Karl Killing, Lyrics: Kris Evan Säde, Hugo Martin Maasikas, Karl Killing, Karl-Kristjan Kingi
The selection jury contained 15 notable music personalities from three different countries, most notably including 2011 Estonian representitive Getter Jaani, 2015 Eesti Laul participant Karl-Erik Taukar and Israeli delegation member Alon Amir.
This year there are 13 songs in English, 6 in Estonian and 1 in Italian. A number of former Eurovision contestants are present in this year’s line-up including Gerli Padar (EE 07), Stig Rästa (EE15) and Semy who was a member of 2XL in 2001. Axel Ehnström aka Paradise Oskar (FI11) has a song writing credit also.
Tickets are still on sale to the final and the dress rehearsal to the final on the following link.