EESTI LAUL 2013: BIRGIT ÖIGEMEEL – ET UUS SAAKS ALGUSE
Estonia will also hold the national final of Eesti Laul 2013 and oikotimes.com will bring you a live report and comments on the show. The event begins at 20:35 CET and will be streamed through the officialEurovision web TV here. After two semifinals the country is ready to decide it’s final act for Malmoe.
Welcome to the Nokia Concert Hall in Tallinn where the Estonian final has just started. 10 songs to choose from tonight. Immediately we are introduced to Ott Lepland singing Kuula, the song that represented Estonia in 2012. We are then introduced to our performers for the night, introduced in number order. Finally our hosts for the night, Marko Reikop and Anna Vulpa, who are explaining the voting system to select the chosen act to represent Estonia in Mälmo.
01. Rolf Roosalu – With U
Rolf immediately commences his performance, the song is performed in English. He is wearing a bright, white suit with a white t-shirt. The song a slow ballad, love song. “With u” is aimed at making the most of some high pitches at key moments but Rolf seems to struggle with his key at times, sounding rather husky. This song has very much an 80s feel to it. Not a bad song, not overly memorable but you cannot fault the performance, simple and effective.
02. Liisi Koikson & Söörömöö – Üle vee
After a small break we resume with our second performance of the night, wearing flowing dresses, Liisi is accompanied by five further females, all wearing the same dress. The song, another ballad although this one a bit more flowing, it simply makes for a good flowing song, nothing remotely outstanding. Liisi does a lot of smiling and looks good but the song, nothing special. Another small break, allowing time for the stage to be prepared for the next act. This will continue during the night.
03. Rasmus Rändvee & Facelift Deer – Dance
Our third performer of the night, after two ballads, we now have our first dance number, “Dance”. Singing in English, this plays to all performers, six in total, in a suit with tie and carrying electric guitars. The vocals are not great, the melody rather more memorable. Performance-wise there is far too much walking off stage and back on it. Not bad and lyrically acceptable but there was not much vocal effort although they are a young band and that will appeal. We take a small trip to the green room, not everyone appears happy back there and the ambience is a little sober.
04. Elina Born – Enough
Almost halfway through the night and we now have “Enough”, out fourth song of the night. Wearing a short black dress, Elina really gets into this pop number. Singing in English, it makes good use of vocal changes, from a high pitch, to low within the same section of the song. Accompanied by four band members, she seems comfortable on stage. This could easily be a chart song and the mellow parts are well performed. Visually it could do with some improvements, strobing lights don’t appear to do the song justice but a nice song and well performed. Could do well. Another small break as we reach the halfway point.
05. Põhja-Tallinn – Meil on aega veel
Our fifth song of the night and six members comprise this group. Our lead singer is wearing a long black dress while the male singers accompanying her look more casual with black trousers and a loose shirt. A modern pop number with incessant rap lyrics, the song is well performed but makes little use of the female leads vocal ability. The melody is likable but the lyrics are slightly repetitive.
06. Kõrsikud – Suuda öelda ei
Song number six and in another change of direction our three member group perform an acoustic classic number. They are all wearing dark clothes, hat and scarf. The lyrics are good, nothing special but the melody is very unique and will appeal. Vocally there is nothing to criticise since there is no change in pitch. All sitting down on chairs playing a guitar while singing is not going to visually appeal at a final and this would be the main criticism, however I feel this will bring in some votes.
07. Birgit Õigemeel – Et uus saaks alguse
Our seventh performance of the night, Birgit is wearing a long, flowing white dress for this ballad. Well performed, good vocal ability and with a nice melody, this song has a good feel about it and our performer appears very comfortable on stage. Standing alone on the stage, swaying arms and continuously smiling. Although nothing special, it was a lovely performance.
08. Teele & Tuuli & Ula – Ring The Alarm
In a night of ballads, this is only the second dance track of the night and the first to actually be considered a dance number. a six member girl group, with two main singers. Performed in English, vocally well performed but there is not much in terms of lyrics and at times the backing noise is more pronounced than the lyrics. Melody is good, would make for a good club hit after a few changes and visually, the short, sparkly gold dresses will bring in votes. Also, there is the presence of drums on stage.
09. Winny Puhh – Meiecundimees üks Korsakov läks eile Lätti
The penultimate act and the fan favorite, based largely on the fact that Lördi were their role models and they have an unusual look on stage. Comprised of six people, Winny Puhh are wearing all over facial hair, resembling wild beings. The song is a rock number, dressed like wrestlers, the lyrics comprise constant shouting and the vocals are the same. It also appears that the Yeti may have been released on stage. Visually, take away the insane look of the group, there is not much at all to focus on, apart from hanging upside down. They will get votes, they may in fact be favourites tonight but seriously, is this a song?
10. Grete Paia – Päästke noored hinged
The final song of the night, a powerful solo pop performance. Our singer, Grete is performing on stage on a piano. wearing a green jacket over black jeans, she makes a good visual impact with strobing lights. There is good interplay between her vocal pitch and the melody is very good in this song. Lyrically it is acceptable and quite powerful in places. Grete is now off the piano and walking towards the audience, microphone in hand. Good solid performance, would be a good song to take to Mälmo.
An intermission performance from Ott Lepland, Tanel Padar and Jalmar Verbarna. The Jury and televoting results are in and there is a vote off between Birgit Õigemeel and Grete Paia to discover who will represent Estonia in Mälmo. The winner of Eesti Laul 2013 who will represent Estonia in Mälmo is Birgit Õigemeel with “Et uus saaks alguse”