TALLINN, ESTONIA – Estonian national broadcaster announced the dates for the national selection, Eesti Laul 2015 kicking off the submission quest.
Three shows (two semifinals and a final) are set for February 7, 14 and 21, respectively. Twenty songs will participate in the selection (ten in each semifinal) from which 10 will proceed to the final. In the final three will go to the super-final.
Submissions due on December 1st and then an expert jury will decide the 20 acts, which will be announced on December 5th.
DID YOU KNOW?
Estonia has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 20 times since making its debut in 1994. Its first appearance would have taken place in 1993, however a qualification round was installed for seven former Eastern bloc countries hoping to make their debut in the contest, with Estonia failiing to qualify. Estonia has won the contest once, in 2001. Estonia’s first participation in 1994 was not a successful one, coming second last only to Lithuania. The country was then relegated from the 1995 contest. From its second entry in 1996, the country entered its best era in the contest, finishing in the top eight in six out of seven contests (1996-2002). Maarja-Liis Ilus and Ivo Linna were fifth 1996. This was the first top five ranking for a former Soviet country. Maarja-Liis Ilus returned to finish eighth in 1997, Evelin Samuel and Camille were sixth in 1999 and Ines was fourth in 2000, before Tanel Padar, Dave Benton & 2XL gave Estonia its first victory in 2001. This made Estonia the first former Soviet country to win the contest and the second eastern European country to win, after Yugoslavia in 1989. The 2002 contest was held in Tallinn, with Sahlene finishing joint third for the hosts. Since the introduction of the semi-final round in 2004, Estonia has failed to reach the final on seven occasions and has only reached the top ten twice, with Urban Symphony in 2009 and Ott Lepland in 2012, who both finished sixth. Estonia’s total of eight top ten results, is more than any other Baltic country. (source: wikipedia.org)