Estonia 2016: 238 submitted for Eesti Laul
TALLINN, ESTONIA – Today the submission deadline for Eesti Laul passed and a record 238 songs were submitted, surpassing last year’s number by 19.
“Having 238 songs submitted is truly a sign of recognition for the work we have done in the past years. It’s also concrete evidence that we are growing. Without a doubt moving the contest from the Nordea Concert Hall to Saku Suurhall was the only right decision,” cheered Eesti Laul 2016 producer Mart Normet.
“Elina and Stig have raised the bar greatly in both a local and international level. We are hoping that this year we will also have strong and timeless songs in the selection,” added Normet. “Luckily we don’t have to wait for long- the 20 semi-finalists will be revealed on Thursday night!”
The songs will be revealed as they have in recent years during the TV-show ‘Ringvaade’.
The selection panel consists of 11 music professionals who spend all day listening to music due to their jobs and wouldn’t have it any other way. They will gather on Wednesday and Thursday to choose the 20 best songs. The semi-finalists will then be revealed this Thursday the 5th of November. ‘Ringvaade’ starts at 19:00 local time (18:00 CET).
This year the final of Eesti Laul will be held in the Saku Suurhall- the same venue as the 2002 Eurovision Song Contest.
EESTI LAUL DATES
Semi-final 1 – 13th of February 2016
Semi-final 2 – 20th of February 2016
Final – 5th of March 2016