Estonia: Elina Born, Kerli revealed amongst Eesti Laul 2017 semi finalists

They missed out on qualifying for the grand final in Stockholm, but Estonia are determined to do better in 2017. The acts for Eesti Laul 2017 have been revealed tonight, with perhaps the biggest name amongst them being none other than Elina Born!

Yes, it seems that we are saying “Goodbye to Yesterday”, as Elina will compete once again as a solo artist. Stig Rasta isn’t too far behind though: he’s one of the writers of her song, “In or Out”.

Elina Born & Stig Rasta interview at Eurovision 2015

The 20 entries were announced by broadcaster ERR on the talk show Ringvaade. A number of artists are returning to Eesti Laul this year, including a duet between Laura & Koit Toome, their 1996 representative Ivo Linna, Liis Lemsalu and Daniel Levi. Daniel will be hoping that Elina doesn’t beat him this year, as happened in 2015:

Daniel Levi interview at Eesti Laul 2015

Debuts include Laura Prits, who was one of the acts we spotted on the submission livestream. She’s performing the song “Hey Kiddo”, without her band members from Ziggy Wild. Another big name entering is Kerli. The Estonian star only ever performed at Eurolaul in the past, so this will be her Eesti Laul debut. Y’all, we cannot wait to see what she does with her song “Spirit Animal”!

The finalists were taken from a list of 242 entries, an increase on the 238 received last year. The acts were selected by a jury comprised of Andres Puusepp, Erik Morna, Harri Hakanen, Ingrid Kohtla, Kaidi Klein, Kristel Aaslaid, Olavi Paide, Owe Petersell, Siim Nestor, Toomas Puna and Piret Järvis.

When speaking to ERR before the reveal, Järvis said that she was a “little heartbroken” over some of the acts who had not qualified. The competition was simply that tough that some good acts just missed out.

The rules for Eesti Laul 2017 were relaxed to allow foreign songwriters to enter the competition in conjunction with Estonian artists. A number of acts seem to have gone down this route too!

Eesti Laul was first held in 2009, and broke Estonia’s run of grand final non-qualification. Since then, Estonia has placed in the top 10 three times. However, their most recent entry did not do so well, with Jüri Pootsman’s “Play” placing last in its semi-final, giving Estonia its worst ever result.

The Eesti Laul 2017 semi-finals will take place on the 11th and 18th of February at ERR studios. The final will take place on the 4th of March at the Saku Arena.

Eesti Laul 2017 participants

  • Almost Natural — “Electric”
  • Alvistar Funk Association — “Make Love, Not War”
  • Angeelia — “We Ride With Our Flow”
  • Antsud — “Vihm”
  • Ariadne — “Feel Me Now”
  • Carl-Philip — “Everything But You”
  • Close to Infinity ft. Ian Karell — “Sounds Like Home”
  • Daniel Levi — “All I Need”
  • Elina Born — “In or Out”
  • Ivo Linna — “Suur loterii”
  • Janno Reim & Kosmos — “Valan pisaraid”
  • Karl-Kristjan & Whogaux ft. Maian — “Have You Now”
  • Kerli — “Spirit Animal”
  • Koit Toome & Laura — “Verona”
  • Laura Prits — “Hey Kiddo”
  • Leemet Onno — “Hurricane”
  • Lenna Kuurmaa — “Slingshot”
  • Liis Lemsalu — “Keep Running”
  • Rasmus Rändvee — “This Love”
  • Uku Suviste — “Supernatural”

What do you think? Does the line-up of Eesti Laul 2017 have anyone who can give Estonia their second Eurovision victory? Share your thoughts below!