Estonia: Koit Toome & Laura win Eesti Laul 2017 with “Verona”

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Ten finalists, two rounds of televoting, and in the end just one winner. Koit Toome & Laura have snatched the crown at Eesti Laul 2017 and will represent Estonia at Eurovision 2017 with the song “Verona”. For them Romeo & Juliet appears to have a happy ending…

Koit Toome & Laura – “Verona” live at Eesti Laul 2017 grand final

The Estonians pushed the boat out tonight with a massive show held in Saku Suurhall — which Eurofans will remember as the arena for Eurovision 2002. It was all about glamour and fabulousness in Tallinn!

Laura was battling a cold prior to the performance, so had to skip the dress rehearsal. A stand-in took her place on stage while she rested her vocals and charged her diva batteries so she could slay when it counted.

Performing second in the running order, they didn’t have the pizzazz from their semi-final and many of us had written them off because of that. But, as in the semi, their staging was innovative and fresh. Laura served Miss Universe realness as she walked around the stage in her gown, and the close crop camera angles deleted the audience, creating an intimate setting for these two star-crossed lovers to shine.

After the ten acts had performed, a combination of 50% jury and 50% televote chose the three superfinalists, who went on to perform their songs again. Then it was all about the televote, which decided that Eurovision veterans Koit Toome & Laura were Estonia’s entrants for Kyiv.

Eesti Laul 2017 superfinalists

The voting lasted for more than an hour. There were more than 10 juries voting, including Mans Zelmerlow, Poli Genova and Alon Amir, who has served as the head of press of the Israeli delegation several times.

We especially loved this moment that Poli and Alon gave us.

After the jury voted, the first points of the televoters came in.

Four artists came on top, but only three could survive.

  • Kerli – “Spirit Animal”
  • Koit Toome & Laura – “Verona”
  • Rasmus Randvee – “This love”

Here are the points of the rest of the acts. Elina Born fans, look away. The digits you see next to Elina Born’s name reflect ONE point from the jury and ONE point from the televote. Ouch!

Eesti Laul 2017 final results

The drama was lit in Tallinn when the winners were announced. Rasmus was the first to be eliminated, and then Koit and Laura were declared the winners in a nerve-wrecking ending of the show.

  • Koit Toome & Laura – “Verona”
  • Kerli – “Spirit Animal”
  • Rasmus Randvee – “This love”

Eesti Laul 2017 running order

  1. Liis Lemsalu – “Keep Running”
  2. Koit Toome & Laura – “Verona”
  3. Whogaux & Karl-Kristjan ft. Maian – “Have you now”
  4. Lenna Kuurmaa – “Slingshot”
  5. Daniel Levi – “All I need”
  6. Elina Born – “In or Out”
  7. Ivo Linna – “Suur loterii”
  8. Rasmus Randvee – “This love”
  9. Ariadne – “Feel me now”
  10. Kerli – “Spirit animal”

Our readers’ favourite Kerli, finished second, while the Wiwi Jury favourite and Eurovision 2015 veteran Elina Born ended last with only two points.

Are you happy with the result? Who was your favourite in Eesti Laul 2017? Tell us in the comments section below.