Estonia’s Koit Toome & Laura: “Like Shakespeare, our Verona doesn’t have a happy ending”

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They’re taking a Shakespearean epic and turning it into Eurovision duet dynamite. But before their big win at the final of Eesti Laul 2017, Koit Toome & Laura didn’t have victory on their minds. 

“I didn’t think we were going to win until the end,” Koit admits to our media partners and on-the-scene queens from DELFI.ee, Estonia’s largest tabloid. “The competition this year is tough.”

Laura’s concern was nailing the performance, as she’s been fighting illness all week in the run-up to the show: “To be honest I was worried about my voice and condition, and wasn’t really thinking about whether we’d end up second or third or tenth.”

The star-crossed singers’ draw in the running order had raised concerns about their chances of success and during the jury voting those concerns looked justified. Koit & Laura only managed to place fifth with the jury, but pulled it back in televoting, and went on to storm the superfinal, knocking Kerli and Rasmus Rändvee out in the process.

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Photo Credit: Tiit Blaat, Ekspress Meedia