Estonia: Elina Nechayeva and Stig Rasta among first five qualifiers from Eesti Laul 2018 Semi-Final 1

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Estonia’s road to Lisbon has begun! Tonight ten acts took the stage during the first semi-final of Eesti Laul 2018, hoping to win one of five spots up for grabs in the final in Tallinn in March. After performing their hearts out, ten became five and Stig Rasta, Iiris & Agoh, Elina Netsajeva, Sibyl Vane came out on top, with Vajé winning the public vote and the fifth spot in the final. They’ll take to the stage again on March 3 during the final. 

EESTI LAUL 2018 SEMI-FINAL 1 QUALIFIERS

Iiris & Agoh “Drop That Boogie”

Offering neon anime realness, Iiris & Agoh have managed to drop their boogie all the way into the final.

Sibyl Vane “Thousand Words”

Sibyl Vane gave neo noir for days on stage, elevating a subpar song with a polished performance.

Stig Rästa “Home”

There was no doubt Stig would advance from this semi-final, but his staging paled in comparison to some of the dramatics on offer. Room for growth if he’s definite on winning the ticket to Eurovision again.

Elina Netšajeva “La Forza”

Elina was the performance of the night. Dramatic, sweeping and sonically on point, she’s the full package to beat in the final.

Vajé “Laura (Walk with Me)”

They performed first and won the fifth spot in the final. Let’s hope they keep their hands to themselves when they get there.

EESTI LAUL 2018 SEMI-FINAL 1 NON-QUALIFIERS

Etnopatsy “Külm”

Aden Ray “Everybody’s Dressed”

Tiiu x Okym x Semy “Näita oma energiat”

Miljardid “Pseudoprobleem”

Desiree “On My Mind”

Eesti Laul continues next week with Semi-Final 2 where a further ten acts will take to the stage in their bid to represent Estonia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. After two years in the wilderness, with Koit & Laura, and Juri before them, failing to qualify from their semi-finals ERR will be looking for an act that can take Estonia back to the final where it belongs.

Do you think they found the act? Are there any acts you think missed out on qualifying? Or are there any acts who qualified you’d swap out for a non-qualifier? Let us know in the comments below!

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