Estonian broadcaster ERR has announced the 20 lucky participants for the Eesti Laul 2014, the Estonian national final. The qualifiers were announced by Heidy Purga, Executive Producer of Eesti Laul, during today’s daytime TV show Ringvaade.
The list includes some familiar faces that have competed at the Eurovision Song Contest before. Sandra Nurmsalu was one of the members of Urban Symphony that represented the country in 2009. Her entry is written by the same composer that composed “Rändajad”, which you can listen to below. Another notable name is Lenna, who represented Switzerland in 2005 as part of Vanilla Ninja. And you may remember Lauri Pihlap who was part of the group 2XL that secured Estonia’s only Eurovision victory in 2001, along with Tanel Padar and Dave Benton.
August Hunt with “Kus On EXIT?” (August Hunt)
Brigita Murutar with “Laula Täis Taevakaar” (Rainer Michelson, Feliks Kütt)
Kõrsikud with “Tule Ja Jää” (Kõrsikud)
Lauri Pihlap with “Lootus” (Lauri Pihlap)
Lenna with “Supernoova” (Mihkel Raud)
Maiken with “Siin Või Sealpool Maad” (Kadri Koppel)
Maltised with “Elu” (Jakko Maltis)
MiaMee with “Fearful Heart” (Liina Saar, Liisi Koikson)
Nimmerschmidt with “Sandra” (Fredy Schmidt, Andero Nimmer, Merilyn Merisalu)
Nion with “Muud Pole Vaja” (Karl Kanter, Keit Triisa, Marilyn Jurman)
Norman Salumäe with “Search” (Norman Salumäe)
Sandra Nurmsalu with “Kui Tuuled Pöörduvad” (Sven Lõhmus)
Sofia Rubina with “City Lights” (Priit Juurmann, Sofia Rubina)
State of Zoe with “Solina” (Anneliis Kits, Sander Mölder)
Super Hot Cosmos Blues Band with “Maybe-Maybe” (Mati Sütt, Janno Reim)
Tanja with “Amazing” (Timo Vendt, Tatjana Mihhailova)
The Titles with “Flame” (Rasmus Lill, Markus Rafael Nylund)
Traffic with “Für Elise” (Stig Rästa, Silver Laas)
VÖÖRAD with “Maailm On Hull” (Priit Uustulnd, Meiko Humal)
Wilhelm with “Resignal” (Lauri Kadalipp)
Eesti Laul 2014 kicks off with the two semifinals on 14 and 21 February, followed by the final on 1 March.
So what do you guys think? Does Estonia have a winner, or another top 10? Let us know in the comments box below!
Anthony Ko contributed this report from the U.K. Follow him on Twitter at @bjorneo. William Cahill also contributed reporting from Ireland. You can also keep up-to-date with the latest Eurovision news and gossip by liking our Facebook page.
Photo: Eurovision.tv (EBU)