Today Estonia’s EER published the rules and regulations for the 2016 edition of Eesti Laul — the country’s much-loved national selection for Eurovision. Looking toward that final, and further ahead to ESC 2016 in Stockholm, producers want more time to experiment and promote the participating songs. It’s all about getting bang for their bucks (err, euros).
“We’ve been considering this for a long time, and it seems reasonable to bring the Christmas deadline forward,” Mart Normet, the show’s producer and Estonia’s Head of Delegation says on the ERR web site. “It provides an opportunity to be heard on the radio for longer, and gives both us and the artists more time to arrange the stage and to make the numbers work.”
The final will take place on March 5, 2016.
Eesti Laul 2015: Rules and Regulations
As detailed on ERR’s Eesti Laul web site, the Estonians are keeping it local and organic: “all of the authors and performers must be citizens or residents of Estonia.” As ever, the songs must not exceed three minutes and they cannot have been publicly performed prior to 1 September 2015.