Preparations for Eesti Laul 2016 are well underway. On March 5, ten Estonian singers will compete in the Saku Arena (the venue of Eurovision 2002) for the honor to represent their country in Stockholm at Eurovision 2016. This will be the eighth edition of Eesti Laul, and the producers are proud of their work on this year’s selection:

“We are glad to note that the progress Estonia’s national semifinal has made in the past fourteen years since hosting Eurovision, and are pleased that the final concert will take place in Estonia’s largest indoor arena.”

-Tarmo Hobe, CEO of Estonia’s national broadcaster ERR

Over the past eight years, over half a million Estonians have voted in Eesti Laul. All of the contest’s previous winners posed for a picture earlier this month, sparking rumors that some may be returning to the national selection to try to become Estonia’s second Eurovision winner. So, we want to know: which past Estonian Eurovision singer should come back to Eesti Laul?

Ivo Linna (1996)

https://youtu.be/qS5aJnPClGU

Maarja-Liis Ilus (1996 & 1997)

https://youtu.be/peq9Z4sI98o

Koit Toome (1998)

Evelin Samuel & Camille (1999)

Ines (2000)

Tanel Padar, Dave Benton, and Soul Militia (2001)

https://youtu.be/4iW5zTxHGE8

Sahlene (2002)

Ruffus (2003)

Neiokoso (2004)

Laura Poldvere of Suntribe (2005)

Sandra Oxenryd (2006)

Gerli Padar (2007)

Hannes Vorno and Peeter Oja of Kreisiraadio (2008)

Sandra Nurmsalu of Urban Symphony (2009)

Robin Juhkental of Malcolm Lincoln (2010)

Getter Jaani (2011)

Ott Lepland (2012)

Birgit Sarrap (2013)

Tanja (2014)

Elina and Stig (2015)

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Firehunter
Firehunter
5 years ago

Ott Lepland could return, because his entry in 2012 was overrated and nothing special.

JohnUK
JohnUK
5 years ago

Ines is an incredible singer.If you watch her on Youtube when she was in the show Laula mu Laulu doind “Ede-Ines Etti , Torm” you can see just how world class she is delivering emotion. Getter Jaani is also a fantastic artist.She was let down with a childish song and stage show in ESC,but is far better than that. There are two standouts for me though who should win an Eesti Laul. First Liis Lemsalu.Her vocals are purely stunning as is her delivery.Then for me the greatest Estonian talent of them all,Iiris.She might be leftfield but her Magic Gift Box… Read more »

Thales
Thales
5 years ago

Eesti Laul is one of my favorites national finals.
But actually I’m hoping more for Lenna, Liis Lemsalu and Iiris, women that still didn’t represented Estonia in Eurovision, instead a return of other acts.
Even I like a lot of Sandra Nurmsalu, Ott Lepland, Elina Born and so many other artists, I’m still waiting for somebody who is trying hard to represent Estonia in Eurovision.

marcoreos
marcoreos
5 years ago

If Sandra comes back to Eurovision I will cry :’D So glad Maarja is included here too

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
5 years ago

@Thiefo: Ditto. Bookies picked Sandra Nurmsalu to win that contest. How she ended up FIFTH, I don’t know. My second choice that year was Lenna.

Kjetil
Kjetil
5 years ago

I’d be happy if Elisa Kolk would try it again 😀
She was my 2nd favourite after Elina & Stig this year

Österrike
Österrike
5 years ago

WTH do we need a gazillion youtube links in one blog post?!

D
D
5 years ago

I love nearly all of Estonia’s entries, but Sandra is the only previous winner I’d like back. She was robbed in 2014. Honestly, seeing all the winners together in a picture made me so happy lol. My number-one wish for Estonia this year is Iiris, followed by Kerli (less likely).

Thiefo
5 years ago

Sandra! I’m still upset she failed to win EL in 2014!

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
5 years ago

Elina could probably score big points on her own. I’d like to see Sandra take another shot at making the trip. Same for Lenna.

Maya G
Maya G
5 years ago

To me Eesti Laul is by far the best national final in Europe.
They always bring diverse lineup with many unusual ethnic and alternative rock entries, and even if some of the winners were disappointing (e.g. 2014, 2008, 2006) other winners were incredible (e.g. 2012, 2010, 2009) and the Eesti Laul final is usually suspenseful and hard to predict.
I would love to see Robin Juhkental making a comeback, he and his song were amazing and underrated. Sandra Nurmsalu is awesome as well and it would be great to have here again.

Blah
Blah
5 years ago

Just keep sending Elina & Stig. They could totally win it.

Nikos
Nikos
5 years ago

My votes go to Sandra, Ott, and Koit

#BurningCityLights
#BurningCityLights
5 years ago

Traffic, Daniel Levi, Teele Viira should come back to Eesti Laul 2016.

Antranig Shokayan
Editor
5 years ago

Elina Born could totally win Eurovision.

Would love to see Sahlene or Sandra Oxenryd after all this time though!

Daniel
Daniel
5 years ago

I voted Getter and Elina, not including Stig though.