It’s no secret that Estonia hopes to turn its Eesti Laul into the Melodifestivalen of the East. They’re moving to a bigger venue this year, have called on past Eesti Laul stars for promotional efforts and are actively pushing Eesti Laul as a stop on the Eurovision 2016 campaign trail. Naturally they’re also drumming up news at every turn, as with today’s announcement of the running order of the two semi-finals, which you can see below.

First semi-final – Februrary 13

1. The Jingles – “Love a Little Bit”
2. Würffel – “I’m Facing North”
3. Mick Pedaja – “Seis”
4. Indrek Ventmann – “Hispaania tüdruk”
5. Cartoon feat. Kristel Aaslaid – “Immortality”
6. Kéa – “Lonely Boy”
7. Kati Laev – “Kaugel sinust”
8. Zebra Island – “How Many Times”
9. Laura – “Supersonic”
10. Windy Beach – “Salty Wounds”

Second semi-final – February 20

1. Go Away Bird – “Sally”
2. Jüri Pootsmann – “Play”
3. Meisterjaan – “Parmupillihullus”
4. I Wear* Experiment – “Patience”
5. Púr Múdd – “Meet Halfway”
6. Grete Paia – “Stories Untold”
7. Põhja-Tallinn – “Ei ole mul olla”
8. Anett Kulbin – “Strong”
9. Gertu Pabbo – “Miljon korda”
10. La La Ladies – “Unikaalne”

Eesti Laul 2016 Tickets

As usual, voting on Eesti Laul 2016 consists of 50% jury voting and 50% televoting. Five entries from each semi-final qualify to the final, which takes place at the Saku Suurhall on March 5. Tickets go on sale tomorrow at 10:11 on 10-11.

Each participant can decide when to release their song but all entries must be available online by mid-December. At the time of writing I Wear* Experiment, The Jingles and Zebra Island have released their entries. You can listen to them here.

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el
el
4 years ago

Saw somone say in the comments that when Australia takes part in eurovision again, they’ll be in the BIG 5 (more like 6), but I truly think that they should compete in the semi-finals.

Vladimir
Vladimir
4 years ago

I have no idea who any of these singers are.

PP
PP
4 years ago

EBU want so much Australia at Eurovision 2016 and i think Australia wili always be in final like BIG 5 plus host country.

Olly the Swede
Olly the Swede
4 years ago

@mocosuburbian
Yeah I definitely think Australia will come back in 2016, they did send a great entry after all and they enjoyed being in the contest. However, I stated that there are 41 countries confirmed “so far” (including Australia, 100%). My question is who would be the #42 country joining us in Stockholm? ESCtoday wrote an article today saying that Bosnia & Herzegovina will make a final decision regarding Eurovision 2016 on 16 November. Fingers crossed they’ll join us or otherwise Lebanon or Croatia. 🙂

mocosuburbian
mocosuburbian
4 years ago

@Olly the Swede
watch it be Australia as another ~super secret surprise~
I don’t think any of the countries you named are coming back

ME
ME
4 years ago

I have heard only 3 songs and I can tell that first semi-final qualifiers are Cartoon & Kristel Aaslaid and Laura. And second semi-final qualifiers are Grete Paia, Gertu Pabbo, Jüri Poostmann and Põhja-Tallinn. So that mean that in second semi-final 6 other artists are just compeating for that one last spot. I’m Estonian and it’s just soooo obvious 🙂 Cartoon & Kristel Aaslaid – Cartoon is Estonias rising star and people just adore them because of that and their music is so good, Laura – she is like one of the most successful female solo singer, basically all her… Read more »

MTD
MTD
4 years ago

From the “up to date” entries, that Zebra Island song seems so good & radio-friendly, but its “live” version will be near bad, I pressume. 🙂 OK, 17 songs more to go. 🙂

Olly the Swede
Olly the Swede
4 years ago

For the first time in many years, I’m really looking forward to Eesti Laul 2016 and what the Estonians will send to Stockholm. I’m sure they’ll send a male solo singer for next year, you heard it here first y’all!

BREAKING NEWS, MAKE AN ARTICLE WIWIBLOGGS; Jan Ola Sand publicly said at the HostCity 2015 that there are 41 participants for Eurovision 2016 “so far”, so there’s still a chance for either Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Lebanon or even Morocco to return. 🙂 The full line-up will apparently be revealed soon……

EF0912
EF0912
4 years ago

I have real high hopes for Estonia in Stockholm. Really hope they pull this through. This and Latvia seem to be planning excellent selections for a second year in a row.

jr esc nl
jr esc nl
4 years ago

looking forward to eesti laul!