Edgy, arty, Estonia! Tallinn’s road to Ukraine kicked off tonight with the first semi-final of its national selection Eesti Laul 2017. After taking the stage to sing for survival, ten became five and Elina Born, Ariadne, Ivo Linna, Karl-Kristjan & Whogaux feat. Maian, and Lenna Kuurmaa emerged on top. They’ll compete in the final to be held at Saku Suurhall on March 4.
EESTI LAUL 2017 SEMI-FINAL 1 QUALIFIERS
Elina Born – “In or Out”
Serving 1960s Bond Girl, Elina oozed sex and sass, proving that she is most definitely in. So much so that we keep joking tonight wasn’t a semi-final, but rather The Elina Born Show with nine other acts meant to make her look good. She really owned the stage and should contend on March 4.
Ariadne – “Feel Me Now”
She stood alone, but she stood strong on stage tonight. People have been comparing her to pop starlets Zara Larsson and Ariana Grande, but tonight Ariadne did her. It was simple, but that let the song shine. They might want to reassess those screens though, they so 2000 and late.
Ivo Linna – “Suur loterii”
People (international Eurovision fans) are calling him Estonia’s answer to Hasse Anderson and in the sense that he’s old and a rocker they aren’t too wide of the mark. This was sweet, simple but actually better than both of the other rock efforts. Expect this to perform well on the night, out of Estonian love, but not actually challenge for the win. He’s winning on Instagram though – An account launched during the show added 10k followers in 10 minutes!
Karl-Kristjan & Whogaux feat. Maian – “Have You Now”
This is one of the most chart friendly songs in the competition, but the staging was a little underwhelming. There’s very little eye contact through the performance and the backing dancers are distracting. Making the vocalists less static would give this much more life.
Lenna Kuurmaa – “Slingshot”
The former vanilla ninja served tai chi realness on stage. With slick choreography and slicker vocals, Lenna well and truly earned her place in the final. It helps when you’ve been in the Estonian national final as many times as she has.
EESTI LAUL 2017 SEMI-FINAL 1 ELIMINATED ACTS
Carl-Philip – “Everything But You”
Uku Suviste – “Supernatural”
Laura Prits – “Hey Kiddo”
Janno Reim & Kosmos – “Valan pisaraid”
Leemet Onno – “Hurricane”
Eesti Laul continues next week with a second semi-final, where another five acts will advance to the grand final and five will be shown the door. Tallinn does not mess around y’all!
On March 4 the grand final will take place where one act will win the ticket to represent Estonia in Kyiv. Estonian broadcaster ERR will he hoping to avenge Jüri Pootsmann’s last place finish in the semi-final. After being touted as a potential winner in 2017, perhaps 2017 will be Tallinn’s year.
Who’s your favourite act that qualified tonight? Did someone get knocked out? Let us know in the comments!
Photo: Karli Saul