Shakespeare and Spirit animals were on show tonight in Estonia as ten more acts battled it out to make the Eesti Laul 2017 final on March 4 in Tallinn. 5 acts advanced from the heat – Koit Toome & Laura, Kerli, Liis Lemsalu, Rasmus Rändvee & Daniel Levi – and will fight it out to represent Estonia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kyiv in May.
EESTI LAUL SEMI-FINAL 2 QUALIFIERS
Rasmus Rändvee – “This Love”
Tonight the talent show winner and rock-jock caused an earthquake. And that was just his camera work. “This Love” is a thumping rock anthem up there with the best of them. Pairing jaunty camera angles, with Rasmus’s showmanship and simple graphics that focused on the song lyrics proved effective. Whether this will be a standout at the final remains to be seen.
Koit Toome & Laura – “Verona”
This was always going to be stunning and Koit & Laura didn’t let us down. Full of Shakespearian drama, the dynamic duo made strong use of shadows, silhouettes and their stunning voices to propel themselves into the final. This has to be the favourite to win going into the final.
Daniel Levi – “All I Need”
Daniel is back and things looked a little scary when he wasn’t one of the first four names called out. Fortunately, the televoters came through for homeboy and “All I Need” will appear at the final. For such an upbeat dance anthem, Daniel’s performance was dark, relying on lasers slicing through the darkness to light up our world.
Kerli – “Spirit Animal”
If Kerli is the witch doctor sign us up to be cursed. What had seemed a little monotonous in the studio version came alive on stage, with a phalanx of male dancers, a snowstorm and strong makeup taking it from ethereal to electrifying. There’s a reason homegirl was hyped before the competition!
Liis Lemsalu – “Keep Running”
Liis’s song is full of sunshine and light, so it’s little surprise her staging mirrored that too. Although the performance felt a little static at times, Liis’s undeniable energy and warmth shone through. As soon as the crowd started waving their lights the entire place came alive and the effect should be massively amplified in the arena in two weeks time.
EESTI LAUL SEMI-FINAL 2 ELIMINATED ACTS
Angeelia – “We Ride With Our Flow”
Antsud – “Vihm”
Close To Infinity feat. Ian Karell – “Sounds Like Home”
Alvistar Funk Association – “Make Love, Not War”
Almost Natural – “Electric”
WHEN’S THE FINAL OF EESTI LAUL 2017?
The final of Eesti Laul won’t take place till March 4 so you have plenty of time to familiarise yourself with the 10 finalists and their songs.
The venue, the Saku Suurhall played host to Eurovision itself in 2002, and is the largest indoor arena in Estonia.
The winner will be selected through two rounds of voting. First a 50/50 jury-televoting split will select three songs for a superfinal. At the superfinal the winner will be selected entirely by public televoting.
Make sure to follow our coverage with DELFI live on the night.
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Photo Credit: Anna Aurelia Minev, ERR