Estonia eesti laul kerli interview (1)

On Saturday ten more stars launched their bids to win Eesti Laul 2017 — Estonia’s national selection for Eurovision. Amid giant LEDs, flashing lights and even some thrusting men dressed as animals, five survived to sing another day.

And, with the help of our partners at DELFI PUBLIK — Estonia’s most-read news source — we were able ask them questions after the show. Get ready to fall in love with Estonia all over again!

Blonde bombshell Liis looks as delicious off stage as on. She tells us that winning Estonian Idol changed everything. “It was the place where I became me and I became a singer, because before that I wasn’t,” she says. “[It] had a really big impact on my career and life.”

Surrounded by his bandmates, Daniel looked dapper as ever in a finely tailored suit. Why did he want to return to the contest after finishing second in 2015?

“It all comes back to the song and this year we felt like we have an amazing song,” he says. “‘All I Need’ — it talks about the first time meeting someone and we felt that this is a message that anyone can get behind. The first time you meet someone you don’t know what’s going to happen, but you have a feeling that anything is possible.”

Serving her unique take on tradition, Antsud explained the two inspirations behind her song. “It was this instrument,” she says, holding up a traditional instrument we dare you to try and name, “and also this weather in Estonia that is always rainy.”

You know him as the lead singer of Facelift Deer. But Rasmus Rändvee is relishing his time performing alone at Eesti Laul.

“It’s because solo artistship has always been an idea for me, and this year it came early. It’s great to be back on stage but it’s really weird to be alone.”

Kerli, one of the most talked-about acts in any Eurovision selection this year, made it clear that she follows news within the Eurovision bubble. She says:

“Hi wiwibloggs! I know that you guys are hardcore Eurovision fans and I’m so honoured that you guys have been supporting my song ‘Spirit Animal’ as they say all over the place. I love you.”

And what’s her spirit animal? “Absolutely no brainer,” she says. “My spirit animal is the white tiger, which you can also hear in my song, and the white tiger is the leader of the underdogs. It came to me in a dream and it is the closest to my heart.”

She also shared her brand new tattoo of a viper. “Nobody has seen it yet and I got it two days ago. This is an Estonian poisonous snake, but it’s a pagan symbol, and you can hear in my song ‘coiled up in snakes’. I’ve got all my spirit animals coming with me to the final.”

Laura & Koit weren’t lost in “Verona” last night — they were on point! And they were definitely feeling each other afterwards.

“I’m just happy,” Koit says. “I mean, look at her! This kind of duet partner. I think we have a beautiful song and that’s why I’m happy about it.”

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Antsud
Antsud
4 years ago

@PP, Kerli was sick during performance shootings, wait for final before judging her voice 🙂

youtuber
youtuber
4 years ago

Why are comments getting moderated?
https://youtu.be/xzIdmIK9OcU
This is a compilation of YouTube tops…..check it out guys.

Colin
Colin
4 years ago

Honestly, I think that Rasmus Randvee gave the best performance of the evening, and I mean from *all* national finals and semis. B-) Slowly becoming my favorite.

PP
PP
4 years ago

Kerli is like Margaret from Poland last year, studio verison sound goog , but in live they don t sound very good.
My favorite are Koit and Laura, Elina or Ariadne

redfox
redfox
4 years ago

Verona is very outdated and it sounds like “someone has probably done this before”. Sven Lõhmus, king of cliché.

I would not be surprised if the Grand Old Man Ivo Linna wins the whole thing. And I´d be happy, but…well, since my mom is obsessed with Rasmus, so since she is paying for the phone, I cant vote for anyone else.

Rich
Rich
4 years ago

I am happily lost in Verona!

This is what we all need….inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Verona is such a beautiful Italy city also.

It is a beautifully sung duet by these two remarkable solo artists who know their craft. They complement each really well and their chemistry shows through on the stage.

I am personally wishing “Verona” will be given that chance to go to Kiev. This song just makes me smile. I love it!

I am sure the rest of the Eurovision audience will do too.

ASD
ASD
4 years ago

Kerli!!!!!!!

JackESC
JackESC
4 years ago

So glad that Kerli went through! I’ve loved her ever since she released “Army of Love”, and now “Spirit Animal”? PERFECT!!! Can’t wait for the final, it’s gonna be so hard to pick a winner! ????????????

DaimBarrr
4 years ago

Kerli – you are my Spirit Animal.

We are very excited to see you perform again. I hope you see you in Kiev!!

The people singing Verona already think they have won. I think this is too cocky.

redfox
redfox
4 years ago

it is “Antsud”, not Anstud. Ants is a name and -ud is an ending for plural form