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.”
Last night at #eestilaul, the amazing and talented @kerlimusic showed us her brand new tattoo which she only got two days ago. It depicts a poisonous Estonian snake. Gorgeous and deadly — just like Kerli at #eestilaul2017! Thank you to our partners at @publik.ee. ????? #eurovision2017 #eurovision #eurovisionsongcontest
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.”