With the Eesti Laul 2017 final just hours away, we’re busy bitting our finely polished nails. Tonight ten acts will take the stage but only one will earn the right to represent Estonia at Eurovision 2017. The bookies have already named Kerli as their favourite to win. And it seems that our readers are buying into the hype too.
Shortly after Estonia’s ERR revealed the running order for the final, we asked you which of the ten finalists was your favourite to win. After counting 4,971 votes, we can now reveal that Kerli has come out on top with nearly 37% of the vote!
You can watch Kerli and all of the other acts compete from 18:30 CET via ERR’s live stream.
Kerli’s avant-garde song “Spirit Animal” went wild in our poll, earning a total of 1,837 votes — over a third of all those cast.
In a recent interview with wiwiblogger William, she described her staging as an artic shamanic journey. After spending nine months living an ascetic life, she’s determined to share another dimension of her craft. As she said: “My art lately has been getting really deep, and I wanted to showcase a more playful side.”
The Estonian star first battled to sing at Eurovision in 2003 at Melodifestivalen. Unfortunately, she and her singing partners The Locatelis — who she does not keep in touch with — failed to make it to the final. But her passion didn’t stop and she tried again at Eesti Laul 2004, losing out to Neikoso. But she’s still alive, stronger and ready to go.
Kerli’s also going wild with our Wiwi Jury, earning a very respectable score of 7.03. While reviewing “Spirit Animal”, wiwiblogger Jason found her song catchy and slick.
wiwiblogger Chris wrote:
Full disclosure here: I was underwhelmed when I first heard “Spirit Animal”. Looking back, that was probably because I was going in with such unrealistic expectations. Crucially, the average person tuning in to the Eurovision final won’t have them. Which leaves a very, very good song, with a great performer. We all know that we’re waiting for Kerli to perform this with full staging. With everything together, it could be something truly special. Is it a Eurovision winner? I’m not sure. Top 10? Definitely.
Finishing second in our poll, it’s Miss Elina Born with her song “In or Out”. She received 907 votes — or around 18% of all those cast. She already knows what Eurovision is about. After representing Estonia in 2015 — where she teamed with Stig Rasta on “Goodbye to Yesterday” — she’s now back on her own and brimming with attitude and experience. Can this queen snatch the crown she wore two years ago?
Third place goes to Eurovision veteran Koit Toome and Eesti Laul stalwart Laura with their Shakespeare-themed song “Verona”.
Together they managed to gather 834 votes, or around 17% of the total. As their semi-final performance showed, they’re not lost in Verona — they are slaying their way toward potential victory. With silhouettes and strong foreground effects, they’re hoping to prove their drama has a happy ending.
Poll results: who should represent Estonia at Eurovision 2017? (results)
- Kerli – “Spirit Animal” 36.95 % (1,837 votes)
- Elina Born – “In Or Out” 18.25% (907 votes)
- Koit Toome & Laura – “Verona” 16.78% (834 votes)
- Ariadne – “Feel Me Now” 7.48% (372 votes)
- Rasmus Rändve – “This Love” 4.71% (234 votes)
- Liis Lemsalu – “Keep Running” 4.26% (202 votes)
- Lenna Kuurma – “Slingshot” 4% (199 votes)
- Karl-Kristjan & Whogaux feat. Maian – “Have You Now” 3.22% (160 votes)
- Daniel Levi – “All I Need” 2.6% (129 votes)
- Ivo Linna – “Suur Loterii” 1.75% (87 votes)
Total cast votes: 4,971
Eesti Laul 2017 kicks off tonight at 18:30 CET and can be streamed live via ERR’s website. The winner will be selected over two rounds of voting. In the first round, a jury (50%) and a public vote (50%) will determine the top three songs to proceed to the super final. In the super final, the winner will be selected entirely by a public vote.
The results show will air from 20:35 CET live on ERR, following a news bulletin that runs from 20:00 – 20:35 CET.
Exciting Eurovision stars will also take the stage as interval acts. Both, Mans Zelmerlow (ESC 2015 – Sweden) and Poli Genova (ESC 2016 – Bulgaria) will visit Tallinn’s Saku Suurhall arena to bring the house down.
What do you think about the poll results? Is “Spirit Animal” the song to beat at Eesti Laul 2017? Let us know in the comment section below!