Yesterday Estonia‘s broadcaster ERR revealed the first ten songs competing in Eesti Laul 2018. And today they are unveiling the ten songs that will compete in the second semi-final of Eesti Laul 2018 on 17 February.

In early November, the 20 semi-finalists and the names of their songs were revealed. At that stage, a few songs were already released, but today is the first time we’ll be able to hear all ten songs competing in the second semi-final.

The songs will be slowly revealed today, one by one every hour from 10:00 to 21:00 EET on the ERR Eesti Laul stream. As was the case last year, TV host Mai Palling and Vanilla Ninja guitarist Piret Järvis will chat with the artists as their songs are revealed. You can also watch the proceedings (with livestream commentary) on the web site of our official Eesti Laul partners at DELFI PUBLIK — Estonia’s most-read news source. Wiwibloggers William and Angus will also be commenting there.

The Eesti Laul semi-finals will take place on 10 and 17 February. Ten songs will make it to the grand final on 3 March, where Estonia will select their act for Lisbon.

Eesti Laul – Semi-final two (presented in the running order)

Marju Länik – “Täna otsuseid ei tee”

She’s a legend in Estonia. Her song “Karikakar”, which means daisy, was voted as the best Estonian song of the past 100 years. And that longevity certainly comes through in her Eesti Laul entry, which comes from another era. It’s sweet and breezy, and I’m sure there are people who would love to make love on a blanket outside while playing this. I’m not one of them. This reminds me of the off-white floral wallpaper you find in gran’s sitting room. It’s lovely to look at, but grows tiresome by the time the Strictly Christmas special ends. But props to Marju for that voice, her charm and (as insiders tell us) the fact she’s still as lovely and humble as ever.

Rolf Roosalu – “Show a Little Love”

Our friends at DELFI PUBLIK tell us that Rolf recently counted and he has been involved with 18 acts that have tried to get to Eurovision. I’m afraid he’ll have to try again next year. This song is the epitome of cheese and schmaltz, and at times it comes off as a little sleazy. “There’s a void inside, you lost your flow” – and apparently Rolf knows how to make it right if you come along for a ride and walk through the door with him. I’m not doing it. The mish-mash of funk, pop, soul, Michael Jackson and Bruno Mars is too much for me.

Frankie Animal – “(Can’t Keep Calling) Misty”

Estonian producers love their indie rock! And here comes Frankie Animal with their take on the genre. It’s dark, brooding and mysterious — qualities that lead singer Marie Vaigla accentuates with that sexy voice, which screams “naughty angel” or “tormented saint”. The electric guitar is really irritating — especially toward the end where it gets way too much air time. No matter. This remains one of the more interesting tunes in the contest.

Eliis Pärna & Gerli Padar – “Sky”

Their voices are as big and beautiful as the sky. And while the sky is the backdrop for storms and clouds and blizzards and other interesting phenomena, this lacks that dynamism. It’s SO one note! It’d be great for a musical as part of a bigger story but its own it just fills like filler. (And confirmed: Our sources at DELFI PUBLIK say it was, in fact, written for a musical).

Indrek Ventmann – “Tempel”

That voice is like a warm blanket — I just want to wrap it around me and feel the heat! Smooth, sexy, seductive, he’s got a lot going for him. The production is on point — I love what sounds like a calypso drum or xylophone … it’s like a nice tropical breeze to pepper up this lounge-y song. 90 seconds in I was like “an explosion is coming!” But, unfortunately, it was more of a whimper. Ah, well. I hope he can pull this off live because he has some nice material to work with.

Evestus – “Welcome to My World”

Evestus welcomes us to their world, but I’m not crossing border control. Their universe is part Marilyn Manson and totally unsettling. I don’t like the lyrics about cancer, the pained electro sounds or that incredibly shrill static. The only saving grace is that the song is just two minutes. Any more and I might throw something at the computer.

Karl Kristjan & Karl Killing feat. Wateva – “Young”

The act features an artist with the surname Killing and a featuring artist named WATEVA. But despite the talk of homicide and attitude, this is actually quite sweet. Karl & Karl have innocent, endearing vocals that fit with the boppy sound. It’s adorable how they mix the ukulele with all those digital, Spotify-friendly sounds (though about 45 seconds in some of those sounds become a tad overbearing and borderline annoying, like you’re stuck in a videogame soundtrack). Very few of the songs in Eesti Laul seem to have peaks / WOW moments this year and I don’t see one here either. But at least this sounds 2018.

Metsakutsu – “Koplifornia”

I’m instantly turned off from the very first note. Granted I don’t speak Estonian, but the aggressive rap is a real turn-off. It doesn’t feel like music. It’s just noise.

Our Angus has strong thoughts on this one:

Well “Koplifornia” is definitely different. The issue is that this is not necessarily a good thing. It’s really hard to know what to make of Metsakutsu’s song. You could read it as a fairly standard questionable Eurovision rap track. But then there’s the production, which sounds like a cut from the Black Eyed Peas 2009 recording sessions for END. And there’s also a chorus, where the “Copy-Copy-Copy-Free” refrain is more than a passing similarity to the Christmas turkey gobbling in the field. I hope for his sake Metsakutsu kept his receipts for recording sessions, because he should be asking for a refund for this mess of a song.

Girls in Pearls – “Spellbound”

Angus says:

“Semi-Final 2 is like an ugly clam that’s been hiding this pearl from us. Granted, it’s not a towering pop banger, nor a melodramatic ballad in the ‘Verona’ tradition, but ‘Spellbound’ is breezy and easy to listen to, which can not be said for most of the other songs in the semi-final. It will be interesting to see how the sisters perform without the benefits of significant vocoder layered over their vocals, but ‘Spellbound’ has the potential to charm audiences in 2018.”

Nika – “Knock Knock”

She’s a Tallinn Airport security worker who recently found fame on X Factor Ukraine. And we are more than happy to welcome this sister from the terminal to the Eesti Laul stage. Her voice is deep and resonates with power and soul — love! The song itself is a bit of a pastiche…part pop ballad, part RnB, part Bollywood, part hip-hop, part dubstep…and very difficult to define. It may be a bit too pick ‘n mix for some. But Nika is a compelling performer with major swagger.

What do you think about the songs competing in Eesti Laul’s second semi-final? Which should make it to the grand final? Tell us in the comments section below!

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Bambi sato
Bambi sato
3 years ago

my favorite song is Indrek Ventmann – Tempel .it sounds amazing and special .

Bambi sato
Bambi sato
3 years ago

my favorite song is Indrek Ventmann – Tempel .it sounds amazing and special .

Arvid Marklund
Arvid Marklund
3 years ago

My favourites are:
5. On My Mind – 8/10
4. Knock Knock – 8.5/10
3. La Forza – 8.5/10
2. Laura (Walk With Me) – 9/10
1. Home – 9/10

Chromium
Chromium
3 years ago

“Spellbound” is the only one in this SF that I listened all the way through. That 80’s electro-pop sound is so up my alley, but I’m not sure it will be for the rest of the Eurovision-watching public. Indrek Ventmann has such a good voice; it’s a shame his song doesn’t really go anywhere.

Sabrina
Sabrina
3 years ago

That’s a weak semifinal. I really like Spellbound but I don’t know if it’s suited for Eurovision.

Heini
Heini
3 years ago

I’m from Estonia and i can say the choice for this years Eesti Laul is terrible. Only two songs stand out for me and probably one of them wins, both are in semi-final 1 – Stig Rästa – Home and Elina – La Forza. Others are just too boring, unforgettable or just annoying.

Daniel
Daniel
3 years ago

Eesti Laul 2018: “La forza” vs 3-4 more acts that could stand out + an avalanche of entries taken out of the garbage to complete the line-up.
You have to be kidding me, is this really the best among all the entries submitted this year?
I know a NF is bad news for me when I give a score of 0/10 to 15% of the entries, and a red score to 70%. WTF?

Just pick “La forza” and save the money to plan the staging. I’m serious. And pissed off -_-

brennan
brennan
3 years ago

Frankie Animalllll
Koplifornia is not that bad

Zebb
Zebb
3 years ago

Spellbound, Misty, Sky – All of them don’t have much of an impact but they have charming moments that keep you attached.
Knock Knock – quite interesting, I don’t like 2:26-2:46 bridge vocals but overall positive.
Koplifornia is a weirdo cocktail, pre-killed by spat out koplifornias throughout the track. +points for editor’s courage though.

Seems like no clear favourite here unless notoriety paved the way for someone already.

Gorilla716
Gorilla716
3 years ago

The only ones in SF2 that I really like are Spellbound and Young. Of those two, Spellbound is my favorite because I find it really enjoyable to listen to unlike many of the other songs this year and I wouldn’t mind it if it goes to Eurovision as long as it has great staging to accompany it.

DyGh
DyGh
3 years ago

Good, now we know Estonia definitely wont win ESC

blondboybc
blondboybc
3 years ago

After listening to all, my top 3 are: Kulm, La Forza and On my mind really stand out. Weaker selection than last year. Most of the songs sound dated or forgettable or unbearable,

AngieP
AngieP
3 years ago

“Spellbound”: different sound. Interesting. I’m not a fan though.
“Koplifornia”: I don’t like it.
Knock knock”: Good start but then no interest.

General opinion of the 2nd semi: very few good songs. 1st semi is better.

mad-professor
mad-professor
3 years ago

I’ve heard Can’t Keep Calling Misty before (not something similar, that exact song) and I can’t remember where for the life of me.

mad-professor
mad-professor
3 years ago
Reply to  mad-professor

Now I remember! The song came out in October – it’s not a copy, I had just heard it before. I actually really like it, so either that or Nika for me.

Coolhand
Coolhand
3 years ago

Semi 1>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Semi 2 (really love Can’t Keep Calling Misty)

EE
EE
3 years ago

Killing is a silver coin in Estonian, nothing to do with murder.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
3 years ago
Reply to  EE

Ah, thanks for that. 🙂

West
West
3 years ago

First semifinal is so much stronger imo. From this semifinal only Misty stands out a bit and Spellbound and Young are ok, but nothing as good as Drop that boogie, Laura (Walk with me) or Külm which are my top 3.

Roelof Meesters
Roelof Meesters
3 years ago

Spellbound is actually REALLY good, I love it a lot and it should win in this very dire semi-final.

Trans Mermaid
Trans Mermaid
3 years ago

Kulm is the only song im okay with

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
3 years ago

I think what I love about Eesti Laul is how radio-friendly it is. I enjoy these songs a lot in different ways – many remind me of my past music interests. I still like “(Can’t keep calling) Misty” the best and I can’t really explain why.

As for “Sky”, does anyone remember Beverley Craven? It’s THAT type of song. Don’t underestimate it. 🙂

The other songs are all nice enough.
Who’s going to win? I haven’t the foggiest idea! And it’s quite foggy here, by the way. x

Jayy R
Jayy R
3 years ago

Compared to the songs in Semi Final 1, I’m sorry, but these are bad. They’re either dated, one note, or pure noise. I love Eesti Laul, it’s one of my favourite national finals, but this is a pretty weak year for Estonia. I think I’m just gonna skip this Semi Final :/

Hani
Hani
3 years ago

Weak national selection.

AngieP
AngieP
3 years ago

“Tana otsuseid ei tee” sounds so dated. It feels like we’re in the 70s or 80’s. “Show a little love” sounds so cheesy and from the 80’s. I don’t like it. “(Can’t keep calling) misty” is an interesting song with an interesting sound. I don’t really like the chorus, the verse is better. “Sky”: beautiful but I think I’m going to sleep. “Tempel”: I didn’t like this one. It gets monotonous. “Welcome to my world”: First of all, why is it only 2 minutes? I guess we couldn’t listen to this sound for 3 minutes. It gets irritating. “Young” sounds… Read more »

Jo
Jo
3 years ago

Estonia should’ve done like Montenegro and selected just 5 songs for the nf.

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
3 years ago

Tragic lineup, there were only three songs I liked: La forza, Külm, and Everybody’s Dressed.

Dada
Dada
3 years ago

mmmm… kind of sad… most of these songs aren’t good and already am missing last year’s Eesti Laul. WHAT HAPENNED?!?

AB
AB
3 years ago

The one I keep replaying over and over is “Thousand Words” by Sibyl Vane, but maybe that’s because I’ve already killed “Külm” by overdoing that one too…

Marco
Marco
3 years ago

Elina song still the best so far :/

Marx
Marx
3 years ago
Reply to  Marco

Most likely there’s nothing that tops it. Most 2nd semifinal songs got lookwarm response after they got leaked yesterday.

zheng
zheng
3 years ago

WOW! Rolf Roosalu has a cool song