In December Estonia’s ERR revealed the twenty songs competing in this year’s Eesti Laul — its national selection for Eurovision.
And shortly afterwards Deban and I got together in London to listen to the tracks while sitting in front of a camera. Our ever-patient video editor Forrest then worked his magic to produce our Semi-Final 1 reaction video, which you can watch below.
This semi-final is widely considered the stronger of the two, with a number of fan favourites including Eurovision 2015 star Stig Rästa, opera diva and former Eesti Laul host Elina and up-and-comer Desiree. On first listen did we share the enthusiasm that so many others have felt?
On December 21 we uploaded the first of our semi-final polls, asking our readers to name their favourites.
By the afternoon of January 11 Elina Netsajeva had jumped into the lead with “La Forza”, an opera number that shows off her incredibly powerful voice. She’s earned 688 votes — or around 27% of all those cast.
In second was Stig Rästa with “Home”, a sing-song ballad that oozes tenderness and calm. During the holiday season he performed a stripped-back version of his stripped back song, taking it to another level in acoustic. He’s sitting on 532 votes, or around 21% of all those cast.
Rounding out the Top 3 are the dreadlocked divas from Etnopatsy, with their spiritual, other-worldly song “Kulm”. They’ve got 394 votes — or around 15%.
If you haven’t voted yet, you still have plenty of time to mull things over. The poll will remain open until just before the first semi-final.