Last week Vajé, Iiris & Agoh, Sibyl Vane, Stig Rästa and Elina Nechayeva won the first five places in the final of Eesti Laul 2018 and tonight five more acts followed in their footsteps during Eesti Laul 2018 Semi-Final 2. Frankie Animal, Evestus, Karl Kristjan & Karl Killing feat. Wateva and Nika all advanced thanks to jury votes, with Eliis Pärna & Gerli Padar joining them on the basis of the televoting Estonian public alone. They’ll all take to the stage during the final on March 3.
EESTI LAUL 2018 SEMI-FINAL 2 FINALISTS
Nika “Knock Knock”
If Kerli was a white walker last year, here comes Khaleesi! Nika was serving it tonight and may have set herself up as a contender for two weeks time in the final.
Evestus “Welcome to My World”
If Conchita and Lordi had a baby, you’d get Evestus. The song itself wasn’t bad, but the overall package is a bit off putting. It made the final over safer acts though, so perhaps this is a dark horse.
Frankie Animal “(Can’t Keep Calling) Misty”
The song had a neo-noir 60s feel and it’s good that Frankie Animal capitalized on that in the staging, because it helps elevate an otherwise pedestrian song. Estonia clearly loves indie bands, so we should expect this to perform well at the final.
Karl Kristjan & Karl Killing feat. Wateva “Young”
The boys can sing, but the staging is very lightweight – essentially the two wandering around the stage and lyrics being flashed across screens. This needs brushing up to challenge during the final.
Eliis Pärna & Gerli Padar “Sky”
The girls vocals sparkled, the song did not. A classic case of vocal over song quality. Although the mirror staging was intriguging. And yet, it advanced to the final, so perhaps the Estonians know something we do not.
EESTI LAUL 2018 SEMI-FINAL 2 NON-QUALIFIERS
Marju Länik “Täna otsuseid ei tee”
For three minutes on stage tonight it was like Dolly Parton was among us – or at least Estonia’s answer to her. Marju served pleasant country balladry and peppered the performance with cute glances at the camera, but it wasn’t enough to make it to the final.
Rolf Roosalu “Show a Little Love”
Rolf has beautiful blue eyes and spent much of the performance blue steeling straight down the camera lens. Which is fortuitous as it distracted from the dated schlager number he was serving on stage.
Indrek Ventmann “Tempel”
Weird sound effects, weirder staging and people ripping open his t-shirt. One of the most promising songs in this year’s lineup marred by distinctly odd staging. What a missed opportunity.
You can only assume that a lot of questionable substances were involved in all aspects of this. Choppy camera angles and neon overlays can’t compensate for a hideous song. It is a real blessing Estonia didn’t send this through to the final tonight.
Girls in Pearls “Spellbound”
Icy, haunting and electro this really elevated on stage tonight. Unfortunately it may be a case of too little too late, as the song failed to make the final.
There are two weeks now until the final of Eesti Laul 2018, where from the ten finalists, Estonia will pick one act to represent them at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon in May. Estonia’s act will compete in the first half of the first semi-final.