There’s under just one week until the entry deadline for Eesti Laul, but should Estonian fan be getting worried? Broadcaster ERR has revealed that so far only 24 entries have been received for the 2019 edition of the Estonia’s national final.
The tally was confirmed by the broadcaster, as they encouraged songwriters to get their entries in. The current total of 24 pales next to the overall total for Eesti Laul 2018, when 258 entries were received.
But changes have been made to the 2018 submission process which may explain the lower number to date.
Submissions to Eesti Laul 2019 are now made through an online upload platform. It’s a change from the old system, which was all about the physical. Applications had to be dropped off to the broadcaster, and the process always included a live stream of artists rushing in to drop of their entries just before the deadline.
This year it’s all being done online. This means that, in theory, a songwriter could be putting finishing touches on their entry five minutes before the deadline. As long as they get it uploaded in time, it will be counted.
But there’s something else that may be to blame for the smaller number of entries. This year there is an application fee to enter Eesti Laul. Artists entering songs in Estonian will pay €25, while artists with songs in foreign languages will pay double.
In theory, the fee could mean that songwriters are being more thoughtful when selecting songs to enter, and won’t just enter whatever old songs they have lying around.
There’s also a limit of five songs per songwriter or artist than can be entered.
Once entries close on 6 November, the songs will be assessed by Eesti Laul’s jury. The selected semi-finalists will be announced on November 15 on the TV show Ringvaates. The full songs will be released no later than December 4.
The semi-finals of Eesti Laul will be held on January 31 and February 2. The broadcaster still has not confirmed where the semi-finals will be held.
The grand final, however, will be held in the usual location of Saku Suurhall. It will take place on February 16. Tickets for all three shows will be available in November.
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