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.

What do you think? Which artists do you hope are among the 24? Who would you like to see represent Estonia in Tel Aviv? Tell us your thoughts below!

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Chris
Chris
1 year ago

If only they opened it up to non-Estonian songwriters and producers they’d get more people submitting

Eurovisionary
Eurovisionary
1 year ago

I would LOVE to see Tanja back.

Maris
Maris
1 year ago

Estonia was also the only country not to grant any points to Israel this year. We know what military occupation feels like. Why should we support the contest in Israel, then? #boycott

Héctor
Héctor
1 year ago

a 25€/50€ fee per song?! Hope they don’t receive any more entries. Asking participants for a fee from a pulic channel… robbers.

milky
milky
1 year ago
Reply to  Héctor

i don’t like the fee either but i think the new HoD said it’s because to keep out troll entries and to pay for the stage show

Thanos
Thanos
1 year ago

I don’t know about you, but I just can’t get over how beautiful and stunning Elina is in this photo! What a natural beauty!

blondboybc
blondboybc
1 year ago

Let’s hope Kerli makes a comeback…her music and style are very unique and perfect for the ESC!

Polegend Godgarina
1 year ago

Stig Rusty needs to stay out of this contest tbh

Jo.
Jo.
1 year ago

can’t wait for his new flop.

Jack
Jack
1 year ago

I guess the new submission fee rule backfired, don’t most national selections receive much of their submissions in the last few days? hopefully that’s the case but as controversial as I sound I really hope none of the shortlisted songs will be written by Stig, we need more new blood.

Henry
Henry
1 year ago

The three year curse will strike again, 25 euros is nothing for a songwriter. Someone message the Padar siblings, Sandra Nurmsalu, Ott Lepland, Tanja, the Elinas, and Juri too come and save the day.

Mr. Vanilla Bean
Mr. Vanilla Bean
1 year ago
Reply to  Henry

I’ll message Ott if you give me 25 euros. Or Sandra for 50.

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
1 year ago
Reply to  Henry

Rasmus Rändvee!

milky
milky
1 year ago

i’m estonian and wow YIKES i’ve lost all hope now lol

Mr. Vanilla Bean
Mr. Vanilla Bean
1 year ago
Reply to  milky

How many of those 24 do you think are from Stig Rästa or Sven Lõhmus? 😀

milky
milky
1 year ago

all of them

Ferdz
Ferdz
1 year ago

Please, Kerli, try again this year 🙁

VincentBoi
1 year ago

My ass is very tender!

James
James
1 year ago

Lennaa this is your chance !

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
1 year ago
Reply to  James

Aye! Should she try another pop tune, or should she rock? Should she re-form her original band, Vanilla Ninja (8th in 2005 for Switzerland)?

Conor K
Conor K
1 year ago

I got 24 entries and Leto Svet ain’t one

Glenniebooooy
Glenniebooooy
1 year ago

I want kerli back!!!!!!!

Mark
Mark
1 year ago

Quick, someone tell JOWST that there is still a place to submit his songs.

Mr. Vanilla Bean
Mr. Vanilla Bean
1 year ago
Reply to  Mark

Only if he included an Estonian songwriter, I think. He’d probably share the credits with any Estonian to get in, though.

Joe
Joe
1 year ago

JOWST is thirsty

Philip
Philip
1 year ago
Reply to  Mark

He wrote me he is talking to Czech Television, so maybe we will see him in ESCZ 2019.

West
West
1 year ago
Reply to  Philip

Nice. I guess we’ll see in January (or earlier if they refuse him and he’ll be salty again).

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
1 year ago
Reply to  Mark

A collaboration with Kerli might make things very interesting. 🙂

Denis
Denis
1 year ago

two semi finals with 12 acts each?

Felicia
Felicia
1 year ago

I hope lemon fight have submitted for 2019

Mr. Vanilla Bean
Mr. Vanilla Bean
1 year ago

I hope those 24 entries are awesome lol

West
West
1 year ago

Quality over quantity.

Mr. Vanilla Bean
Mr. Vanilla Bean
1 year ago
Reply to  West

Definitely!