Estonian broadcaster ERR has revealed the 24 songs that will compete in the semi-finals of Eesti Laul 2019 next year. The line-up sees four former Estonian Eurovision stars return, as well as the daughter of a winner. And one song that asks a very important question in German.
From 216 entries, an expert jury were tasked with reducing that down to just 24. The jury included many Estonian music industry figures, but also featured some former Eurovision and Eesti Laul regulars. Lenna Kuurmaa, Laura Põldvere and Rolf Roosalu sat on the jury, also a sign that these artists wouldn’t be having another turn in Eesti Laul 2019.
While the names of the songs, performers and songwriting credits have already been released, we’ll have to wait a couple more weeks to hear the songs. They will be released on December 1.
Vocal group The Swingers features two female vocalists who have both previously represented Estonia at Eurovision. In 2013, Birgit Õigemeel performed “Et uus saaks alguse”, while the following year Tanja sang and danced with “Amazing”.
In 2009 Sandra Nurmsalu was the lead vocalist of the group Urban Symphony. They placed sixth with “Rändajad”. This is Sandra’s Eesti Laul appearance as a solo performer.
Sissi is the daughter of Dave Benton, who was part of the team who gave Estonia its first (and so far only) Eurovision win in 2001. Earlier this year, Sissi was the runner-up of Eesti otsib superstaari (Estonian Idol).
Melodifestivalen fans may remember Victor Crone from 2015. He performed with Behrang Miri on the Måns Zelmerlöw-written “Det rår vi inte för”. This time he’s here as a solo performer, singing a song written by another Eurovision star, Estonia’s Stig Rästa, this time entering only as a songwriter.
In case anyone is wondering, no, Kerli Kivilaan isn’t the same Kerli who gave us “Spirit Animal” in 2017. This Kerli will be singing “Cold Love”, which kind of sounds like the sort of thing her namesake would sing.
Stefan was one half of Vajé who placed third with “Laura (Walk With Me)” in the Eesti Laul 2018 superfinal. Stefan will be performing as a solo artist this time.
Eesti Laul semi-regular Grete Paia is also in for 2019. She previously competing in 2013 (where she placed second in the superfinal with “Päästke noored hinged”) and in 2016, where “Stories Untold” placed seventh in the grand final.
In 2016, Kristel Aaslaid placed third in the superfinal with the song “Immortality”, performed with Cartoon. She now has a new group, Öed, along with Tuuli Rand. Earlier this year they had the amazing single “Rulli Rulli Rulli”.
Uku Suviste is currently a contestant on the ongoing seventh season of Golos (The Voice Russia). He selected Ani Lorak as his coach, however the elimination episodes have not started yet
Kaia Tamm is competing with the German-language song “Wo sind die Katzen?” (Where are the cats?) We’re intrigued by the title, we like cats, and we wonder if the rest of the song will answer the question.
We have also noticed that one of the songs is titled “Supernova”. This follows Estonia’s super tradition, with “Supersonic”, “Superlove”, “Supernatural” in the past few years. Super! We don’t know yet if “Supernova” will be an ode to the Latvian national final.
Competing semi-finalists of Eesti Laul 2019
Entires are listed alphabetically by artist name. This does not represent potential running order.
- Around The Sun – “Follow Me Back”
- Cätlin Mägi & Jaan Pehk – “Parmumäng”
- Grete Paia – “Kui isegi kaotan”
- Lacy Jay – “Halleluja”
- Inger – “Coming Home”
- Iseloomad – “Kaks miinust”
- Jennifer Cohen – “Little Baby El”
- Johanna Eendra – “Miks sa teed nii?”
- Kerli Kivilaan – “Cold Love”
- Kadiah – “Believe”
- Kaia Tamm – “Wo sind die Katzen?”
- Lumevärv ft. INGA – “Milline päev”
- Marko Kaar – “Smile”
- Öed – “Öhuloss”
- Ranele – “Supernova”
- Sandra Nurmsalu – “Soovide puu”
- Sissi – “Strong”
- Sofia Rubina-Hunter – “Deep Water”
- Stefan – “Without You”
- The Swingers – “High Heels In The Neighbourhood”
- Synne Valtri – “I’ll Do It My Way”
- Uku Suviste – “Pretty Little Liar”
- Victor Crone – “Storm”
- xtra basic & Emily J – “Hold Me Close”
What do you think? Which acts are you most excited for? Who do you think has the best change of winning? Sound off below!