And then there were the final 12! Estonia has just picked the last six Eesti Laul 2019 qualifiers, after tonight’s second semi-final. Amongst them are Uku Suviste and Sissi, the daughter of Eurovision 2001 winner Dave Benton.
But it was unfortunate news for Eesti Laul veteran Grete Paia, who was left behind for the first time in the semi-finals.
Eesti Laul 2019: Semi-Final 2 Results
Six more acts made the Eesti Laul final tonight, and they were: Kadiah with “Believe”, Sissi with “Strong”, Kerli Kivilaan with “Cold Love”, Uku Suviste with “Pretty Little Liar”, Inga & Lumevärv with “Milline päev”, and Synne Valtri with “I’ll Do It My Way”.
First, the four finalists of the jury and the televote combined were announced. Those were Kadiah, Sissi, Kerli Kivilaan and Uku Suviste. After another round of televoting (and a pinch of agony, of course), INGA ft. Lumevärv and Synne Valtri were added to the line up of the Eesti Laul Final.
Kerli Kivilaan – “Cold Love” at Eesti Laul semi-final 2
Synne Valtri kicked off the show, with her heavily 80s reminiscent pop tune “I’ll do it my way“. Next there was garage band Iseloomad, who took us to an open mic bar with their entry “Kaks miinust“. Then INGA showed her dance moves with her EDM track “Milline päev“.
Coming right after, Sissi proved her fierceness with a playful staging with lots of interactions with her backing vocalists and dancers, and then well.
There came “Parmumäng”. All you need to know is that there was a lady playing a weird instrument, and a man’s face displayed on it. They sang a song whose lyrics were mainly made of “tere, tere”, which means “hello, hello” in Estonian. Eesti Laul’s audience waved them goodbye, though.
Cätlin Magi & Jaan Pehk – “Parmumäng” at Eesti Laul semi-final 2
Kadiah brought all her sweetness delivering her lovely ballad “Believe“, which managed to convince the Estonian audience. But coming right after, camp took over the stage again and well… “Wo sind die kätzen”.
Cat costumes, weird BDSM onesies, a giant bear lying in the background, a woman dressed as the dark version of Alice in Wonderland and a man picked right from 1985. Judge for yourselves…
Kaia Tamm – “Wo sind die katzen?” at Eesti Laul 2019 semi-final 2
Kerli Kivilaan followed with her pop tune “Cold Love”. It might not be a “Spirit Animal”, but this woman gets it. She delivered her entry effortlessly – in stark contrast to the act that followed her, Grete Paia.
Coming into the show, Grete stood as one of the favourites, but tonight’s performance wasn’t fully polished. Whether it was the lighting or the odd man who seemed to loom over her at the start, it just didn’t click.
Grete Paia – “Kui isegi kaotan” at Eesti Laul 2019 semi-final 2
The two following acts, Lacy Jay and Around the Sun, didn’t manage to get the audience behind them either.
Closing the show was our readers’ favourite Uku Suviste, who brought all the drama and an interpretative dancer for his entry “Pretty Little Liar”. And boy, he can sing!
Uku Suviste – “Pretty Little Liar” at Eesti Laul semi-final 2
And with these, the line up of the 2019 Eesti Laul Grand Final is complete. Tonight’s six acts join The Swingers featuring Tanja and Birgit, Stefan, Victor Crone, Inger, Sandra Nurmsalu and Xtra Basic & Emily J and will battle it out on February 16 at Saku Suurhall in Tallinn to fly the Estonian flag in Tel Aviv.
Who’s your favourite to win Eesti Laul 2019? How many of the qualifiers did you get right? Who will be missed in the final? Sound off in the comment section below!