It’s the Baltic broadcaster whose Eesti Laul national final is a regular on the Eurofan calendar. And now Estonia’s ERR has revealed that a total of 178 songs were submitted for Eesti Laul 2020.
Lead producer Tomi Rahula revealed that 76 of the songs are in Estonian and 102 in other languages, suggesting the show’s famed diversity will continue. Although the number of song submissions is slightly lower than last year, he stressed that the level of quality has improved. He said: “It will be a difficult task for the juries.”
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Submissions for Eesti Laul 2020 opened on the 1st of September 2019 and closed yesterday on the 6th of November. Following the successful partnership between Estonian songwriter Stig Rästa and Swedish singer Victor Crone at Eurovision 2019, collaborations with foreign songwriters were welcomed again this year — just so long as the number of foreigners involved in a song didn’t outnumber the number of Estonians contributing.
A jury of 14 music experts will now evaluate the songs submitted to the competition. As a result of the electronic voting, 24 songs will enter the semifinals of Eesti Laul. All songs, performing artists and songwriters who have reached the semi-finals of Eesti Laul will be revealed on the ETV show “Ringvaade” on November 13th and 14th. Tomi Reahula says: “We should keep it exciting by publishing 12 songs each night.’’
Last August, Estonian broadcaster ERR released the details of its popular national final Eesti Laul 2020. And with it came the confirmation that Estonia would be sticking with the expanded 24-song format that led to grand final success in Tel Aviv.
According to Tomi Rahula the format has proved its worth, and many of the submitted songs are instantly playable on TV or radio. “The quality of the songs submitted to the competition is high and thus we can expect a truly exciting and varied competition”.
The show will keep the same format as in recent years. There will be two semi-finals held on 13 and 15 February. In each semi-final, the 24 competing acts will battle for the 12 places in the grand final on 29 February 2020.
The grand final qualifiers will be decided using two rounds of voting. First, a jury and televoting will decide the top eight out of the 12 acts in each semi. Those eight will then face a further round of televoting where the top six will qualify for the grand final.
At the grand final, the 12 acts will compete and will again face two rounds of voting. The top three acts will be decided by a jury and televoters. Those acts will battle it out in a superfinal. There, winner of the Eurovision ticket will be decided by televoting alone.
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