Its the nation that brewed up a storm at Eurovision 2019. And on Wednesday 13 November, Estonia set out its stall for the 2020 contest… well, half of it. The first 12 acts of Eesti Laul 2020 have been revealed.
The remaining dozen acts will be announced on Thursday 14 November.
However, we’ll have to wait a little bit before we can enjoy the songs. All 24 entries will be released during a special programme on Saturday 30 November.
Eesti Laul 2020 — First 12 acts
While these are the first 12 acts to be announced, they will not necessarily be performing in the first semi-final.
- “Beautiful Lie” Jaagup Tuisk (Jaagup Tuisk)
- “Break Me” Laura, (Janne Hyöty, Jessica Hyöty and Laura Põldvere)
- “By My Side” STEFAN (Karl-Ander Reismann and Stefan Airapetjan)
- “Lean On Me” Ziggy Wild (Laura Prits, Valdur Viiklepp, Sander Nõmmistu and Henri-Hannes Sell)
- “Leelo” Kruuv (Allan Kasuk)
- “Out In Space” SHIRA (SHIRA and Karl-Ander Reismann)
- “Unistustes” Mariliis Jõgeva (Mariliis Jõgeva and Oliver Mazurtšak)
- “Videomäng” Renate (Renate Saluste)
- “What Love Is” Uku Suviste (Uku Suviste and Sharon Vaugh)
- “Without a Reason” Little Mess (Ebbe Ravn, Timo Vendt, Mihkel Mattisen and Tanja Mihhailova-Saar)
- “Üks kord veel” Traffic (Victor Crone, Fred Krieger, Vallo Kikas and Stig Rästa)
- “Young” Rasmus Rändvee (Karl-Ander Reismann and Rasmus Rändvee)
Eesti Laul 2020 — Standout names
The list includes a number of familiar acts, most notably Laura. She’s competed in the Estonian selection many times. She won with her Koit Toome duet “Verona” in 2017. Sadly, the song stalled in the semis at Eurovision. She’s also responsible for the 2016 fan favourite “Supersonic”.
Also featured is Traffic. The band are veterans of Eesti Laul, although they haven’t competed since their third-place finish in 2014. Estonia’s 2015 rep Stig Rästa is a regular group member, although he does not appear to be joining them for their latest Eurovision attempt… on stage. He’s listed among the songwriters on “Üks kord veel”, along with last year’s Eesti Laul champ Victor Crone.
Other returning names include STEFAN and Uku Suviste from 2019, and Rasmus Rändvee from 2018. The “Amazing” Tanja from Eurovision 2014 is a co-writer on Little Mess’ “Without A Reason”.
Eesti Laul 2020 — Format
The show will keep the same format as 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 televote 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 televote alone.
Eesti Laul was first expanded to 24 competing acts in 2019. There, Swedish singer Victor Crone won with “Storm”, penned by Estonian songwriter — and Eurovision 2015 singer — Stig Rästa. The performance got Estonia into the Eurovision grand final for the second year in a row, where it finished 20th.
What do you think of the acts so far? Who are you most excited for? Let us know in the comments.