On Wednesday Estonia’s ERR gave us a taste of what’s to come at Eesti Laul 2020 by naming the first 12 semi-finalists, who include Laura, Traffic and Uku Suviste. And on Thursday the Baltic nation completed the competition line up by revealing the remaining 12 names.
Tomi Rahula, chief producer of Eesti Laul, is pretty satisfied. In the press release announcing the news he said:
“It is a pleasure to see such a versatile selection of songs, both genre and performers, reaching the semi-finals of the Estonian Song 2020. Viewers and listeners can see for themselves as early as November 30, when this year’s competing songs will be heard in public for the first time.”
On that day ERR will air a special programme with all the songs, the perfect tease before the first semi-final on February 13th and the second semi-final on February 15th. Those who survive the showdown will compete in the grand final on February 29th.
Eesti Laul 2020 — The other 12 acts
While these are the remaining 12 acts to be announced, they will not necessarily be performing in the second semi-final.
- “I’m Sorry. I Messed Up” Uudo Sepp (Andrei Zevakin)
- “Georgia (On My Mind)” Egert Milder (Kaspar Kalluste, Matteo Capreoli and Egert Milder)
- “Heart Winder” German & Violina (Timo Vendt, Ebbe Ravn, Carine-Jessica Kostla and Liis-Marii Vendt)
- “Hingelind” Janet (Marek Rosenberg, Lauri Lembinen, Kadri Lepik and Janet Vavilov)
- “Kapa Kohi-LA” Wieners (Peter Põder, Hardo Hansar and Martti Kask)
- “Kirjutan romaani” Revals (Jaanus Saago)
- “Majakad” Synne Valtri feat. Outdoor harp (Synne Valtri, Jaanus Viskar, Toomas Laur, Gert Gregor Källo and Aapo Ilves)
- “Miljon sammu” Merilin Mälk (Jonas Olsson, Teemu Jokinen, Jana Hallas, Merilin Mälk)
- “Only Dream” INGER (Inger Fridolin and Karl-Ander Reismann)
- “Ping Pong” Jennifer Cohen (Jennifer Cohen and Luisa Lõhmus)
- “Right Time” INGA (Peter Põder, Allan Kasuk, Raul Krebs and Inga Tislar)
- “Write About Me” Anett x Fredi (Frederik Küüts and Anett Kulbin)
Eesti Laul 2020 — The first 12 acts
- “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 — Format
There will be two semi-finals held on 13 and 15 February. In each semi-final, the 24 competing acts will battle for 12 available spots in the grand final, to take place on 29 February 2020.
The 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 face two rounds of voting once again. First, three superfinalists are decided by the combined score of jury and televoters. Those three acts will battle it out one more time, where the winner 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.