Estonian broadcaster EER confirmed Eesti Laul 2020, the country’s national final for Eurovision, even before last year’s Eurovision was finished. And over the last two days it’s revealed the 24 acts that will battle to represent Estonia in Rotterdam. They’ve really been on it and managed to lure back a few hot names like Traffic, Laura Põldvere and Uku Suviste.
Now, while we wait for the songs to drop later this month, let’s see which artists you’re most hyped for.
Last year’s second runner-up and the jury’s favourite STEFAN came so close to representing Estonia in Tel Aviv. But it wasn’t meant to be, and the handsome Victor Crone took the Eesti Laul trophy. This year he’ll sing “By My Side”, and this time the Swede won’t be around to grab a dramatic Superfinal victory. Does STEFAN top your favourites list?
Last year’s superfinal runner-up, Uku Suviste, is also a returning artist this year. Both the juries and the televoters loved him, but in the end it just wasn’t enough. With last year’s winner out of sight and mind, Suviste might be going all the way to win Eesti Laul and represent Estonia. The singer-songwriter, pianist and producer is not new to song contests, having finished third in New Wave last year. He’s a very talented artist with a lot to offer, but is he the singer you’re most excited to see in the Estonian final this year?
She’s a Eurovision veteran, having competed at ESC 2005 with Suntribe and in 2017 alongside Koit Toome. She failed to qualify for the final on both occasions. But it wasn’t because of a low quality entry: both of her Eurovision songs were fan favourites (especially the latter). She’s not new to the Estonian selection either, having participated five times already. Will you be supporting this supersonic queen in Eesti Laul 2020?
Traffic has never graced the Eurovision stage, but you definitely know their guitarist and songwriter. It’s Stig Rästa, who represented Estonia alongside Elina Born in 2015 and came seventh. For those of you who have followed Eesti Laul over the past few years, the name Traffic isn’t new. This edition will mark the band’s fourth attempt at singing for Estonia. Will you be rooting for them this time?
One of the more surprising reveals for this year’s Eesti Laul is blues-country rock band REVALS. The newcomers’ irregular genre is refreshing and new to the Estonian contest. Are they your cup of tea?
Inger finished in sixth place during the Eesti Laul 2019 final. But she came third in the public vote. She’s young and fresh, and her participation in this year’s edition will be her second turn at the event. Can she deliver once more with “Only Dream”? And will the jury dismiss her again?
Six artists who took part in Eesti Laul last year will participate this year as well. They are Uku Suviste (2nd), STEFAN (3rd) INGA (5th), Inger (6th), Synne Valtri (11th), Jennifer Cohen (7th in her semi-final). Egert Milder, who sent two songs to the last edition as a songwriter, will participate as an artist this time as well. Laura was present in Eesti Laul 2019, albeit only as a jury member.