November 2019 was full of Eesti Laul-related surprises. Two weeks ago, ERR dropped the full list of names of the 24 artists and songs participating in the Estonian selection. Since then, we’ve also learnt which artists will participate in which semi-final. Now broadcaster ERR has released the competing songs and their music videos.

Following last year’s format, the songs were again debuted on a dedicated TV special, Eesti Laul 2020. Start. The show was hosted by Karl-Erik Taukar and Tõnis Niinemets.

And again, all the competing entries had a music video ready to go. The acts had just ten days to make their clips.

The semi-finals of Eesti Laul 2019 will be held on 13 and 15 February 2020. The grand final will be held on 29 February.

Eesti Laul 2020 semi-final 1

Eesti Laul 2020 semi-final 2

Which song is your favourite? And who has the best chances to win? Sound off in the comments below!

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K/DA True Damage
K/DA True Damage
1 year ago

I think Kapa Kohi-LA will be placing last this year, sure it’s the most unique but I just kinda find the music video grotesque (probably due to the human faces on sausages). Wtf were they thinking with that music video? I feel the staging is gonna be joke-y. As this is really giving off joke song vibes.

Daniel
Daniel
1 year ago

Stig Rästa plagiarizing himself, AGAIN. Traffic has an almost note-by-note remix of “Storm”. Seriously, dude, go home! You are getting repetitive. Take a break and return when you finally learn how to compose a song. “Beautiful Lie” is the best of this year’s Eesti Laul but the entry is very risky. In order to appreciate it, you need to tell the whole audience to shut up. And with 17,000 people screaming in the arena, that can be hard to achieve. But overall it is a very good song! Estonia could achieve another Top 10 with this song. “What Love Is”,… Read more »

Mi7503
Mi7503
1 year ago

Uku !!!

LOGICAL
LOGICAL
1 year ago

Jaggup – When the Arcade is Over.

Gilad
Gilad
1 year ago

Lean on me is my favourite

Zoli
Zoli
1 year ago

Top 5 for me:
1. Rasmus Randvee – Young
2. Jaagup Tisk – Beautiful Lie
3. German & Violina – Heart Winder
4. Traffic – Üks kord veel
5. Stefan – By My Side

L'oiseau
L'oiseau
1 year ago

What I don’t understand is how a small country like Estonia has so much talent! This selection is great and there are so many great options! This is a NF that I will not miss!

Britain hates Brexit

https://menu.err.ee/1007923/synne-valtri-feat-valiharf-majakad Is the song I instantly liked and have added to my play list. a lot of sleepy songs that will age quickly before May. wIll listen to them all again. Nice to have some new songs

ESC LOU
ESC LOU
1 year ago

Why is there hate for this edition? It’s SO much better than last year and in my opinion none of the songs are TERRIBLE. But i’m not a huge fan of Ping Pong…

Sun
Sun
1 year ago

I bet that Arcade-like ballad will win. That’s the effect of a winning song and we will get many ballads and pop songs this year.

L'oiseau
L'oiseau
1 year ago
Reply to  Sun

But which in turns mean that a bop will win…

Jeydelrey
Jeydelrey
1 year ago

I was scared reading the comments but to be honest I don’t find the selection that bad. Some pretty strong contenders, my favorites being Rasmus, Traffic, & Shira.

Tomas
Tomas
1 year ago

I don’t get how some people are saying that Beautiful Lie sounds like a copy of Arcade, IMO Jaagup is miles ahead of the rest. However, pulling off the choir sound live could be tricky. Maybe ERR should spend their budget on Pentatonix as backing vocals to satisfy the six-person limit XD

In all seriousness, if they choose Jaagup and are able to replicate the choir effect live, I see them *easily* reaching the top 10.

Daniel
Daniel
1 year ago
Reply to  Tomas

But I think Pentatonix could be problematic, not because of getting them in the first place, but because they are 5 and you need at least one spot for the dancer to achieve the theatrical effect of the dancing. Therefore, I think Estonia would need to arrange the choir for only 4 people

Joe
Joe
1 year ago

I still have to listen to the other songs, but I listened to Beautiful Lies first after reading all the comments here. Yep, that’s a signed-sealed-delivered qualification and top ten if he sings it as well as he does in the studio recording and the staging reflects the video somewhat with the sharp ballet dancing. The really crucial thing would be having a powerful backing group, since at most it’d be about five people trying to recreate that massive choral sound that works so well in the recording. But yeah, very good stuff. Like the happy medium between Arcade and… Read more »

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 year ago
Reply to  Joe

I’m also curious to find out how the silences during the song will be perceived by a live audience.

aaron
aaron
1 year ago

I feel like Laura’s song isn’t being given enough credit, I can see her bringing it to life live and doing very well.

yom124
yom124
1 year ago

I don´t really get the hate for this edition of eesti laul. Sure there isn´t any winner vibes and the selection overall is heavily tailored towards radio pop, but overall it´s much much higher quality than last year´s eesti laul. Plenty of these songs are shoe in qualifiers with decent staging, which couldn´t be said for last year. And theres a number that could do very very well with the juries, potentially bringing them to the left hand side. It´s far from a bad selection, especially for a country which has struggled with wild inconsistency for the greater part of… Read more »

Marios
Marios
1 year ago

Seeing that I agree with the majority gives me hope oof. Must be jaagup, Rasmus or shira, with jaagup being the clear favourite tbh

Jayy R
Jayy R
1 year ago

Okay, where has Jaagup been, because I think he is INSANELY good. Listened though SF1 and honestly didn’t find any of them that good, and then in comes SF2 and Jaagup and yasssssss!! Beautiful Mess? No, Beautiful LIE <3

JamboJimbo
JamboJimbo
1 year ago

I have to say I always take hearing the studio versions with a pinch of salt because at the end of the day I definitely think the live performance can elevate or let down the song. Anyway based on the studio version I think the song who should go to Rotterdam are Jaagup Duisk with Beautiful Lie ( No doubt about it that it has Arcade vibes about it but I think it would have a good chance to qualify to the final) Rasmus Randvee with Young ( I was hoping something more memorable from Rasmus but the song does… Read more »

EmilyG
EmilyG
1 year ago

Every year it’s the same story: When the songs come out everyone complains and then in May they don’t understand how they did well.
Uku has the best change of winning IMO, He has the whole package: strong melody, great lyrics, good voice and good looks.

Hugh
Hugh
1 year ago
Reply to  EmilyG

You had me in the beginning, but Uku is awfull this year.

Dani
Dani
1 year ago
Reply to  EmilyG

You had me at the beginning, but Uku’s song is just not good at all.

Jo.
Jo.
1 year ago

From the few that I gave a try: Young (Rasmus): Almost there, but there’s something missing Only a dream (Inger): cute as her previous attempt, but a bit stronger Beautiful lie (Jaagup): Sorry but, this is Arcade 2.0. It will probably win tho and maybe do well, since it’s a clear jury bait Out in space (Shira): very interesting, but it requires a lot of stage presence to sell it live I’m sorry. I’m messed up (Uudo): Probably the best song in the selection Overall: My faves: 1. I’m Sorry. I’m Messed Up 2. Out in Space 3. Only a… Read more »

Jo.
Jo.
1 year ago
Reply to  Jo.

Already added Uudo’s song in my playlist.

Tuvia
Tuvia
1 year ago

My favourites are guaranteed to not win, unfortunately… Kruuv and Ziggy Wild

Ixuxu
Ixuxu
1 year ago

Jaagup

Colin
Colin
1 year ago

Good morning, December and happy ESC season 2020!!! 🙂
As we’ll get much less NF songs this year, I won’t just listen to them all in a row and comment on them right away. I’ll do that in my own tempo and comment later or in a first poll.
I am so glad Estonia gave us our first ESC songs to listen to. As Eesti laul usually has good songs on average, I am hopeful. As several of these artists previously had songs I loved, I am even more hopeful. Good luck to everyone!

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
1 year ago
Reply to  Colin

Happy Eesti Laul to you, Colin!
I think there might be a couple of songs you’ll like here. Looking forward to hearing what you think of them!

Colin
Colin
1 year ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

Thanks! Only eight songs in and so far I am generally quite happy!
Rasmus Randvee and Stefan didn’t disappoint. I love both of their songs from the first listening (which isn’t always the case for me). 🙂
Looking forward to your thoughts too, Briekimchi!

Hugh
Hugh
1 year ago

Stefan’s song is an example of how a simple minimalistic song can be touching and beautiful yet current, unlike Uku Suviste’s dated and cheesy mess.

Dani
Dani
1 year ago

Pretty sleepy selection with a few gems:
– SHIRA (the best imo)
– Stefan
– Jaagup
I also enjoyed Rasmus and Synne Valtri.
Most else of the songs sounded the same generic pop/ballad type unfortunately.

Uvu
Uvu
1 year ago

Rather sleepy selection but it has a few gems:
– SHIRA – “Out In Space” – beautiful, hunting, great voice.
– Jaagup Tuisk – gives you the “wow” factor, emotional heartful, changes paces and keeps things fresh.
– STEFAN – Probably his best entry so far, minimalistic and well put, emotional, I can picture this song in a romantic movie soundtrack.

Tibor
Tibor
1 year ago

I don’t get the complaints. If you look at what succeeded last year (Stefan, Uku Suviste, Victor Crone), how could anyone expect that we’d get alternative, edgy stuff this year? But as mainstream goes, I honestly think the selection could be far worse.

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 year ago
Reply to  Tibor

2018’s Eesti Laul had indie pop, mainstream pop, pop-opera, alternative rock… so there was some hope this wouldn’t be the new normal for them. Though I agree that the selection is pretty decent. It doesn’t get me hyped to watch, but I’m not worried about Estonia missing the final for example. And there’s a reasonable chance they’ll pick something that I like more than “Storm”, which actually grew on me with time.

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 year ago
Reply to  Sabrina

Oops, mistyped email.

Tibor
Tibor
1 year ago
Reply to  Sabrina

You don’t have to convince me that variety is better than more of the same. 🙂 The thing is, if variety isn’t rewarded, it will vanish (it’s what happened after ESC 2015, we have discussed it, and we will see how last year’s second semi-final and the success of those songs will affect this year’s ESC entries. I hope 2020 won’t be another 2016). So although I really liked “Parmumäng” last year, as you know literally nobody else did, so I’m not surprised, that we don’t have anything nearly as experimental this year. The public last year voted three more… Read more »

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 year ago
Reply to  Tibor

Got it. It’s not that you disagree that more diversity would be good to the contest (and I never thought that, based on your comments here, of course), but that you understand the selection reflects well the decisions made by their audience recently. It makes sense. And then they indeed had improved their game, since no song is a disaster and about a third of them is very respectable. What worries me is the possibility we’ll see more and more national finals doing this. Eesti Laul was one of my favorites exactly for bringing unexpected things. Even if they hadn’t… Read more »

Tibor
Tibor
1 year ago
Reply to  Sabrina

I understand and share your concerns . But the thing is that delegations always care about results, so if they achieve decent placings with disposable pop, then disposable pop is what we’re gonna get. It’s a bit like the discussion about the national language rule. Personally, I always enjoyed hearing something else than English or French at Eurovision, but if countries score better with English songs, they’ll switch to English. Same goes for song quality: If the public _and_ the juries reward safe pop like they overwhelmingly did last year, then safe pop is what we’re gonna get. Neither the… Read more »

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 year ago
Reply to  Tibor

But we had examples that you can go with a pop sound and still be creative, bold and/or genuine. It had paid off for Israel (2018) and the Netherlands and Italy (2019). I guess beyond deciding to go mainstream or alternative, countries should invest on people who are writing songs to express something and not just to sell tracks to producers around Europe. A national final is the perfect occasion to have both safer and bolder things side by side, trusting the audience and the chosen jury will be wise to find something that can check more than one box.

Tibor
Tibor
1 year ago
Reply to  Sabrina

You’re right, it is possible to be mainstream and to be creative nonetheless, and I hope that the examples you cited (like Mahmood) are the ones who will catch on and serve as mold for future entries (not in a sense where they would only copy him, of course, but you know, what I mean). The second problem you’re mentioning is one we already discussed last year, when we suddenly see a whole bunch of people providing several songs for different countries, singers who travel from one country to the next forming some sort of Eurovision caste. I absolutely agree… Read more »

Tibor
Tibor
1 year ago
Reply to  Sabrina

That’s true, mainstream pop doesn’t automatically mean that it’s not creative. The biggest danger is the budding Eurovision industry with always the same composers providing a lot of similar stuff for a number of countries, singers that perform as backing vocalists for one country one year and as lead vocalist for another country the next, casting show alumns who sing a song that they have no connection to, and afterwards you never hear from them again. I hope you’re right, and the mold is rather Netta or Mahmood, mainstream pop with a creative touch.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
1 year ago

Am feeling the Stefan song the most but there are five I really like.

khan
khan
1 year ago

Why is everyone sleeping on Merlin? Her song is great and it’s in Estonian.

Mako
Mako
1 year ago

Jaagup’s song is FUEGO ! I love it !

HBau
HBau
1 year ago

I’m a little surprised to see so many people sleeping on ‘Write About Me’. Maybe because it’s the first on the list?

The singer has a beautiful voice and it’s a pleasant song, and while it isn’t a potential Eurovision winner I think it deserves to do well at Eesti Laul.

Paul Tatum
Paul Tatum
1 year ago

While I do think Beautiful lie is a great song it is similar to Arcade in its sound and Beautiful Mess in its lyrics, especially when he says “Wish we could live in this beautiful lie”. Its a great song but if Estonia is looking to send something unique they should send SHIRA with “Out in Space”. Indie is a genre thats isnt often sent to Eurovision and her voice is magical and would surely stand out in Rotterdam.

SMK
SMK
1 year ago

From the second semi final:
Beautiful Lie – Jaagup (although I fear the echos of Arcade are too strong to have a real change)
What love is – Uku Suviste
Üks kord veel – Traffic
Heart winder – German & Violina
Unistustes – Mariliiis

Alexander
Alexander
1 year ago

Not the biggest fan of how unabashedly Jaagup has taken the influence of Billie Eilish and incorporated it into the song, not just the feel but straight up ripping some of the lyrics.

I know it sounds nitpicky but the “Call me friend but keep me closer” is just a tad too reminiscent. Around the same part of the song, slightly more triumphant sounding but otherwise the same tone and speed. I don’t know. I don’t like it when people so obviously try to rip off the style of something that has been popular in the past year.

SMK
SMK
1 year ago

From the first Semi final:
Majakad – Synne Valtri ft. Väliharf
By your side – Stefan
Videomäng – Renate
Without a reason – Little Mess
Leelo – Kruuv

Luuk
Luuk
1 year ago

Wow SHIRA’s song is incredible, and her voice is just beautiful and unique. My clear favourite of the selection.

Kris
Kris
1 year ago

I liked miljon Sammu more than any of the English ones but it sounds repetitive
They got a nice chorus but didn’t build up on it

Beautiful lie doesn’t have a sing along quality at all , it’s artistic and intimate but its difficult to connect with a song you can’t sing along to

yom124
yom124
1 year ago

I think Traffic´s song can really be elevated live

They have the fanbase and could very well wind up as a surprise winner.

AUA
AUA
1 year ago

Am i the only one really digging Synne Vatri’s song. To me it’s a real bop and I can imagine the (older) crowd clap along. It’s fun and in some weird way original. The other songs seem to me quite… bland.
But the staging means a lot. Some of the slower songs might grow with some live atmosphere.
And congrats Estonia and Eesti Laul. For making videos for all songs and release them already. In a time of interval selection; let openness and democracy rule <3

Katariina
Katariina
1 year ago

Jaagup is the best here. I’m scared Uku will win, that song is horrible but it sounds very expensive as if he’s trying super hard to get the ticket.

helloagain
helloagain
1 year ago
Reply to  Katariina

Very true! I only disagree that it sounds expensive, I dont think it could sound more generic and cheap. I also agree with Polegend that its dated. If Estonia chooses Uku they deserve non qualification.

VlaD
VlaD
1 year ago

I can see Uku winning this year.
He has the song that live can sound very powerful.

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
1 year ago
Reply to  VlaD

you’re right but it’s dated asf…

VlaD
VlaD
1 year ago

Dated!??!? It’s not dated . It’s an all time classic ballad . This kind of songs don’t have a date on them , like a product.

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
1 year ago
Reply to  VlaD

idk which year y’all live in but that type of power ballad hasn’t been cool since the beginning of the decade in the real world

VlaD
VlaD
1 year ago

Il Volo did the same and they won the televoting. Tamara last year won the jury vote. So what are you talking about?

yom124
yom124
1 year ago

Its not really dated, the production is great.

The problem is the god-awful lyrics.

Skiwalko
Skiwalko
1 year ago

Same thing as last year – all of these songs sound identical! There’s not a single memorable track out there, nothing that would grab the potential viewer’s attention. After listening to them all in full I just feel like I’ve wasted my time. It was a hard and tiresome process, but the top 10 I came up with is as follows: 10. Janet 4/10 (boring, but at least it promises an energetic performance) 9. Renate 4/10 (it’s alright. Just alright.) 8. Synne Valtri 4.5/10 (laughably corny, yet memorable) 7. Viinerid 5/10 (mediocre, but I gotta give it credit for trying… Read more »

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 year ago
Reply to  Skiwalko

Haven’t mentioned them (the fact it was the first song hasn’t helped me to recall), but I also liked Annet & Fredi. I like how it sounds like a “live studio recording”.

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 year ago

I was expecting for more diversity, but Eesti Laul is still surfing the Spotify-friendly wave from last year. The exception here is Jaagup, who imo went for something between Duncan and Paenda. It’s the most interesting track of the bunch, but it hasn’t sounded as genuine to me as “Arcade” and “Limits”. Maybe with the right live performance, it’ll get there. The others who caught my attention at first were Rasmus and SHIRA. Loved their vocals and the tracks are very enjoyable. Stefan and Uku also delivered good vocals, but I’m not into their songs.

Skiwalko
Skiwalko
1 year ago
Reply to  Sabrina

Right? I’ve already found the whole “Spotify trend” alarming this year and haven’t liked the winner one bit, but at least there were songs (namely Sandra’s, INGER’s and Kaia’s) that made the overall experience of watching the show enjoyable. With this selection of entries I don’t feel like watching the show at all. Being middle of the road is not the way to succeed at Eurovision, but it seems like people responsible for organising Eesti Laul keep forgetting about it.

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 year ago
Reply to  Skiwalko

Actually, my first impression was a little better this year. But I agree that there are maybe even more similar songs this time. Unless someone gives a performance that overshadows everyone else, I imagine staging will play a big part again.

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
1 year ago

i’m mad only 6 of these songs are on spotify. there needs to be a rule that forces u to upload all the songs on streaming services right away, we’re in the 2020s next month !

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
1 year ago

tea! break me would fit perfectly in miley cyrus’ younger now tracklist.

Post
Post
1 year ago

I am Estonian and my top is:
1. STEFAN – “By My Side”
2. Uku Suviste – “What Love Is”
3. Rasmus Rändvee – “Young”

Tom
Tom
1 year ago
Reply to  Post

TASTE!

Alex
Alex
1 year ago
Reply to  Post

Bad taste

Milan
Milan
1 year ago
Reply to  Post

Then I put my faith in juries.

Eduxtek .
Eduxtek .
1 year ago

Jaagup has to win. wow what an amazing song!

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
1 year ago

just got done listening to the songs n i’m gonna say there are no awful songs but no great ones either, it’s all very middle of the road and the selection is lacking in diversity. there’s potential for a decent result for estonia like last year but they ain’t contenders for anything

Marcelo
Marcelo
1 year ago

Why the heck am I listening to a touristic amateurish jingle for the country of Georgia from Estonia on a saturday evening?

Hexular
Hexular
1 year ago

Really quite disappointed in our selection. Last year was bad and now this? It is a direct result of the new producer Tomi Rahula pushing for more radio-friendly pop songs. Instead of a 2-3 great songs + 10 unique/enjoyable songs, we get generic, middle of the road, forgetable meh…

Having said this, Jaagup Tuisk’s entry is the best and I just hope he can actually deliver those vocals live because he is still a very inexperienced performer. If the live is good I am pretty confident he wins the NF.