The race for Eurovision in Estonia is on. The first semi-final of Eesti Laul 2020 saw 12 acts sing their hearts out, but only six were able to advance to the finals. Rasmus Rändvee, STEFAN, Laura, Anett x Fredi, Egert Milder and Synne Valtri & Väliharf will be heading to the grand final.
Eesti Laul 2020: Semi-Final One Results
The grand final qualifiers were decided using two rounds of voting. First, a jury panel and televote decided the top eight out of the 12 acts. Those eight faced a further round of televoting where the top six qualified for the grand final.
After the first round of voting, the first four qualifiers were Rasmus Rändvee with”Young”, Anett x Fredi with “Write About Me”, Egert Milder with “Georgia (On My Mind)” and Synne Valtri & Väliharf with “Majakad”.
The final two qualifiers were decided by the Estonian public alone. Joining the qualifiers were Stefan with”By My Side” and Laura with “Break Me”.
Anett x Fredi – “Write About Me”
Anette Kulbin and Frederik Küüts have teamed up for the song “Write About Me”. This was one of the favourites in the Wiwi Jury, with several jurors giving it their top rank for the semi-final.
Egert Milder – “Georgia (On My Mind)”
Egert Milder’s ode to the nation of Georgia also made it to the grand final. He gave a lively performance, giving a unique interpretation of a singer getting on top of a piano.
Laura – “Break Me”
She was lost in Verona back in 2017, failing to get Estonia to the Final of Eurovision but Laura was set to break that curse. And she did so by qualifying for the grand final.
Rasmus Rändvee – “Young”
Rasmus entered this semi-final as the frontrunner, so it’s no surprise he advanced to the grand final. He was the bookies favorite to win the semi-final and had respectable reviews from our panel of in-house bloggers.
STEFAN – “By My Side”
Eesti Laul veteran Stefan gave a stirring performance of his ballad “By My Side”, showcasing his strong and characteristic vocal. The 2019 jury vote winner will have another chance to impress audiences at the grand final.
Synne Valtri & Väliharf – “Majakad”
Schlager queen Synne Valtri teamed up with the bearded folk duo Väliharf. Their song “Majakad” created Viking-Schlager — a genre no one knew they needed until this evening.
On Saturday, 12 more acts will take to the stage in the hopes of joining tonight’s qualifiers on February 29 final of Estonia’s Eesti Laul.
Eesti Laul 2020 – Semi-final one qualifiers
- Rasmus Rändvee “Young” (Round one qualifier)
- Anett Kulbin & Fredi “Write About Me” (Round one qualifier)
- Egert Milder “Georgia (On My Mind)” (Round one qualifier)
- Synne Valtri & Väliharf “Majakad” (Round one qualifier)
- Stefan “By My Side” (Round two qualifier)
- Laura Põldvere “Break Me” (Round two qualifier)
- Kruuv “Leelo”
- INGA “Right Time”
- Revals “Kirjutan romaani”
- Renate “Videomäng”
- Little Mess “Without a Reason”
- Jennifer Cohen “Ping Pong”
- Synne Valtri & Väliharf “Majakad”
What do you think of this week’s qualifiers? Do you think the winner is among them? Let us know in the comment section below.