Tomorrow night, the second semi-final of Estonia’s Eesti Laul 2020 will take place. The remaining 12 acts will compete to be among the final six qualifiers heading to the Eesti Laul grand final — and with it, the chance to represent Estonia at Eurovision 2020. But who should get that ticket to Rotterdam?

The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — has listened to the 12 competing songs. The jury has picked their six favourite songs, representing six potential qualifiers for the grand final. Who should follow Victor Crone to Eurovision? Read on to find out!

Åri

1. SHIRA – “Out in Space”

Oh my word, I love this so much. It’s without a doubt my favourite Eesti Laul song ever. Honestly, this selection doesn’t really rely on sex appeal (if we leave aside Viinerid’s wieners), but “Out in Space” delivers it in the most effortless and smooth way possible. It just has everything I love in a good indie rock song: intriguing lyrical content, strong build-up, a delightful vocal tone. But I worry about its chances to qualify because this semi is so strong.

2. Jaagup Tuisk – “Beautiful Lie”
3. Uudo Sepp – “I’m Sorry. I Messed Up”
4. Inger – “Only Dream”
5. Mariliis Jõgeva – “Unistustes”
6. Merilin Mälk – “Miljon sammu”

Antranig

1. Ziggy Wild – “Lean on Me”

There’s nothing to split my top three here. Merilin serves up a good upbeat entry, German & Violina feel like the Estonian SunStroke Project and Ziggy Wild are serving wild west Americana realness. I’ve gone with Ziggy Wild as my favourite for adding some much-needed variety to this lineup. My only concern is that “Lean on Me” doesn’t feel very 2020 but there’s always room for a bit of retro at Eurovision.

2. Merilin Mälk – “Miljon sammu”
3. German & Violina – “Heart Winder”
4. Uudo Sepp – “I’m Sorry. I Messed Up”
5. Uku Suviste – “What Love Is”
6. Janet – “Hingelind”

Bernardo

1. Jaagup Tuisk – “Beautiful Lie”

Don’t even start me on the comparisons with Duncan Laurence. Just because it draws from the same vein, by no means it is less of a song. In fact, for me, “Beautiful Lie” is stronger than “Arcade” in most departments. Despite the good production level and respectful lyrical content, what strikes me the most is the potential for staging with this song. Plus, the build-up for the explosive finale is everything.

2. Shira – “Out of Space”
3. Inger – “Only Dream”
4. Traffic – “Uks kord veel”
5. Ziggy Wild – “Lean on Me”
6. Uudo Sepp – “I’m Sorry. I Messed Up”

Calvin

1. SHIRA – “Out In Space”

This was the standout song for me while listening to all Estonian songs. The whole composition seems authentic and fits perfectly with her voice. SHIRA creates an intimate connection in the video (thanks to the better use of the Sarah McTernan filter) but also in the audio version. She doesn’t have the most innovative entry, but there’s a reason why these songs are popular: they work. If SHIRA manages to create the same energy on stage as in the video, she will be someone to look out for, especially in the jury vote.

2. Merilin Mälk – “Miljon sammu”
3. Ziggy Wild – “Lean On Me”
4. Jaagup Tuisk “Beautiful Lie”
5. Uudo Sepp “I’m Sorry. I Messed Up
6. Uku Suviste – “What Love Is”

Esma

1. Merilin Mälk – “Miljon sammu”

“Miljon sammu” can be translated to ”A million steps”, and let me tell you — Merilin is at the top of the stairs called Eesti Laul. ”Miljon sammu” has all the elements of becoming successful: Merilin’s power vocals, a catchy melody and it’s in the Estonian language. I’m very curious about the staging. Without a doubt, this song will go to the final.

2. Mariliis Jõgeva – “Unistustes”
3. SHIRA – “Out in Space”
4. Janet – “Hingelind”
5. Inger – “Only Dream”
6. Uku Suviste – “What Love Is”

Barnabas

1. Ziggy Wild – “Lean on Me”

Three songs were in strong competition for my top spot in this semi, but in the end, Ziggy’s classic rock adventure won me completely over. It’s raw, unpolished and serves that wild American vibe that sounds very refreshing in today’s world of overly produced songs.

2. SHIRA – “Out in Space”
3. Traffic – “Üks kord veel”
4. Merilin Mälk – “Miljon sammu”
5. Inger – “Only Dream”
6. Viinerid – “Kapa Kohi-LA”

Florian

1. Jaagup Tuisk – “Beautiful Lie”

The moment where Jaagup Tuisk’s song got me is when the choir comes in at the end of the track. Right from the beginning, it sets a tone that’s unlike anything else in this year’s Eesti Laul. The implementation of the instrumentation fits perfectly with his vocals and helps create this magic atmosphere. If his staging is done right, this could be a serious contender to win this year’s national final.

2. Merilin Mälk – “Miljon sammu”
3. Uku Suviste – “What Love Is”
4. Traffic – “Üks kord veel”
5. Mariliis Jõgeva – “Unistustes”
6. SHIRA – “Out in Space”

Renske

1. Traffic – “Üks kord veel”

Call me old-fashioned or boring, but “Üks kord veel” is infectious. Even my boyfriend, who is a hardcore Melodifestivalen fan, asked me to press repeat even before the song ended. Next to that, the Estonian language is so unintelligibly beautiful that we need to hear it at Eurovision at least every now and then. Sadly, it’s been seven long years since an Estonian song flew the blue-black-white tricolour.

2. Inger – “Only Dream”
3. Uku Suviste – “What Love Is”
4. SHIRA – “Out in Space”
5. Janet – “Hingelind”
6. Merilin Mälk – “Miljon sammu”

Natalie

1. SHIRA – “Out in Space”

The second semi-final is easily the better of the two. So much amazing Estonian music! And while I love the selection of Estonian language pop songs in the field, Shira’s “Out in Space” is something really magnificent. It’s subtle and gentle but still powerful, and has a grittiness to it that’s intoxicating. Shira has the voice and the presence that suits this kind of song perfectly, it’s clean and basic but still has so much substance. The way she sings “out in space” alone has so much raw energy. I don’t know if this song will stand out in the mix of all the flashy and more earnest songs in the semi-final, but I’m so glad this song exists and I’m hoping it will at least go to the final.

2. Mariliis Jõgeva – “Unistustes”
3. Jaagup Tuisk – “Beautiful Lie”
4. Merilin Mälk – “Miljon sammu”
5. Traffic – “Üks kord veel”
6. Janet – “Hingelind”

Sebastian

1. Inger – “Only Dream”

In what is arguably the much weaker semi-final between the two, Inger’s “Only Dream” manages to stand out as a mid-tempo easy-listening track. While this isn’t Inger’s strongest attempt at Eesti Laul, it’s very much on brand with Inger’s musical style which I’ve become accustomed to, and enjoy listening to on a lazy day. Inger’s strength lies in creating atmosphere through vocals, so here’s hoping this can be achieved on stage.

2. Viinerid – “Kapa Kohi-LA”
3. Janet – “Hingelind”
4. Jaagup Tuisk – “Beautiful Lie”
5. Uudo Sepp – “I’m Sorry. I Messed Up”
6. Merilin Mälk – “Miljon sammu”

Pablo

1. Jaagup Tuisk – “Beautiful Lie”

I am both mesmerized and wary of “Beautiful Lie”. This tries to go on the same route of “Arcade”, in both the good way of inspiration, but also bordering on the bad way of mimicry. What it has going for it, however, is an extremely erratic but hypnotic path from start to finish, coupled with a beautiful voice and epic choral moments. If Jaagup manages to find an original presentation and identity, “Beautiful Lie” could be dangerous in the big contest.

2. SHIRA – “Out in Space”
3. Traffic – “Üks kord veel”
4. German & Violina – “Heart Winder”
5. Merilin Mälk – “Miljon sammu”
6. Uku Suviste – “What Love Is”

Robyn

1. Viinerid – “Kapa Kohi-LA”

This semi-final struggles against the first — and it’s been crazy challenging to come up with one favourite, let alone a top six. But here we are with the rapping sausages. The chorus of this song is what grabs me the most. My Estonian isn’t great, but the song seems to be about treating your dull, small Estonian hometown like it’s blinged-out Los Angeles. In a national final packed with #sadboi songs, these guys seem like they’ll properly liven up the show. And who doesn’t love a sausage party?

2. Traffic – “Üks kord veel”
3. Mariliis Jõgeva – “Unistustes”
4. Ziggy Wild – “Lean on Me”
5. SHIRA – “Out in Space”
6. Merilin Mälk – “Miljon sammu”

Tom

1. SHIRA – “Out In Space”

This is the stronger semi-final – no question. But because the concept of “Beautiful Lie” rings too similar to “Arcade” and the jury may lean towards an English-language entry, I am going to go for SHIRA with “Out In Space”. I love the whole cool vibe of this song and I think SHIRA will really create some magic on the night. It’s fresh, yet retro-sounding and her voice matches perfectly with the earthy (excuse the pun) and smooth track.

2. Merilin Mälk – “Miljon Sammu”
3. Jaagup Tuisk – “Beautiful Lie”
4. Uudo Sepp – “I’m Sorry I Messed Up”
5. German & Violina – “Heart Winder”
6. Uku Suviste – “What Love Is”

What do you think? Which acts should qualify for the Eesti Laul grand final. Share your favourites below!

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Personally, I hope “Üks Kord Veel” wins the selection. It has been a while since Estonia sent entries in their own language. But, if it doesn’t win, I want “Beautiful Lie” to win the election. Both are great in their own way.

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I’m still not madly in love with the Estonian selection this year, but there are some songs I find very pleasant to listen to. Judging by the studio cuts, I guess I’d be satisfied if Jaagup Tuisk, Uudo Sepp and Merilin Mälk went through. These songs, I feel, could also get Estonia a very respectable placing in Rotterdam – if they will be performed well, which after yesterday I don’t take for granted anymore. But I miss the Estonian entries I loved, I hope Estonia doesn’t get too comfortable in this very mainstream, middle of the road approach to Eurovision,… Read more »

Skiwalko
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Skiwalko

Maybe it’s just me, but I really hope Viinerid perform dressed up as giant sausages.

Angelika
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Angelika

SHIRA !

Tom
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Tom

I think Egert will win probably ….my favorites are
Traffic,Jaagup, Uudo, Shira, Inger and Uku

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

At this point, I’d say it’s probably Uku.
Honestly, most of my favourites were in SF1.

Alexander
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Alexander

Glad to see that the Wiwi Jury agrees on the fact that Jaagups song rings too similar to Arcade. It’s my only real complaint about the song not counting a personal distaste for how cheesy and bad some of the lyrics sound to me, but that’s just a personal problem of mine. For whatever reason I can’t stand the line “You take my faith but kiss me slower”. It’s a really dumb petty distaste that I cannot put into words.

Serafina
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Serafina

lol you cray cray

Polegend Godgarina
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i just KNEW robyn would have kapa kohi-la as her favorite haha! i’m also happy to see ziggy wild getting praised. uudo sepp would actually be my favorite in this bunch.

Sofi
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Sofi

So sad to see that my favourite (Uudo Sepp) isn’t anyone’s favourite 🙁 so underrated

Nicky91
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Nicky91

Miljon Sammu for me, i quite like the song

i also like Ziggy Wild song lean on me

Jaagup’s song beautiful lie i first had liked, now am growing off it a bit (should still advance into the final i think)

Ashton Schier
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Ashton Schier

Robyn why

Tom
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Tom

She likes sausages haha 😀

Colin
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Colin

While many debate over whether this is stronger or weaker NF, I’d call it equally good in comparison to the first. The first has my overall winner, but this one has my second and third song of the list.

1. Shira
2. Jaagup
3. Uudo
4. Uku
5. Merilin
6. Traffic

Loin dici
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Loin dici

Robyn shows TASTE 😀

Kosey
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Kosey

Ziggy for me – loving the retro rock and roll vibe – it stands out a lot in Eurovision this season.