The storm has passed and Estonia has a new Eurovision representative. Uku Suviste has won Eesti Laul 2020 with “What Love Is”.

Uku Suviste – “What Love Is”

Voting took place across two rounds.

A first round used 50/50 jury and televoting to pick three superfinalists. They were Jaagup Tuisk, Uku Suviste and Anett x Fredi.

In the superfinal 100% televoting picked the winner. At the end of play Uku Suviste came out on top. 

This was Uku’s third attempt in the competition. He placed runner up last year behind Victor Crone. He lagged someway behind both the alternate superfinalists in jury voting. But in the end the public saw him home. An improved performance since the semi-finals will have helped him here.

Eesti Laul 2020 Jury Voting

The jury’s votes were quite white spread this year. Acts including Jaagup TuiskUku Suviste and Stefan picked up top marks from different jurors. But Anett x Fredi came out on top with the juries overall.

Jaagup, Anett x Fredi and Uku Suviste then advanced to the superfinal off the back of the public televote.

Eesti Laul 2020 finalists

Tonight’s acts performed in this order:

1 Inger – “Only Dream”
2 Rasmus Rändvee – “Young”
3 Stefan –”By My Side”
4 Synne Valtri feat. Väliharf –”Majakad”
5 Uudo Sepp –”I’m Sorry. I Messed Up”
6 Uku Suviste – “What Love Is”
7 SHIRA – “Out in Space”
8 Anett x Fredi – “Write About Me”
9 Jaagup Tuisk – “Beautiful Lie”
10 Traffic – “Üks kord veel”
11 Egert Milder – “Georgia (On My Mind)”
12 Laura – “Break Me”

Uku Suviste will perform in the first half of Semi-Final 2 in Rotterdam. Estonia had a better track record than most last decade. It made the final on six out of ten attempts. Last year Victor Crone placed 20th with his entry “Storm”. Whether this year’s act can go farther remains to be seen.

Do you think the right song won? How will it do in Rotterdam? Let us know in the comments below!

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<3
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<3

One of my favourites <3<3 <3

Persona
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Persona

That’s sweet. 🙂

Persona
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Persona

At least someone likes it. I think we were all so focused on Jaagup

Josh R
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Josh R

I think there were stronger songs in Eesti Laul this year that probably should have been chosen to represent Estonia. I think Uku’s song last year was much stronger.

Persona
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Persona

I thought neither of them were good enough… :/

Persona
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Persona

But which song would you have sent?

plsuk
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plsuk

THis sounds so Russian, not in a positive way . And veeery dated.

Persona
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Persona

:(((((((((((((((((((((((((((((

Persona
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Persona

:(((((((((((

mark dowd
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mark dowd

Pleasant. Nothing special. Too many songs like this and we may welcome the Coronavirus postponement

Persona
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Persona

lololol It’s going to be a boring year

Persona
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Persona

I’m getting 2010 vibes this year

Wirus
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Wirus

This isn’t worse than Duncan’s winning song last year and is better than some of the winning songs in recent years. Tallinn 2021?

mark dowd
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mark dowd

“Arcade” is a STRATOSPHERE above this…..looks at the lyrics, the mood….this is SO DATED and generic. It is like a stale box of 1970s chocolates. We are in NQ territiory here.

Persona
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Persona

Yikes!

Alex
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Alex

Uku won superfinal in a landslide lol
I’m not that surprised seeing the other 2 but still pretty impressive.
I think only Egert could have challenged him but juries messed it up

Persona
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Persona

I still prefer Jaagup over any others

Mr X
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Mr X

Uku is able to write good songs. Why this time a very weak one ?

Persona
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Persona

Is he? lol

Fatima
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Fatima

I wouldn’t have voted for the winner, but I thought the show itself was super. The comedy bits in between the songs were brilliant.

Persona
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Persona

A fun show. But with an unsatisfying result for me

Colin
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Colin

Both Uku and Natalia won their televotes, with Uku even losing a jury vote. How are you suggesting it’s fixed? Estonians obviously liked it the best. Unless we have other info to corroborate your claim. Natalia’s victory with only 3000 votes is a bit ”eh” considering Melfest’s lowest voted act, Albin, had over 400.000 votes. Makes the whole thing seem pedestrian in Moldova.

Héctor
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Héctor

I’m not saying it is rigged but you can buy votes, use SIM cards, etc and keep it realistic.

Colin
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Colin

With Moldova, perhaps. 3000 votes and all that. With Estonia, doubtful. Not only that there are much more votes involved, but Estonia is also known as one of the most transparent countries in Reporters Without Borders assessment. Any irregularity like that would have likely be out pretty soon. Also, if it was meant to be fixed, he would’ve surely win the juries too, right? Estonian people just preferred this song (or more likely, Uku himself). I am highly disappointed, but I don’t think it was “fixed”.

L’oiseau
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L’oiseau

I must say! Estonia gave away its chance to have another victory. And what a victory it would be… Jaguup was just perfect!!! The whole act had so many interesting layers… The song, the message, the great and classy choreography, his vocal performance, the heart beat, the staging… I love Esti Laul but I always get frustrated with the final outcome. But hey, if that is what Estonia wants, so be it… Anyway thank you to revealing to me this fabulous artist. I will be listening to him and explore his work further

Colin
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Colin

Unfortunately, I don’t think Jaagup would’ve won only one year after Arcade. They are too similar in genre. However, it was a top 10 guaranteed. I also firmly believe that Rasmus, Stefan, Anett & Fredi and Shira would have secured at least a qualification for Estonia. This could qualify, but could just as easily stay in the semi.

L’oiseau
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L’oiseau

Oh yes, Colin. I also believe that there would be other options, all those you mentioned, actually. But for me Jaguup had victory all written over it. If you look to the patterns of victories roughly it has been two ballads – one bop. I think that there is room for another ballad victory 🙂 So, having Estonia out of the way, there is hope for Croatia 😉

Lucian
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Lucian

Whilst I can’t say for sure if Jaagup would’ve won the whole thing, I would have been very happy and not surprised if he had made top 5 at the grand final. Essentially, he was Estonia’s best shot at the final, just can’t understand why they chose this bland song. Probably because Uku is handsome, if he had been your average guy without good looks no one would have bothered with him. Looks and popularity unfortunately rule the roost.

L'oiseau
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L'oiseau

Maybe looks was part of it, but Jaagup is also good looking in a boyish kind of way. Indeed something strange happened in Eesti Laul…

Persona
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Persona

I don’t think Jaagup would’ve won ESC but would’ve definitely been a better option!

Persona
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Persona

I’m still not over Jaagup not winning. Why? Why , oh why? There must be an Eurovision god somewhere or isn’t there?

Miguel
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Miguel

Uku looks great and the staging is very professional. The song is nice. Yet again its just another generic love song.

Persona
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Persona

The staging is boring IMO and very basic. and please remove that cheesy LOVE from behind Uku

L’oiseau
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L’oiseau

This is not bad but not great either. For me there were other options that could have been better for Estonia and for the musical diversity of the ESC, like the other two super finalists. But anyway, absolutely great show. Even if I don’t understand one word of Estonian was a pleasure to watch.

Persona
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Persona

I agree it’s fun! But since I don’t agree with the winner I am not 100% happy 😀

BAng
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BAng

Second semi final will be full of surprises and tears of loss , every country get a shot to qualify. My big excitement is Bulgaria , hopefully Greece , Serbia will not have a ballads , with good revamp i see Armenia qualifying, we got 3 strong female voices/ballads as well Poland, Albania and Moldova .

Persona
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Persona

Who do you think will qaulify?

blueeyed
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blueeyed

It’s equal with the French entry in terms of blandness and boringness.

Persona
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Persona

Yikes! LOL 😀
I guess every year there are countries that must have a bland and boring song…

Valentino
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Valentino

What is happening to Estonia since 2016 (minus 2018)?

Persona
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Persona

Lack of good songs and artists entering Eesti laul contest…

Persona
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Persona

And too many upcoming artists and newbies. No star producers or songwriters either :O

milky
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milky

where is elina nechayeva when you need her

Nikki
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Nikki

Next year, Estonia tends to be amazing once every three years (GtY 2015- La Forza 2018)

sam
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sam

kuula 2012… randajad 2009… you’re so right

ESCFanGA
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ESCFanGA

I loved Elina in 2018 and I would love to see her come back! (although I’m not sure if that’ll happen)

Persona
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Persona

Queen Elina must save us!!

Riri
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Riri

I like the melody and it would be an ok song if the lyrics just weren’t so cringy.

Colin
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Colin

How to put this… The song is fine, but compared to some of the songs they had in their final, this does come as a huge disappointment. As much as I am disappointed in Iceland for not picking Iva (even more for her not even making the superfinal), this hit harder. Dadi’s song was my second in his final, Uku’s song was my eighth in his. What I will say is that he sings lovely and the song has a memorable, explosive chorus. What I will also say is that I won’t be voting for Estonia this year and currently… Read more »

redfox
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redfox

estonians didn´t choose him, the local russians did.

L’oiseau
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L’oiseau

Why is that? He is from Russian descent?

Lisa
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Lisa

Bulgarian-Russian superstar singer and producer Philipp Kirkorov says Estonian singer Uku Suviste (37) who is competing in this year’s Eesti Laul charmed him in the Russian talent show “The Voice”, adding Suviste could be a major star in Russia. … “He is an extraordinary artist and singer. There is nobody like Uku.

Goodmorning
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Goodmorning

Kirkorov’s song.

Persona
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Persona

I feel mean but I think Kirkorov should retire :O

Lokh
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Lokh

Uku deserve it.
Jaagup gain experience and come in 2021.

Persona
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Persona

Or could’ve gotten experience this year at ESC and then come even stronger another year 😀

Mr X
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Mr X

Estonia 3/10

Persona
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Persona

Oops!

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

An idea for a silly poll:
Which non-winning National Final song should San Marino or another microstate poach?:
– Monique “Make Me Human”
– Élodie “Andromeda”
– Jaagup Tuisk “Beautiful Lie”
– Iva “Oculis Videre”
– Add to list here

Ashton Schier
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Ashton Schier

yes, all

Nicolas
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Nicolas

Elvana
Chakras

Magpie
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Magpie

Jaguar Jonze?

keith mawson
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keith mawson

Rebellion -Portugal

Colin
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Colin

Rasmus Randvee “Young”
Shira “Out In Space”
Rancore “Eden”
Barbora Mochowa “White & Black Holes”
Karelll “At Least We Tried”
KaYra “Alligator”
Madara “Maras zeme”

There is more. This would be a good idea to do (and for San Marino to execute, actually).

Kosey
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Kosey

Andrija Jo – Oci Meduze

Colin
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Colin

Well, he could still win. Unlikely, but he could…

PoopyScoopy
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PoopyScoopy

Genuine question, is this actually something that is possible? As in, can entries from National Finals that didn’t win their NF, apply to represent another country with the same song? Because I would kill to see Jaguup at a grand final with his entry. It was just too good to never see the light of day again.

Colin
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Colin

PoopyScoopy, that’s a great question. Answer: EBU has no explicit rules forbidding that. Theoretically, it’s possible. For example, a few years ago Napoli, after failing to win in Belarus, entered the Polish selection with the same song. The Polish NF rules allowed that. And that’s all it comes down to – local rules. Some selections have very strict rules regarding participation in other contests, some don’t. Same applies to rules about songs’ language, nationality of performers or songwriters. They may or may not be as restrictive depending on the local contest rules.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

In theory, it depends on the contract and the timings involved. With Italy I would think it is highly unlikely, because all the artists for Sanremo are already signed to contracts with record labels and/or broadcaster. But with something like Estonia or Lithuania’s competitions, I would assume that once they got knocked out, their songs are free to go sell anywhere else?
Perhaps this is something Wiwibloggs could write about one day, exploring whether or not this would actually be technically possible. The truth is I don’t know for sure.

NickC
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NickC

We all poop. For me, this was the biggest injustice of the season.. so far. It was not an injustice but pray for me was a great song, from Norway.

Thorbeta
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Thorbeta

All above plus 2 more are already in my 2020 playlist
-Jaguar Jonze “Rabbit Hole”
-We All Poop “All That Blood”

Actually the non-selected songs in my playlist are more than the selected ones…

Fatima
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Fatima

That’s a really good idea, I hope it happens one year.

CookyMonzta
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CookyMonzta

Interesting proposition here. Three years ago we were fancying the idea of San Marino stealing Loreen, after she and her “Statements” were sent packing from MelFest.

And what is going on in San Marino, anyway? Not a word from them. The options they have should come a lot easier now, after scoring a worthy qualifier in Serhat’s “Na-Na-Na” last year.

Persona
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Persona

Jaagup 🙂

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

Don’t overreact, people.
Estonia picked a song that won’t qualify instead of a song that would probably have not qualified.

This is not on par with some of the really questionable NF choices of the past.

Ashton Schier
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Ashton Schier

sis beautiful lie would have come top 15 at least

Teddie
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Teddie

Top 15?! You’re kidding, right? It’s a sure NQ material

Persona
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Persona

Oh how disappoint this all is. 🙁 I am not happy at all

Colin
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Colin

I thought you thought highly of Beautiful Lie. I also thought you liked Uku as well.

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

You’re seeing the songs that other countries are choosing right?
It’s showing up how mediocre the entire Estonian selection was.

Colin
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Colin

I would politely disagree here. I have Eesti laul at 6.55 average, which is solid. My top 5 songs would surely be in my top 15 or so, with top 3 (Rasmus, Jaagup, Shira) probably scoring my overall top 5.
Much higher standard than in Armenia, Moldova, Latvia, Belarus, better than Serbia, Lithuania (on average, although not in the number of standout songs), Sweden and Norway, on pair with Albania, Ukraine and almost Australia and Portugal too, not as good as Iceland, Czech Republic, Finland and Italy.

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

I’m just comparing the Estonian selection (the whole thing) with the actual winners from the other NFs and when I do that, it doesn’t look that good for most of the Estonian songs as the potential entry.

Persona
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Persona

Yikes!

Persona
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Persona

Me thinking Beautiful Lie would win was all a beautiful lie that crashed

Pancake
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Pancake

Jaagup should have won!
#westanarobbedking

Persona
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Persona

There should be a parallel universe where our favies could shine

Moonstar
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Moonstar

Poor song. Poor vocalist.

Persona
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Persona

I don’t know that to think of his singing but the song is definitely bland :/

Ashton Schier
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Ashton Schier

no no no estonia honey what are you doing

Persona
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Persona

Lmaoooo
Well that’s what I thought! Collective delusion…..or momentary insanity?

Thorbeta
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Thorbeta

This is pretty dull and uninspired unfortunately. I guess he won due to his popularity, because I can’t find any other reason why Estonians picked this over much better songs.

Persona
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Persona

I can only hope now we won’t have to see him in Eesti laul anymore :D:D:D

Persona
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Persona

I don’t have anything against him personally but I just don’t like his songs or his artistry…

UKEesti Kid
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UKEesti Kid

Slightly disappointed here proabably Uku’s worst EL entry has ended up being the one that wins but he is as always going to win one soon so I worry we might be staying in semi final this year but if the semi so weak then we might scrape through, time will tell

Persona
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Persona

Time will tell but I am afraid that (since it sounds dated like Verona) it will have the same faith as Verona.

Mia
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Mia

Toilet break

Crash at Corona
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Crash at Corona

Salad breaaaaaaak

Persona
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Persona

we are lost in coronaaa

Kirby
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Kirby

I watched the final today, when it was this song’s turn I thought it would be one with the lowest score. It sounds so late 2000s, besides that awful “tarara-tarara-tararooo, tarara-tarara-tariiiiii” chorus. The other 2 finalists were amazing, how on earth Estonians went for this hell of a cliche?

Persona
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Persona

This is what I’m asking myself every day since it won hahaha

Polliu
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Polliu

They should be thankful that they are in the second semi. They might sneak through with this generic song. Also, this is the risk of having a national selection. You might have several good songs and people applauded that….but that means nothing if you select a generic song in the end.

Persona
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Persona

Oh how I wish there hadn’t been this super final where only televoters decide the winner. The juries could’ve saved this..

Amesc
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Amesc

Come on, Estonia did nothing new this year. I mean everytime they have so many good and unique songs and they end up with the safiest choice. And when I thought that they will not qualify again this year with such a safe entry then I realized that they participate in a propably weak semi, with two other countries having almost the same compositors and a couple of Baltic States supporting them. So yes it is likely that we will see them again in the final

Persona
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Persona

What Baltic states? There’s only Latvia in semi 2. And Finland who supports Estonia.

jack
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jack

The song is actually writeen by Kontopoulos and thats confirmed. The lyricist is the same as supergirl and he just lies cause its not alowed to have foreign composers in eesti laul

PoopyScoopy
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PoopyScoopy

So they broke the rules with Uku?

Jack
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Jack

Yes. They said that Kontopoulos has produced it but that’s a lie, it’s a typical cliche ballad made by him

Thorbeta
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Thorbeta

Now that you’re mentioning, it does sound a lot like Kontopoulos. Like a bad generic Kontopoulos more precisely.

Persona
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Persona

OMG that’s lame! Ugh so annoying

Nicolas
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Nicolas

Is it the same country who sent LA FORZA ?

Persona
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Persona

S*it happens 🙁 🙁

Andrei
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Andrei

Boring entry, no qualifier… Sorry

Persona
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Persona

RIP Final 🙁

Harut Hovhannisyan
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Harut Hovhannisyan

Horrible year !
It’s a skip for me !

Persona
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Persona

Yeah I think I might only watch the final this year

Oinida
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Oinida

I feel bad for Uku. This was his worst attempt in Eesti Laul

Persona
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Persona

Not that his other attempts have been good. 😀

BinLiner
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BinLiner

Horrendous result, feel so sorry for Jaguup. He was the true winner.

Persona
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Persona

Couldn’t agree more!

keith mawson
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keith mawson

At least the awful Laura isn’t going to Rotterdam. Can’t stand her.

Persona
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Persona

Hahaha. What don’t you like about her or her songs?

Barbara
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Barbara

How beautiful the performance would have been on the euro stage such a shame now they don’t even have a chance to reach the finals.

Persona
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Persona

Yes I’m still bummed about not having Beautiful Lie on the big ESC stage…. oh what we could’ve had…

Wirus
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Wirus

Why everybody liked Jaagup? Tried to listen it several times and I didn’t start to like it. I just cannot imgine it getting in the grand final. I can’t even remember it’s melody at all. Uku’s song is at least catchy and melody can be remembered.

Persona
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Persona

But Uku’s song is so dated and cheesy. The juries do not love these kind of songs. It will stay in the semi.

bastian
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bastian

agree. Jaagup was overrated. The song is nice to listen to, but after it ends you cant remember a single note. A winner needs to stick somehow and only a good performance wont make people vote for it. Estonia made the right choice

CatGotTheCream
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CatGotTheCream

Really, because it didn’t take me long to be repeating Jaagup’s song in my head, it was memorable. Uku’s song though ? No chance, bland and forgettable. And Jaagup’s overall staging and performance was in a different league to Uku.

Persona
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Persona

You had one job, Estonia.

keith mawson
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keith mawson

They have all screwed up tonight, They sent this, while a nice song , Beautiful lie in another much higher class.

Persona
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Persona

Give power to the people and they choose garbage…

Persona
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Persona

I need to see my therapist after this cr*p winning 😀

Richard
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Richard

Oh dear, and are his shoes glued to the floor? He has lovely eyes though, which may pull him through

Persona
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Persona

Well, let’s hope so….lol

James
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James

Supernatural…

Tibor
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Tibor

Hopefully, Estonia will only come back stronger and more daring next year.

Persona
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Persona

A long time to wait …. 😀

Tibor
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Tibor

Only a year. And it will be worth it, I’m confident. 🙂

Persona
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Persona

You are more confident than I am. 🙂

Tibor
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Tibor

Always. Getting all worked up over things like this is not worth it.

L’oiseau
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L’oiseau

I love your optimism!

Persona
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Persona

True. at least there is someone with optimism. Unlike me lol

Persona
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Persona

This has to be a joke.

CatGotTheCream
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CatGotTheCream

Unfortunately, it is horrible, dystopian reality.

oreo
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oreo

This is what Hatari was talking about last year

Banan banan
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Banan banan

This saturday was wasted, only 6 songs out of 20 are good, this is so dated, unlike Jaagup it won’t qualify

Persona
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Persona

What a waste it was to let Jaagup go like this….
I can’t believe it.

poe-tay-toe-chips
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poe-tay-toe-chips

This songs sounds like it’s 15 years old. Sorry but SOMEONE had to say it.

Milan S.
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Milan S.

Why would that be a problem? There were good songs 15 years ago. Unfortunately this song is nothing like them, and THAT’s the problem.

Persona
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Persona

or 20 years old and not in a good way.

Dani
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Dani

I am disliking a lot of the songs this year, but this is the first entry that I actually hate. Sounds like a Dima Bilan 2006 reject.
Sorry for the harshness, Estonia but you could have at least picked Jaagup.

Daniel_2017
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Daniel_2017

Hate is a very strong word… But I agree with you using it…

Persona
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Persona

Well I hate this song, too and I’m Estonian. I can’t believe Uku was chosen.

Persona
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Persona

As an Estonian who feels defeated:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EF8CDm_vd0o

😀

redfox
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redfox

yeah exactly it´s a slavic entry, he was in Russian Voice or something, gone all crappy slavoschlager. It´s not an estonian song, we have taste.

Jake Dallas
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Jake Dallas

OK I ranted on in Moldova, but Estonia……………really? This decision makes me particularly mad because you don’t usually mess up in deciding your songs (e.g. 2015, 2018), but I’m sorry, what did Uku have that Jaagub didn’t? The song is bland, the staging is bland, his voice is fine but this isn’t competitive enough. You had an opportunity to give Europe amazing visuals, vocals and choreography in Jaagub Tuisk, but you through it all away for some cheesy love song from the early 2000s. For shame Estonia. I am seriously considering putting this in my last place.

Persona
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Persona

I’m really disappointed with my country right now. What the hell happened???

Kirby
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Kirby

It seems this time your country went for the look. This is not Mr Universe!!!

Persona
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Persona

Look? What look? lol 🙂 OOps now I feel like I’m mean to Uku.

BleuKnaveXD236
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BleuKnaveXD236

Well… not a song for me, but congrats to Uku nonetheless. Good luck to him and Estonia in Rotterdam.

Persona
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Persona

Good luck to Uku! I try to be positive and support him!