He won Eesti Laul 2020 by a huge margin.
But unlike other acts this year, Uku Suviste will not automatically become Estonia’s act for Eurovision 2021.
Instead, broadcaster ERR has offered him a direct pass to the semi-finals.
ERR’s offer was unveiled by Eesti Laul boss Tomi Rahula tonight in Estonia. The offer means Suviste skips a step in Estonia’s song selection process.
Other entries for Eesti Laul 2021 will be screened by a jury to create a short-list of 24 semi-finalists.
Uku Suviste to compete at Eesti Laul 2021?
Uku is unsurprisingly sad about the cancellation of Eurovision 2020.
On an Estonian talkshow he said:
“Am I unhappy? Of course I’m a little bit sad and of course I’m sorry, but I have to look at the seriousness of the situation.”
Asked about ERR’s offer, the “Pretty Little Liar” hitmaker sounds positive:
“I believe I will definitely participate if the place in the semi-finals already exists.”
ERR has confirmed if Uku wants to compete he will however need to use a new song. This is in line with current EBU rules, which permit artists from entering songs released before September the year before a given contest.
Estonia’s road to Eurovision 2020
Uku revealed major changes had been planned for his performance in Rotterdam.
“It would have been quite an expensive undertaking, both in time and in financial terms.” He teased.
The performance would have been for his ballad “What Love Is”. Fortunately as changes had not been made, funds had not yet been spent on the performance.
Estonia would have competed in the first half of the second semi-final on May 14. As mentioned, Uku won Eesti Laul 2020 by a large margin.
The article from ERR also suggests Eesti Laul 2021 will once again feature 24 semi-finalists.
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