Uku Suviste Estonian What Love Is _Mis on armastus_

He’s the first confirmed semi-finalist for Estonia’s Eesti Laul 2021. But before his attention turns to next year, Uku Suviste is still finding new ways to switch up his Eurovision 2020 entry “What Love Is”.

For his Eurovision Home Concert performance, he drafted in 2009 winner Alexander Rybak. And now he’s sung the song entirely in Estonian.

Earlier this week, Uku appeared on the Ringvaates talk show. After an interview with the host, he debuted the Estonian version of “What Love Is” — or “Mis on armastus”.

The new lyrics are written by Leelo Tungal. And according to Uku, they’re what convinced him to try the song in his native tongue.

According to ERR, Uku had doubts about whether it was worthwhile presenting the entry in Estonian. But Suviste says “when I saw Leelo Tungla’s text, I no longer doubted”.

Uku also maintains that the song is a bit more difficult to sing in Estonian compared to English — the musical rhythm is different.

Uku Suviste “What Love Is” (Estonian Version)

Eurovision fans will see Uku Suviste again in 2021.

However, unlike acts from some other countries, he will not automatically become Estonia’s act for Eurovision 2021.

Instead, broadcaster ERR has offered him a direct pass to the semi-finals.

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.

Asked about ERR’s offer, the “Pretty Little Liar” hitmaker sounded positive:

“I believe I will definitely participate if the place in the semi-finals already exists.” 

What do you think of the Estonian version of “What Love Is”? How does it compare to the English original? Let us know in the comments.

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GG40
GG40
2 months ago

Much better in Estonian! It doesn’t sound as dated and cheesy as the English version.
The Estonian language, a language I don’t understand, sounds beautiful and enables Uku to bring more depth and mystery to his song. He sounds much more at ease with his own language and more authentic IMO.
Thanks for giving us the chance to hear it…

poe-tay-toe-chips
poe-tay-toe-chips
2 months ago

He deleted the video.

percy
percy
2 months ago

He -maybe- could’ve qualified with this + a revamp.

Una
Una
2 months ago

Estonian sounds so good in music. I’ve been liking it since I heard Laura (Estonia 2017) singing in Estonian. And this song sounds so much better here than in English. It’s lost some of the “generic pop” element. Good job!

Whisker
Whisker
2 months ago

Uku has got a nice, strong voice. #ilike

Ria van de Velde
Ria van de Velde
2 months ago

I love the Estonian version “Mis On Armastus” very much !! I hope to see Uku Suviste back in 2021. He is a great singer and with a great song he is more than welcome !!!

Bring Back The Orchestra
Bring Back The Orchestra
2 months ago

Why don’t Estonia sing in Estonian more. Same goes to Finland, Uralic languages are beautiful!

viridESCent
viridESCent
2 months ago

Honestly, every country should sing in their own language more often. They are all so beautiful and it’s been proven that non-English songs can win in recent years, so I don’t get why not.

Una
Una
2 months ago
Reply to  viridESCent

Agreed. I think we don’t hear non-English more often because some countries are either all in to win and think that English as a mainstream language will give them more chances, or because they just think the public understand English better.
One would think that a non-English song would stand out from the sea of songs in English. On the other hand, I have not idea if jury members from all broadcasters know enough English in order to judge them properly. Or maybe non-English songs are not that “radio-friendly”.

F@b
2 months ago

Estonian is such a beautiful language…

Denis
Denis
2 months ago

Even though the English version is way better, I still think this version is good too.

viridESCent
viridESCent
2 months ago

Mis On Armastus is 100% better than What Love Is. It’s still horrible, but the addition of Estonian makes it so so much better.