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.