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Within just a few days Eurovision fans will know the 24 acts who will be competing in Eesti Laul 2021. Estonian broadcaster ERR has confirmed that the semi-finalists have been selected. The names will be announced on Wednesday and Thursday this week.

The broadcaster confirmed the news on social media, writing, “The votes are in! Make sure to tag your friends and let them know that it’s a must to watch #Review on Wednesday and Thursday. This is when we will let you know who will be our semi-finalists this year!”

The semi-finalists will be revealed on the Ringvaade entertainment show on Wednesday and Thursday. Twelve semi-finalists will be announced on each day.

But one of the 24 semi-finalists is already known. The winner of Eesti Laul 2020 has been guaranteed a place in the Eesti Laul semi-finals. That means that 2020 winner Uku Suviste will have another chance to represent his country at Eurovision.

156 songs submitted to Eesti Laul 2021

The broadcaster has also confirmed that 156 entries were received for Eesti Laul 2021. That’s slightly down on the 178 songs that were entered in the 2020 edition of the national final.

Eesti Laul producer Tomi Rahula said there will be a mix of both music styles and performers, explaining “Among the participants, there are artists who have been very successful in Eesti Laul in the past, but there are also those who are still completely unknown to the wider audience.”

Of the 156 entries, 63 songs were in Estonia — around 40%. The remaining 93 were in foreign languages — mostly English, but also Russian, Spanish and French.

The entries were assessed by a panel of experts who did not know the identity of the artists. From that, the 24 semi-finalists were selected.

Earlier this month, ERR confirmed that all three Eesti Laul 2021 shows will take place in Tallinn. The two semi-finals will be filmed in a TV studio at ERR’s headquarters, without a live audience. The broadcaster hopes to hold the grand final in the usual venue of the Saku Suurhall and may involve a live audience.

The semi-finals of Eesti Laul 2021 will be held on 18 and 20 February, while the grand final will take place on 6 March 2021.

What do you think? Who would you like to see in the Eesti Laul semi-finals? Who should represent Estonia in Rotterdam? Tell us your thoughts below.

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Una
Una
20 days ago

OK, need to watch Ringvaade but where and at what time on Wednesdat and Tuesday?

Främling
Främling
21 days ago

Is it just the announcement of the acts or will the songs be revealed too?

raw
raw
20 days ago
Reply to  Främling

12 semi finalists will be announced (just artists and song names) live on TV on 11th of November and another 12 on 12th of November. All songs will be introduced on 5th of December, though.

Una
Una
20 days ago
Reply to  raw

Hi! Do you know if people outside Estonia can watch the announcements? Where, what time? With thanks.

raw
raw
20 days ago
Reply to  Una

The announcement will be made at ETV show “Ringvaade” between 19-20 Estonian time / UTC+2 (So, for an example in Germany it’s between 18-19). I guess it’s the last subject what they talk about, around 19.40 Estonian time or so. ETV live stream: https://otse.err.ee/k/etv

Una
Una
20 days ago
Reply to  raw

Thank you so much!

Tom
Tom
21 days ago

Kerli !!!

ESCFan2009
ESCFan2009
21 days ago

A song in Spanish from Estonia? Sounds exciting, maybe it’ll make its way into the semis ^^

Hyunwoo
Hyunwoo
21 days ago

I hope it will be Jaagup Tuisk!

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
21 days ago

This year it’s definitely not me. 🙂
If Uku is entering again, then he will likely bring the public vote with him… again. But who knows? Maybe someone totally unknown will spring a surprise entry?

Una
Una
21 days ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

If not in Estonia maybe somewhere else? 🙂

Meow
Meow
20 days ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

Jaagup didn’t send a song this year 🙁

Una
Una
21 days ago

Great to have something nice to look forward to and try to get rid of the awfulness of the latest tragedy in the Eurovision world.
I would like to see Kerli in the line up but I will be happy to get to know more singers from Estonia. Hundred fifty-six songs sounds very good given that Estonia is small. But it sounds a lot as compared to Israel’s 220 or so.
I am excited but cautious.

Colin
Colin
21 days ago

Eesti laul is conceited in a way that the public favorite has a head start. Uku, as a previous winner, has that upper hand now. I think he should eventually go to ESC, because he deserved it by winning in 2020. Still, if a better song is presented, I’d wait for another opportunity for him. If Uku’s song is really the best one (or at least in top 5), then by all means – send him. He has the voice and charisma for it. The only thing is, EL usually has some really good competitors too. I can’t wait to… Read more »

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Joe
Joe
21 days ago

Long as we get the usual Eesti Laul mix of pop and bizarreness (which is also what makes all the Baltic selections so fun), I’ll be satisfied! I also heard Elina Nechayeva was interested in making a return, which I would personally be delighted by.

milky
milky
21 days ago
Reply to  Joe

i’m guessing the song in French is probably hers

raw
raw
21 days ago

Tanja (2014) and Robin Juhkental (2010) confirmed today that they sent their songs. Jaagup Tuisk (2020) had to create a song for Eesti Laul in a TV show recently, within an hour, so I guess he sent it too.

Erasmus
Erasmus
21 days ago
Reply to  raw

well not particularly excited by any of these.. but we’ll see.

Whisker
Whisker
21 days ago

That sounds good!

Erasmus
Erasmus
21 days ago

my wishlist:

  • Liis Lemsalu
  • Kerli
  • Jüri Pootsman
  • Elina Born
  • Maian
  • Ariadne
  • Rasmus Rändvee
  • Mick Pedaja
  • Noëp
  • Lenna Kurmaa

so if at least one of these names enter I really hope they win. uku is just a no-no, not as a person, but as an artist (or moreover his songwriters).

Erasmus
Erasmus
21 days ago
Reply to  Erasmus

oh and Daniel Levi as well please!