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!”
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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
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.
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