Eesti Laul producer Tomi Rahula promises a variety of musical genres, saying, “Estonian music will be richer by at least 24 songs again, and wealth will come from different genres, because this time Estonian Song has pop, rock, folk, jazz and many different styles.” He also confirmed the contest has a mix of established artists and newcomers.
Joining returning artists Jüri Pootsmann, Koit Toome and Uku Suviste is Tanja. She represented Estonia at Eurovision 2014 with her song and dance extravaganza “Amazing”. Tanja also competed in Eesti Laul 2019 singing with The Swingers on their song “High Heels in the Neighbourhood”. This season she will compete with the song “Best Night Ever”.
Also returning is 2020 grand finalist Egert Milder. Last year he delivered the fan favourite “Georgia (On My Mind)”, his ode to the Eastern European nation. This time he will sing “Free Again”.
We will also see a performance from Sissi — daughter of Estonia’s Eurovision winner Dave Benton. She made her Eesti Laul debut in 2019 with “Strong” which placed fourth in the grand final. She’ll be returning with her song “Time”.
Veteran performer and Eurovision 1996 act Ivo Linna will be making his sixth appearance at the Estonian national final. This time he will be performing with his son Robert Linna — also an established singer — and the band Supernova. They’ll be performing “Ma olen siin” (“I am here”).
Koit Toome also features in this semi as a songwriter. He has co-written “Heaven’s Not That Far Tonight” for the duo Suured tüdrukud. The group features the long-serving Eesti Laul and Eurovision backing singers Kaire Vilgats and Dagmar Oja who are finally stepping into the spotlight in their own right.
Eesti Laul 2021’s second 12 semi-finalists
- Heleza – “6”
- Alabama Watchdog – “Alabama Watchdog”
- Tanja – “Best Night Ever”
- Kadri Voorand – “Energy”
- Kristin Kalnapenk – “Find A Way
- Egert Milder – “Free Again”
- Suured tüdrukud – “Heaven’s Not That Far Tonight”
- Uku Haasma – “Kaos”
- Karl Killing – “Kiss Me”
- Ivo Linna, Robert Linna, Supernova – “Ma olen siin”
- Rahel – “Sunday Night”
- Sissi – “Time”
Next: the Eesti Laul 2021 semi-finals
The 24 semi-finalists were selected from 156 entries. The semi-finalists were selected by an expert jury. We’ll see the acts of Eesti Laul 2021 perform their songs live in February and March next year.
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.