Over Wednesday and Thursday last week, Estonia’s ERR revealed the 24 acts for Eesti Laul 2021. And with a line-up that includes several past Eurovision stars and numerous national selection veterans, fans are already chomping at the bit, even though the competition itself won’t kick off until the new year.
So while Tallinn gears up to host the iconic national final across three weekends next spring, we want to know which of the artists you are most excited for. Yes, the songs are yet to be released but that hasn’t stopped us from checking out the vast back catalogues of all the competitors.
Poll: Which Eesti Laul 2021 act are you the most excited for?
The headlines have been dominated by the five former Eurovision stars.
Top of the list is Uku Suviste. The Eesti Laul 2020 winner was given a wildcard to the semi-finals after Eurovision’s cancellation in the spring.
The next most recent returnee is Koit Toome. Along with Laura, he sang “Verona” in 2017. Alas, despite being a strong fan favourite, the entry failed to reach the final. He also represented the Baltic nation in 1998 with “Mere lapsed”. Then he came 12th.
Jüri Pootsmann returns to the competition for the first time since 2016, when he went to Stockholm with “Play”. Eurovision 2014’s Tanja is also back. The “Amazing” songstress last appeared in the national final in 2019 singing “High Heels In The Neighbourhood”.
Also in the mix is Ivo Linna from Eurovision 1996. He helped secure Estonia its first top-five result with “Kaelakee hääl”.
There’s also plenty of national final alums. They include Kéa who tried her luck at Eesti Laul 2016 with “Lonely Boy”. Tuuli Rand had two songs in the 2013 final: a duet with Teele Viira and another as a part of the band Söörömöö. The 2020 grand finalist Egert Milder 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.
Which of the above are you most excited for? Or perhaps you have your eye on one of the other competitors.
It’s time to vote in our poll! Choose wisely, you can only vote ONE time. Voting ends just before the 24 competing songs are released in early December — the exact date is yet to be confirmed at the time of publication.
Who are you most excited for? Who do you think will surprise us? Let us know in the comments.