Juri Pootsmann _Magus melanhoolia_ Eesti Laul 2021

All will become known at 20:35 CET on Saturday 5 December. That’s when Estonian TV is set to release the 24 songs competing in the 13th edition of Eesti Laul. But while we wait for the 2021 entries to drop, we can reveal the one act which has left our readers giddy with anticipation — Jüri Pootsmann!

Jüri Pootsmann is the Eesti Laul 2021 act you are most excited for before the songs are released

Almost three weeks ago, shortly after the line-up for Estonia’s Eurovision 2021 selection was revealed, we asked a very important question — Which Eesti Laul 2021 act are you the most excited for?

Hundreds of you let your voices be heard by voting in our poll. And after counting 1,819 votes, we can confirm that Jüri Pootsmann is the act that’s left y’all gagging. The “Play” crooner hoovered up support, capturing 276 votes — that’s 20.67% of all votes cast.

The Eurovision 2016 star previously revealed that his 2021 entry, “Magus melanhoolia”, was several years in the making. It “stood on the shelf for quite a long time”. The song is a ballad with a “strange twist”. Jüri adds that he can’t put the number in a box, describing it as beautiful and slow, yet also hard. It touches upon themes of self-awareness and pride.

Not far behind is the reigning Eesti champion Uku Suviste. The “What Is Love” singer picked up 302 votes or 16.6% of all votes cast.

Uku confirmed that “The Lucky One” will once again revolve around the topic of love. However, this time around, he says that he’s approached things differently. While he doesn’t want to give too much away, he teases that this time he is “talking about something that broke, but there is such a positive outlook for things”.

Earlier, Eesti Laul producers revealed that Uku did not have to use his free pass to make the semi-finals. Apparently his song went through the selection process and advanced on its own merit. The show’s boss even said that he thinks Uku’s entry is stronger in 2021 than in 2020.

The top three is completed by Eurovision 2014’s Tanja. The “Amazing” popstar took attracted 235 votes or 12.92% of all votes cast.

You can read the full poll rankings below.

Poll Results: Which Eesti Laul 2021 act are you the most excited for?

  1. Jüri Pootsmann “Magus melanhoolia” 20.67% (376 votes)
  2. Uku Suviste “The Lucky One” 16.6% (302 votes)
  3. Tanja “Best Night Ever” 12.92% (235 votes)
  4. Koit Toome “We Could Have Been Beautiful” 11.16% (203 votes)
  5. Egert Milder “Free Again” 6.82% (124 votes)
  6. Sissi “Time” 4.95% (90 votes)
  7. Andrei Zevakin & Pluuto “Wingman” 2.75% (50 votes)
  8. Karl Killing “Kiss Me” 2.53% (46 votes)
  9. Nika Marula “Calm Down” 2.36% (43 votes)
  10. Ivo Linna, Robert Linna, Supernova “Ma olen siin” 2.31% (42 votes)
  11. Kéa “Hypnotized” 2.14% (39 votes)
  12. Hans Nayna “One By One” 2.09% (38 votes)
  13. Alabama Watchdog “Alabama Watchdog” 1.98% (36 votes)
  14. Suured tüdrukud “Heaven’s Not That Far Tonight” 1.59% (29 votes)
  15. Heleza “6” 1.54% (28 votes)
  16. REDEL “Tartu” 1.15% (21 votes)
  17. Uku Haasma “Kaos” 1.1% (20 votes)
  18. Kadri Voorand “Energy” 1.04% (19 votes)
  19. Gram-Of-Fun “Lost in a Dance” 0.93% (17 votes)
  20. Helen “Nii kõrgele” 0.93% (17 votes)
  21. Rahel “Sunday Night” 0.66% (12 votes)
  22. WIIRALT “Tuuled” 0.66% (12 votes)
  23. Tuuli Rand “Üks öö” 0.6% (11 votes)
  24. Kristin Kalnapenk “Find a Way” 0.49% (9 votes)

Total Votes: 1,819

Do you agree with the results? Who are you backing? Let us know in the comments.

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Merle
1 month ago

Eesti Laul keeps running on worn tyres. Unbelieveable! A great artist like Janek submitted his masterpiece “gemini” to eesti laul in 2016 and 2017 and it got rejected. This year I’ve heard 2 of his songs that got rejected but they were just masterpiece and would have definitely made Eurovision’s top 5! Unbelieveable! Eesti Laul jury doesn’t want Estonia to win. Look him up on sporify – Janek – Gemini

Una
Una
1 month ago

Wow, it was true … snippets out mg. And a couple or so of songs. I was curious so I checked them out. I have two winners so far (a song and a snippet). Another one that I liked but problem is I heard two snippets of it – I liked one and disliked the other. I like a song and two snippets thus far. Not much but enough to feel excited.

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
1 month ago

Uku has nice song! In my opinion it’s his best attempt in last three years and this song is much better than last year’s one. It doesn’t differ so much than What Love Is, but some details and differences make it sound much better.

I also like Jüri’s song very much from what I heard from snippet, but I still can’t find the full version of the song :/

VlaD
VlaD
1 month ago
Reply to  Eurovision fan

the tempo is the same , this is smart because it really suits his voice.
But the production is far more contemporary and current.

Badwoolfgirl
Badwoolfgirl
1 month ago
Reply to  Eurovision fan

The Lucky One definitely sounds like a step up from What Love Is. I wish Uku luck to win again. Is it good enough to qualify to the final in May 2021? Depends on the quality of other Semi final 2 entries from both returning and new artists. Yes, there’s the risk someone else might win for Estonia other than Uku, but we’ll have to see.

VlaD
VlaD
1 month ago

Uku has this is in the bag.
It is interesting how the same artist had in 2020 and entry that was so dated and old fashion and in 2021 he brings such a contemporary, modern sound managing to show his powerful vocals.

Jaagup
Jaagup
1 month ago
Reply to  VlaD

What love is was a lot better imo. I don’t get why so many eurofans are such suckers for cheap uptempo song.

Ashton
Ashton
1 month ago
Reply to  Jaagup

What Love Is is a cliched, dated, blase, boring, mess. If it was more uptempo I wouldn’t have liked it any more. It was a bad song and mark my words would have been last in the semi. Period.

Jaagup
Jaagup
1 month ago
Reply to  Ashton

What makes his new song better? It sounds so cheap.

123
123
1 month ago
Reply to  Jaagup

Can you guys just agree that both of them are not good?

Jaagup
Jaagup
1 month ago
Reply to  123

Yes lol.

Jaagup
Jaagup
1 month ago
Reply to  Jaagup

Seems like a nice person though.

Mita
Mita
1 month ago
Reply to  Jaagup

Sorry but his new song is not uptempo and its not cheap. Did you listen to another song?

Jaagup
Jaagup
1 month ago

Koit is the only good song in eesti laul but it is really good.

Jaagup
Jaagup
1 month ago
Reply to  Jaagup

Jüri song is too short.

Ashton
Ashton
1 month ago

I can’t find full songs, only snippets, but the best is by FAR Jüri. Such a step up from Play. I also appreciate that Uku also stepped up with a better song. Sissi stepped down from the wonderful ‘Strong’ however, and Koit’s effort isn’t bad. Wingman feels decent as well. Will need to listen to them when they all come out in full but Jüri’s is almost certainly my winner.

Alo
Alo
1 month ago

Uku song for me might be better than last year, but it’s still not that good..cliche lyrics and might fit better the contest 15 years ago.. But any way it will win probably.

Last edited 1 month ago by Alo
Alex
Alex
1 month ago
Reply to  Alo

I like What love is better than The lucky one tbh.

Last edited 1 month ago by Alex
VlaD
VlaD
1 month ago
Reply to  Alo

15 years ago???? Uku song is so 2021. It follows the pop retro trend that is number 1 all around the world. What are you talking about.

Alo
Alo
1 month ago
Reply to  VlaD

Don’t have to be mad lol.. That’s my opinion

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
1 month ago

the top four being all four previous estonian representatives, eurofans are so predictable

Ashton
Ashton
1 month ago

not you dragging eurofans when you are a eurofan yourself….

Whisker
Whisker
1 month ago

I’m excited for all the entries, but I’m curious *only* about Uku’s entry.

KESC
KESC
1 month ago
Reply to  Whisker

Uku’s entry is much better than “What Love is”, even though it shouldn’t have been that difficult to serve something qualitatively stronger.

I think he has potential to win Eesti Laul again.

Whisker
Whisker
1 month ago
Reply to  KESC

You’ve already listened to the entries?

Alo
Alo
1 month ago
Reply to  Whisker

They are online already

Whisker
Whisker
1 month ago
Reply to  Alo

Oh no! Nobody flew a plane with the banner announcing the release of the lauls?

KESC
KESC
1 month ago

From what I’ve heard so far, Koit Toome’s song is very nice

dxi
dxi
1 month ago

”What Is Love” Baby don’t hurt me!

Alo
Alo
1 month ago

Almost every year I’m upset by the result of the Estonian final.
So many great entries were left behind,
but who knows maybe this year will be different.

Loin dici
Loin dici
1 month ago

i’m putting my hope on 2021 being another year for a good estonian song (since, you know, those estonian entries in 2009, 2012, 2015, 2018)

Tom
Tom
1 month ago
Reply to  Loin dici

2010, 2011,2014,2016,2017,2019 were also

Colin
Colin
1 month ago
Reply to  Tom

I agree. Estonia is one of the countries which most often had a good song in the last decade. They were often in my top 10 and never in my bottom 5.

Colin
Colin
1 month ago

I absolutely *love* Play, but also some of Juri’s other work in Estonian. I really hope to hear another excellent song from him. 🙂

I am also very curious about Uku, Tanja and Koit. I don’t think that What Love Is is necessarily a bad song, but it was too saccharine and typical to make any impact.

Excited for tomorrow!

Lloyd
Lloyd
1 month ago

Ew. Really? Found him so monotone in 2016. Really deserved last place in the semi. Was so boring. Hopefully this song will be better.

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
1 month ago
Reply to  Lloyd

i know right… i wasn’t surprised at all when he came last in his semi but somehow ppl were convinced he’d qualify?

Borahae
Borahae
1 month ago

I love the Estonian selection, Mick Pedaja’s Seis will forever be one of my all time favourite songs, and it’s such a beautiful language! sounds like elves speaking

So far I’m rooting for Jüri, i loved his last entry and I’m sure he will deliver again! Greetings from sweden

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 month ago

It’s tomorrow! Oh wowww

Rottendam
Rottendam
1 month ago

Just want to hear Estonian again! Such a beautiful language that Estonia should admire more (same for Finland with Finnish)

Last edited 1 month ago by Rottendam
Una
Una
1 month ago

Off topic though – did Senhit release a song on the freaky trip in December?

Skiwalko
Skiwalko
1 month ago
Reply to  Una

She did, this time it’s a Christmassy (and a bit psychedelic) cover of ‘Amar Pelos Dois”.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-oInARoLscM

Last edited 1 month ago by Skiwalko
Una
Una
1 month ago
Reply to  Skiwalko

Thanks Skiwalko! Very fitting description. The choice of cover was a big surprise to me. The result is good. I like it. But it is my third in the Christmassy Eurovision-related songs of the season of which Wonderland is my first and Daði’s song from the other day my second.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 month ago
Reply to  Skiwalko

Yeah, that video is really artistic, and also, dare I say it, political. I both adore it and loathe it at the same time. Senhit continues to astonish me with every release, what an incredible artist.

Una
Una
1 month ago

So excited about the release of the Estonian songs!! It would be good to know where can we find them? Estonia’s broadcaster internet tv player?

Last edited 1 month ago by Una
raw
raw
1 month ago
Reply to  Una

All music videos of the songs participating in the semi-finals will go to the website https://jupiter.err.ee/ late Saturday evening, after ETV has introduced the songs in a one-hour program. The songs will also go to the homepage of Eesti Laul.

Una
Una
1 month ago
Reply to  raw

Thanks so much for this.

Erasmus
Erasmus
1 month ago

I just know Jüri’s song is gonna shook us all, I want him to win so bad. Though also very excited about Gram-of-fun, Heleza, Karl Killing and Egert.

does any Estonian know if Estonians plan to select and vote for Uku again or are they kind open to whatever is the best? 🙂

Leo
Leo
1 month ago
Reply to  Erasmus

They always tend to vote for the most mediocre one in the bunch.

Liisa
Liisa
1 month ago
Reply to  Erasmus

Our older women will probably vote for Uku yes

Erasmus
Erasmus
1 month ago
Reply to  Liisa

I hope the votes split up between Uku and Koit hahah 🙂

Ashton
Ashton
1 month ago

I didn’t like Play all that much but I’ve followed Jüri since then and his work has been phenomenal, especially Täna. Very excited for Magus Melanhoolia.

Last edited 1 month ago by Ashton