In just under two weeks, the second semi-final of Estonia’s Eesti Laul 2021 will take place. On Saturday 20 February, 12 acts will compete for the coveted spots to the grand final. Now, we want to hear from our readers – who do you think should win semi-final two?
Semi-final two features some heavy hitters and stiff competition. Sissi opens the night, followed by fan favourites Gram-Of-Fun. Hoping to defend his crown is returning champion Uku Suviste, who will perform ninth. Also featuring in this semi-final is Eurovision 2016 singer Jüri Pootsmann. However, only half the acts performing in Saturday’s show will progress to the final.
Of the 12 competing songs, only six will make it to the final. The first four qualifiers will be decided by a combination of public and jury vote. Then, the fifth and sixth qualifiers will be determined solely by the public in a run-off style second round of voting. The lucky half-dozen will go up against the top six from semi-final one in the grand final on Saturday 6 March.
We’ve heard all of the songs. We know the running order. Now, it’s over to you. Vote for your favourites in our poll below.
Eesti Laul 2021: Semi-Final Two
Sissi – “Time”
Sissi – daughter of Estonia’s Eurovision 2001 winner Dave Benton – kicks off the night. At Eesti Laul 2019, she placed fourth with “Strong”. Now, she’s back with a soulful gospel-pop track. Does “Time” get your vote?
Gram-Of-Fun – “Lost in a Dance”
One of this year’s fan favourites, “Lost in a Dance” is a 1980s-inspired dance pop song, similar in style to pop legends A-ha, Duran Duran and Depeche Mode. Do Gram-Of-Fun have your support?
Kadri Voorand – “Energy”
Next up is Kadri Voorand. She brings powerful vocals and moving lyrics to this simple yet elegant piano track. Could she take the crown?
Helen – “Nii kõrgele”
A moderately paced pop track and the first Estonian-language song of the night. It’s been eight years since an Estonian-language song won Eesti Laul. Could Helen buck the trend?
REDEL – “Tartu”
An eclectic blend of genres feature in this bizarrely wonderful track named after Estonia’s second largest city. REDEL arguably have the most unique track of the night. Do they get your vote?
Rahel – “Sunday Night”
Modern and contemporary, Rahel blends pop and soul on this radio-friendly track. Will “Sunday Night” make it through to the final?
Uku Haasma – “Kaos”
The first of two Ukus! Haasma brings indie fashion to Eesti Laul with the mid-tempo light rock song “Kaos”. Is it enough to secure your vote?
Heleza – “6”
Another one of the favourites going into semi-final two. Heleza’s breezy and mystical track features lyrics in Estonian and French. Is “6” your number one?
Uku Suviste – “The Lucky One”
Next up is bookies’ favourite, Eesti Laul 2020 champion Uku Suviste. “The Lucky One” is a powerful pop-rock anthem with huge on-stage potential. Could Uku make it a double?
Alabama Watchdog – “Alabama Watchdog”
Alabama Watchdog’s self-titled track sparked controversy when fans called it out for its transphobic lyrics. The band has claimed that they never intended to offend, dismissing the transphobia accusations. However, the lyrics remain unchanged. Will they make it to the final?
Jüri Pootsmann – “Magus Melanhoolia”
Another favourite to win. Jüri Pootsmann delivers strong falsetto vocals on this soul-pop fusion track. The “Magus Melanhoolia” singer previously represented Estonia at Eurovision in 2016, but his song “Play” failed to qualify from the semi-final. Could 2021 be his year?
Suured tüdrukud – “Heaven’s Not That Far Tonight”
Last but not least is Suured tüdrukud, closing the night with a retro disco-inspired Europop song. Semi-final one participant Koit Toome features as a songwriter on this track. Do these queens have your vote?
Poll: Who should win semi-final two of Eesti Laul 2021?
Which semi-final two act is your favourite? You can vote for as many songs as you like, but you can only vote once. This poll will close ahead of Eesti Laul semi-final two on Saturday 20 February.[polldaddy poll=10721838]
Which song did you vote for? Who do you think will win semi-final two? Sound off in the comments below.
I hope gram-of-fun goes through
Hoping Gram-Of-Fun wins!
Three I would send through straight away: Uku Suviste, Jüri Pootsmann, Gram-Of-Fun.
After that, maybe toss a few coins for the rest. Heleza will depend on how the live goes. We know Sissi is strong live. I love “Energy” but I know I am in the minority on that one, so I hope that Kadri Voorand can blow us away live. I also like Rahel’s song “Sunday Night”, and I am looking forward to the live for “Kaos.” The three I haven’t mentioned all have their fans, but are not in my top five.
JÜRI POOTSMANN – “MAGUS MELANHOOLIA” BLOCKED IN UNITED STATES.
Uku suviste will win the semifinal.
Blocked on what platform? YouTube, Spotify, something else?
The music video is blocked on youtube. I wanted to mention that for others outside of Europe. But I have a vpn sub to unblock it so no problem.
I’ll be rooting for Gram-of-fun and Jüri on this one.
Why is Alabama Watchdog hate speech? I’ve read the lyrics and I cannot see why everybody is nuts about it.
To be fair, it wasn’t everybody. I think it was initially raised by Ashton on here and then Colin, Joe and I all agreed, so the dominoes started falling. The band said later that they had no idea about the lyrical connotations and apologised. I believe them and I accept their apology. What I don’t fully understand was how the broadcaster didn’t pick up on it during the selection process for Eesti Laul, since, if the song won, it wouldn’t make it to the ESC in that form anyhow. That was the only question remaining. All is forgiven here otherwise.… Read more »
Tartu is so iconic
Gram-of-Fun of course! I wasnt’t expecting it to be winning this poll tbh. Hope they get the ticket to Rotterdam though it’s not the song people will vote in mass for. But it is soooo good, my fav in this NF season.
It really is! I live on the other side of Europe to Estonia and I could easily see it be a radio hit here. Big potential across Europe I think!
It’s Uku Haasma – “Kaos” for me. But I would also be happy if Uku Suviste won as he deserves to go, and he would go with a much better song than in 2020!
In previous years, Eesti laul would start around 18.30, so you’d be able to see most, if not all performances before UMK and only miss the voting / superfinals.
Also this year, Eesti Laul starts at 6.30 pm and the first part lasts until 8 pm, the second part is from 8.30 pm to 9.15 pm. (The times in the 1st and 2nd semifinals are the same)
Great, so in the UK I get to have my dinner during the interval… And, possibly watch Denmark. 🙂
And Sissi too! <3
(my two favourites in the whole competition)
I think SF1 is stronger but Uku (Suviste) and Jüri are the two must-haves. Redel, Kadri, Helen and Alabama Watchdog should be DOA so that only leaves two more to miss out. I’d leave Rahel behind and maybe, personally, Heleza but I expect it will actually be Uku Haasma that’s the last non-qualifier.
– Juri – absolutely love the song! 🙂
– Heleza – so cool and atmospheric
– Redel – funny and cute (it’s my opinion anyway)
– Gram-Of-Fun – a nice throwback
– Suured Tudrukud – also a nice throwback
– Uku Suviste – I guess he should make it to the finals
I’d be okay with Uku Haasma qualifying too. Just not ahead of Juri.
Just please, leave Alabama Watchdog in the semi.
I voted from Gram of Fun. It is a perfect slice of 80s inspired pop and as such I suggest the band change their name to “ton of fun”.
Gram of fun
Heaven’s Not That Far Tonight!
I’m sooo sad that Estonia will send Uku, when other songs are so much better! Gram-of-fun, Jüri and Heleza are all quite unique and would be great at esc, Uku’s song is still quite dated and he is one of the few artists whose voice I do not enjoy.. he can sing of course but his voice irritates me. But he is a clear winner, sadly, only hope is that jury gives him like 2 or 3 points but I doubt that will happen, he will get like 5 or sth.. and when he gets in the superfinal he is… Read more »
Well even though his song isn’t my favorite, he absolutely deserves to go to Rotterdam this year and I would be thrilled if he won. His song ain’t even that dated.
He’s Tom Leeb’s twin
Just give Gram-Of-Fun the ticket to Rotterdam now!
is this even a question? the one and only “Lost in a Dance”.
Juri and Heleza. Period.