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.
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.
Which song did you vote for? Who do you think will win semi-final two? Sound off in the comments below.