Estonia’s national final to select its Eurovision entry kicked off on Thursday evening. The first semi-final of Eesti Laul 2021 saw 12 superstar acts take to the stage, with six advancing to the final.
The semi-final one qualifiers are Karl Killing, Koit Toome, Egert Milder, Hans Nayna, Andrei Zevakin & Pluuto and Ivo Linna, Robert Linna and Supernova. They’re all one step closer to singing for Estonia in Rotterdam.
Eesti Laul 2021: Semi-final one qualifiers
A 50/50 combination of jury votes and public votes determined the first four qualifiers. Karl Killing, Egert Milder, Koit Toome and Ivo Linna, Robert Linna and Supernova advanced after the first round of voting.
Then, the fifth and sixth qualifiers were determined solely by the Estonian public, in a run-off style second round of voting. Hans Nayna and Andrei Zevakin & Pluuto were the final two qualifiers.
Karl Killing – “Kiss Me”
The first qualifier to be announced was Karl Killing, with his simple yet enchanting performance of “Kiss Me”. He’ll perform again in the final on Saturday 6 March.
Egert Milder – “Free Again”
The folk-pop singer makes it through to the Eesti Laul final for the second year in a row. He delivered a heartfelt performance of “Free Again”. Last year, his track “Georgia (On My Mind)” narrowly missed out on the superfinal. Could he make it all the way this time?
Ivo Linna, Robert Linna and Supernova – “Ma olen siin”
The father-son duo of Ivo and Robert Linna gave some of the best vocals of the night on their track “Ma olen siin”. Together with Supernova, they’re through to the final.
Koit Toome – “We Could Have Been Beautiful”
No surprise here. Our readers voted the two-time Eurovision veteran their favourite to win semi-final one. Lo and behold, Koit Toome is through. He performed most of his classy ballad “We Could Have Been Beautiful” from behind a grand piano, accompanied by semi-final two duo Suured tüdrukud as backing vocalists.
Hans Nayna – “One by One”
A favourite with many members of the Wiwi Jury, Mauritian singer Hans Nayna advances to the final with his passionate indie-pop track “One By One”. Despite some awkward staging and camera work, he delivered powerful vocals. Hans was the first qualifier from the second round of voting to be announced.
Andrei Zevakin & Pluuto – “Wingman”
The final qualifier of the night and the runner-up in our semi-final one poll. Andrei Zevakin & Pluuto brought hip-hop to the Eesti Laul stage. They’ll perform again in the final for the chance to take “Wingman” to Rotterdam.
Eesti Laul 2021: Semi-final one results
- Karl Killing – “Kiss Me” (Round one qualifier)
- Koit Toome – “We Could Have Been Beautiful” (Round one qualifier)
- Egert Milder – “Free Again” (Round one qualifier)
- Ivo Linna, Robert Linna and Supernova – “Ma olen siin” (Round one qualifier)
- Hans Nayna – “One By One” (Round two qualifier)
- Andrei Zevakin & Pluuto – “Wingman” (Round two qualifier)
- Tanja – “Best Night Ever” (NQ)
- Tuuli Rand – Üks öö (NQ)
- Nika Marula – “Calm Down” (NQ)
- Kristin Kalnapenk – “Find a Way” (NQ)
- Kéa – “Hypnotized” (NQ)
- WIIRALT – “Tuuled” (NQ)
What do you think of the results? Is the winner amongst the semi-final one qualifiers? Did your favourite make it through? Let us know in the comments below.