The 12 finalists of Eesti Laul 2021

The final of Eesti Laul 2021 is fast approaching. Soon, Estonia will choose its act for Eurovision 2021. But before that, we want to hear from our readers. Who do you think should win and sing for Estonia in Rotterdam?

Standout names competing in the grand final of Eesti Laul 2021 are Koit Toome, Jüri Pootsmann and Uku Suviste. They’ve all made waves with the bookmakers, currently sitting at the top three most likely candidates to win the Estonian Eurovision ticket. Also appearing in the final are Sissi, Egert Milder, Hans Nayna, Suured tüdrukud, REDEL, Andrei Zevakin & Pluuto, Kadri Voorand, Karl Killing, and Ivo Linna, Robert Linna and Supernova. But 12 must become one.

Now, it’s over to you. Listen to all of the songs competing in the final of Eesti Laul 2021 and vote in our poll below!

Scroll down to vote in our poll. 

Eesti Laul 2021: The Final

Egert Milder – “Free Again”

After a fourth place finish last year, Egert Milder is back with this delightful folk-pop track. “Free Again” sees the singer look back to simpler times in his youth. Could he go all the way?

Suured tüdrukud – “Heaven’s Not That Far Tonight”

Disco queens! Suured tüdrukud — translated to English as The Big Girls — are Eesti Laul veterans. They’ve provided backing vocals for many acts throughout the years. And now, they are stepping into their own spotlight with a 1970s disco-dance track, “Heaven’s Not That Far Tonight”. Are they your pick to win?

Hans Nayna – “One By One”

Mauritian singer Hans Nayna brings a soulful energy to the Eesti Laul stage. “One By One” survived the public vote in semi-final one. Does it get your vote?

Ivo Linna, Robert Linna, Supernova – “Ma olen siin”

Eesti Laul veteran Ivo Linna teams up with his son Robert and the band Supernova on this light rock track. Is “Ma olen siin” your favourite?

Karl Killing – “Kiss Me”

Simple but effective, Karl Killing’s soft-pop track “Kiss Me” echoes the works of indie singer-songwriters like Passenger, Ed Sheeran and Charlie Puth. Should he fly the flag for Estonia at Eurovision?

Uku Suviste – “The Lucky One”

Last year’s returning champion. If Uku Suviste triumphs, he’ll make history as the first ever Eesti Laul contestant to win twice. He gave an electrifying performance of “The Lucky One” in semi-final two. Could he make it a double?

Sissi – “Time”

Sissi made it through semi-final two as the sixth and final qualifier of the evening. “Time” is a soulful gospel-pop song. Does it have your vote?

Jüri Pootsmann – “Magus Melanhoolia”

A favourite with many members of the Wiwi Jury and one of the bookmakers’ favourites to win, Eurovision 2016 veteran Jüri Pootsmann returns to Eesti Laul. “Magus Melanhoolia” struck a chord with the juries and the public, qualifying after the first round of voting in semi-final two. Should Jüri get the ticket to Rotterdam?

REDEL – “Tartu”

One of the more shocking qualifiers from semi-final two, REDEL’s eccentric EDM-rap track “Tartu” is a tribute to Estonia’s second largest city. Do they have your vote?

Koit Toome – “We Could Have Been Beautiful”

A favourite with our readers, “We Could Have Been Beautiful” is a classy ballad from two-time Eurovision veteran Koit Toome. His last stint at the song contest alongside Laura Põldvere ended in non-qualification for “Verona”. Will he go to Eurovision a third time this year?

Andrei Zevakin & Pluuto – “Wingman”

Andrei Zevakin & Pluuto were saved by the public vote as the final qualifiers from semi-final one. Their track “Wingman” brought a unique hip-hop sound to the Eesti Laul stage. Should this be Estonia’s song for Rotterdam?

Kadri Voorand – “Energy”

A vision in white, the ever-elegant Kadri Voorand brings killer vocals and emotional depth to Eesti Laul with “Energy”. Is she your favourite?

Poll: Who should win Estonia’s Eesti Laul 2021?

Which act is your favourite? As always, you can vote for as many songs as you like, but you can only vote once. This poll will close ahead of the Eesti Laul final on Saturday 6 March.

Which song did you vote for? Who do you think will win? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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L'oiseau
L'oiseau
2 months ago

Estonia I love you SO MUCH! These songs are amazing!!! My absolute favorite Kadri with “Energy”. This is just a great bold song. Only piano and voice and what a voice! Imagine this in ESC! This would stand out so much! Sissi is my second fav. And Redel “Tartu” is my third (even in “trash” mode Estonia excells…) But I am realistic, you will not send Kadri, Sissi or Redel. ETV obviously wants Uku. for good reason and that’s also great. Other good options also: Jüri or Koit. Shout out to the Suured tüdrukud, for getting out there and bringing… Read more »

David
David
2 months ago

Just send tartu ???

eurana
eurana
2 months ago

My winner is Hans Nayna or Koit Toome

Ieva
Ieva
2 months ago

Yes, Ma olen siin is my favourite

Sabrina
Sabrina
2 months ago

I’ll be rooting for Jüri, the Linnas, Andrei & Pluuto and my big surprise of the semi and potential dark horse of Eesti Laul: Kadri. Though I’m keeping my expectations low, I guess Uku will win again if he gets to the superfinal. After all, he already won with a worst entry last year.

L'oiseau
L'oiseau
2 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

I am sending all my positive energy to Kadri. This is such a great song!

Vytautas
Vytautas
2 months ago

My #1 is “MAGUS MELANHOOLIA” and I think it would easily land in my TOP10 once all the songs will be released. Uku’s cheeseburger is a cheeseburger that I prefer to throw away instead of eating it. I believe EE would struggle to qualify with Uku Suviste.

Whisker
Whisker
2 months ago

My winner is “Ma olen siin”. I didn’t like the replay segment the director chose for the voting part in the semi, it wasn’t impacting or wowzing. What it those replays influence the number of votes the acts get? 

Hugo
Hugo
2 months ago

Egert Milder is my favorite, I also like Uku and Ivo/Robert/Supernova. I’m not that sure that Uku will win this since he wasn’t even in the juries top 4 in the semi, but he’s probably still the favorite, with Jüri and Koit being the main challengers.

Jenna
Jenna
2 months ago

My top 3 favorites are Free Again, Heaven’s Not That Far Tonight and Time.. so I’m hoping for a surprise winner. 😀

justafan
justafan
2 months ago

I really hope Jüri wins this. The song is pure art, his vocals are fierce + the song is in Estonian! How nice would it be for all the countries to be represented by songs in their native language in a future Eurovision …

Héctor
Héctor
2 months ago

Gram of Fun!! Oh, wait… 🙁

I guess I’d go for Karl Killing or Juri.

Honesty
Honesty
2 months ago

Jüri Pootsmann&Koit Toome duo 😀

Paulo
Paulo
2 months ago

Koit Toome!!!

Tervitused Eestist
Tervitused Eestist
2 months ago

Jüri should sing at Eurovision, my big favorite. But all the singers deserve recognition for their great work.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
2 months ago

I adore “Energy,” so there is no doubt in my mind that I would give this prize to Kadri Voorand. That’s even without the “Chamber Music Ensemble” that she performs with. It’s still “Jazzical.” 🙂 Realistically though, this final will likely go to Uku Suviste, simply because he won it last year and I get the feeling that there will be a type of loyalty to him to represent Estonia given that he was robbed of the chance of doing so in 2020. But, if for some reason Estonians are not feeling the loyalty, they could choose something shockingly different,… Read more »

Last edited 2 months ago by Purple Mask
L'oiseau
L'oiseau
2 months ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

Yeahhiii. Another Kadri fan 😀

Lolek
Lolek
2 months ago

I think Juri and Koit’s songs are my favourites but I also really like Uku’s this year. Looks like it may be a three-way race to Eurovision.

Toinousse
Toinousse
2 months ago

I kinda do not see what you guys are seing in Juri’s song, I LOVED Play but this is too shreeky to me. And also, Eesti Laul results are really easy to foresee according to feedbacks from estonian polls, the older voters have a lot of impact in Estonia and this year it’s clearly between Uku and Koit.

Liisa
Liisa
2 months ago
Reply to  Toinousse

I agree. Uku Suviste is very popular among Estonian women who are 50 and older. They vote for him like crazy, that’s why semi-final 2 had much more votes than the first semi final. About 12 000 Estonians voted in the 1st semi final (1st round) and about 27 000 in the 2nd (first round).

Escfan
Escfan
2 months ago
Reply to  Toinousse

I actually have the opposite reaction to juri’s song. I especially like the chorus of magus melahoolia. I didn’t like play at all because the song was a bit bland for me and also visually I thought it was a bit creepy (just personally, the seductive looks). But I do know that the vocals in the chorus of magus melahoolia is not everyone’s taste :).

Andi
Andi
2 months ago

Seeing Ivo Linna last breaks my heart 🙁

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
2 months ago
Reply to  Andi

“Ma olen siin” reminds me of The Beatles’ music (ignoring the language), and I like that sound very much. But, it seems I am getting rather older. Every day. Ugh.

Andi
Andi
2 months ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

Yep, very true. I agree.

Last edited 2 months ago by Andi
Bob
Bob
2 months ago

Ivo Linna for the win! Still listening to his entry from 2017 and love this entry too. Fingers crossed televote & jury at least get him to the superfinal!

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
2 months ago

Clearly, it has to be Jüri or the Wingmen.

If it must be Uku, then just send Koit.

Lollipop ESC
Lollipop ESC
2 months ago

Since they kicked out Gram-Of-Fun ….I’m done with Estonia for this year.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
2 months ago
Reply to  Lollipop ESC

To be fair, they kinda kicked themselves out.

Miguel
Miguel
2 months ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

Indeed.
She didn’t “sing a pepper” as we say in Spanish

Andi
Andi
2 months ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

Very true, they were also my favourite pre-semis, but now I’m not even mad oder sad that they were kicked out.

Last edited 2 months ago by Andi
Alfonso Moreno Domínguez
Alfonso Moreno Domínguez
2 months ago
Reply to  Lollipop ESC

I vocally horrible but they could’ve given them a second chance for the final. The song deserved it and staging was good, at least I really enjoyed it. Was it deserved or not, there isn’t anything 8 care about much anymore apart from Suured tüdrukud being queens.

Last edited 2 months ago by Alfonso Moreno Domínguez
Héctor
Héctor
2 months ago
Reply to  Lollipop ESC

Same here.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
2 months ago

Despite it being a good selection, I think there are very few guaranteed ESC finalists here. I think, even at best, each entry is problematic at Eurovision. “Ma Olen Siin” is my personal favourite but even that’s not exempt. I’ve always said that *unless* there was a La Forza type song emerging here, that they should just go with Uku and honestly, that’s probably who *should* win. There are a lot of choices that I like though.

Colin
Colin
2 months ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

I agree that there are no songs with universal appeal in a way of Discoteque (probably our only guaranteed finalist thus far) or Voila. Still, some songs present a risk maybe worth taking. While I could see Juri or Wingman NQ, I could just as much see them in top 10. It’s a Telemoveis / HMS type of situation. A big hit or a big miss, but appreciated nonetheless.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
2 months ago
Reply to  Colin

If it’s the big swing you’re looking for then, yeah, I think Juri would be the choice. That song really could come last in a SF though.

Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
2 months ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

I can’t see juries putting Juri’s vocals last. He has much more to do in this song vocally than he did in Play. I just can’t see it not qualifying if he goes to Rotterdam. But then again, I was sure that Telemoveis would qualify, so.

Colin
Colin
2 months ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

I would definitely love to have Juri P. on the very top of my list twice. At the same time, I would be very bummed if he undeservingly comes last twice. That might put him off of ESC for a forseeble future and that would suck. I still think that based on staging, running order and competition, MM might sail into the finals with ease. This could be his “Poli Genova 2016” moment. But yeah, it’s a big risk.

Una
Una
2 months ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

Maybe I am a bit biased but I think that “Ma Olen Siin” could be a definite qualifier. It has very nice layers that add onto each other into a beautiful symphony. It starts small and grows and grows into something wonderful. My subjective opinion of course!!

Tibor
Tibor
2 months ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

I have yet to hear a competitive song from Uku. He can certainly sing, but his songs are nothing special. So, I would rather have him go another year with a song that could actually achieve something more than borderline qualification in a weak line-up.

Mr X
Mr X
2 months ago

Juri !

Mr X
Mr X
2 months ago
Reply to  Mr X

Or Andrei & Pluuto. I have the same favourites just like Ashton.

Nya
Nya
2 months ago

My fav is juri but i think uku will win again ?? I guess

Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
2 months ago

Juri or Andrei & Pluuto. I would also say Heleza, had she qualified. Three incredibly fresh and modern tracks with sounds we haven’t heard before. But as I said multiple times before, it will be Uku. The Estonian populace seems to love him too much, so he will win. If he doesn’t, I’ll be incredibly (but pleasantly) surprised.

Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
2 months ago
Reply to  Ashton Schier

*sounds we haven’t heard before at eurovision

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
2 months ago

If juri couldn’t avoid last place with ‘play’ I don’t see him doing much better with magus melanhoolia unfortunately.. and i’m saying that as a person who has wanted the estonian language back in eurovision for years. I think the vocals in the chorus are too screechy and the song itself doesn’t offer any sort of widespread appeal in it’s 2:20 minutes to get the international audience to vote for him.

kir
kir
2 months ago

After elimination of Gram-of-Fun I just hope for Koit and Uku not getting the ticket to Rotterdam
Juri’s perfomance seems fresh and ambitious comparing to other stuff, he’ll be my choice.

Jamie
Jamie
2 months ago

Feel Suured Tudrukud underrated their voices are amazing the song is very nice and they deserve they chance to shine after being back up vocalist for everyone for so long.

Una
Una
2 months ago

“Ma olen siin” is my very top favourite for the win. I’ve been loving this song since I first heard it and my love keeps growing.

Andi
Andi
2 months ago
Reply to  Una

Oh, a brother! Nice to see such a comment 🙂

Una
Una
2 months ago
Reply to  Andi

It’s “Una”, not “Uno” 🙂 “Ma olen siin” 🙂

Andi
Andi
2 months ago
Reply to  Una

Sister! 😀

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
2 months ago

I have a feeling the winner might be either Juri, loot or uku (preferably the last one) in the end, but as we learned from Norway, be prepared for any surprises. I actually like SUURED TÜDRUKUD the best out of the finalists, so I would support an upset win by them. We’ll see next Saturday (though I don’t understand why it’s next week instead of this week—can anyone explain eesti Paul’s weird schedule).

Jamie
Jamie
2 months ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

Agreed about everything Uku is the one to beat. Would love and my favourites are Suured Tudrukud they deserve it so much and I also don’t get the schedule why they need so long to prepare.

Fionn
Fionn
2 months ago

I really love kadri but I know she won’t win 🙁 my second choice would be Jüri

Kosey
Kosey
2 months ago

Koit remains my favourite – I wasn’t blown away by the live performance but I still absolutely love the song. Andrei and Pluuto would be next. I love the attitude in this song. It is the most current of the selection. Uku Suviste surprisingly comes in at number 3. I didn’t like What Love Is at all, but The Lucky One is a better effort – I quite enjoy the power in it. Egert Milder grew a lot on me during the live performance, he really knows how to sell a song. And Redel’s Tartu gets a special mention. I… Read more »

Alonso
Alonso
2 months ago

Jüri Pootsmann or Uku Suviste. And I prefer Jüri!

Colin
Colin
2 months ago

Juri Pootsmann should win IMHO. My 2nd choice would be Redel, but we all know that ain’t happening. 😉 I’d be okay with Koit and with Andrei & Pluuto. I’m kinda indifferent towards The Lucky One, but I couldn’t complain, because Uku won last year. Kadri suddenly emerged as another favorite, and I’m warming-up to that idea too.

Tibor
Tibor
2 months ago
Reply to  Colin

If Redel would win, we would be happy, but the rest of Europe would probably have a major wtf moment. So it’s probably not right for Eurovision – as much as I regret that. 🙂

Colin
Colin
2 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

Oh yeah, Redel would tank in the ESC semis like a diamond anchor. But it would be an iconic moment nonetheless. There’d be nothing even remotely similar in the contest. 🙂

Still, if Estonia has qualification in mind, there are much safer choices (even if, as Briekimchi noted, there are no songs which carry a guaranteed success).

Tibor
Tibor
2 months ago
Reply to  Colin

At this point we only know 8 songs from both semi-finals, so there’s obviously no sure qualifier right now. But to me it’s obvious that Uku Suviste will not, under any circumstances finish anywhere near the top 10. The best he could do is pull a Victor Crone, slip into the final and then end up somewhere nobody cares. Even Redel would have a better shot at doing well. You can take that to the bank. 🙂

Colin
Colin
2 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

As a big fan of Victor’s Storm, I am happy with a qualification (even ahead of favorites like Greece and Cyprus in the semi). If you aren’t from The Big Five, any presence in the finals is still a moderate success. 🙂 That said, I (technically) could see Uku pulling a similar result, but I don’t feel it so far. The Lucky One makes me kinda cold towards it. IDK how to explain it… There’s nothing inherently wrong with it, but there’s nothing very right either. If nothing, if picked, Uku should change the staging altogether. This was a bit… Read more »

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
2 months ago
Reply to  Colin

Sadly, we in a slight disagreement on this one. I don’t understand why “Magus Melanhoolia” should win as a song. Of course Juri is himself amazing and has never looked or sounded better, but the song is rather like a sliver bullet – it is a very short idea; it doesn’t develop like some of the other songs do in this final. This might make the moment good for television, granted; I just don’t hear it as the winning song in this song contest.

Last edited 2 months ago by Purple Mask
Tibor
Tibor
2 months ago

My personal choice would be Andrei Zevakin & Pluuto. When it comes to Eurovision results Kadri Voorand and Jüri Pootsmann could be good options, although Estonia loves this jazz infused pop much more than the rest of Europe does, so I’m not really sure how this would pan out. In terms of vocal performance Sissi and Hans Nayna are my frontrunners, although for different reasons I struggle with their songs.

Matthew ESC
Matthew ESC
2 months ago

Kadri Voorand! The only performance that gave me goosebumps, and the only song from these 12 that I Can see qualifying in eurovision (perhaps this is an unpopular opinion)

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
2 months ago
Reply to  Matthew ESC

Agreed here. 🙂

Esc addict
Esc addict
2 months ago

My favs, Hans, Suured, Sissi, honorable mentions for Juri , Andrei and Pluuto.
Good luck for the final