Tonight 12 acts will perform in the grand final of Eesti Laul 2021, competing to see who will become Estonia‘s act for Eurovision 2021. The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals has watched the semi-final performances and ranked their favourites going into the grand final. Read on to see who our favourites are!

Lauren

1. Sissi – “Time”

It’s with a heavy heart that “One by One” isn’t my number one, but Sissi’s “Time” has this je ne sais quoi that makes me leap out of my seat every time it starts. I didn’t love this from the get-go but this was elevated live and generally has a long-lasting power to it. Lyrically it’s also stronger than some of Estonia’s recent attempts and has a total package that could get Estonia that top ten result they achieve once every three years. And all that aside, can we finally see a descendant of a Eurovision winner take the stage? I don’t wanna waste more time!

2. Hans Nayna – “One By One”
3. Kadri Voorand – “Energy”
4. Jüri Pootsmann – “Magus melanhoolia”
5. Andrei Zevakin & Pluuto – “Wingman”

Renske

1. Uku Suviste – “The Lucky One”

It would be great to see every Baltic country sending the same act as last year and that two of those acts would have returned on their own merits. “The Lucky One” is arguably the best-produced song in this year’s Eesti Laul. During the semi-final, Uku completely delivered, showcasing confidence and strong vocals. This would be one of the most deserving winners in Eesti Laul in recent years.

2. Koit Toome – “We Could Have Been Beautiful”
3. Jüri Pootsmann – “Magus melanhoolia”
4. Ivo Linna, Robert Linna, Supernova – “Ma olen siin”
5. Egert Milder – “Free Again”

Mario

1. Karl Killing – “Kiss Me”

I knew it from the get-go that this wasn’t in the contest just to stay unnoticed. Karl is a sweetheart and his convincing live performance just gave an extra touch of cosiness to an already warm and soothing song. I’m not sure who did what to him, but there is no doubt Karl can feel his every word, and I think it’s just worth picking it over some more grandiose entries.

2. Egert Milder – “Free Again”
3. Uku Suviste – “The Lucky One”
4. Suured tüdrukud – “Heaven’s Not That Far Tonight”
5. REDEL – “Tartu”

Luis

1. Jüri Pootsmann – “Magus melanhoolia”

Two minutes is more than enough for Jüri Pootsmann to bring the best Eesti Laul entry in a few years. It’s a simple but deliciously crafted entry, with powerful vocals in the chorus but soft tones during the verses. Clever staging with eye-catching camera work elevate what would otherwise be just another Spotify-friendly tune into a contender.

2. Hans Nayna – “One By One”
3. Uku Suviste – “The Lucky One”
4. Andrei Zevakin & Pluuto – “Wingman”
5. Koit Toome – “We Could Have Been Beautiful”

Deban

1. Uku Suviste – “The Lucky One”

Paired with thunder and lightning, “The Lucky One” reads as “URGENT” on stage, whilst other competing songs have stayed safe. Uku’s musical growth is evident in his vocal power and stage presence — he looks good and sounds better. Also, his humility is endearing. Uku is not afraid to put himself through the paces. With “The Lucky One”, he’s done just that! And we don’t need a crystal ball to tell us that he’s the right choice for Estonia at Eurovision 2021.

2. Hans Nayna – “One By One”
3. Suured tüdrukud – “Heaven’s Not That Far Tonight”
4. Egert Milder – “Free Again”
5. Sissi – “Time”

Natalie

1. Kadri Voorand – “Energy”

There’s just something so unbelievably special going on here. The live performance had some true magic to it. Kadri’s voice and the way she played that piano had me hooked from start to finish. It’s such a simple song as well, but the way it was done… This could be a very good dark horse for Estonia.

2. Sissi – “Time”
3. Egert Milder – “Free Again”
4. Karl Killing – “Kiss Me”
5. Hans Nayna – “One By One”

Tom

1. Jüri Pootsmann – “Magus melanhoolia”

Magus Melanhoolia reminds me of something Mahmood could sing if he were Estonian. Juri has a cracking voice and the song feels fresh and cool. The production feels expensive and singing in your native language will always get an extra tick from me! Not many songs in this line-up will get out of the Semi-Finals at Eurovision but this should fly through. My only criticism is that the song is only 2 minutes 14 seconds long but hey, always leave them wanting more!

2. Koit Toome – “We Could Have Been Beautiful”
3. Uku Suviste – “The Lucky One”
4. Hans Nayna – “One By One”
5. Andrei Zevakin & Pluuto – “Wingman”

Oliver

1. Egert Milder – “Free Again”

Egert Milder captures the zeitgeist of the now without moping or sounding miserable on this honest and uplifting track. Albeit through a rose-tinted lens, “Free Again” provides a nostalgic look back on the singer’s childhood and serves as a reminder that one day, we will be free again. Moreover, the warm timbre of Egert’s vocal makes for a calming and soothing listening experience. Though the mise-en-scene and camerawork need some improvement, there is a cinematic feeling to Egert’s performance — all the elements are there for a good show. This will surely capture hearts in the final.

2. Jüri Pootsmann – “Magus melanhoolia”
3. Suured tüdrukud – “Heaven’s Not That Far Tonight”
4. Sissi – “Time”
5. Ivo Linna, Robert Linna, Supernova – “Ma olen siin”

Robyn

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

Seeing “Ma olen siin” performed live just makes me love it even more. Eurovision 1996 star (and Estonian music legend Ivo Linna brings depth and warmth to the performance, while his song Robert adds a bit of psychedelic swagger. The song celebrates the poetry in the everyday and is about keeping in mind that there’s someone out there rooting for you. The Eesti Laul 2021 grand final has turned out to have a pretty strong selection of entries, but “Ma olen siin” stands out for the inspiration it brings to the stage.

2. Jüri Pootsmann – “Magus melanhoolia”
3. Redel – “Tartu”
4. Suured tüdrukud – “Heaven’s Not That Far Tonight”
5. Andrei Zevakin & Pluuto – “Wingman”

What are your favourites from Eesti Laul 2021? Which act do you think will end up representing Estonia in Rotterdam? Tell us what you think in the comments below!

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Vytautas
Vytautas
4 months ago

Tasteless article with no apparent reason for bragging about Uku but still pushing him to the first place, huh? Sad, no objectivity there, or is it really that, for example, Renske or Tom, would vote for Estonia if Uku is chosen? Let’s get real, this is sabotage which I cannot understand. Many eurofans are commenting strategically so rivals would be weaker. One, where’s the fun to win in the kindergarten contest? And, we should want for a strong year with many potential winners, not just one obvious.

Colin
Colin
4 months ago

2008 was mostly a grammatically broken and wrongly accented Serbian. 😉

And yeah, Magus melanhoolia, Wingman > The Lucky One

I really hope there’s still a chance for some surprise. If Uku wins, I’d be happy for him, because he waited a whole year for this. Still, I couldn’t reward that song with a high place on my list. It’s just very average.

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Crazy
Crazy
4 months ago

One of the team members of Pluuto and Zevakin got tested for Corona and is positive ? so they will not perform today instead they gonna show semi final clip ????

Robert
Robert
4 months ago

J U R I

Hector
Hector
4 months ago

I would lean towards Magus Melanhoolia or Free Again. But I have a feeling Uku will win the whole thing again

Ieva
Ieva
4 months ago

“Ma olen siin” or “The Lucky One” for me 🙂

Kosey
Kosey
4 months ago

Here is my top 5 for tonight: 1. Koit – I am in love with the video, I just wish the stage performance was a little tighter – such melancholic regret, love it. 2. Andrei and Pluuto – loving the attitude, reminds me of youthful abandon 3. Tartu – really grown on me due to the performance – anarchic, reminds me of The Prodigy 4. Uku – I surprised myself, this has power and presence 5. Egert – such a great performance, so free, gets across the message of the song really well. I feel like I need to comment… Read more »

Esc fan
Esc fan
4 months ago
Reply to  Kosey

Is there a deeper meaning with tartu that I don’t understand? Because to me, someone who doesn’t know any Estonian, when I first heard the song, I thought it was a joke entry. I was dumbfounded when I saw that it reached the final of eesti laul. I see people putting it in their top 5 and im just wondering, is there a deep meaning to the song?

Ria van de Velde
Ria van de Velde
4 months ago

I hope for:

1.Uku Suviste – “The Lucky One”
2.Ivo Linna, Robert Linna, Supernova – “Ma olen siin”
3.Kadri Voorand – “Energy”

Nobody
Nobody
4 months ago

I’m really hoping the performance for Wingman will be better tonight, because I still love the song and I am kind of rooting for it, along with Uku, but I also wouldn’t mind Hans, Egert, Koit or Suured Tüdrukud to take the win!

Tervitused Eestist
Tervitused Eestist
4 months ago
Reply to  Nobody

“Wingman” will be performed as a stage performance recorded in the semi-finals.

https://menu.err.ee/1608133159/andrei-zevakin-ja-pluuto-osalevad-eesti-laulu-finaalis-video-vahendusel

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
4 months ago

I think Robyn must get bored of reading my comments on these jury things telling her that hers is the only taste I really like.
So I’ll let Andi do it for me just below instead. 😉

Kenny03
Kenny03
4 months ago

I’m dreaming here but in my ideal world either Karl Killing, Egert Miller or Juri would take it, but it is a fairly strong line up with a good few sound where Estonia could take a step forward. Picking Uku would be a step back for me personally, and would not really stand out in Rotterdam!! 🙂

Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
4 months ago

in what world does the lucky one have arguably the best production when magus melanhoolia exists

Andi
Andi
4 months ago

Robyn, I like you 🙂 !! #TeamLinna

My Top 5:

  1. Ivo Linna, Robert Linna, Supernova
  2. Sissi
  3. Suured Tüdrukud 
  4. Egert Milder
  5. Uku Suviste
Last edited 4 months ago by Andi