Estonia Uku Suviste First Rehearsal Eurovision 2021
Photos: EBU / ANDRES PUTTING

Estonia’s Uku Suviste has been particularly elusive this Eurovision season. He took a break from social media right after he won Eesti Laul for the second time in a row. Now he’s opened up to our Deban Aderemi.

Uku Suviste interview at Eurovision 2021

“The Lucky One” featured on our nightly Instagram Live show ‘Open Up’ from Rotterdam. Uku explained his feelings about not being chosen again to represent Estonia internally.

“At the end, in the grand finale (of Eesti Laul) I even wished for somebody else to go to Eurovision”. However, the man persevered and now he is singing for Estonia in Rotterdam.

Uku also shared some more details about his entry. You would never guess the story behind his backflip into the water in the music video.

It’s a bit of a traumatic story. He explained how he connects water with situations that push people to the limit due to an experience he had when he was a teen.

He was driving a tractor while helping his grandfather on the farm. While reversing, he lost control and fell into a pond. Luckily, the tractor didn’t have windows so he could escape.

Now, with the visuals of his performance, he’s building on that experience and using it as a metaphor for the guy he portrays in “The Lucky One”.

Uku Suviste at Eurovision 2021: “It’s a song packed with lyrics”

Uku also reflected on his entry. He pointed out the song’s high number of lyrics: “It has an 80s vibe, but it’s not that common for 80s songs to have so many lyrics”.

As you’ll recall, Uku worked with the Dream Team on his Eurovision 2021 entry. Sharon Vaughn co-composed the music and lyrics and as he explained, they managed to pack “a lot of drama into it”.

He managed to transfer that drama to the Eurovision stage. Here’s what wiwiblogger Padraig wrote about his first rehearsal: “It’s still stormy, he’s still drowning and he still looks like he’s run away from a hellish black-tie event”.

Precisely, “storm” was what he used to describe what’s to come. He explained his social media absence was just the “calm before the storm”. He also hinted that an acoustic version of “The Lucky One” is in the pipeline.

Not much of a storm in Rotterdam, though. Uku explained how the lack of events due to coronavirus mean that Eurovision isn’t a really busy experience. “Even the venue during the rehearsals is peaceful”, he added.

 

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What do you make of Uku’s performance? Did you like his first rehearsal? What do you expect from his second rehearsal? Let us know in the comment section below!

Read more Estonia Eurovision 2021 news here.

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CyxCy
CyxCy
27 days ago

I really like Uku’s song, even if in the same style, I much preferred Cesar Sampson’s for Austria in 2018. I think if Estonia goes to the final they will do a good ranking.

Dawid
Dawid
29 days ago

What’s up with that “Portugal” tag?

helloman
helloman
28 days ago
Reply to  Dawid

He once visited Portugal in his childhood.

Jay
Jay
29 days ago

My #39 (last)

Errret
Errret
29 days ago

You mean “did have windows”?

gurki loko
gurki loko
29 days ago
Reply to  Errret

If it had windows, the pressure of water could have blocked him from escaping, so yeah, the statement is correct. It was like a seat and a wheel with nothing to surround you.
Google tractor with and without cabin.

Last edited 29 days ago by gurki loko
Alex
Alex
29 days ago

Not a good song. Uku is charming but that’s all.

Sot
Sot
29 days ago

Underrated

Whisker
Whisker
29 days ago

That was kinda unexpected!