Estonia‘s popular national final Eesti Laul is getting a revamp for 2022. Broadcaster ERR has confirmed that the upcoming edition of the contest will now include quarter-finals and will involve 40 competing songs.
The news was announced on the entertainment show Ringvaade, and confirmed with a post on social media.
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The broadcaster confirmed that the show will expand, with more competing acts and more shows. Eesti Laul 2022 will now include quarter-finals — which could also be considered heats.
While the broadcaster hasn’t confirmed the precise format of Eesti Laul 2022, with 40 acts competing we could potentially see four quarter-finals, two semi-finals and the grand final.
ERR promises that it will release more information tomorrow about the Eesti Laul 2022, including the official rules.
Eesti Laul and Estonia at Eurovision
Eesti Laul debuted in 2009, replacing the former Euro Laul national final format. The first two editions of Eesti Laul involved ten acts that all competed in the grand final. The highest place two acts then competed in a superfinal which determined the overall winner.
From 2011, the contest doubled in size. 20 acts competed in Eesti Laul, with the show expanded to involve two semi-finals of 10 acts each, and a grand final of 10 acts. From the grand final, the highest two — and in later years three — acts then competed in a superfinal to decide the winner.
Then in 2019, the contest expanded again to accomodate 24 acts. The semi-finals involved 12 acts each, with 12 qualifiers heading to the grand final. The show also used a superfinal with the top three grand final acts.
Eesti Laul has brought mixed fortunes for Estonia at Eurovision. In the 12 editions of the contest (not including 2020), seven acts made it to the Eurovision grand final, while five acts didn’t qualify out of their semi-final.
The best results in the Eesti Laul era were Urban Symphony with “Rändajad” in 2009 and Ott Lepland with “Kuula” in 2012. Both entries placed sixth in the grand final. Also doing well were Elina Born & Stig Rästa who placed seventh with “Goodbye to Yesterday” in 2015 and Elina Nechayeva who placed eighth with “La forza” in 2018.
Two-time Eesti Laul winner Uku Suviste did not have the same luck at Eurovision. His 2021 entry “The Lucky One” placed 13th in its semi-final, meaning he did not make it to the grand final.
With 40 acts set to compete in the 2022 edition of Eesti Laul, Estonia will have more options to select from when picking their entry for Eurovision 2022.
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