Entries for Estonia’s national final Eesti Laul 2022 have closed and now broadcaster ERR has revealed some statistics about this year’s entries. The broadcaster has confirmed that 202 songs have been submitted for the national final.
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Of the 202 songs, 84 are in the Estonian language — that’s just over 41%. Songwriters had a strong incentive to support their native language — the entry fee was €50 for a song in Estonian and €100 for a song in a foreign language or multilingual.
Of the foreign language songs, entries were submitted with lyrics in English, Spanish, French and Italian. ERR also notes that there were songs written in a “made-up language”. Eurovision has seen songs in an imaginary language three times before. The best result was in 2003 when Belgium group Urban Trad placed second with “Sanomi”.
ERR has also confirmed that the entries include return bids from seven artists who have previously represented Estonia at Eurovision. In previous years, Estonian Eurovision stars such as Elina Born, Ivo Linna, Koit Toome, Laura, Lenna Kuurmaa (Vanillia Ninja), Stig Rästa, Tanja and Jüri Pootsmann have returned to Eesti Laul.
The 202 entries will be assessed by a 17-person expert jury. At that stage, the jury won’t know the identities of the performers or songwriters. ERR will reveal the lucky 40 competing acts in early November.
Eesti Laul 2022 — Dates
The popular national selection is expanding to include quarter-finals involving 40 competing songs. This means that with 202 entries, there will be a one-in-five chance of making the show. Through the quarter-finals and semi-finals, ten acts will end up progressing to the grand final.
The dates for the seven Eesti Laul show have also been confirmed. All four preliminary heats will take place before Christmas, while the latter stages will take place in February. Unlike recent years, there will not be a gap between the semi-finals and final.
- Quarter-final 1 — Saturday 20 November
- Quarter-final 2 — Saturday 27 November
- Quarter-final 3 — Saturday 4 December
- Quarter-final 4 — Saturday 11 December
- Semi-final 1 — Thursday 3 February
- Semi-final 2 — Saturday 5 February
- Grand final — Saturday 12 February
What do you think? Who would you like to see competing in Eesti Laul 2022? What returning acts would you like to see this season?