Eesti Laul 2022 kicks off this Saturday with its first quarter-final (yes, despite it still being 2021). Broadcaster ERR has now revealed the ten acts who will compete at the weekend.
The line-up includes a number of familiar names, both from previous editions of Eesti Laul as well as from Eurovision.
Eesti Laul 2022 quarter-final one: Competing acts and songs
- Jaagup Tuisk – “Kui vaid”
- Boamadu – “Mitte kauaks”
- Evelin Samuel – “Waterfall”
- Fiona and Me – “Feel like this”
- Kéa – “Everytime”
- Peeter Põder – “Koos lõpuni”
- Little Mess – “Hea päev”
- Maian – “Meeletu”
- Stig Rästa – “Insterstellar”
- Traffic – “Kaua veel”
Fans will know Stig Rästa as Estonia’s Eurovision 2015 representative. He performed alongside Elina Born and placed seventh with “Goodbye to Yesterday”. Stig returned to Eesti Laul in 2018 and picked up the bronze medal.
Another past Eurovision star who’s also in the mix is Evelin Samuel. She represented Estonia at the contest in 1999 with violinist Camille, where they performed “Diamond of Night” and finished sixth.
There are also a number of former Eesti Laul contestants. Jaagup Tuisk competed in the national selection in 2020, ultimately ending up as the runner-up with his song “Beautiful Lie”.
Girl-group Little Mess also appeared at Eesti Laul 2020, but failed to make it out of the semi-final with “Without A Reason”.
Maian previously competed alongside Karl-Kristjan and Whogaux at Eesti Laul 2017. They placed fourth in the final with “Have You Now”. But for 2021, Maian will be back as a solo artist.
Kéa returns after previously participating in 2016 and 2021. Meanwhile, this will be Traffic’s fifth appearance at Eesti Laul, after the band previously competed in 2009, 2012, 2014 and 2020.
We won’t be able to here the songs until the quarter-final itself. But we don’t have long to wait as the first quarter-final of Eesti Laul 2022 takes place this Saturday 20 November at 20:35 CET (21:35 EET).
Tanel Padar and Eda-Ines Etti will host the quarter-final. Both are former Estonian Eurovision acts, with Tanel winning the contest in 2001 after Ines participated the previous year in 2000.
Eesti Laul 2022 – Details
The popular national selection is expanding to include quarter-finals involving 40 competing songs for 2022. After 202 entries were submitted, this gave acts 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
Are you excited about Stig Rästa and Jaagup Tuisk being in Eesti Laul 2022? Whose song are you most looking forward to hearing during the first quarter-final on Saturday? Sound off in the comments below!