National final season truly kicked off with the first quarter-final of Estonia’s national final Eesti Laul 2022. Ten acts competed for five places in the Eesti Laul semi-finals. Estonia’s Eurovision 2015 star Stig Rästa was among the five qualifiers.
It was a low-key round. Rather than have the acts perform their songs live, the songs were assessed on music videos. The first three places were decided by public televote, with the final two places decided by the jury vote.
Evelin Samuel – “Waterfall”
Evelin Samuel was the first televote qualifier with her song “Waterfall”. The uplifting love song includes ABBA-style vocal harmonies and a spooky solo played on a theremin.
Evelin previously represented Estonia at Eurovision 1999. She performed the song “Diamond of Night” which placed sixth in the Eurovision grand final.
Stig Rästa – “Interstellar”
Stig Rästa also qualified from the public vote. He presented the upbeat song “Interstellar”, which compares the wonders of space to the feeling of falling in love. The co-writers of “Interstellar include Estonia’s 2019 singer Victor Crone.
Stig is an accomplished songwriter and performer. He previously represented Estonia at Eurovision 2015 with the moody song “Goodbye to Yesterday” sung with Elina Born. The song placed seventh in the grand final.
Boamadu – “Mitte kauaks”
The final qualifier from the public vote was the Estonian rock band Boamadu with their song “Mitte kauaks” (or “Not For Long”).
Maian – “Meeletu”
The first jury qualifier was Maian with her song “Meeletu” (or “Crazy”). The song is a moody Estonian take on reggaetón, with lyrics in both Estonian and Spanish.
Maian previously competed alongside Karl-Kristjan and Whogaux at Eesti Laul 2017. They placed fourth in the final with “Have You Now”.
Jaagup Tuisk – “Kui vaid”
Jaagup Tuisk was the final jury qualifier with his electronic ballad “Kuid vaid” (or “If Only”). Jaagup was a big fan favourite at Eesti Laul 2020 with his “Arcade”-inspired ballad “Beautiful Lie”. He finished second in the contest.
Over the next month, three more quarter-finals will be held. They will decide the 20 acts that will compete in the two semi-final of Eesti Laul 2022.
The semi-finals are due to be held in early February 2022, with the grand final scheduled for 12 February.
Who are your favourites from the first qualifiers of Eesti Laul 2022?
Of tonight’s five qualifiers, tell us your favourites by voting in our poll. As always, you can vote for as many acts as you like, but you can only vote once — so make it count!
What do you think? Are you happy with these five qualifiers? Can any of these acts go on to win Eesti Laul 2022? Tell us your thoughts below!