National final season continued on Saturday with the second quarter-final of Estonia’s Eesti Laul 2022. Ten acts competed for five places in the semi-finals..
Similar to the first quarter-final last week, it was a low-key round. Rather than have the acts perform their songs live, the songs were assessed with music videos. The first three places were decided by the public televote, with the final two places decided by the jury vote. However, this week’s biggest twist was that all the competing songs were performed in Estonian.
Helen – “Vaata minu poole”
Eesti Laul 2020 alumna Helen was the first televote qualifier with her song “Vaata minu poole”. The mid-tempo dance pop track shone bright enough to convince the Estonian public. Eesti Laul 2021 finalist Karl Killing is among its writers and producers.
Andrei Zevakin feat. Grete Paia – “Mis nüüd saab”
The second televoting qualifier of the night saw two Eesti Laul veterans returning. YouTuber and singer Andrei Zevakin came sixth in Eesti Laul 2021’s first semi-final despite finishing top three with the televoting. Grete Paia competed in several selections as both a guest artist and main singer. In 2013, she lost out on a Eurovision ticket to Birgit Õigemeel in the superfinal of Eesti Laul.
“Mis nüüd saab” delivers is a pop duet between the two artists that is easy on the ear and extremely radio-friendly. The song was composed by Pluuto, who also wrote Andrei’s Eesti Laul 2021 song “Wingman”.
Triin Niitoja and Frants Tikerpuu – “Laululind”
The duet between Triin and Frants became the third and last televoting qualifier of the night. Triin finished fourth in the fourth season of Eesti otsib superstaari, while Frants is a more of an unknown songwriter and pianist, who also penned this song.
The track is close to the classic Eesti Laul ballad genre that we’ve seen from Koit Toome and Traffic in recent years. The Estonian lyrics are romantic and reminisce about a past love that only remains in memories.
Kaia-Liisa Kesler – “Vaikus”
Kaia-Liisa Kesler and her song “Vaikus” were the first jury qualifier of the night. With her strong vocals, it was not surprising to see Kaia-Liisa among the judges’ choices. Her song “Vaikus”, meaning “Silence”, is a dramatic ballad about finding internal calm and was written by herself and Kaarel Orumägi.
Jyrise – “Plaksuta”
Estonian rapper Jyrise became the last qualifier of the second quarter-final with his song “Plaksuta”, meaning “Clap”. The song’s lyrics talk about the difficulty of growing up and realising that life is not all fun and rock, paper, scissors. However, Jyrise also conveys the message that money is not the most important thing either.
Over the next month, three more quarter-finals will be held. They will decide the 20 acts that will compete in the two semi-finals 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!
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