Eesti Laul 2022 returns this Saturday with its third quarter-final (we are halfway now). 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. While we could enjoy songs in Estonian last week, the third quarter-final of Eesti Laul 2022 will consist of English-language songs only.
Eesti Laul 2022 quarter-final three: Competing acts and songs
- Stefan – “Hope”
- Elina Nechayeva – “Remedy”
- deLuLu – “Music Saved My Soul”
- Goodreason – “Three Days Ago”
- Lauri Pihlap – “Take Me Home”
- Levvis – “Let’s Talk About”
- Merilin Mälk – “Little Girl”
- Alabama Watchdog – “Move On”
- Shira – “Under Water”
- Anna Sahlene – “Champion”
Stefan has regularily participated in Eesti Laul in recent years. He finished seventh during his last appearance in 2020 with “By My Side”. Earlier, he took part as part of Vajé, making it to the superfinal of Eesti Laul 2018 with “Laura”.
Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga actress Elina Nechayeva is returning to the Estonian song contest too. Ever since appearing on the film, the opera singer has not made it a secret that she was willing to return. After all, she managed to hit all the high notes in her Eurovision 2018 song “La forza”.
Eesti Laul 2021 followers will definitely remember Alabama Watchdog, who got many fans talking throughout the national final season. Last year, the group finished sixth in the show’s first semi-final.
Shira has some Eesti Laul experience too, taking part in the 2020 edition. Lauri Pihlap‘s experience is from some time ago – the last time the singer appeared in the Estonian selection was in 2009.
Merelin Mälk was surprised by the reporters from Ringvaarde who told her that she was able to participate. The Eesti otsib superstaari 2018 bronze medallist will participate in Eesti Laul for the second time after her debut in 2020.
Last but not least, we waited for another surprise. Anna Sahlene, who gave Estonia a third place finish at Eurovision 2002, was given a spot in the contest. From her home in Sweden, the singer showed her surprise to the Ringvaarde reporters who contacted her via the phone of her musical friend Dagmar Oja. Anna said she did not know whether to expect her song making it to the last forty participants. At the end she added, emotionally: “I have missed my Estonian audience”.
We won’t be able to here the songs until the quarter-final itself. But we don’t have long to wait as the third quarter-final of Eesti Laul 2022 takes place this Saturday 4 December at 20:35 CET (21:35 EET).
Ott Lepland and Laura Põldvere will host the quarter-final. Both are former Estonian Eurovision acts. Ott is known for his Estonian ballad “Kuula” with which he finished sixth in 2012, Laura has represented the country twice at Eurovision, most recently in 2017 with Koit Toome.
Eesti Laul 2022 – Details
The popular national selection has expanded 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 Elina Nechayeva and Sahlene being in Eesti Laul 2022? Whose song are you most looking forward to hearing during the third quarter-final on Saturday? Sound off in the comments below!