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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!

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Whisker
Whisker
1 month ago

If Elina can top La Forza, I’ll tip my hat off to her. It’s only a one letter difference.

raw
raw
1 month ago
Reply to  Whisker

Unfortunately I don’t think she can do better. This time it’s more of a pop song… But we’ll see 🙂

Whisker
Whisker
1 month ago
Reply to  raw

Yes we’ll see with our ears wide open! 🙂

David
David
1 month ago

Curious about Elina and Anna Sahlene who would have made a much better winner in 2002. But I want Estonia to send an Estonian artist. Unless her song is so much better than everyone else’s.

Dime
Dime
1 month ago

Maian all the way up.

milky
milky
1 month ago
Reply to  Dime

nope <3

Whisker
Whisker
1 month ago
Reply to  milky

Don’t be so milky!

prinpoleon
prinpoleon
1 month ago
Reply to  Dime

please NO

Esc addict
Esc addict
1 month ago

Cool! I still listen Laura from Vajé 2018 I love it, so I hope Stefan is going to come back with something like that, I was not a fan at all of his last attempt. Of course very curious to see what Elina will bring, pop opera in english? In any case be prepared for the comparisons with La Forza and its epic staging…

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 month ago

Very excited for Shira and of course I’m curious to find out what Elina will do to try to top her stellar performance in “La Forza”.

Colin
Colin
1 month ago
Reply to  Sabrina

I’m not even going to put a pressure that Remedy has to be as good as La forza. For me, it’s a masterpiece, and one of my absolute favorites. Having that as a benchmark could be unproductive if the song turns out very good, but not as strong as. If it’s a song I’d enjoy either way, I’d definitely be happy. If by some miracle it manages to equal La forze, the better. 🙂

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 month ago
Reply to  Colin

To be honest, I always thought Elina’s performance (her vocals, her ellegance, her body language) was much more impressive than “La Forza” itself, so I can see she pleasing me even more this time. Though I’m aware that for many of her fans, it will be hard to beat her previous effort. I hope and trust she’s back because she found the right song to face this challenge.

Colin
Colin
1 month ago
Reply to  Sabrina

I am still as mesmerized by La Forza as I was back in 2018, and admittedly, it’s very intertwined with the voice, charisma, and personality of Elina Nechayeva. I think that it’s a beautiful song either way, a bit reminiscent of Plavalaguna’s aria from The Fifth Element, but by having her as a performer, it’s really pushed into stratosphere. Thus, I do see a huge probability that I’ll at least like, if not outright love, her next entry. I’ve heard another operatic song of hers, and it’s also beautiful. As long as she plays to her strengths, I think that… Read more »

Tibor
Tibor
1 month ago
Reply to  Colin

Okay, I have to say something here, this is getting out of hand. 😉 I know you like “La forza”, but comparing it to the aria Plavalaguna sings in “The fifth Element” is bordering on the sacrilegious. I’m talking about the first part, of course, the second part is some random autotuned crap, but the first part is one of the most beautiful arias of the Belcanto era, Gaëtano Donizetti’s “Il dolce suono” from “Lucia di Lammermoor”, by the way one of my favourite operas of all time. To see you comparing this to a very basic composition like “La… Read more »

moth
moth
1 month ago
Reply to  Tibor

no one cares it’s not that serious

Colin
Colin
1 month ago
Reply to  Tibor

I agree that Plavalaguna’s aria is exquisit, but I can see comparable atmosphere and poise in La forza. I give you that its structure might be more conventional in comparison, but I don’t say it as a positive or negative, just as a fact. In a scope of all operatic or classical entries from ESC, I find La forza to be quite unique. Now, if anyone would force me to chose between the two arias… but fortunately, nobody did. 🙂 What I find fascinating is how seemingly similar entries can provoke different feelings in the same person. There is this… Read more »

Whisker
Whisker
1 month ago
Reply to  Sabrina

Yes, she’s a talented stage performer thru and thru and it shows.

ESCb
ESCb
1 month ago

I’m sure that Shira and Elina will deliver all the class we’ve been waiting for! Can’t wait to see what they bring this year. “Out In Space” is def my fave Eesti Laul song that didn’t make it

Dido
Dido
1 month ago
Reply to  ESCb

I also loved Shira out in space last year, but her voice live was less good and she must perform more because maybe people forget the song very quick in Eurovision and you must have an remembering staging

Colin
Colin
1 month ago

What a stellar line-up! Stefan and Shira both had songs on the very top of my NF lists, Anna Sahlene is another powerhouse returnee from Estonia’s earlier days, and Elina Nechayeva delivered one of the most beautiful songs in my recent memory. To say that I am hyped would be an understatement. 🙂 I’ll take a step back with a hype, as my expectations are over the roof.

Tess
Tess
1 month ago

I was just thinking about this…if Mikolas is one of the finalists in ESCZ and Elina has a winner entry…then we will have two contestants from 2018 back next year:D

Colin
Colin
1 month ago
Reply to  Tess

There is a rumor that Ieva will try again for Lithuania too.

Joe
Joe
1 month ago
Reply to  Colin

Not too different from 2016, which got back Greta Salome, Donny Montell, and Kaliopi from 2012; 2017, which got back Laura and Omar Naber from 2005; and 2019, which got back Sergey Lazarev and Serhat from 2016. (Honorable mention to 2005, which featured three different contestants from 1995 as backing vocalists: Alex Panayi, Elina Konstaninopoulou, and Anabel Conde).

Nikko
Nikko
1 month ago
Reply to  Colin

Maybe Eleni for Cyprus and Ermal Meta for Italy again. So we will have a 2018 comeback probably.

Joe
Joe
1 month ago
Reply to  Nikko

Eleni Foureira hasn’t been mentioned as being in the running for Cyprus at all.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
1 month ago
Reply to  Colin

I’ve heard that rumor too, and she may have submitted something. But we’ll see if Ieva is n the running once the participants are revealed for PiN.

BimBamBoum
BimBamBoum
1 month ago

Really excited about Shira, I still listen to Out in Space today and I love her voice. And Elina of course nothing to add

Sim
Sim
1 month ago

I’m a big fan of Stefan. I hope he has a good song. I would really love to see him go to Eurovision!

moth
moth
1 month ago

elina winner everyone else go home

GojoSatoru
GojoSatoru
1 month ago

Basing this solely of songtitles, I think these will qualify:

  • Stefan
  • Elina Nechayeva
  • Shira
  • Goodreason
  • Lauri Pihlap

Merilin Mälk and Sahlene don’t really have promising song titles imo.
Actual predictions about who will qualify are only possible when the songs are released tho.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 month ago
Reply to  GojoSatoru

Judging a song by its title is a bit like judging a book by its cover. 🙂

GojoSatoru
GojoSatoru
1 month ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

That’s why I said “Actual predictions about who will qualify are only possible when the songs are released tho”. My comment was meant to be a pre-prediction as how I would like to call it.

Jimmy
Jimmy
1 month ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

Some juries have been known to judge by far less 😉

Thanos
Thanos
1 month ago
Reply to  GojoSatoru

I think Sahlene will qualify. All big names have qualified up to now in Eesti Laul. I think the public will push her through like they did with Evelin Samuel. Elina is also a sure public qualifier. The rest is up for grabs.

Thor
Thor
1 month ago
Reply to  Thanos

Traffis is a big name, didn’t qualify. Most of qualifiers are small names or totally unknown.

Colin
Colin
1 month ago
Reply to  Thanos

I’d say that Elina and Sahlene are both likely in. Considering that this would be Stefan’s fourth try, and that he qualified in all of his previous efforts, reached superfinals twice, and won the overall jury vote in 2019, I’d be surprised if he misses out. Fingers crossed for Shira too, if her song is even remotely as good as Out In Space. It will definitely be a very competitive semi.

Last edited 1 month ago by Colin
Thanos
Thanos
1 month ago
Reply to  Colin

Yes seems like we have a lot of big names for only 3 televoting qualifiers. Even if this quarter-final is not as much an even battle as the previous one, it is surely gonna be exciting! And I sense that quarter final 3 will have a lot of strong entries that will finish high in the final ranking!

Alo
Alo
1 month ago

All the rumors were true! That means ott lepland might compete next week also as a contestant.
I hope to not get disappointed by Elina because if someone wants to come back he has to bring a superb song.

Last edited 1 month ago by Alo
Thanos
Thanos
1 month ago
Reply to  Alo

Yes I am also really anxious about Elina’s entry. Fingers crossed it will be superb! Also given that Ott is hosting now, I think he won’t be participating this year.

Joe
Joe
1 month ago
Reply to  Thanos

Yeah, I feel like that would be a conflict of interest. People had also been saying Laura and Uku might come back and we can see they definitely aren’t. Just makes me wonder who the next duo of hosts will be. Stig, Elina, Sahlene, and Evelin Samuel are all competing, so who’s next? We’re running out of famous Estonian entrants that actually speak Estonian!

Alo
Alo
1 month ago
Reply to  Joe

Juri and Elina from 2015 probably

Last edited 1 month ago by Alo
Margus Estonia
Margus Estonia
1 month ago
Reply to  Alo

Laura and Ott said that this time her song is not operetic and it´s more pop but definitely with some high range notes… also the author is Sven Lõhmus who composed Rändajad, Verona, Supersonic, Päästke Noored hinged and etc so I´m waiting for something cool but magical at the same time..

Thanos
Thanos
1 month ago
Reply to  Margus Estonia

Give me something as amazing as Rändajad and I am surely in for the ride!

Margus Štšjogolev
Margus Štšjogolev
1 month ago

Elina – Remedy… I think we have a winner already, guys

Whisker
Whisker
1 month ago

If it makes the current situation go away, yes please!

Thanos
Thanos
1 month ago

Elina might as well have the winner entry and I am very excited to hear her entry!

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 month ago

Oh blimey, that’s a lot of good acts in one quarter final. There are going to be some good ones who don’t make it cos of statistics, which is sad. But everyone have fun watching videos. 🙂

GojoSatoru
GojoSatoru
1 month ago

That’s not Laura Pöldvere, lol.

Last edited 1 month ago by GojoSatoru
yompa
yompa
1 month ago
Reply to  GojoSatoru

i mean no offense, but did you read the post closely

GojoSatoru
GojoSatoru
1 month ago
Reply to  yompa

Not really tbh. When I commented, I only saw the list of participants and not the hosts.

Btw, next time when this (me not reading the article correctly) happens, just remove the words “I mean no offense, but”. Without those words I already know you don’t mean offense because it is a genuine question you ask. Only capitals or an exclamation mark would make a question look offensive.

yompa
yompa
1 month ago
Reply to  GojoSatoru

then my apologizes! i do appreciate the correction

Last edited 1 month ago by yompa
GojoSatoru
GojoSatoru
1 month ago
Reply to  GojoSatoru

Nvm. I didn’t read the article correctly. Smh

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
1 month ago
Reply to  GojoSatoru

We’ve all done that from time to time.

GojoSatoru
GojoSatoru
1 month ago
Reply to  GojoSatoru

If I could, I would’ve disliked my “That’s not Laura Pöldvere, lol.” comment.

Jack Popfield
Jack Popfield
1 month ago

Sahlene! Elina! Stefan! Shira! This could be the strongest quarter of the bunch! deLULU & Goodreason sound very promising too.

zheng
zheng
1 month ago

Sahlene and Elina!!! I’m very excited to hear both songs! Maybe Elina have a winner entry

Jake
Jake
1 month ago

interesting how they made the last semi all Estonian songs and these are all in English–guess this was their guarantee to have Estonian songs be in the final

Jeff USA
Jeff USA
1 month ago

I am super excited to have Shira return!!!

Margus Štšjogolev
Margus Štšjogolev
1 month ago

2 quarter finals with 1-2 good songs and now they give us this Bloodbath! 7 of my favorite artists are here and I´m so hyped and scared at the same time… I really hope to see some good material from Elina, Stefan, Sahlene and Merily