National final season continued on Saturday with the third quarter-final of Estonia’s Eesti Laul 2022. Ten acts competed for five places in the semi-finals.
Similar to the other quarter-finals over the last week, it was again 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. Last week, all songs were performed in Estonian. This week, on the other hand, all songs were sung in English.
The five qualifiers were: Stefan, Elina Nechayeva, Anna Sahlene, Alabama Watchdog and Merelin Mälk.
Eesti Laul 2022 third quarter-final qualifiers
STEFAN – “Hope”
Stefan was the first act to go through on televoting. He was inspired in his song by Clint Eastwood soundtracks and spaghetti Westerns. “Hope” is a large step from his earlier Eesti Laul efforts. In terms of genre, it would come close to the likes of Waylon’s Eurovision 2018 entry “Outlaw in ‘Em”. With a slick music video shot in Spain, he managed to receive some applause in the room.
Elina Nechayeva – “Remedy”
Elina Nechayeva was the second act to go through on televoting. She brought a far remiscient of KEiiNO’s recent Eurovision attempt with her Eesti Laul 2022 entry “Remedy”. Starting as a slow and simple ballad, it takes some time before the song takes off. It does not have the operatic force that “La forza” had, but Elina hits the high notes at the end of the track.
Anna Sahlene – “Champion”
Anna Sahlene was the last act announced to go through on jury voting. She has been working with the authors of her song for over twenty years. The experience shone through with her effort “Champion”. The song stood out in terms of production values. Telling about self-confidence, the track delivered a solid Scandi-pop effort similar to what we have seen in recent years with Dotter in Melodifestivalen.
Alabama Watchdog – “Move On”
Alabama Watchdog was the first act to through on jury voting tonight. Alabama Watchdog brought classic rock to the third quarter-final. With lyrics as “Don’t stop breaking the truth / You know you gotta move on / Every now and then I try to push it away”, the song indeed seems to be an answer to the controversy surrounding the group last year.
Merilin Mälk – “Little Girl”
Merilin Mälk was the last act announced to go through to the semi-final of Eesti Laul 2022. Merilin Mälk brought a piano ballad with “Little Girl”. It’s a very typical little love song on the surface. However, the song changes from small and vulnerable to big and belty in the chorus.
Who are your favourites from the third set of 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!