National final season continued on Saturday with the fourth quarter-final of Estonia’s Eesti Laul 2022. Ten acts competed for five places in the semi-finals.
Similar to the other quarter-finals in recent weeks, it was a low-key affair. Rather than having 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.
The five qualifiers were: Ott Lepland, ELYSA, Black Velvet, Minimal Wind feat. elisabeth tiffany and Púr Múdd & Shira.
Eesti Laul 2022 fourth quarter-final qualifiers
Ott Lepland – “Aovalguses”
Ott Lepland was the first qualifier that got through on televoting. “Aovalguses” feels like a clear sequel to “Kuula”. It’s a slow piano ballad in Estonian, but unlike “Kuula” it does not have the build-up, but rather delivers the vocals and power of Ott’s voice almost constantly. At times it reminds me of those strongly orchestrated songs of the Eurovisions of the 1990s, but because of the modern arrangement, it does not come off as dated.
ELYSA – “Fire”
ELYSA was the second qualifier from the televoting. She brought the flames to the fourth semi-final of Eesti Laul 2022. Her entry “Fire” has a clear 00s vibe and slightly reminds me of Margaret’s “In My Cabana”. That’s not surprising, as both songs were co-written by Linnea Deb. It is a dance pop song that’s reminiscent of recent Cypriot entries at Eurovision.
Black Velvet – “Sandra”
Black Velvet were the last televoting qualifier from the fourth quarter-final. “Sandra” is an uptempo Estonian pop rock track that brings the feel good vibes from the 1990s and beyond. The song will definitely be the biggest sing-a-long track of this year’s Eesti Laul…and without being out of date.
Minimal Wind feat. elisabeth tiffany – “What To Make Of This”
Minimal Wind feat. elisabeth tiffany were the first jury qualifiers. The group of musicians that combine Minimal Wind and elisabeth brought a slower and more intimate singer-songwriter song that gives slight jazz vibes. That songwriter angle is clearly visible in the role that they gave the electric guitar in the instrumentation of the song.
Púr Múdd, Shira – “Golden Shores”
Púr Múdd and Shira brought a well-produced pop song with a mid-tempo chorus to the fourth quarter-final. They were rewarded for that by being the last act to qualify for the semi-finals of the show. After being eliminated last week, Shira bounced back at the right moment. By the way, the track’s music video has references to the Netflix hit series Squid Game.
Who are your favourites from the fourth 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!