February is just a few weeks away, and with it the semi-finals of Eesti Laul 2022. Following the publication of the semi-final allocation, Estonian broadcaster ERR has now revealed the exact running order for the two semi-finals.

Twenty acts survived the quarter-finals of Estonia’s national selection. Now split equally between two semi-finals, they’ll battle it out for the qualification spots to the grand final.

Eesti Laul 2022: Semi-final running order

Semi-final 1 – Thursday 3 February

  1. Elysa – “Fire”
  2. Helen – “Vaata minu poole”
  3. Andrei Zevakin feat. Grete Paia – “Mis nüüd saab”
  4. Alabama Watchdog – “Move On”
  5. Merilin Mälk – “Little Girl”
  6. Stig Rästa – “Interstellar”
  7. Triin Niitoja & Frants Tikerpuu – “Laululind”
  8. Kaia-Liisa Kesler – “Vaikus”
  9. Elina Nechayeva – “Remedy”
  10. Ott Lepland – “Aovalguses”

Semi-final 2 – Saturday 5 February

  1. Jyrise – “Plaksuta”
  2. Maian – “Meeletu”
  3. Boamadu – “Mitte kauaks”
  4. Evelin Samuel – “Waterfall”
  5. Black Velvet – “Sandra”
  6. Pur Mudd & Shira “Golden Shores”
  7. Jaagup Tuisk – “Kui vaid”
  8. Minimal Wind ft. Elisabeth Tiffany – “What To Make Of This”
  9. Stefan -“Hope”
  10. Anna Sahlene – “Champion”

Eesti Laul 2022: Semi-final voting rules

As detailed in section 7 of ERR’s Eesti Laul 2022 rules, voting will work slightly differently in the semis compared to the quarter-finals.

Five acts will advance from each semi-final. The first three will be determined using a 50-50 combination of jury and public voting, while the remaining two qualifiers will come from a second round of public televoting from the acts that remain.

Unlike in previous years, there will not be a one-week gap between the semi-finals and grand final. Estonia will crown its Eurovision 2022 singer on Saturday 12 February.

What do you make of the Eesti Laul 2022 semi-final running order? Who are you most excited to see perform? Let us know in the comments below.

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Fabio
Fabio
3 months ago

I think the best song overall is “Golden Shores”. I hope they will have a good live performnce, because the song has a great potential.

Ishi
4 months ago

My fav this year is laululind, doesn’t seem to get a lot of acknowledgement though. I also like Sandra ? I’m normally pretty good at picking the finalists from Estée laul, but this year I feel it might not be the case. I think there will be a few big names not making the final as their songs are too generic…. I’m looking at you Anna Selene, Elina, stig and ott…. If any of these win then Estonia will be left in the semis again. Stefan seems the obvious winner for eesti Laul, but there are two probs. 1, his… Read more »

moth
moth
3 months ago
Reply to  Ishi

u are speaking total bs LOL

Kristian
Kristian
4 months ago

Laululind is my favorite of the songs in Estonian. Its not getting a lot of support though.

Jake Dallas
Jake Dallas
4 months ago

I’m expecting that we are losing either Meeletu or Golden Shores in semi final 2. But if there is a scenario where we lose both…………I don’t know what to do.

ete sech
ete sech
4 months ago
Reply to  Jake Dallas

That’s why I don’t expect anything from Estonia anymore. Still, they’re able to disappoint.

Henry
Henry
4 months ago

So outdated!

Ukraine stan
Ukraine stan
4 months ago

Is it just me or would “aovalguses” and “champion” be better as openers?

Whisker
Whisker
4 months ago

Why are they propping that awful “Champion” song? They want to make sure it gets to the final? The two ladies that helped write it, the ones who seem to be regulars with EL, didn’t even act surprised when they announced it went thru. This is probably one of the worst songs I’ve ever heard. There were much much much MUCH better songs in the running. What a shame.

Ukraine stan
Ukraine stan
4 months ago
Reply to  Whisker

one theory: She got Estonia to third place ESC 2003, I think she’s rather popular among the people, so they’re making sure she goes to the final so more people watch it.

moth
moth
4 months ago
Reply to  Ukraine stan

sahlene is not popular at all in estonia lol

raw
raw
4 months ago
Reply to  Ukraine stan

Sahlene is known in Estonia only for singing “Runaway” at Eurovision 20 years ago (+ that she had a role at Swedish “Bullerby” movies in the late 1980s 😛). “Champions” is quite a boring song and I don’t believe that it will be super supported by Eesti Laul jury + the audience.

Jake Dallas
Jake Dallas
4 months ago
Reply to  Whisker

Just a point of reference, Ivo Linna and Suured Tudkurud closed the EL semi finals last year and neither one was a contender. Just because a song is placed last in the semi final running order, it doesn’t mean the producers want them to win.

Whisker
Whisker
4 months ago
Reply to  Jake Dallas

There’s no danger there in terms of this song winning, it’s a highly mediocre song. It shouldn’t have been selected in the first place.

ete sech
ete sech
4 months ago

The running order sux ngl. Idk what to expect, but it’s not crazy to say the likes of Maian or Purr Mudd can be shock nqs

ete sech
ete sech
4 months ago
Reply to  ete sech

Much to my own dismay :/

raw
raw
4 months ago
Reply to  ete sech

I think it is very likely that neither of them will reach the final. However, the second semi-final is much more unpredictable than the first.

Neil
Neil
4 months ago

Is there any estonians that can tell me estonia’s view on Fire by Elysa? Honestly I love the song (My Number 1), but it has like a 10% of winning in my eyes. I know Stefan is probably going to win but I don’t really mind that since he is my close second 🙂

Liisa
Liisa
4 months ago
Reply to  Neil

It’s hard to predict how it will do because upbeat dance songs are very rare in Eesti Laul. I think Estonian middle-aged men will vote for Elysa but I don’t think it’ll be in the superfinal because there are many bigger artists this time… Also, I doubt if the jury will like this.

raw
raw
4 months ago
Reply to  Liisa

I also think “Fire” is unlikely to make it to the final.

Liisa
Liisa
4 months ago
Reply to  raw

I think “Fire” will qualify for the final but won’t reach the superfinal. The first semi is a little bit weaker imo, so she could qualify.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
4 months ago

The running order of semi final one is awful. All the big-voiced slow songs at the end (7-10) and all the upbeat stuff at the frontend (1-6). The Eesti Laul voting system is one of the most interesting. It’s kinda similar to A Dal in that there’s a spot (or in this case, two spots) for an act that could potentially get unappreciated by the juries but loved by the public. That’s smart. It also makes for some interesting possible scenarios. For example, if “Interstellar” or “Champion” were to get overlooked by juries, they’d surely take one of those spots… Read more »

Sim
Sim
4 months ago

Can we please get a reaction video? Estonia have many good songs this year and several ones that could do well at Eurovision.

Moonstar
Moonstar
4 months ago

I have the feeling we will have surprise qualifiers. It will mostly, I believe, depend on the live performances. I’m definitely not rooting for Anna’s song, it’s soulless and so Melodifestivalen reject!

Donkey
Donkey
4 months ago

this makes me afraid that maian and merilin could be surprise non qualifiers. I hope their live performances are memorable enough. Based on this running order I think jaagup, stefan, elina, ott, stig, elysa and anna sahlene should qualify comfortably

milky
milky
4 months ago
Reply to  Donkey

merilin and maian are absolutely nqing lol

Roodi
Roodi
4 months ago

They should send Stepan

milky
milky
4 months ago
Reply to  Roodi

if they want 13th in the semi then yes!

Last edited 4 months ago by milky
Giolo
Giolo
4 months ago
Reply to  milky

We can’t predict outcome at this stage, but I can tell you he wohld get a much better result than Bulgaria, Czech Republic and Albania in televoting 100%

ete sech
ete sech
4 months ago
Reply to  Roodi

He’s overrated, but he’ll win EL and stay in the semi in May xd

Aria
Aria
4 months ago

I barely remember any song here. I liked Ott since 2012, so I’d pick him for the voice, I guess. Probably Jaagup deserves it most. It’s a nice package. No thx to Anna Sahlene. It literally has zero identity and yet the channel gives her the best spot? They must love zero identity. Elina is nice but less than what I expected from her. Oh, I remember Stefan now. It’s Jaguup, Stefan or Ott for me. So basically, Estonia must pick a guy who is not Stig. Should be doable, no?

moth
moth
4 months ago
Reply to  Aria

no, enough of this sausage fest!

Pineaple
Pineaple
4 months ago
Reply to  moth

Why does the gender of the performer matter?

moth
moth
4 months ago
Reply to  Pineaple

a man has won eesti laul 3 times in a row now and enough is enough x

also, glad to see that u r still obsessed with me <3

Pineaple
Pineaple
4 months ago
Reply to  moth

A woman has represented Albania for 12 of the last 14 years… Ukraine also very rarely select male vocalists…

If a guy has the most popular song then that is the one that should go to Eurovision. It shouldn’t matter if a woman or a man won the selection last year or not.

I bet you’re one of these people who complain about male vocalists being selected more than once by a country but don’t care if they send a few women in a row haha

Cheerio
Cheerio
4 months ago
Reply to  moth

Besides, most of the artists confirmed for Eurovision so far (or front runners in their NF) are females. So I don’t think it’s too much of a problem if there’s a couple guys at Eurovision as well.