“Fire” singer ELYSA has tested positive for COVID-19. “Little Girl” singer Merilin Mälk is experiencing flu symptoms. Neither will be able to perform in Semi-Final 1 of Estonia’s Eesti Laul 2022. Instead, Estonian broadcaster ERR will show their music videos.
ERR has taken several measures to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading during Eesti Laul. Earlier, it was announced that the two semi-finals would not have an audience. On top of that, all people entering the contest’s venue, the Saku Suurhall, have to do a rapid test.
Reacting to ELYSA’s positive test result this morning, the show’s main producer Tomi Rahula said in a statement on the ERR web site: “Of course we will keep our fingers crossed that there will be no more similar news, but we are prepared for the unexpected.”
Meanwhile, Merilin Mälk has experienced flu symptoms that are barring her from participating in Thursday’s semi-final. Delfi quoted her saying on her Instagram stories:
“Unfortunately, I can’t perform on the stage of Eesti Laul tomorrow, because I’m sick, I got the flu. That’s why I’ve treated myself here at home, I’m still doing it.”
“We worked so hard and then I just got sick. I also have a mini dress that I wanted to wear so much.”
Despite testing positive for COVID-19 and being ill, ELYSA and Merilin Mälk are still able to take part in the Estonian selection. Instead of their performances, viewers at home and the jury can vote for them based on their music videos, which premiered during the quarter-finals. The two will both be involved in the show as they will reportedly send video greetings.
In terms of Spotify streaming, ELYSA and Merilin Mälk are among the favourites to qualify from Thursday’s Eesti Laul semi-final. Merilin Mälk’s “Little Girl” ranks as the sixth most-streamed song of the whole selection, while ELYSA ranks seventh. In the past four weeks, ELYSA’s “Fire” entered the top five of most-streamed Eesti Laul 2022 songs.
We would like to wish both ELYSA and Merilin Mälk a speedy recovery!
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