Starting this Thursday, Eesti Laul 2022 will begin, Estonia’s national final to find its act for Eurovision 2022. Twenty acts will compete in two semi-finals and a grand final — but who should get the ticket to Turin? The Wiwi Jury — our in-house team of music unprofessionals — has listened to the competing entries and ranked and reviewed our favourites. Read on to see what we think!
Eesti Laul 2022: The Wiwi Jury’s Top 20 Ranking
20. Helen – “Vaata minu poole” (1 point)
19. Black Velvet – “Sandra” (5 points)
18. Alabama Watchdog – “Move On” (6 points)
17. Anna Sahlene – “Champion” (6 points)
16. Boamadu – “Mitte kauaks” (7 points)
15. Minimal Wind feat. Elisabeth Tiffany – “What to Make of This” (10 points)
14. Triin Niitoja and Frants Tikerpuu – “Laululind” (12 points) 🥇 – Tom
13. Kaia-Liisa Kesler – “Vaikus” (13 points)
12. Ott Lepland – “Aovalguses” (13 points)
11. Evelin Samuel – “Waterfall” (13 points) 🥇 – Natalie
10. Elysa – “Fire” (19 points)
🥈 – Natalie
Natalie: I feel like we get a fierce female-fronted dance banger every year in Eesti Laul, and every year it’s a spot of guiltless joy. As generic as these songs can get, the soaring vocals and thrusting bass never get old. Obviously, whether this song will pop in the loaded national final comes down to whether Elysa can nail some hot fuego choreography, and so far I’ve yet to be impressed. But regardless, you know that this will make a brilliant opener for semi-final one.
9. Jyrise – “Plaksuta” (24 points)
Natalie: I didn’t know what to make of this song when I first heard it, but the more I hear it, the more I realise how much I love it. The production is super satisfying, and Jyrise rapping about how he needs to be content despite the failures of capitalism is joyous and relatable as hell. I love how it keeps building and then finally culminates in a snare section, as though if you repeat “everything is okay!” enough it’s just a shadowy echoed voice. Seriously, I know that there are lots of favourites this year for Estonia, but don’t count this one out! I’ll definitely be holding out for it.
8. Elina Nechayeva – “Remedy” (25 points)
🥉 – Natalie
Pablo: While those who stanned Elina because of “La Forza” will likely feel disappointed by “Remedy”, the truth of the matter is this is a fairly decent effort on this style, conveying that worldly ethereal sound in a wispy, pretty way. However, It may lack enough impact for a live performance, and the high note in the climax feels has a sort of “remember me?” energy and doesn’t feel entirely thought out in the arrangement. It will be interesting to see Elina’s range live, the key being to tone her refined facade and connect to the organic feeling of this song.
7. Merilin Mälk – “Little Girl” (25 points)
🥉 – Calvin
Calvin: To be stood up by someone is something that would spark a lot of anger inside of me. Therefore, the calm and rational response of Merilin Mälk may not be relatable to me but is much more useful. This song just feels so pure, genuine and authentic. Musically, the build up towards the end is beautifully subtle – finding the balance between not being underwhelming and overly shouty. This is not the most exciting entry we have seen in Eesti Laul and it may be easily overlooked. However, the simplicity of “Little Girl” is probably its biggest strength.
6. Púr Múdd and Shira – “Golden Shores” (26 points)
🥇 – Oliver
Oliver: Metronomy meets Of Monsters And Men in one of the slickest productions of the season thus far. “Golden Shores” hits the sweet spot between pure synth rush and mid-tempo moody indie-pop, a genre which saturated British charts in the mid 2010s. The rich soundscape, one of harsh beats and punchy sawtooth patterns underscoring the pair’s smooth and gentle vocals, is in perfect balance. Púr Múdd and Shira’s bid for Estonia is an intriguing glimpse into Tallinn’s modern music scene. Will this mellow track translate on the big stage? Only time will tell. Regardless, this duo has a bright future ahead of them.
5. Stig Rästa – “Interstellar” (31 points)
🥉 – Tom
Tom: Stig is back with a very different song to 2015 entry “Goodbye To Yesterday”. Gone are the cool, smouldering indifferent looks, guitar and duet partner. In comes an irresistibly romantic and catchy pop song. Stig hasn’t reinvented the wheel with “Interstellar” – it won’t blow anyone’s socks off. What he does bring to the table, however, is a positive, people-pleasing pop song that would be not so much loved, but still liked by the masses.
4. Jaagup Tuisk – “Kui vaid” (33 points)
🥈 – Luis, Robyn
Robyn: I wasn’t much of a fan of Jaagup’s 2020 silver medal entry “Beautiful Lie”, but I find “Kui vaid” to be utterly enchanting. The song has a shimmering magical feel to it, as Jaagup explores his feelings around a fleeting love. While Estonian isn’t a widely spoken language, the intensity of the song carries the emotion beyond just the lyrics, much the same way that Ott Lepland’s 2012 entry “Kuula” did. While there are other good songs in Eesti Laul 2022, “Kui vaid” would be a strong contender for Turin.
3. Maian – “Meeletu” (35 points)
🥇 – Luis
🥈 – Calvin
🥉 – Pablo
Luis: “Meeletu” is a finely chopped piece of alternative pop. Matching the subtle yet enticing melody, there’s Maian’s breathy voice. The song is an earworm that invites you to listen to it again and again and again. It fits perfectly on any Spotify playlist, just like the Spanish lyrics fit in this song.
2. Andrei Zevakin feat. Grete Paia – “Mis nüüd saab” (49 points)
🥈 – Pablo, Tom
🥉 – Luis, Oliver, Robyn
Tom: Andrei and Grete bring the swag to Eesti Laul with “Mis nüüd saab”. A cool, calm and slightly repetitive song that has certainly pulled the Estonian fans on board with the second-most streams on Spotify out if the competition this year. Grete greatly elevates the song on her entrance with her smooth, sweet and rich voice. Speaking of rich, due to the repetitive nature of the song, it doesn’t hold up on multiple listens. It’s delicious, but one maybe two slices of the cake fills me up and I am done.
1. Stefan – “Hope” (53 points)
🥇 – Calvin, Pablo, Robyn
🥈 – Oliver
Pablo: As someone who could not see anything remarkable or special in Stefan’s last two Eesti Laul entries and profoundly opposed him in those instances, Stefan returned to shut me up in the best way possible. “Hope” is a song with absolute perfect balance. Western without feeling like a parody, electronic without copying Avicii, this track truly feels like the crowning jewel of the renaissance of Eesti Laul and a truly dignified entry for Turin. Now, someone pass me the seasoning, I got a hat to eat.
What do you think? What are your favourites in Eesti Laul 2022? Who would you like to see represent Estonia in Turin? Sound off in the comments section below!
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I am surprised to see Aovalguses so low. My top:
Vaikus is criminally underrated. It’s my favorite but I understand it has no chance of winning. Mis nüüd saab, on the other hand, to me is terrible; so repetitive and Andrei’s vocals are lifeless and very grating.
Other than Vaikus, I’m rooting for Remedy and Meeletu. I’d be fine with Hope winning as well.
I’ve liked Stefan’s past entries. But I have an issue with songs where repeated one word or phrase is the entire chorus. I’ve always thought this is lazy songwriting. I’m a bit disappointed. Little Girl has been my favorite so far. Let’s see how they all sing live.
Meeletu or Golden Shores are my favorite from this selection. Other entries I liked are Mis nüüd saab, Little Girl and Kui vaid.
The stellar acts this year sound underwhelming imo :/
I just hope “Hope” doesn’t win, pun intended.
My top 5 would be Maian, Jaagup, Elina, Andrei & Grete and Stefan or Púr & Shira. Eesti Laul is quite competitive this year, there are a lot of songs in a similar level. Which sadly will be a bad thing for the less famous acts I suppose.
We’ve got another artist who tested positive for COVID-19– Merilin Mälk. Like Elysa, her music video will be used in lieu of a live performance. I hope they don’t get penalized for it.
I love Stefan’s song and I hope it’ll win. <3
I also like Remedy, Plaksuta and Vaata minu poole
It was a big F for Estonia when it was announced that Armenia would be participating in the opposite semi-final. Now if they send Stefan, they will be challenged by the Azerbaijani vote, so I don’t think it’s a good idea. Maian should be the best choice
I wonder how these countries correlate????
stefan is armenian
Stefan is Armenian
I can’t even finish Stefan’s song, it’s so boring I turn it off halfway
Even if it was not boring, I don’t want country music from Estonia in 2022.
My top 5:
The one year Im not a big fan of Stefan’s song. Vocally, its really good and the production is good but country music is just not my taste at all. I still appreciate the song for its quality. I really like Maian’s song, id say my favourite of the selection but I really have no idea how it would do in a live performance,wouls it translate well? (the atmposhere/vibe , no pun intended) I really like golden shores and Mis nuud saab. Both very vibey songs, think they could hsve realky effective staging. Whilst im not as instantly gripped by… Read more »
ELYSA took a positive corona test, so she participates in the Eesti Laul with a music video.
Sending my best wishes to Elysa. At least, if she qualifies, she’ll be able to perform live in the finals.
Oh no, I hope she gets better.
Let’s all share our Top 5.
Hope – Total standout! I was always a fan of Stefan’s EL songs, but this is my favorite one so far. The lyrics are powerful, the melody is interesting and flows well. It feels authentic to him, and yet different from his other songs. Estonia would find their way back to my top 5 with this song. Kui vaid – I love it even more than Beautiful Lie, as it feels like Jaagup grew as an artist. This has a wonderful and unpredictable structure, and heartfelt lyrics. Remedy – Elina could read from a phone book, and it would likely… Read more »
Totally agree about Meeletu. If you are going to introduce Spanish lyrics in your song, at least make them sound like real Spanish, and please do not say Hasta la vista because that expression is never ever said in real life. Preferrably do not say señorita either, it sounds too fake.
I can speak Spanish and I really enjoy Maian´s song. So far better than “SloMo”. She´s my favourite at Eesti Laul.
I do not know what people find in Hope, I do not see the point of the Western style in year 2022.
Meeletu and Mis Nüüd Saab are great for me. To my opinion, a good song turns into an even better one when sang in the country’s language. I would not mind any of them to win and be enjoyed in Turin.
right, estonia already sent something like that but better in 2019 with victor crone, time to move on
Meeletu has been on my playlist since December. I don’t understand a single word, but I love it! I hope Maian wins. <3
I don’t have anything against Stig but he really shouldn’t win this time imo. I find interstellar very basic and the melody is weak.
Sahlene was great 20 years ago. And should stay in 2002 because that new song is garbage.
Please not something swedish….
Grete should win as a solo artist with sth like her two excellent previous songs in 2013 and 2016. This one isn’t really popping.
Finally some Plaksuta appretiation. It’s my winner and I can’t understand how someone couldn’t enjoy this bop.
Same, I love it
I enjoy it too and it´s my second favourite.
I would be thrilled with either Jaagup or Stefan winning.