Pictures: Kairit Leibold (ERR)

Eesti Laul went ahead with live shows on Thursday with the first semi-final of Estonia’s Eurovision 2022. Of the ten acts performing tonight, five qualified for the final on 12 February. These five qualifiers are Ott Lepland, ELYSA, Stig Rästa, Andrei Zevakin feat. Grete Paia and Elina Nechayeva.

Estonia’s Eesti Laul 2022 was expanded compared to previous years. The show began all the way back in December when forty acts fought for twenty semi-final spots while premiering their music videos in the quarter-final.

Because of sickness, neither ELYSA nor Merilin Mälk performed their songs live during the first semi-final. Instead, ERR showed their music videos. 

The semi-final’s result was determined by a combination of televoting and a jury panel, which each counted for half the results. Four acts qualified from the first round, being chosen by both jury and televoting. One act additionally qualified from the second round, in which only televoters were able to choose. 

Ott Lepland, Kaia-Liisa Kesler, Stig Rästa and Merilin Mälk were among the top four of the jury. Eventually, Ott Lepland, ELYSA, Stig Rästa and Andrei Zevakin feat. Grete Paia were among the top four of combined jury and televoting. Eurovision 2018 star Elina Nechayeva joined them from the second round. 

Eesti Laul 2022 semi-final one qualifiers’ performances

Ott Lepland – “Aovalguses”

 

ELYSA – “Fire”

Stig Rästa – “Interstellar”

Andrei Zevakin feat. Grete Paia – “Mis nüüd saab”

Elina Nechayeva – “Remedy”

Eesti Laul 2022 semi-final results

Qualified from the first round

  • ELYSA – “Fire”
  • Andrei Zevakin feat. Grete Paia – “Mis nüüd saab”
  • Stig Rästa – “Interstellar”
  • Ott Lepland – “Aovalguses”

Qualified from the second round

  • Elina Nechayeva – “Remedy”

Eliminated

  • Helen – “Vaata mine poole”
  • Alabama Watchdog – “Move On”
  • Merilin Mälk – “Little Girl”
  • Triin Niitoja and Frants Tikerpuu – “Laululind”
  • Kaia-Liisa Kesler – “Vaikus”

Are you satisfied with the results from Eesti Laul 2022 semi-final one? Did you favourites qualify? Let us know in the comments down below!

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Aria
Aria
1 year ago

Very impressive performances by Ott and Elina. I love them both, no complaints. Both would be worthy winners.

Zaz
Zaz
1 year ago

Give Ott his trophy already

Tedd
Tedd
1 year ago

Elina Nechayeva has awfu song this year, and y’all know it. I like her too but the song sucks. I don’t know how she qualified.

Regina Phalange
Regina Phalange
1 year ago
Reply to  Tedd

awfu!!!

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 year ago

On a related topic, this semi final also contained the epic glass-smashing contest. For those who missed it: It involved Juri and the Alabama Watchdog singer managing an already injured Elina, a loose tablecloth, safety glasses, screeching high notes, and rogue pieces of glass accidentally hitting Andrei on the sofa! This was car-crash TV at its best. 😀

Colin
Colin
1 year ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

Oh yeah, that looked dangerous, but fun. 🙂 Thankfully, they all had goggles.

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 year ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

I’ll be very disappointed if Estonia happens to host Eurovision in the next few years and doesn’t ask Juri to be one of the hosts. He’s very charming and comfortable on camera.

Last edited 1 year ago by Sabrina
Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 year ago
Reply to  Sabrina

I agree. I will never forget a moment years ago when a rep (recorded by Wiwibloggs) began an interview with Juri by saying something like: “So last year, you finished last in your Semi final for us…”) And Juri just raised his eyebrows slightly and cooly carried on. 😀 He’s great.

Last edited 1 year ago by Purple Mask
moth
moth
1 year ago

i feel so sad for elina oh my god

NickC
NickC
1 year ago

Ott looks like a winner to me. I think it is between him and Stefan, and no matter who wins Estonia will sail to the ESC final.

Last edited 1 year ago by NickC
BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
1 year ago

The results were exactly what I predicted.

UmBv
UmBv
1 year ago

Well that was predictable

DonutLover
DonutLover
1 year ago

I would take Kaia over Elysa but oh well..
Also i got so scared for Elina when she fell,hope she isn’t hurt.
So happy for Ott,one of my favourites!

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 year ago

I assume something went wrong when Elina was dropped, because it made a big noise and her voice even got shaky, when we know she’s usually flawless. Still the most interesting package of the night to me, they just need to make adjustments (don’t show us the dancers putting the wires on her back!). Ott had great vocals as expected, it’s a pity the song isn’t special. “Interstellar” and “Mis nüüd saab” left me completely indifferent (which is not bad news to them, since I’m still trying to figure out what Estonians see in Uku Suviste). And I don’t like… Read more »

lisa thompson
lisa thompson
1 year ago
Reply to  Sabrina

I wondered about that, the impact must have hurt. Ouch. Glad she is through.

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 year ago
Reply to  lisa thompson

It was quite scary to watch it. And like Balint said, Elina handled it like a pro, because I guess most people won’t be able to finish the performance.

lisa thompson
lisa thompson
1 year ago
Reply to  Sabrina

A WTF moment to be sure. handled it professionally. My knees are bad and i felt that for her. Ouch

Hanna
Hanna
1 year ago
Reply to  Sabrina

Yeah she said later that she wasn’t supposed to drop that fast and bounce back like that. She was okay and happy otherwise, but said she might feel it tomorrow.

Last edited 1 year ago by Hanna
Sabrina
Sabrina
1 year ago
Reply to  Hanna

I’m glad to know she’s fine! May she take the weekend to rest before the next rehearsals. 🙂

Roro31
Roro31
1 year ago

Very happy, but Zevakin/Paia I dont like… its “too much” !

Ott, Elina and Elysa are very good !!! Im waiting for the live performance of Elysa …

On the other hand, Stig I love his song but it was very average live I hope that Saturday he will improve!!

Elina , very good voice !!

I hope “stefan” will do a good live saturday !! I Hope I hope I hope !!!!

Last edited 1 year ago by Roro31
Matthew
Matthew
1 year ago

Decent qualifiers, but “vaikus” was so robbed! She was one of the few performers that had great vocals, and it was a beautiful song too!

Colin
Colin
1 year ago

It was a really difficult semi, and I at least liked nine of these songs. I am happy that Elina qualified, even if only by public. Stig and Ott were also expected, and well deserved qualifiers. I’d qualify Merilin over Elysa, but I am happy that least one of them made it through, considering their circumstances. I hope that both make a full recovery soon. Grete and Andrei are such growers for me too. Sure, the song is somewhat on a repetitive side, but they are such incredibly talented performers. They served classy club realness. Kaia-Liisa and the Laululind duo… Read more »

Xxx
Xxx
1 year ago

Poor Elina. Stig Rästa didn’t deserve to qualify.

ete sech
ete sech
1 year ago

Kind of what I expected, I would’ve rather had Merilin over Elysa, but I didn’t have high expectations from this SF. On the other hand, Saturday’s SF will be a bloodbath.

Last edited 1 year ago by ete sech
Balint
Balint
1 year ago

Elina handled that fall so professionally. If it happened to me, I would have fainted.

DonutLover
DonutLover
1 year ago
Reply to  Balint

At first i thought it was Spain 2016 moment but after i heard her voice afterward i figured it wasn’t intentional.

Piridoxal
Piridoxal
1 year ago
Reply to  DonutLover

It was semi-intentional, in the rehearsals she did the same, but looks like this time the fall was a little too fast

lisa thompson
lisa thompson
1 year ago
Reply to  Balint

ouch, I felt that as I watched. Poor Elina

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 year ago

Congrats to the five acts, but “ouch” – personally I only chose three of the five qualifiers.
Interesting that Elysa qualified despite being not able to perform live, yet Merliin didn’t make it.
Also, a shout-out goes to Triin and Frants for a wonderful duet with piano – it seems that my style of songwriting has not yet died in Estonia and this gives me hope. 🙂

Last edited 1 year ago by Purple Mask
Tzs
Tzs
1 year ago

5/5 i am happy

Pineaple
Pineaple
1 year ago

Elina not qualifying from the first round?

Gets ready for Moth to turn up and start calling the show and everyone else tastless. I can’t wait to see their reaction when she doesn’t win next week.

Otherwise it was a good show and I’m pleased that Ott and Stig went through they were the best of the night for me.

moth
moth
1 year ago
Reply to  Pineaple

i see u r still obsessed with me lol

all in all i do not care if elina doesn’t win, after her almost breaking her legs tonight i hope she ditches eesti laul for a while now

Idksmth
Idksmth
1 year ago

I’m pretty happy with the qualifiers, except for Andrei and Grete qualifying over Merilin. I knew both her and Elysa were in danger because they only had their MVs shown and I thought that one of them might not qualify because of it. But overall this is the result I expected. Also, good job to everyone I thought no one really flopped or had a bad performance except some vocal issues and weird choices in terms of camera angles for “Laululind” but really other than that every performance was well thought through. Now I’m just hoping for Maian to have… Read more »

Heartbeater
Heartbeater
1 year ago

I hope Elina is ok from that fall it looked like she did not expect it

Piridoxal
Piridoxal
1 year ago
Reply to  Heartbeater

We saw the fall during rehearsals too, but looks like she landed wrong (it looked faster than in the rehearsals too)

Valts
Valts
1 year ago

Kinda like Melodifestivalen – big names are worth more than a good song…

ete sech
ete sech
1 year ago
Reply to  Valts

Eesti Laul is practically a scale version of Mello :/

Ukraine stan
Ukraine stan
1 year ago

She may not have qualified but the winner of my heart is Kaia-Liisa. She was excellent