After the submission period for Eesti Laul 2023 closed on 20 September, broadcaster ERR has been busy selecting the 20 acts who will get a chance to compete in the semi-finals. And now we know the full line up.
The announcements took place on TV show Ringvaade. Monday evening’s show saw Sissi revealed as the first confirmed act for Estonia’s Eurovision 2023 national selection. Tuesday’s programme added another nine names to the list.
The final ten semi-finalists were announced on Wednesday evening, bringing the total to 20.
Eesti Laul 2023: Second set of semi-finalists
- Robin Juhkental – “Funeral of sorrow”
- Anett x Fredi – “You Need To Move On”
- Bedwetters – “Monsters”
- Mia – “One step at a time”
- Ollie – “Venom”
- M Els – “So Good At What You Do”
- Linalakk, Bonzo – “Time”
- Inger – “Awaiting You”
- Merlyn – “Unicorn Vibes”
- Neon Letters & Maiko – “Tokimek”
Eurovision fans will know Robin Juhkental from Estonia’s entry to the 2010 contest. He led the group Malcolm Lincoln with the song “Siren”, but failed to qualify from the semi-finals. Malcolm Lincoln returned to Eesti Laul in 2012, finishing seventh in semi-final two. Juhkental then appeared again at Eesti Laul in 2015, making the final alongside The Big Bangers.
Anett x Fredi previously competed at Eesti Laul 2020, where they made the superfinal and ultimatley finished third.
Meanwhile, Inger returns to the national final after short break. He reached the grand final of Eesti Laul in both 2019 and 2020.
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This final set of semi-finalists join the ten previously revealed.
- Carlos Ukareda – “Whiskey Won’t Forget”
- Janek – “House Of Glass”
- Alika – “Bridges”
- Ellip – “Pretty Girl”
- Andreas – “Why Do You Love Me”
- Kaw – “Valik”
- Wiiralt & Ultima Thule – “Secret”
- Elysa – “Bad Philosophy”
- Meelik – “Tuju”
- Sissi – “Lighthouse”
The premier of the songs selected for Eesti Laul 2023 will take place in a special programme on 2 December 2022.
Eesti Laul 2023: Show format
Last year’s contest turned into a lengthy affair with the introduction of four quarter-finals. However, these have been ditched for Eesti Laul 2023 and we return to a three-show contest. Two semi-finals will be held on 12 and 14 January, and the grand final is set to be broadcast on 11 February.
Voting in the semi finals and grand final of Eesti Laul 2023 will once again involve a combination of professional jury as well as public televotes. Then the superfinal will use viewer votes alone to decide the winner and Estonia’s representative for Eurovision 2023.
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