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.

Are you excited by the line-up for Eesti Laul 2023? Whose song are you most intrigued to hear? Let us know in the comments below.

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lex
lex
17 days ago

Write About Me was my Eesti Laul winner back in 2020, so I’m excited to see what Anett and Fredi come back with. I hope it can hold a candle to their previous entry

Mr X
Mr X
22 days ago

Robin this time with a song in Estonian. Great !

Roger
Roger
22 days ago

Funeral of sorrow sounds pretty dull, but somehow could be interesting! Whiskey won’t forget, sounds cool. 🙂

Whisker
Whisker
23 days ago

When it comes to the name of the act, it would be cool if Bedwetters won. “Whiskey Won’t Forget” sounds like a fantastic winning song.

Elllle
Elllle
24 days ago

Watch out for Alika ?
She’s a powerful singer

Benito Camelo
Benito Camelo
23 days ago
Reply to  Elllle

And it looks like she’s already established and popular in Estonia, so she’s a contender already

Elllle
Elllle
23 days ago
Reply to  Benito Camelo

Yes, indeed. Her song is made with the same man who’s behind “arcade” 🙂
A jury member who had the chance to listen to her song, got all teary eyed, because that song is just so beautiful and well-sung…
So, intresting-intresting.

Kyle
Kyle
23 days ago
Reply to  Elllle

There is a Youtube video of her singing “arcade” and it is really great.

Elllle
Elllle
22 days ago
Reply to  Kyle

She won Estonian version of “Superstar”. In the final “arcade” was one song she was performing. She also sang the “earth song” after what she got standing ovation in Saku Suurhall 🙂 So she’s very good.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
24 days ago

If Anett and Fredi don’t end up being my top 25 NF songs of the season, I will be very surprised. Absolutely love her.

tom
tom
24 days ago

Eesti Laul without Stig Rasta or Andrei Zevakin – Wau

Alo
Alo
24 days ago
Reply to  tom

He’s there as a songwriter

tom
tom
24 days ago
Reply to  Alo

Who now?

Whisker
Whisker
23 days ago
Reply to  tom

Stig Rästa.

Thallo
Thallo
24 days ago

High expectations for Anett x Fredi, their 2020 entry was beautiful.

Hector
Hector
24 days ago

I actually loved Anett x Fredi back in 2020, hope their song is just as incredible as Write About Me!

Roger
Roger
22 days ago
Reply to  Hector

Hopefully. But comebacks, usually, never come back with a better song. One will have to wait and see

Kuhkatz
Kuhkatz
24 days ago

There is one name, that instantly gathered my attention and that are Bedwetters. I saw them back in 2007 at the MTV EMA were they won the New Sounds of Europe category and performed their song „Dramatic Letter to Conscience“. I really enjoyed their song then and I‘m looking forward to hear their song.

Colin
Colin
24 days ago

I am always excited about Eesti laul. Sometimes they pick songs which end-up being my favorites at Eurovision. Even when they don’t end-up winning, there are almost always some gems at EL. This year, I am quite excited to hear what Robin Juhkental made. I am a fan of his entry in 2010 and I’m hoping for something interesting. While I found their previous EL entries just okay, I am keeping my eye on Sissi and Elysa too. I am sure they will be among fan-favorites. Looking forward to December 2nd.

Benito Camelo
Benito Camelo
24 days ago

I’m pleasantly surprised by Estonia this year! Despite being a small country, they managed to have a predominantly newcomer contest this time.
Now that we know all the acts that’ll take part of EL, I’ll be looking forward to listening to their songs in December.

Thanos
Thanos
24 days ago

Being in the minority of people liking Estonia 2010 for its uniqueness, depth and mysterious atmosphere (although disappointed by the staging) I am interested to see what a more mature Robin Juhkental can come up with.

Colin
Colin
24 days ago
Reply to  Thanos

I’m in a minority with you then. Estonia is my 11th in 2010. I’m still intrigued by it. I can’t wait to hear Robin’s new song.

Thanos
Thanos
24 days ago
Reply to  Colin

I am really glad we agree. I believe that this song was severely underrated back then. It possessed a certain depth that captivated the viewer. Perhaps the staging wasn’t extremely on point but the song alone deserved better. I am surely interested to see Robin’s artistic development.

Midnight Gold
Midnight Gold
24 days ago
Reply to  Thanos

Agreed, one of the best of all time (at least in studio version).

Thanos
Thanos
24 days ago
Reply to  Midnight Gold

And I also find the music video strangely appealing btw. With a better staging it might have done better in the contest.

Ieva
Ieva
23 days ago
Reply to  Thanos

It’s my favourite ESC song of all time!! And the video is amazing.

Ari
Ari
24 days ago

Can’t wait to check out the songs. Estonia is very user-friendly, releasing them early and producing music videos as well. They might wanna explain why Sissi gets singled out though.

Susan
Susan
24 days ago
Reply to  Ari

There wasn’t really any particular reason for it. It was just Halloween and Sissi got to ask if she would come to the news show Ringvaade and get her Halloween make up done there by professionals. I guess Eesti Laul head producer Tomi and Ringvaade producers decided if we are going to reveal all the artist in next few day’s anyway, let’s do this one with a suprise as it haven’t done that way. Also they got to ask Sissi about celebrating Halloween and has she done make up to others because she has finished the make up course herself.

Ari
Ari
24 days ago
Reply to  Susan

I see. Thanks for the info.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
24 days ago

At last! Can’t wait to hear the songs when they released in December, Now, among the 20 artists, who is a newcomer and who is a veteran? Well, according to another article on another of the new size, here are the hours who have participated at Eesti Laul before: Anett & Fredi Eesti Laul 2020: Write About Me Elysa Eesti Laul 2022: Fire Inger Eesti Laul 2019: Coming Home Eesti Laul 2020: Only Dream Robin Juhkental Eurovision 2010: Siren (as Malcolm Lincoln) Eesti Laul 2012: Bye (as Malcolm Lincoln) Eesti Laul 2015: Troubles (Robin Juhkental & The Big Bangers) Sissi… Read more »

Ale
Ale
24 days ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

Elysa also participated with “Superlove” at 2015

Roboton
Roboton
24 days ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

Meelik is the same as Tenfold Rabbit and they participated in 2012 and 2013. When they formed the band in high school they were called Meelik and later changed it to Tenfold Rabbit.

Kuhkatz
Kuhkatz
24 days ago
Reply to  Roboton

I loved their 2012 entry „Oblivion“, unfortunately „Balance of Water and Stone“ wasn‘t that good.

Midnight Gold
Midnight Gold
24 days ago
Reply to  Kuhkatz

That Oblivion one is one of the greatest NF entries of all time, nice to see them back.