Stefan Hope Estonia Eurovision 2022 rehearsal
Photo: EBU / ANDRES PUTTING

Last year Estonia’s Eesti Laul involved 40 quarter-finalists in a marathon national selection. But for Eesti Laul 2023 producers have ditched all the excess, returning to a three-show contest with half as many songs. 

Now, as we enter December, fans can finally listen to the 20 entries that will compete in the semi-finals on 12 and 14 January. Five songs will advance from each show to the 10-song grand final.

The semi-finals will involve two rounds. In the first, a combination of 50% jury vote and 50% public vote will determine the first qualifiers. Then, in the second round, qualifiers will be decided by only the public vote.

The qualifiers will compete in the grand final in the Tondiraba Ice Hall on February 11. The grand final will once again involve two rounds. The first — once again with a 50/50 vote — will choose the Top 3. They will advance to the so-called super-final, where the public and the public alone will decide the country’s Eurovision act.

You can listen to all 20 of the Eesti Laul 2023 songs on the ERR website, or on each artist’s YouTube channel. If you want to re-watch Eesti Laul’s official launch show, you can do so via ERR..

Estonia: All 20 Eesti Laul 2023 songs

Alika – “Bridges”

Music/lyrics by: Alika Milova, Wouter Hardy

Andreas – “Why Do You Love Me”

Music/lyrics by: Andreas Poom, Alan Roy Scott, Julia Sundberg

Anett x Fredi – “You Need To Move On”

Music/lyrics by: Frederik Küüts, Anett Kulbin, Jason Hunter

Bedwetters – “Monsters”

Music/lyrics by: Joosep Järvesaar, Mihkel Mõttus, Rauno Kutti, Kaspar Koppel, Karl-Kristjan Kingi, Claus Peneri ja Kris-Evan Säde

Carlos Ukareda – “Whiskey Won’t Forget”

Music/lyrics by: Carlos Ukareda, Gevin Niglas, Chris Roberts

Ellip – “Pretty Girl”

Music/lyrics by: Pille-Riin Karro, Meelis Meri

Elysa – “Bad Philosophy”

Music/lyrics by: Stig Rästa, Vallo Kikas, Elisa Kolk, Anne Gudrun Michaelsen, Alex Ghinea

Inger – “Awaiting You”

Music/lyrics by: Inger Fridolin, Oliver de la Rosa Padilla, Sofia-Liis Liiv

Janek – “House Of Glass”

Music/lyrics by: Janek Valgepea, Kjetil Mørland

Kaw – “Valik”

Music/lyrics by: Gevin Niglas, Jesse Keihäsvuori

Linalakk, Bonzo – “Aeg”

Music/lyrics by: Liina Tsimmer

M Els – “So Good At What You Do”

Music/lyrics by: Stefan Airapetjan, Andreas Poom, Hugo Martin Maasikas, Gevin Niglas

Meelik – “Tuju”

Music/lyrics by: Andres Kõpper, Meelik Samel, Rain Parve, Martin Petermann

Merlyn – “Unicorn Vibes”

Music/lyrics by: Merlyn Uusküla, Lauri Lembinen

Mia – “Üks samm korraga”

Music/lyrics by: Kersti Kukk

Neon Letters & Maiko – “Tokimeki”

Music/lyrics by: Aap-Eerik Lai, Johanna Holvandus, Maiko Tammik

Ollie – “Venom

Music/lyrics by: Oliver Mazurtšak

Robin Juhkental – “Kurbuse matused”

Muisc/lyrics by: Robin Juhkental

Sissi – “Lighthouse”

Music/lyrics by: Sissi Nylia Benita

Wiiralt & Ultima Thule – “Salalik”

Music/lyrics by: Martin Saaremägi, Vahur Krautman

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Oihana
Oihana
26 days ago

I feel like people are sleeping on Valik ?

claudee
claudee
27 days ago

I can’t stop listening to house of glass!!! His voice is very pretty and it reminds me of River (Poland 22) 🙂 this is a lovely selection, well done Estonia 🙂

Anoni
Anoni
1 month ago

This is quite the diverse selection. I must say its pretty strong overall! There’s four songs I like the best tho:

  1. Bedwetters – Monsters
  2. Alika – Bridges
  3. Ollie – Venom
  4. Wiiralt & Ultima Thule – Salalik

In a very rock-dominated space I find it quite surprising that I like a ballad but here we are. And it’s even my second favorite! But Monsters is just a quality song that, however, will probably not win Eesti Laul… So judging from the comments I’m hoping for either Alika or Ollie!

Jovana
Jovana
1 month ago

I love their selection. It is so hard for me to pick one to win. My top 5 are So Good at What You Do, Valik, Salalik, Bridges and Monsters.

ESCFanGA
ESCFanGA
1 month ago

Venom to me has a bit of a dated 2000s vibe similar to Linkin Park or Tokio Hotel. I do enjoy it nonetheless and I think it’ll qualify for the grand final especially given that there won’t be a jury in the semi. If the jury were present, I might worry a little bit. I quite like Inger’s song, which has a quirky feel to it and it gives me Lake Malawi (Czech Republic 2019) vibes to a certain extent. However, I’m not sure whether it will stand out at Eurovision. Same could be said for M Els. I initially… Read more »

Vegard
Vegard
1 month ago

Y’all are sleeping on Ollie – Venom! I absolutely love it! The instrumental is phenomenal. Such a nostalgic vibe! My winner by miles …. ahead of Alika – Bridges … which again is miles ahead of the rest.

Jamie
Jamie
1 month ago

M Els – “So good at what you do” is the only song that I’m playing on repeat. Also liked Sissi “Lighthouse”, but that faded quite fast, it’s really missing something.

Edu
Edu
1 month ago

I was like… “Boring, I don’t like it… next”
And then… BAD PHILOSOPHY! This is the song Estonia!
What a BOP! Love the 80’s on it, and Stig Rasta is one of the composers, he’s incredible!
Good luck Elysa from Buenos Aires!

Tom
Tom
1 month ago

Janek and Andreas are great. Solid Selection overall.

Andi
Andi
1 month ago

Songs on Spotify so far:

Sissi – Lighthouse (9/10) – started at 4/10, but growed fast 😀
Alika – Bridges (7/10)
Inger – Awaiting you (5/10)
Andreas – Why do you love me? – Garbage sings it better (pun intended)
Meelik – Tuju (4/10)
Ellip – Pretty Girl (4/10)
Kaw – Valik (4/10)
Anett & Fredi – You need to move on (3/10)
Bedwetters – Monsters (3/10)
Janek – House of glass (2/10)

Marlene
Marlene
1 month ago

As an Estonian, I am very disappointed. Our musicians actually make very good songs, and when it’s time to write something for the Eesti Laul (Eurovision), the question arises, what happened, where did all the good songs go? I personally only remembered Bedwetters because it was the only one that excited me. I don’t want to generalize, but the others made me feel that, well, it was nice, but I wouldn’t listen more.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
1 month ago
Reply to  Marlene

I have to agree, I also don’t think this is one of the stronger Eesti Laul editions, so I’m like “really?” When I read praise for the selection as one of the best or the strongest yet, when I don’t really agree with that. That said, I do Like a lot of the songs for Estonia, but at the same time I don’t hear a potential Eurovision winner among them so I don’t think Estonia Is in the running to snatch a victory in 2023, regardless of what they eventually choose. Now, this might change depending on the quality of… Read more »

Zanoni
Zanoni
1 month ago
Reply to  Marlene

There are a number of songs I like here. They don’t sound like finalists, though.

Javi
Javi
1 month ago

It’s Venom by Ollie for me. What a powerfull song!

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
1 month ago

Okay, I have finally had the chance to listen and rank all the songs for Eesti Laul 2023, and I have to say overall, I think it’s slightly weaker than the 2022 selection. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of songs I do like from this selection, but I don’t think it’s going to down as one of the best selections for the 2023 season in my opinion. Like I commented on Ukraine, I don’t hear anything that sounds like a potential Eurovision winner, but it is still early days so it will really depend on the quality of… Read more »

Ravencrow Neversmiles
Ravencrow Neversmiles
1 month ago

I try to be careful when listening to national selection songs because if I find something I really like and it doesn’t make it to esc it will bother me every time I hear the winning song. Well now I’ve listened to Venom on repeat and it’s on my spotify playlist. I would like to kindly ask all Estonians to vote for Ollie please.

redfox
redfox
1 month ago

we have terrible songs. not one that you would remember a singl word of after listening even 10 times. no song that I would actually listen 10 times. But Janek Valgepea has a great voice. except he is kinda ugly. andreas is cute but the songs is too whiny. Elisa Kolk, couldwe just… switch off the sound. the only one slightly memorable is the Manhattan Transfer copy, Ellip

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
1 month ago

Regarding Bridges, I’m really concerned that if it wins it might stay ih the semi. It takes a while to get to the peak of the song, and even then it is not so impressive.

Yeshoney
Yeshoney
1 month ago

This selection is very spotify friendly and that’s all.

May
May
1 month ago

To correct everyone, INGER is a woman and it’s a female name!

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
1 month ago
Reply to  May

Lol I’ve always thought Inger is a man

Sometimes
Sometimes
1 month ago
Reply to  May

pretty sure Inger is nonbinary

Correction
Correction
1 month ago
Reply to  May

No. Inger uses he/him pronouns in his official bio on Spotify and across other platforms.

Jimbo
Jimbo
1 month ago

It seriously cool to see some different music genres in this year Eesti Laul! I have to say Ollie song does make an impact however I have a question mark on how well it would do in the Eurovision. Definitely good enough to qualify in my eyes however it possible get a AWS type of position in the final. Strong Ballads from Alika and Janek that could be elevated in Eesti Laul with their vocals. Also both seem like they have strong ideas for visuals. Finally I think the hidden gem in this selection that I haven’t heard much talk… Read more »

Go_A Stan
Go_A Stan
1 month ago

I’m really exited about “Pretty girl” although I know only about 5 other people seem to agree XD. Well I guess it’ll have to be a hidden gem. For the others, I really like “Bridges”, “Tuju”, “Awaiting you” and “You need to move on.”
Best of luck to the artists.

zach
zach
1 month ago

on first listen, venom by ollie definitely is the best for me, tho i think bridges by alika is also a solid choice

Stig Rasta didn't wake me up
Stig Rasta didn't wake me up
1 month ago

I don’t see the Eurovision winner in this group, but the songs are very good, many of them can get a top 10 result in the Eurovision, and this is probably the Eesti Laul’s edition with the most songs that I will have on repeat in my Spotify playlist. I will probably cheer for “Monsters” to win, because that instrumental made my jaw drop, but “House of Glass” and “Lighthouse” are also incredible! Other songs I like a lot: Bridges (by Alika), the Unicorn’s song, Venom (by Ollie), Tokimeki, Valik, Tuju, Inger’s and also Anett’s songs (Anett is amazing). Good… Read more »

Lemps
Lemps
1 month ago

Oh my god…. Alika – Bridges is so good. Goosebumps. She must win!

Miss Uncongeniality
Miss Uncongeniality
1 month ago

Interesting selection. There are some pretty good songs, there are some not that bad songs, there are some generic songs, some kind of bad songs and there you have a unicorn nightmare

Api
Api
1 month ago

I loved Venom so much! I’m biased a bit bc it reminds me of what i used to listen to when i was a teen, so it brings back all the nostalgia. Hopefully he performs well live, I love it when countries go for some solid rock (blind channel for example, they were awesome).

Yeshoney
Yeshoney
1 month ago
Reply to  Api

It’s basically 2000s American style rock song. Nothing new about it so I hope it’s not the representative.

Sir Stevia
Sir Stevia
1 month ago

I just listened to all 20.

I hope ALIKA wins.

That’s kind of all I have to say.

Kosey
Kosey
1 month ago

A typically classic collection from Estonia. We have the obligatory personification of cliche, the unnerving creepiness, the Baltic randomness and the understated hidden gem.

On first listen Meelik is my favourite. I very much like the aesthetic and the groove is the kind that I dig. I have no idea who will win. The live performances can often be wildly unpredictable. Estonia has form with picking the most famous person and my knowledge of Estonian celebrity is limited.

Holler
Holler
1 month ago
Reply to  Kosey

If the most famous persons go, then it’s either Alika, Elysa or Sissi.

Oy oy
Oy oy
1 month ago

After the first listening «Bridges» by Alika is my clear favourite!

Sir Stevia
Sir Stevia
1 month ago
Reply to  Oy oy

Same here : )

Sol
Sol
1 month ago

Para mí las mejores son: Olli con Venom, Andreas, jenek con House of glass y Alika

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 month ago

I believe the amount of different songs mentioned in the comments it’s a good sign, Eesti Laul made the way back to be a national selection with a little bit of everything. Things are still more “Spotify-friendly” than immediate, but there’s a bunch of songs I really appreciate here. My personal favorites are “So Good (At What You Do)” and “Tuju”. The first one is right on my wheelhouse, because it’s the kind of music I listen to the most. I just hope M Els gets a better result than Maian, who tried a similar approach last year and didn’t… Read more »

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 month ago
Reply to  Sabrina

I like the way “Bridges” builds up, but I can see why you feel it’s over the top. I don’t know Alika as a performer, so I don’t know if she’ll restrain herself before the climax (Duncan did that very well, to stay with songs written by Wouter).

About Andreas, there’s something very endearing about him. I don’t know how known he’s in Estonia, but he’s just the kind of act Eesti Laul fall in love with. I would keep an eye on him.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
1 month ago
Reply to  Sabrina

Well, Uku’s second victory was really giving him a second chance to represent Estonia at Eurovision since 2020 was cancelled.

Zanoni
Zanoni
1 month ago

First impression: seems like the Nostalgia Time Machine has been set to 2001 or so. Especially with regard to the rock songs. Some songs here I could see slipping into a personal Spotify playlist but not faring particularly well in the contest. “Tokimeki” is my fave; its groovy vaporwave vibe feels contemporary and the part where the chorus kicks in and the language switches is a really sweet moment. “Awaiting You” reminds me a bit of “Violent Thing” mixed with a goofy-happy 80s joint like “Break My Stride” or “Get Outta My Dreams” and is pretty silly but also still… Read more »

Zanoni
Zanoni
1 month ago
Reply to  Zanoni

“Bridges” top-tier as well, but Alika’s gotta tamp down that oversinging in the performance

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
1 month ago
Reply to  Zanoni

I also immediately got “Violent Thing” vibes from Inger’s entry. That’s not a bad thing by any means.

microfibertowel
microfibertowel
1 month ago

Bridges may have a fate similar to Death of Us. It does take a while to get to the good part so it may not get as much televote support I can see tuju at the beggining of some movie or show. Valik sounds like something I would listen to. Honestly wouldn’t be angry if it won. Janek has a very nice voice and an okay song. Would have preferred it in Estonian but very good overall. Awaiting You is being slept on. I love it. Pretty Girl is very nice but not for Eurovision IMO. Why Do You Love… Read more »

ESCFanGA
ESCFanGA
1 month ago

It also took a while to get to the good part of Tout L’Univers yet that did really well at Eurovision including with the televoters.

XOOOD
XOOOD
1 month ago

My trash-pop consumer taste loved – Andreas, Kaw, m els and Carlos. not a bad national final overall.

Samira
Samira
1 month ago

Don’t really care about the selection itself, yet I usually tend to like whatever they end up sending

brennan
brennan
1 month ago

tuju is the kind of deep cut into estonian indie that makes me look forward to national selections in general. they’re giving a more pop-oriented vaiko eplik kind of sound and i’m here for it. with only ukraine and estonia’s songs out so far, i feel like i’ll be replaying this one a whole lot through december. the merseybeat vibes of their music video, and the fact that they’re a reunited high school band, make them a perfect fit for liverpool imo. channel that beatles energy (that being said i am mentally prepared for meelik to get a crushing last… Read more »

Zisk
Zisk
1 month ago

It’s a very radio friendly national selection. The floor is high and the ceiling is low.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
1 month ago
Reply to  Zisk

I actually think that the second part of your description fits more for the Ukraine selection than the Estonian.

XOOOD
XOOOD
1 month ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

the thing is with vidbir, whatever will be chosen it’ll be overrated for sure!

Benito Camelo
Benito Camelo
1 month ago

Man, Estonia really does know how to beat expectations! As some said below – and I second, this is the best EL lineup in years! Very diverse in all regards and very promising too, I’m impressed with Estonia’s great job!

IVAN
IVAN
1 month ago

I dont like no one especialy

GojoSatoru
GojoSatoru
1 month ago
Reply to  IVAN

Grammatically, you’re basically saying you like every song.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 month ago

Thank you to everyone involved in Eesti Laul for next year. Lots of heartfelt music; I really enjoyed listening to it all. Obviously my favourites from this selection both involve the piano, but I also really like the rock songs in there, and “Lighthouse” too. It’s also nice to feel those “Unicorn vibes” again in my life – My little pony would approve.

Ria van de Velde
Ria van de Velde
1 month ago

I have heard all the songs and I like these songs most:

Alika – “Bridges”Andreas – “Why Do You Love Me”Janek – “House Of Glass”
Sissi – “Lighthouse”

Jessica Folcker
Jessica Folcker
1 month ago

‘Üks samm korraga’ has captivated me. It has a great potential. Just goes nowhere in this version. Could easily be turned from the elevator music into a club anthem.

Heyey
Heyey
1 month ago

I don’t know what y’all hear in this selection, because in my honest opinion this is a pretty weak selection.. The only song that interested me and has the potential to do well is Ollie’s “Venom”. I could see the televoters liking that song and it’s very enjoyable to me, a bit of “2000’s rock era” sound. Another song that was of high quality is Alika’s “Bridges”. Alika’s voice is interesting and the song is likeable. Honorable mention to Inger’s “Awaiting You”, although I can’t see it doing well at Eurovision. The other one’s, I gotta say.. not the best… Read more »

Mark
Mark
1 month ago
Reply to  Heyey

You are 100% right! I don’t understand these dislikes of your comment (and possible dislikes of this comment too now lol). Venom sounds very promising in this selection, but non of these 20 songs is no where near winning ESC. Sure, there are couple of the songs that might find its listeners quite easy, but we should remember that these songs are here to compete and not to serve as our coffee break, toilet break, or boredom fillers songs. None of these songs is good enough to challenge for the win at ESC, and that’s a fact.

Heyey
Heyey
1 month ago
Reply to  Mark

Yes, thank you! I really appreciate Estonia for holding a national selection and giving the public a say in their entry and for such a small country with few people,they have quite a big pool of talents. But honestly most of these songs wouldn’t qualify in ESC itself, with the expecting of some gems like “Venom”. And some of these songs can absolutely find their audience but I’m not one of them apparently 😀

Heyey
Heyey
1 month ago
Reply to  Heyey

*exception

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
1 month ago
Reply to  Heyey

I have to agree, I don’t think this selection is as strong as last years, and I don’t hear anything that sounds like a potential Eurovision winner, but there is still some good stuff to enjoy.

Bananice
Bananice
1 month ago

It’s nice to see Bedwetters back after all these years!!!

BeniFest2023
BeniFest2023
1 month ago

Mels sounds similar to Heleza (2021)

Thanos
Thanos
1 month ago

Having listened to all the songs, I think my winner for now has to be Ollie. He has an amazing voice and a nostalgic rock songs that winks at the early 00s. It would be an amazing choice by Estonia and I am also counting on the live performance to be great. My top 3 also includes Robin and Meelik : two alternative efforts that may go unnoticed in the actual contest, but I am happy they are in. The majority of the ballads in the lineup don’t do much for me as they are a bit too predictable, with… Read more »

Tibor
Tibor
1 month ago

If you ask me, this is the best Eesti Laul line-up in years, I guess I could live with approximately half of these songs going to Liverpool. Picking favourites therefore isn’t that easy. I really like “Tokimeki” – the airy synths, the clean vocals and the Japanese tonality. I also like “Venom” with its strong chorus and its throwback sound that one could mistake for nu metal, if it wasn’t for the complete absence of anything synth-like – if I’m hearing this right, there’s nothing but a variety of guitars, some drumming and him singing. Then there is “Kurbuse matused”… Read more »

Jesiah
Jesiah
1 month ago

They are all recyclable garbage truck piece of sh music..

Only alika seems to be the talented one out of all these “singers” with no talent and who clearly don’t know what they’re doing or what they’re getting themselves into

XOOOD
XOOOD
1 month ago
Reply to  Jesiah

Calm down!

Sir Stevia
Sir Stevia
1 month ago
Reply to  Jesiah

It’s ok if you don’t really like any of the songs besides Bridges but there is no need to insult the singers….

Grow up. Please.

Jesiah
Jesiah
1 month ago
Reply to  Sir Stevia

I’m 16.

I got plenty to grow up so stay mad, also how am I insulting them by expressing an opinion about them, its not like I’m saying it infront of their faces and it’s also not like they are gonna read my rant.

So stop being pressed mate,thx!

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
1 month ago
Reply to  Jesiah

Imagine saying Anett and Sissi have no talent as vocalists. I’m sad to hear that your ear transplant did not go well.

Jesiah
Jesiah
1 month ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

At least I got one, you’re gonna stay deaf forever mate.

I can’t believe that some people can listen to the same song yet not see how terrible or flawed they are??

Vivian
Vivian
1 month ago

Eesti Laul is one of those national selections I never really care about, and their winner is usually one that ends up ‘ok’ in my book. Been that way every year since 2015, with 2018 being one entry I particularly liked. (Yes I liked 2020 and 2021’s to some extent as well) It’s just… so many songs that sound exactly like Melfest rejects as usual. The songs that do deviate and do their own thing don’t have enough appeal to them to stand a chance at qualifying. It’s a shame because if Estonia were to really take a risk with… Read more »

Stig Rasta didn't wake me up
Stig Rasta didn't wake me up
1 month ago
Reply to  Vivian

I disagree that this selection is made of melfest’s rejects. Eesti Laul has a lot of indie songs and a good amount of music styles since it’s beginning (back in 2009), and there aren’t many Swedish singers or composers. Malta, on the other hand…
Eesti Laul 2022 particularly had 2 songs that could easily be in Melfest, one sang by a Swedish (Sahlene’s Champion) and the other composed by Swedish (Elysa’s Fire).
Also, some songs get good results in Eesti Laul, that would not get good results in some of the other NFs due their style, even though they’re good.

BlueZone
BlueZone
1 month ago

Inger is my favourite – his song really put a smile on my face, and I haven’t stopped listening to it.

Alika is my no2 – sounds very much like Adele.

Janek is my no3 – just beautiful.

just an esc fan
just an esc fan
1 month ago

Listening to all the songs at 2aleft me with mixed feelings. Heard a recap this morning and things got cleared out. It’s a decent selection, loads of variety and some gems worth mentioning. For now, my favorites are Ollie, Bedwetters, Kaw, Janek and Neon Letters & Maiko. I also like Alika’s song, which as I see it, will probably end up winning this.

Looking forward to the live shows!

just an esc fan
just an esc fan
1 month ago

at 2 am*