The semi-finals of Eesti Laul 2023 are now over. Five acts have progressed from semi-final 2 to secure the next qualification spots for the grand final.

Held in Viimsi Artrium, the show was hosted by Tõnis Niinemets and Grete Kuld.

Eesti Laul 2023 semi-final 2

Results

Voting was done over two rounds. The first four qualifiers were determined by a 50:50 split of jury and public voting. They were:

  • INGER – “Awaiting You”
  • Meelik – “Tuju”
  • SISSI – “Lighthouse”
  • ALIKA – “Bridges”

An additional qualifier was then chosen by a second round of purely public voting. This was:

  • m els – “So Good At What You Do”

They’ll now join the five qualifiers from semi-final one in the grand final on 11 February.

But it’s not over for those who have failed to make it so far. Another round of voting is now open for the public to choose the last finalists amongst the ten non-qualifiers. The results of this will revealed at a later date.

Running order

  1. INGER – “Awaiting You”
  2. Linalakk & Bonzo – “Aeg”
  3. Meelik – “Tuju”
  4. Elysa – “Bad Philosophy”
  5. Robin Juhkental – “Kurbuse matused”
  6. m els – “So Good At What You Do”
  7. Wiiralt – “Salalik”
  8. SISSI – “Lighthouse”
  9. Carlos Ukareda – “Whiskey Won’t Forget”
  10. ALIKA – “Bridges”

Do you agree with the results of Eesti Laul 2023 semi-final 2? Did your favourites make it? Let us know in the comments below.

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redfox
redfox
13 days ago

Meelik and the sandals!
Andres Kõpper aka NOEP is a new comedic talent. He is so much funnier than Jimmy Kimmel. needs his own show.

Andi
Andi
14 days ago

Lighthouse for the win!!

lasse braun
lasse braun
14 days ago

bridges for the win!
any doubts?
but estonia has it in its hands.

Javi
Javi
15 days ago

Ollie for the win, much more interesting to look at

Ria NL
Ria NL
15 days ago

I love the songs from Sissi and Alika, I hope one of them win the ticket to Liverpool

Thanos
Thanos
15 days ago

Alika, Sissi, Meelik and M els all have really nice songs and gave good performances. I think the final will be between Alika and Ollie with Alika having an advantage as of now for the win. For me personally, Ollie has the song closest to my taste and as a result he is my winner. Alika and Sissi would also be good choices though. All in all, I think Estonia will once again be pretty high in my personal ESC top.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
15 days ago

Actually quite shocked that Eesti Laul seems to have gotten almost every qualifier correct so far. There’s nothing that’s missed out that really deserves to be there.
I definitely don’t think the wildcards are necessary. There’s not an act that would add anything to what is already a stacked final.

Zanoni
Zanoni
15 days ago

I’m into all the qualifiers here, and two more is nice too Meelik won the night for me.

Bálint
Bálint
15 days ago

Sissi definitely needs to be in the superfinal. This is her most competitive song yet, and her performance was majestic. If she got 2nd place with Time in 2021, I could even see her winning.

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
15 days ago
Reply to  Bálint

The competition is very tough this year

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
15 days ago

So I heard there’s going to be a wild card round where We will get two more qualifiers from the 10 that didn’t make it in the semi finals. I think elysa will definitely be one of the wild cards, but I don’t know who will join her. What would you like to see?

Zanoni
Zanoni
15 days ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

Either “Tokimeki” or “Pretty Girl”

Mr X
Mr X
15 days ago

“Bridges” is one of the best songs of all preselections so far.

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
15 days ago

I predict Alika, Ollie and Bedwetters in the superfinal

Kosey
Kosey
15 days ago

So pleased for Meelik. I mean I would be quite happy if they won the whole thing. It just feels so different from anything else we’ve seen so far this year. Everything is just so on point, the song, the visual, the aesthetic. I find it all very nice.

Patrick Pastor
Patrick Pastor
15 days ago
Reply to  Kosey

Meelik is what would happen if social awkwardness was personified in the form of a rock band.

Which is what I love about them. I was pleasantly surprised at their qualification!

Mbappe
Mbappe
15 days ago

Glad that the Meelik ensemble made it to the final at least, too bad Robin didn’t, the song was just too niche for the Eesti normies but it’s still easily one of the highlights of this season so I really appreciate his return.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
15 days ago
Reply to  Mbappe

Well, at least we get one song in Estonian in the final.

Sabrina
Sabrina
15 days ago

Those would be my 5 qualifiers too. So far, I’m very satisfied with Eesti Laul’s results. I just hope they don’t pick one of the few songs that do nothing for me.

Colin
Colin
15 days ago
Reply to  Sabrina

Estonia has 4 songs that would likely be in my top 10, so I’m really keeping my fingers crossed one of them wins. One even has the potential to be my overall winner. So, good luck, and pick well, Estonia.
I don’t dislike any of the finalists now, but there are still songs I massively prefer to others.

Also, I’ll answer you about that question about Nevera now. 🙂

Sabrina
Sabrina
15 days ago
Reply to  Colin

I’m into 7 of the 10 qualifiers (too early to tell how would they end on my personal ranking when Eurovision comes though) and I think the other 3 are just OK. The chance they pick something I like is quite high then. I’m currently rooting for one of the rock entries to win.

Matty
Matty
15 days ago

I am almost satisfied with the result and I hope that Wiiralt and Mia will join the ten finalists on Valentine’s Day when the Grand Final of Eesti Laul takes place.

Patrick Pastor
Patrick Pastor
15 days ago
Reply to  Matty

Wiiralt’s so underrated.

Jaanika
Jaanika
15 days ago
Reply to  Matty

Grand Final of Eesti Laul takes place Saturaday, 11th of February, at least in Estonia we celebrate Valentine`s Day on 14th of February 😀

Stian F
Stian F
15 days ago

What… Elysa and Carlos are both amazing songs, amd Elysa’s performance wasnt that bad! Should get a ticket to the final… Same with Neon Letters from semi 1….

Colin
Colin
15 days ago

I am happy for Alika and Sissi! I am also very happy that Tuju made it. Surprised that Elysa didn’t, as she had a better song that last year. Now, Estonia, you have a really good final set of songs, but please choose well. At 10 of these are at least okay, but what you need is GREAT! Good luck, Estonia!

lets have a good time
lets have a good time
15 days ago

just hope is alive for : Neonletters feat Maiko – to qualify – this was by far the best of Eesti Laul 2023

West
West
15 days ago

Well, look at that – I named all qualifiers. Doesn’t happen often that I’m right.

Benito Camelo
Benito Camelo
15 days ago

m els and Alika were my faves tonight, I’m glad both are through 🙂
I loved m els’ song and Alika is such a top act

brennan
brennan
15 days ago

tujurinas rise up

Helen
Helen
15 days ago

There will be 2 more qualifiers. Additional voting, 12 finalist together.

Idksmth
Idksmth
15 days ago

Love the qualifiers. AND THE LAST ONE BEING M els. TASTE, ESTONIA, TASTE

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
15 days ago

Suprise result! Inger and Meelik are through but NOT Elysa! M els too!

Sol Stevia
Sol Stevia
15 days ago

The only song I like in EL this year is Bridges and I LOVED her voice live, however there is something in the performance that feels off to me..? I cannot pin point it at the moment.

Matt
Matt
15 days ago
Reply to  Sol Stevia

Stage was very small. I dont want to make any conclusions yet. Want to see her again in the finals where stage is much bigger.

Sol Stevia
Sol Stevia
15 days ago
Reply to  Matt

The staging wasn’t problem. It was something about her. Well I hated her outfit and hairstyle but that wasn’t my problem. Something about her emotion in relation to the song was off for me I think.

Roro31
Roro31
15 days ago

I’m so surprised by Meelik but it’s good and Beatles vibes ahah

ELYSA now !!

Alika, Sissi & Inger are veryyyyy gooooood but Alika it’s the queen tonight

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
15 days ago

When are the qualifiers going to be announced?

Elizabeth
Elizabeth
15 days ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

Soon. They are on the last round of voting for the fifth place right now, I think.

Kalla
Kalla
15 days ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

4 already have! Sissi, Alika, Inger and Meelik. Now public are voting for the last one

Elizabeth
Elizabeth
15 days ago
Reply to  Kalla

And the last one is M els!

Kalla
Kalla
15 days ago
Reply to  Elizabeth

Very pleased for her, sad for Elysa though.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth
15 days ago

“30 minute break for the news” by which we mean “30 minute break to switch to MGP and tune back in to see the results while the voting filler is going on over in Norway.”

Kalla
Kalla
15 days ago
Reply to  Elizabeth

No spoilers please, going to watch MGP later. Had it all planned that I’d be watching Belgium now while keeping an eye on Estonia results on my phone, but that didn’t pan out.

Esc addict
Esc addict
15 days ago

Alika and Sissi have brought drama tonight, soooo much drama, maybe a bit too much for my taste, nonetheless impressive vocals that the juries could totally eat in Eurovision but the songs even if beautiful are not my cup of tea, they make me nothing, I’ve still Ollie in my head and nobody managed to make me forget him tonight so for me he should go in Eurovision but I need less camera shots and more eyes contacts with the camera from him.

Escfan
15 days ago

My qualifiers for tonight: Alika, Sissi, Inger, Carlos and Meelik (even though I prefer M Els’ song)

Mark Dowd
Mark Dowd
15 days ago

Alika is streets ahead of tonight’s pack..

Escfan
15 days ago

M els: Bit disappointed with this performance, love the studio version but something didnt work for me live, I thought it would lean into the lounge feel but it went in a different direction. It didnt wow me as much as I hoped it would. Carlos: I like this song quite a bit, the performance is grand. I think it would’ve been more effective if he walked around the stage like the MV but I didnt mind the performance. Sissi: I like the song, I dont think this song necessarily needs interpretive dancing. It sounded decent thought and I prefer… Read more »

West
West
15 days ago

My qualifiers: Inger, Meelik, m els, Sissi and Alika.

Tibor
Tibor
15 days ago

Alika is a very enthusiastic performer. This might well be a Wouter Hardy song, but whereas “Arcade” was a really current pop track, “Bridges” ventures far deeper into the musical theatre realm. Purple Mask undoubtedly has all the enzymes to digest it, but I’m not so sure about myself. This will certainly qualify, though.

Sabrina
Sabrina
15 days ago
Reply to  Tibor

I was thinking the same, it feels like a musical theater song. It wouldn’t be my pick, I think Estonia has better options, but I wouldn’t have a big problem with it if she ends up winning.

Anita
Anita
15 days ago
Reply to  Tibor

too much of everything

Escfan
15 days ago
Reply to  Tibor

I think thats the reason I wasn’t fully gone on it. I loved Arcade but like you’ve said, Bridges is a lot more musical theater which isn’t always my cup of tea. It was a very good performance though.

Tibor
Tibor
15 days ago
Reply to  Escfan

It was a good performance, yet a tad over the top for my taste. But that, of course, works well with the musical theatre feel, so it was not a bad fit, just nothing I would ever listen to.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
15 days ago
Reply to  Tibor

Aha, indeed, “Bridges” encapsulates my musical life. I love this song. Also, Alika is a fantastic performer, and I hope others can see and hear that.

Kalla
Kalla
15 days ago

Wow Alika did a really good job, preferred her vocal here to the studio version. Still don’t really understand why it’s such a strong favourite in the odds, but was one of the best performances so far. I do think it would get a bit lost at eurovision though.

Marlene
Marlene
15 days ago
Reply to  Kalla

Alika’s voice is powerful. But you’re right, this song would be lost among the others at Eurovision. I think this song gets the hype because of the fact that the writer of this song is the same writer who wrote Arcade. I personally like Ollie

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
15 days ago

Alika and Sissi sang for their LIVES! I’m impressed! They sound like Eurovision participants, a cut above the rest. Prior to this live semi final, their songs weren’t my favourite, but their PERFORMANCES are enough to actually beat Ollie in the final!

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
15 days ago

I feel sorry for everyone before them and Carlos – three great vocalists in the final to make you forget about the others, plus m els was really good, so the second half is more memorable and Inger and Elysa get forgotten!

West
West
15 days ago

Bridges is a good song, but for some reason the long brrrrrriiiiidgggggges kinda irks me

Escfan
15 days ago
Reply to  West

Same a bit, idk why.

just an esc fan
just an esc fan
15 days ago

m els: vocally some issues, performance lacked something. im not so confident that it’ll make it, even though it deserves it.
Wiiralt: not bad performance, song goes nowhere.
Sissi: great voice, expected performance, bad camera work. pretty much sums up eesti laul!
Carlos: vocally shaky, nothing special about the performance. it’ll still qualify tho.
Alika: a good performance, i expected something more.

Ben
Ben
15 days ago

Meelik my favourite tonight.

Jonas
Jonas
15 days ago

I’m glad Stefania’s backing dancers have found more work.

Jamie
Jamie
15 days ago

M Els fell short to me. I loved the studio version, but live performance sounded flat.

Sabrina
Sabrina
15 days ago

I like Sissi a lot. I just wanted to feel the same about the songs she keeps picking to compete with.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth
15 days ago

They gave one of the artists an axe? After all the injuries last year???

Elizabeth
Elizabeth
15 days ago

“Whiskey Won’t Forget” sounds almost sped up? It’s a sad song that refuses to linger on any of the immagery. Like, it doesn’t need to slow down a lot but a 1.5 or 1.25 speed would really help it out.

Jonas
Jonas
15 days ago

Sissi seems comfortable in front of the camera, but maybe some more eye contact would have been nice.

Kalla
Kalla
15 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

The strange camera work doesn’t help, think they are trying to make up for the lack of stage, but it’s not really working.

Tibor
Tibor
15 days ago

Carlos Ukareda has absolutely perfect eyebrows. Vocally, he started out a little shaky, then it got much better until he blew the high note. But I don’t hold it against him, I actually really enjoy this song.

Kalla
Kalla
15 days ago

Well as I’ve said I was very excited for Sissi, I’m not sure she really sounded like the studio version, maybe she’s ill? I remember her vocals being quite good last time on eesti laul?

Tibor
Tibor
15 days ago

Country rock is not really my style and “Salalik” is very repetitive. But it was done well for what it was.
Still more buffering issues, when Sissi was on. I just don’t like “Lighthouse” as a song, but she will probably go straight to the superfinal, anyway, although her singing was uncharacteristically uneven from what I heard.

Kalla
Kalla
15 days ago

m els was actually really enjoyable. I bit like sun numero last year on UMK, was well under my radar pre show and ended up being one of my favourite songs of the year. It’s one of those very unimposing but increasingly catchy songs.