Estonia wrapped up the semi-finals of Eesti Laul 2023 last week, with ten acts securing their place in the grand final. But the remaining participants who failed to make it through were given one more lifeline. Now, MIA and ELYSA have earned the two wildcard spots and will also progress to the final in February.

Following the results of semi-final two on Saturday, Estonian broadcaster ERR opened the voting lines once again for the wildcard round. The public were able to vote between the ten acts who had not initially made it through either semi-final, with the two most popular securing a wildcard slot.

After two days of voting, the results were revealed on Monday evening during TV show Ringvaade. And with that, the line-up of 12 acts for the Eesti Laul 2023 grand final is now complete.

Wildcard winners – Eesti Laul 2023

MIA – “Üks samm korraga”

ELYSA – “Bad Philosophy”

Eesti Laul 2023 grand finalists

  • ALIKA – “Bridges”
  • Andreas – “Why Do You Love Me”
  • Anett x Fredi – “You Need To Move On”
  • Bedwetters – “Monsters”
  • ELYSA – “Bad Philosophy”
  • INGER – “Awaiting You”
  • Janek – “House of Glass”
  • m els – “So Good (At What You Do)”
  • Meelik – “Tuju”
  • MIA – “Üks samm korraga”
  • OLLIE – “Venom”
  • SISSI – “Lighthouse”

Grand final details

The grand final of Eesti Laul 2023 will take place on 11 February in Tallin’s Tondiraba Ice Hall. Like the semi-finals, it will be hosted by Tõnis Niinemets and Grete Kuld.

Voting will be done over two rounds. Initially, a 50:50 split of jury and public voting will choose three acts to move onto the superfinal. The jury then has no power in the superfinal. The ultimate winner, and Estonia’s act for Eurovision 2023, will purely be down to votes from the audience at home.

Are you glad to see MIA and ELYSA secure the wildcard spots for Eesti Laul 2023? Who do you think will go on to win the grand final? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Rusty Ralston
Rusty Ralston
12 days ago

Honestly, Eesti Laul was tough this year. So many good songs that I may put in my regular playlists, that’s not a joke, Estonia was honestly the best national selection this year, and I don’t think anything will come close to it.

Escfan
13 days ago

I’ll be honest, I would’ve liked to have seen Carlos qualify, I liked his song. I’m assuming it was 1 per semi. Mia would’ve been my pick for semi 1 because although the song doesn’t do a whole lot for me, the vocal was great and the staging suited it. Not bad options by any means but I would’ve personally selected Carlos.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
13 days ago

Meh.

Tibor
Tibor
13 days ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

In this case you summed up my feelings perfectly, but since these are only the third round picks, I don’t expect them to have any kind of impact on the final result, anyway. These staggered voting rounds don’t make a lot of sense to me.

Tibor
Tibor
13 days ago
Reply to  Tibor

Why would anyone want to be involved in choosing the filler material for the final? And how does this improve the quality of their brand? It’s clear that these songs were neither first nor second nor even third, fourth or fifth choice. It’s completely implausible to think that one of them can make it to the superfinal, let alone go to Eurovision.

Amigo
Amigo
13 days ago
Reply to  Tibor

Remember Sweden 2013? Robin’s song You did not qualify directly to the final. He won after qualifying from Andra Chansen.

Mbappe
Mbappe
13 days ago

You wanna tell me all these generic/typical specifically-written-for-ESC songs deserved to qualify over Robin Juhkental? No chance at all, but it is what it is…

Tommm
Tommm
13 days ago
Reply to  Mbappe

He was weird

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
13 days ago
Reply to  Tommm

Too weird. He had no chance.

Nicomro
Nicomro
13 days ago

I’m absolutely blown away by the performance of Alika. This is Splendid. One of the best performance so far this season

Tom
Tom
13 days ago

Mia was good. Elysa was cheap. Thats it.

Toby
Toby
13 days ago

Very happy to see Mia in the final, her live vocals were great

Kalla
Kalla
13 days ago

Yey happy about Elysa, I know her performance was pretty lackluster, but I do often find Bad Phylosophy stuck in my head, it’s very catchy.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
13 days ago
Reply to  Kalla

She’s got time to improve. The final is a month away.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
13 days ago

Happy for Mia and Elysa. Not happy for Whiskey drinkers. Poor Carlos.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
13 days ago

Not sure how Mia got through…BUT Great job Elysa! Not sure how the public didn’t get her in before. I find the song underrated this year now.

Tommm
Tommm
13 days ago

I think: Superfinal will be between – Anet+Fredi/Alika and SISSI sadly

I really hope – Ollie/Mels or ELYSA could challenge too

I think Mia/Inger/Meelik are out

And i also think Alika/Andreas/Sissi/Duo/Janek could cancelled each other

Jghtl
13 days ago
Reply to  Tommm

Elysa is out too

Tommm
Tommm
13 days ago
Reply to  Jghtl

She made Superfinal 2x actually

Jghtl
13 days ago
Reply to  Tommm

Probably won’t again

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
13 days ago
Reply to  Tommm

Alika/Ollie/Bedwetters

Tommm
Tommm
13 days ago
Reply to  Eurovision fan

I hope but i know Sisi has fandom too

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
13 days ago
Reply to  Tommm

Btw Bedwetters have nearly 400k of monthly listeners on Spotify, while Alika and Ollie have about 30k. I don’t know if that means something, but I think Bedwetters will be surprise.

Tommm
Tommm
13 days ago
Reply to  Eurovision fan

People said same about Kerli and even Uku, Stig and Stefan did not win Esti Laul on their 1time .. same Koite and Laura

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
13 days ago

Well, I was not surprised to see Elysa as one of the wildcards, but I was surprised to see Mia as the other wildcard. At least there are two songs in Estonian in the final.

Sol Stevia
Sol Stevia
13 days ago

Y

Ria NL
Ria NL
13 days ago

I like the song from Mia more than the song from Elysa

Colin
Colin
13 days ago

Congrats. I understand Elysa, but Mia? For me, it’s the second least impactful entry of EL 23. But fine, people have spoken…
Neither should win, though, considering the quality of a few songs in the final. Still, Elysa would’ve been my 1st in the current line-up of already picked ESC songs.

Tommm
Tommm
13 days ago

Wiskey want forget about Estonia people forgot 🙁

Tommm
Tommm
13 days ago
Reply to  Tommm

But*

Zanoni
Zanoni
13 days ago

Not the ones I wanted, but these were also two good songs. Eesti Laul was tough this year.

Esc addict
Esc addict
13 days ago

Great choices, I enjoy Elysa song but the chorus is too light and not impactful at all unfortunately because this girl has the all package she just need a killer song.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
13 days ago
Reply to  Esc addict

This IS a killer song. The point is that it gets onto you lightly, like an 80s synth song.

Esc addict
Esc addict
13 days ago

The chorus is almost inexistant unfortunately.

Esc addict
Esc addict
13 days ago
Reply to  Esc addict

*non-existent

Jghtl
13 days ago

Someone has to be last in the final

Heini
Heini
13 days ago
Reply to  Jghtl

Probably MIA.

John
John
13 days ago

Bummed that Carlos and the Whiskey song didn’t make it.

Tommm
Tommm
13 days ago
Reply to  John

He should re-name the song: Estonia people forgot