Yesterday, the deadline to submit entries for Estonia’s popular Eurovision national selection process Eesti Laul passed and ETV have already revealed that a record-breaking 242 entries were submitted for the 2017 edition. This is an increase of four entries on the number of submissions for Eesti Laul 2016, which was also a record-breaking number at the time. Eurovision in Estonia is growing more and more popular despite Jüri Pootsmann finishing in a surprise last place in the first semi-final in Stockholm earlier this year.
It isn’t just the Estonian music industry where Eurovision is continually increasing in popularity, but also amongst the Estonian public as well. As a result, Eesti Laul 2016 was the first edition of the competition to have its final hosted in Saku Suurhall Arena in Tallinn, the arena which hosted the 2002 Eurovision Song Contest, rather than in a television studio. The 2017 final will also be hosted in the Saku Suurhall Arena and will take place on 4th March 2017. Two semi-finals will precede this, taking place on 11th and 18th February 2017.
Of the 242 submissions, 20 will be selected to take part in the Eesti Laul 2017 semi-finals as has been the case in previous years. The lucky 20 will be revealed next week, on Tuesday 8th November on Ringvaade at 7pm local time (6pm CET). Various former Estonian Eurovision participants were spotted at an Eesti Laul songwriting camp recently, including Ines, Getter Jaani and Ott Lepland, so perhaps one or more of them will be included in the reveal next week?
Who do you want to see in Eesti Laul 2017? Can Estonia get back on track after their non-qualification in Stockholm? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
News source: ETV // Image source: ETV