ESCXTRA are on-site in Tallinn, Estonia at the Saku Suurhall – the arena which famously hosted the Eurovision Song Contest 2002 – for this year’s Eesti Laul final. Ten acts have made it to this stage of the competition but only one can win. We saw last night’s full rehearsal alongside a small audience of spectators. Here’s what to expect from tonight’s show!
From English into Estonian: a language change for one of the finalists
It’s not often that a Eurovision national finalist changes its language into its native tongue from English. However, that is indeed the case here in Tallinn ahead of the Eesti Laul final.
Estonia’s representative at the Eurovision Song Contest 2007, Gerli Padar, is back and in this Eesti Laul final alongside Eliis Pärna. Their song “Sky” was performed during last night’s full rehearsal in Estonian. “Taevas” was released on the EP for “Sky” with a Russian version also published.
The Eesti Laul website has officially confirmed that Eliis Pärna and Gerli Padar will perform “Taevas” in the final, second in the running order.
Visual effects bring many entries to life
Whether it be through multi-shot camera angles, augmented reality or physical props, this year’s Eesti Laul final promises that there is something for everyone. With most of the competing artists taking every chance they can to improve their entries to impress the audience, the ten performances each look absolutely fantastic.
Superfinal returns to Eesti Laul as usual
Whilst there was no formal confirmation previously of this year’s Eesti Laul final voting, we have now seen that there will be a 3-song superfinal as is usual for the Eesti Laul selection process. The juries and the televoters award their points to all ten songs, from which the top 3 proceed to a superfinal. To make sure that the audience do not know which songs are in which position, the top 4 entries are revealed without disclosing their public televote result before being slimmed to the selected three in an exciting split-screen moment.
Whilst Nathan Waddell and Ryan Cobb will be live from Eesti Laul tomorrow ESCXTRA will also be live on-site at UMK in Finland, Krajowe Eliminacje in Poland and Söngvakeppnin in Iceland. You can follow our team from all four shows on our social media profiles @ESCXTRA on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.