With plans for national final season slowly getting underway, Estonian broadcaster ERR will reveal the host cities for the semi finals of Eesti Laul on November 1.
Exploring the sights of Eesti
Tomi Rahula, the head of production for Eesti Laul, revealed that ERR has visited various cities in Estonia in order to decide who will host the semi finals. Moreover, this is first time in the history of Eesti Laul that the national final will be hosted outside of Tallinn. Will we possibly be heading to the likes of Parnu, Haapsalu or Rakvere? Only time will tell.
Changes in the system
In addition, Eesti Laul 2019 will include a number of changes compared to previous years. 24 artists will be shortlisted to potentially represent Estonia in Israel. 6 acts from each semi final will qualify to the grand final in Tallinn on February 16. Furthermore, the national final has reached out to songwriters outside of Estonia for the first time. Eesti Laul had previously been open to Estonian songwriters only.
The return of Rästa?
While changes are being made to Eesti Laul, their regular participants are still coming back. Veteran Stig Rästa has recently said that there is a possibility he will return to the national final as a songwriter. He recently entered this year’s selection with the song “Home”. Stig narrowly missed out on a ticket to Lisbon after finishing second overall.
Estonia in Eurovision 2018
Elina Nechayeva represented Estonia in Portugal with her song “La Forza”. Estonia finished 6th in the jury vote and 9th in the televote. Overall, Estonia earned a respectable 8th place, receiving 245 points.
Where do you think Eesti Laul should host their semi finals? Would you like to see Stig return next year? Let us know!