Tel Aviv 2019

Eesti Laul: We know the first six finalists!

Super-Saturday is just around the corner, but Semi-Super-Thursday just ended. Estonia began its road to Eurovision tonight with semi-final one of Eesti Laul. FULLY live for the first time! Songs were sung, dance’s were danced, jokes were made and at the end of it all, credits were rolled. Oh and some songs made it through too.

After combining both the jury and the public televotes, four qualifiers were announced in a random order:

  • The Swingers – “High Heels in the Neighbourhood”
  • Stefan – “Without You”
  • Victor Crone – “Storm”
  • Inger – “Coming Home”

Because the final has 12 performers and it just wouldn’t make much sense to only send through four acts, another round of voting was opened. It was now up to JUST the televoters to pick two more lucky acts to send to the final:

  • xtra basic & Emily J – “Hold Me Close”
  • Sandra Nurmsalu – “Soovide puu”

And there you have ALL the qualifiers from tonight’s show. As is customary, we wont find out who scored what from whom until much later. However, the jury did reveal who their top four picks would have been had those pesky televoters not gotten in the way:

  • Stefan – “Without You”
  • Sofia Rubina-Hunter – “Deep Water”
  • Victor Crone – “Storm”
  • Inger – “Coming Home”

Six down, six to go!

We only get a day off as semi-final two is on its way THIS Saturday. Yes, as math dictates SIX more acts will join the above list in an exciting second semi-final featuring plenty more quirky costumes, sketches and…cats. You DON’T want to miss it!

After a period of rest, reflection and orders placed for more pyros, all of these eventual qualifiers will meet up again in the Eesti Laul final taking place in Saku Suurhall on February 16th. A 50/50 combination of both the jury and the televotes will pick three acts to send to the superfinal, where another round of voting (this time ONLY for the public) will decide the eventual winner.

And if you are curious as to just who all these people are what they have been up to before taking part of Eesti Laul then check out our handy-dandy guide!

What do you think of the qualifiers? Did the right acts go through? Are you looking forard to semi-final 2? Wo sind die Katzen?

Give us your opinion in the comments below and on social media @ESCXTRA and be sure to like our Facebook page for the latest updates!

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Rigmo Kannike

When not busy haunting various online chat rooms as his criminal alter ego, PeterP, Rigmo enjoys long walks on the beach and rooting for the absolute worst national final songs.
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