Earlier this year Estonian broadcaster ERR announced their participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022, taking place in Turin, Italy. Following this, they later revealed their intention to expand the format of selection show, Eesti Laul 2022 to include a quarter-final stage. After shock results in last Saturday’s first Quarter-Final, tonight during Ringvaade, ERR has revealed the next 10 acts that will take part in Quarter-Final 2 on November 27.
Eesti Laul 2022 Quarter-Final 2 line-up
Tonight during the Estonian TV show, Ringvaade, ERR announced the next ten acts taking part in Eesti Laul 2022. Below are the second Quarter-Finalists, alongside the names of their entries and songwriting teams.
- Andrei Zevakin feat. Grete Paia – ‘Mis nüüd saab’ (Andrei Zevakin, Henry Orlov, Grete Paia)
- An-Marlen – ‘Lõpuks muutub’ (Ingel Marlen Mikk, Sander Sadam, Alvar Antson)
- Desiree – ‘Siiani’ (Hannes Agur Vellend, Desiree Mumm, Kretel Kopra)
- Helen – ‘Vaata minu poole’ (Karl Killing, Gevin Niglas, Merili Käsper, Helen Randmets)
- Jyrise – ‘Plaksuta’ (Rauno Jürise, Tuomas Lehtinen, Mairo Virolainen, Sander Valge)
- Kaia-Liisa Kesler – ‘Vaikus’ (Kaarel Orumägi, Kaia-Liisa Kesler)
- Meisterjaan – ‘Vahel lihtsalt’ (Jaan Tätte juunior)
- Silver Jusilo – ‘Elu rüpes’ (Silver Jusilo)
- Triin Niitoja ja Frants Tikerpuu – ‘Laululind’ (Frants Tikerpuu)
- Wiiralt – ‘Kuradile’ (Hendrik Sal-Saller, Martin Saaremägi)
Among the line-up are former Eesti Laul participants, including – Andrei Zevakin (2019. 2021), Grete Paia (2013, 2016, 2019), Desiree (2018), Helen (2021), Meisterjaan (2016), Triin Niitoja (2015) and Wiiralt (2021).
Already into the Semi-Finals are the following five acts, including former representatives, Evelin Samuel (1999) and Stig Rästa (2015).
- Boamadu – ‘Mitte Kauaks’
- Evelin Samuel – ‘Waterfall’
- Jaagup Tuisk – ‘Kui vaid’
- Maian – ‘Meeletu’
- Stig Rästa – ‘Interstellar’
New Eesti Laul format
This year it is all change for the Estonian national final, Eesti Laul. In order to give more prominence to Estonian language entries, as well as English ones, it was revealed in September that the selection would be expanded to 40 entries across four Quarter-Finals. Every Saturday, during the quarter-finals, five songs in each show will advance to the Semi-Finals. From a combination of three songs decided by public voting and two songs selected by the national jury. However there will be no live performances of the songs. Only music videos for each song will be shown.
Next February the two Semi-Finals will take place with 10 acts each. From there five songs in each Semi-Final will progress to the Final. Both semi-finals will have two rounds – winners of the first round will be decided by the jury vote and public votes, and winners of the second round will be decided by public voting only.
The Grand Final of Eesti Laul 2022 will take place in the Saku Suurhall on February 12, (5pm GMT, 6pm CET, 7pm EET and 4am AEDT). The winner will be decided with two rounds of voting. Firstly, a combined 50/50 jury and public vote to determine the top 3 advancing to the Super-Final. During the super-final, public voting alone will pick the winner to represent Estonia in Turin next May.
Quarter-Final 2 hosts
Each week familiar Eurovision names in the Estonian industry are turning their hand from performing to hosting. Last week 2000 representative Ines and 2001 winner Tanel Padar led us through the first Quarter-Final. This week it is the turn of Uku Suviste and Tanja. Both Uku and Tanja have previously participated in Eesti Laul on numerous occasions. Back in 2014 Tanja won the ticket to Copenhagen with ‘Amazing’, whilst Uku is Estonia’s most recent representative having won the national final twice in a row with, ‘What Love Is‘ and ‘The Lucky One‘.
Broadcast schedule for Eesti Laul 2022
Below the dates of all the selection shows on ETV are as follows:
- First Quarter-Final – November 20
- Second Quarter-Final – November 27
- Third Quarter-Final – December 4
- Fourth Quarter-Final – December 11
- First Semi-Final – February 3
- Second Semi-Final – February 5
- Grand Final – February 12
The Quarter-Finals will air at 7:35pm GMT, 8:35pm CET, 9:35pm EET and 6:35am AEDT on ETV, which can be viewed here. Furthermore ERR are planning an additional show called ‘Eesti Laulu’, featuring performances from the super finalists. As of yet there is no date for this show, but it will likely take place between April and May.
Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest
The Baltic country made their Eurovision Song Contest debut in 1994, with Silvi Vrait and her song ‘Nagu merelaine’. Since then, Estonia has participated at the Eurovision Song Contest 26 times, reaching the grand final 16 times. Back in 2001 Estonia achieved their first and to date, only victory in the contest with ‘Everybody‘, performed by Tanel Padar, Dave Benton & 2XL.
In 2020, Estonia selected Uku Suviste to represent Estonia with his song, ‘What Love Is’ which was written by Uku, with Sharon Vaughn and produced by Dimitris Kontopoulos. Unfortunately, the contest was cancelled, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Rather than re-select Uku internally, they instead gave him an invitation to compete in Eesti Laul 2021, which he accepted. In a field of 24 acts, Uku won Eesti Laul for the second year in a row with ‘The Lucky One‘. However, this success failed to translate in Rotterdam. Performing 2nd in semi-final two, he finished 13th with 58 points.
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