Last year, ERR the national broadcaster of Estonia, announced the return of Eesti Laul to select the entry that will represent the Baltic nation in Liverpool next May. In early December, the 20 participants taking part in Eesti Laul 2023 were revealed, along with their competing entries. Ahead of the two Semi-Finals next week, ERR has confirmed the running orders for the shows taking place in the Viimsi Artium.
Eesti Laul 2023 Semi-Final running orders
Next week, Estonia begins its search for the act that will represent the nation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2023, taking place in Liverpool, United Kingdom. 20 acts will take centre stage across two Semi-Finals in the Viimsi Atrium during broadcasts next Thursday and Saturday. Ahead of the shows, ERR has confirmed the running orders for both Semi-Finals as listed below:
|1||JANEK||‘House of Glass’|
|5||MIA||‘Üks samm korraga’|
|6||Neon Letters & Maiko||‘Tokimeki’|
|8||Andreas Poom||‘Why Do You Love Me’|
|10||Anett x Fredi||‘You Need to Move On’|
|2||Linalakk & Bonzo||‘Aeg’|
|5||Robin Juhkental||‘Kurbuse matused’|
|6||m els||‘So Good at What You Do’|
|9||Carlos Ukareda||‘Whiskey Won’t Forget’|
The Semi-Finals can be watched on ETV, starting at 19:30 local time, 18:30 CET, 17:30 GMT and 04:30 AEDT. They are also available on catch-up through the TV guide menu.
Goodbye to Quarter-Finals
Since 2009 Estonia has used the Eesti Laul national final to select its representatives. Last year saw the biggest edition yet, as 40 acts took part with the addition of a Quarter-Final stage. This year the format reverts back to its usual two Semi-Finals and one Grand Final schedule.
During the Semi-Finals, five songs will advance from each show. Both Semi-Finals will have two rounds: winners of the first round will be decided by the jury vote and TV viewers’ phone votes, and winners of the second round will be decided only by the viewers’ phone votes.
In the Grand Final, the usual two rounds will return. The first round will determine the acts in the ‘Super Final’ and is decided by 50% jury voting and 50% public vote. During the Super Final, the Estonian representative is chosen by 100% televoting.
The Grand Final of Eesti Laul 2023 will take place in the Tondiraba Ice Hall on February 11, (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.
Broadcast schedule for Eesti Laul 2023
Below the dates of all the selection shows on ETV are as follows:
- Semi-Final 1 – January 12
- Semi-Final 2 – January 14
- Grand Final – February 11
In addition, ERR are planning an additional show called Eesti Laulu, featuring performances from the Super Finalists. There is no date for this show yet, but it will take place between April and May.
Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest
Back in 1994 Estonia made their Eurovision debut in Dublin with Silvi Vrait and the entry, ‘Nagu merelaine‘. During the contest the Baltic nation placed 24th with just 2 points. Despite the early setback, Estonia have achieved ten top ten results in total. Their best result came with Estonia’s only win in 2001. In Copenhagen the collective of Tanel Padar, Dave Benton and 2XL scored victory with 198 points for ‘Everybody‘.
Last year the Estonian public chose Stefan and ‘Hope’ through Eesti Laul 2022. During the Turin contest he qualified for the Grand Final and placed 13th with 141 points.
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