Earlier this year, ERR the national broadcaster of Estonia confirmed their participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2024 to be held in Sweden next May. More recently ERR announced the return of Eesti Laul to select the entry, as well as changes to a one Semi-Final format. After going through 215 submissions, tonight during Ringvaade, ERR has revealed the 5 acts that automatically qualify for the Grand Final of Eesti Laul 2024 on February 17.
5 automatic qualifiers for Eesti Laul 2024 Grand Final
Tonight, ERR the Estonian national broadcaster, has confirmed the full line-up of artists taking part in next years’ Eesti Laul selection. Last night, we saw the 15 acts that will take part in the Semi-Final on January 20. This evening, we got our first look at the five acts already pre-selected by the 41 member jury to advance automatically to the Eesti Laul 2024 Grand Final on February 17. Below are the automatic qualifiers, alongside the names of their entries and songwriting teams.
- Brother Apollo – ‘Bad Boy’ (Erkki Sippel, Joseph Miettinen)
- Carlos Ukareda – ‘Never Growing Up’ (Carlos Ukareda)
- Daniel Levi – ‘Over The Moon’ (Daniel Levi Viinalass, Victor Crone, Vallo Kikas)
- Nele-Liis Vaiksoo – ‘Käte ümber jää’ (Peter Põder, Allan Kasuk, Nele-Liis Vaiksoo, Marek Sadam)
- Uudo Sepp, Sarah Murray – ‘Still Love’ (Liis Hainla, Uudo Sepp, Joel Sundkvist, Aleksi Wiklund)
Within the auto-qualifiers we see Carlos Ukareda who previously appeared in Eesti Laul last year. Also taking part is Daniel Levi who is taking part for the third time this year. Uudo Sepp returns after last appearing in 2020. Among the songwriters, Peter Pöder from the Semi-Final, ensures he has a place in the Final with a writing credit on ‘Käte ümber jää’. Meanwhile, Estonia’s 2019 representative, Victor Crone is one of the authors for Daniel Levi’s song, ‘Over The Moon’.
Eesti Laul 2024 Semi-Finalists
Below is a reminder of the 15 acts announced last night, that are taking part in the Semi-Final on January 20 in Tartu.
- OLLIE – ‘My Friend’ (Oliver Mazurtšak)
- Sofia Rubina – ‘Be Good’ (Jason Hunter, Robert Stanley Montes, Renae Rain)
- Ewert and The Two Dragons – ‘Hold Me Now’ (Ewert Sundja, Erki Pärnoja, Ivo Etti, Kristjan Kallas)
- Multikas, Ewert Sundja – ‘Oblivion’ (Joosep Järvesaar, Hugo Martin Maasikas, Ewert Sundja)
- Anet Vaikmaa – ‘Serotoniin’ (Sven Lõhmus)
- 5MIINUST x Puuluup – ‘(nendest) narkootikumidest ei tea me (küll) midagi’ (Põhja Korea, kohver, Lancelot, Päevakoer, Marko Veisson, Ramo Teder, Kim Wennerström)
- YONNA – ‘I Don’t Know About You’ (Johanna Eendra, Jakob Kaarma, Semjon Greef)
- Silver Jusilo – ‘Lately’ (Silver Jusilo, Markus Palo)
- INGA – ‘No Dog On A Leash’ (Inga Tislar, Markus Palo)
- Peter Pöder – ‘Korra Veel’ (Peter Põder)
- Antsud – ‘Vetevaim’ (Aile Alveus, Antsud)
- Cecilia – ‘FOMO’ (Cecilia-Martina Mägi, Sander Sadam, Liis Hainla)
- Traffic – ‘Wunderbar’ (Stig Rästa, Silver Laas)
- Ingmar – ‘Dreaming’ (Ingmar Erik Kiviloo)
- Laura – ‘Here’s Where I Draw The Line’ (Laura Põldvere, Johannes Lõhmus)
Among the Semi-Final line-up we see many newcomers and of course some very familiar names! The most notable of all is Estonia’s 2005 and 2017 representative, Laura. Elsewhere are Traffic who are featuring in the national final for the seventh time. Last years’ runner-up OLLIE returns to the selection. Meanwhile INGA is returning for the fourth time, Antsud return after their previous appearance in 2017, YONNA formerly known as Johanna Eendra took part in 2019, and Silver Jusilo and Peter Pöder who both took part in 2022. Interestingly, Ewert Sundja has two entries in this edition, who last took part in the old Eurolaul format in 2004. One of Ewert’s entries, ‘Oblivion’ features Multikas which is the alter ego of Cartoon who took part in Eesti Laul 2016.
Format of Eesti Laul 2024
Since 2009 Estonia has used the Eesti Laul national final to select its representatives. As we previously reported, twenty entries have been selected by a pre-jury of 41 members, who listened to the songs blind, with no knowledge of names involved or song titles. In the event that a competing entry does not comply with the regulations, two back-up songs will be selected in reserve. Meanwhile Estonia’s Radio 2 will also preview songs that missed out on selection to promote and boost new music in the country. All of the competing entries will be revealed on December 8.
Only one Semi-Final consisting of 15 entries is set to take place. From which, 5 will progress to the Final across two rounds of voting. The 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 order to promote Tartu’s status as European Capital of Culture 2024, the city will host the Semi-Final on January 20.
In the Grand Final, the winning Semi-Finalists will join the five automatic qualifiers. The usual voting format consisting of 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 2024 will take place in Tallinn on February 17, (5pm GMT, 6pm CET, 7pm EET and 4am AEDT).
Eesti Laul 2024 live show dates:
- Semi-Final – January 20
- Grand Final – February 17
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 ALIKA and ‘Bridges’ through Eesti Laul 2023. During the Liverpool contest, ALIKA achieved Estonia’s best result in the Grand Final since 2018. Earning a total of 168 points, resulting in 8th place.
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