Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022

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Eurovision Song Contest 2022
Country Estonia
National selection
Selection processEesti Laul 2022
Selection date(s)Quarter-finals:
20 November 2021
27 November 2021
4 December 2021
11 December 2021
Semi-finals:
3 February 2022
5 February 2022
Final:
12 February 2022
Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest
◄2021 2022

Estonia is scheduled to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Turin, Italy. The Estonian broadcaster Eesti Rahvusringhääling (ERR) is organising the national final Eesti Laul 2022 in order to select the Estonian entry for the contest.

The national final will consist of seven shows: four quarter-finals, two semi-finals and a final. Ten songs will compete in each quarter-final and semi-final and five will qualify from each show as determined by a jury panel and public vote. In the final, the winner will be selected over two rounds of voting, the first involving both a jury and the public, and the second and ultimate entirely decided by the public.

Background

Prior to the 2022 contest, Estonia had participated in the Eurovision Song Contest twenty-six times since its first entry in 1994,[1] winning the contest on one occasion in 2001 with the song "Everybody" performed by Tanel Padar, Dave Benton and 2XL. Following the introduction of semi-finals for the 2004, Estonia has, to this point, managed to qualify to the final on seven occasions. In 2021, "The Lucky One" performed by Uku Suviste failed to qualify Estonia to the final where the song placed thirteenth in the semi-final.

The Estonian national broadcaster, Eesti Rahvusringhääling (ERR), broadcasts the event within Estonia and organises the selection process for the nation's entry. ERR confirmed Estonia's participation at the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest on 27 August 2021.[2] Since their debut, the Estonian broadcaster has organised national finals that feature a competition among multiple artists and songs in order to select Estonia's entry for the Eurovision Song Contest. The Eesti Laul competition has been organised since 2009 in order to select Estonia's entry and on 28 August 2021, ERR announced the organisation of Eesti Laul 2022 in order to select the nation's 2022 entry.[3]

Before Eurovision

Eesti Laul 2022

Eesti Laul 2022 is the fourteenth edition of the Estonian national selection Eesti Laul, which will select Estonia's entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2022. The competition will consist of forty entries competing in four quarter-finals and two semi-finals, leading to a ten-song final on 12 February 2022.[4] All shows will be broadcast live on ETV, on ETV+ with Russian commentary as well as streamed online at the broadcaster's official website err.ee.[5]

Format

The format of the competition will include four quarter-finals on 20 November, 27 November, 4 December and 11 December 2021, two semi-finals on 3 and 5 February 2022 and a final on 12 February 2022.[6] Ten songs will compete in each quarter-final and five from each quarter-final will qualify to the semi-finals. Ten songs will compete in each semi-final and the top five from each semi-final will qualify to complete the ten song lineup in the final. The results of the quarter-finals will be determined solely by public televoting for the first three qualifiers and votes from a professional jury for the fourth and fifth qualifiers, while the results of the semi-finals will be determined by the 50/50 combination of jury and public voting for the first qualifiers and a second round of public televoting for the remaining qualifiers. The winning song in the final will be selected over two rounds of voting: the first round results will select the top three songs via the 50/50 combination of jury and public voting, while the second round (superfinal) will determine the winner solely by public televoting.[7]

Competing entries

On 2 September 2021, ERR opened the submission period for artists and composers to submit their entries up until 20 October 2021 through an online upload platform. Each artist and songwriter was able to submit a maximum of five entries. Foreign collaborations were allowed as long as one of the songwriters were Estonian and that there were a maximum of two foreign songwriters, one being the composer and one being the lyricist. A fee was also imposed on songs being submitted to the competition, with €50 for songs in the Estonian language and €100 for songs in other languages.[7] 202 submissions were received by the deadline, of which 84 were in Estonian, and the others were in English, French, Spanish, Italian and an imaginary language.[8][9] A 17-member jury panel consisting of Andi Raig, Bert Järvet, Eda-Ines Etti, Eric Kammiste [et], Heili Klandorf, Henri Laumets, Hugo Martin Maasikas [et], Jürgen Pärnsalu, Kadiah, Kaspar Viilup, Kerli Kivilaan [et], Lauri Laubre [et], Leonardo Romanello, Liis Lemsalu, Meelis Meri, Tarmo Hõbe and Thea Paluoja [et] selected 40 quarter-finalists from the submissions and ten of the selected songs are being announced each week on the ETV entertainment program Ringvaade [et], between 15 November 2021 and 7 December 2021.[10][11]

Among the competing artists are previous Eurovision Song Contest entrants Evelin Samuel, who represented Estonia in 1999, Lauri Pihlap, who represented Estonia as member of 2XL in 2001 together with Tanel Padar and Dave Benton, Anna Sahlene, who represented Estonia in 2002, Ott Lepland, who represented Estonia in 2012, Stig Rästa, who represented Estonia in 2015 together with Elina Born, and Elina Nechayeva, who represented Estonia in 2018. Alabama Watchdog, Andrei Zevakin [et], Ariadne, Desiree, Elysa, Emily J. [et], Grete Paia, Helen, Inga Tislar (lead singer of deLULU), Jaagup Tuisk [et], Kéa [et], Lauri Liiv (lead singer of Black Velvet), Little Mess, Maian, Merilin Mälk [et], Meisterjaan [et], Púr Múdd, Shira, Sulev Lõhmus (percussionist of Black Velvet), Stefan, Traffic, Triin Niitoja [et] and Wiiralt [et] have all competed in previous editions of Eesti Laul. Little Mess' entry was co-written by Tanja, who represented Estonia in 2014, and the entry from Stig Rästa was co-written by Victor Crone, who represented Estonia in 2019.

Artist Song Composer(s)
Alabama Watchdog "Move On" Ken Einberg, Taaniel Pogga, Sven Seinpere
An-Marlen "Lõpuks muutub" Ingel Marlen Mikk, Sander Sadam, Alvar Antson
Andrei Zevakin [et] feat. Grete Paia "Mis nüüd saab" Andrei Zevakin, Henry Orlov, Grete Paia
Anna Sahlene "Champion" Anna Sahlene, Nicklas Ecklund, Dagmar Oja, Kaire Vilgats
Ariadne [et] "Shouldn't Be Friends" Liina Ariadne Pedanik, Martti Hallik, Sofi Meronen, Aleksi Liski
Black Velvet [et] "Sandra" Sven Lõhmus
Boamadu "Mitte kauaks" Peeter Priks, Keith Mutvei
deLULU "Music Saved My Soul" Taavi Paomets, Mairo Marjamaa [et], Inga Tislar [et]
Desiree "Siiani" Hannes Agur Vellend, Desiree Mumm, Kretel Kopra
Dramanda [et] "Tule minu sisse" Amanda Hermiine Künnapas, Hendrik Põlluste
Eleryn Tiit [et] "Tunnete keel" Karl Killing [et], Gevin Niglas, Eleryn Tiit, Aron Blom
Elina Nechayeva "Remedy" Sven Lõhmus
Elysa "Fire" Linnea Deb, Ellen Benediktson, Andreas Stone, Elisa Kolk [et], Indrek Rahumaa
Emily J. [et] "Quicksilver" Vallo Kikas, Emili Jürgens, Ani Nnebedum, Aleksanteri Hulkko
Evelin Samuel "Waterfall" Glen Pilvre [et], Priit Pajusaar [et], Katrin Pärn
Fiona and Me "Feel Like This" Fiona and Me
Goodreason "Three Days Ago" Hele-Mai Mängel [et]
Helen "Vaata minu poole" Karl Killing, Gevin Niglas, Merili Käsper, Helen Randmets
Jaagup Tuisk [et] "Kui vaid" Jaagup Tuisk, Rita Bavanati, Lauri Räpp
Jessica "My Mom" Steven Ilves, Jessica Rohelpuu
Jyrise "Plaksuta" Rauno Jürise, Tuomas Lehtinen, Mairo Virolainen, Sander Valge [et]
Kaia-Liisa Kesler "Vaikus" Kaarel Orumägi [et], Kaia-Liisa Kesler
Kéa [et] "Everytime" Andrei Zevakin, Ketter Orav
Lauri Pihlap "Take Me Home" Lauri Pihlap
Levvis "Let's Talk About" Aleksei Barudzin
Little Mess "Hea päev" Timo Vendt [et], Tanja Mihhailova-Saar, Andra Teede [et]
Maian "Meeletu" Maian Lomp, Gevin Niglas
Meisterjaan [et] "Vahel lihtsalt" Jaan Tätte Juunior
Merilin Mälk [et] "Little Girl" Karl-Ander Reismann [et]
Minimal Wind feat. Elisabeth Tiffany "What to Make of This" Paula Pajusaar, Taavi-Hans Kõlar, Elisabeth Tiffany Lepik, Ralf Erik Kollom
Ott Lepland "Aovalguses" Ott Lepland, Maian Anna Kärmas [et], Karl-Ander Reismann
Peter Põder [et] "Koos lõpuni" Peter Põder, Raul Krebs
Púr Múdd and Shira "Golden Shores" Madis Sillamo, Oliver Rõõmus, Joonatan Siiman, Kasper Krogh Vestergaard, Nikolaj Tøth Andersen
Shira "Under Water" Marika Rodionova, Kristi Raias [et], Johannes Laas
Silver Jusilo "Elu rüpes" Silver Jusilo
Stefan [et] "Hope" Stefan Airapetjan, Karl-Ander Reismann
Stig Rästa "Interstellar" Stig Rästa, Fred Krieger [et], Victor Crone, Herman Gardarfve, David Lindgren Zacharias
Traffic "Kaua veel" Karl Killing, Andreas Poom, Fred Krieger, Silver Laas [et], Vallo Kikas
Triin Niitoja [et] and Frants Tikerpuu "Laululind" Frants Tikerpuu
Wiiralt [et] "Kuradile" Hendrik Sal-Saller [et], Martin Saaremägi [et]
Quarter-final 1

The first quarter-final took place at the ERR studios on 20 November 2021, hosted by previous Estonian Eurovision Song Contest entrants Tanel Padar and Eda-Ines Etti.[12][13] Ten songs, revealed on 15 November 2021, competed for the first three spots in the semi-finals with the outcome decided upon by a public televote. The remaining two qualifiers were decided by the votes from a jury panel consisting of Sissi Nylia Benita [et], Synne Valtri [et], Egert Milder [et], Kadri Koppel [et], Olav Osolin, Bert Järvet, Vaido Pannel and Andres Puusepp.[14][15]

  Televote qualifier   Jury qualifier

Quarter-final 1 – 20 November 2021
Draw Artist Song Result
1 Traffic "Kaua veel" Eliminated
2 Jaagup Tuisk "Kui vaid" Advanced
3 Kéa "Everytime" Eliminated
4 Fiona and Me "Feel Like This" Eliminated
5 Peter Põder "Koos lõpuni" Eliminated
6 Stig Rästa "Interstellar" Advanced
7 Maian "Meeletu" Advanced
8 Little Mess "Hea päev" Eliminated
9 Boamadu "Mitte kauaks" Advanced
10 Evelin Samuel "Waterfall" Advanced
Quarter-final 2

The second quarter-final took place at the ERR studios on 27 November 2021, hosted by previous Estonian Eurovision Song Contest entrants Uku Suviste and Tanja Mihhailova-Saar. Ten songs, revealed on 22 November 2021, competed for three spots in the semi-finals with the outcome decided upon by a public televote. The remaining two qualifiers were decided by the votes from the jury panel.[16]

  Televote qualifier   Jury qualifier

Quarter-final 2 – 27 November 2021
Draw Artist Song Result
1 Wiiralt "Kuradile" Eliminated
2 Desiree "Siiani" Eliminated
3 Silver Jusilo "Elu rüpes" Eliminated
4 Kaia-Liisa Kesler "Vaikus" Advanced
5 Helen "Vaata minu poole" Advanced
6 Jyrise "Plaksuta" Advanced
7 An-Marlen "Lõpuks muutub" Eliminated
8 Andrei Zevakin feat. Grete Paia "Mis nüüd saab" Advanced
9 Meisterjaan "Vahel lihtsalt" Eliminated
10 Triin Niitoja and Frants Tikerpuu "Laululind" Advanced
Quarter-final 3

The third quarter-final took place at the ERR studios on 4 December 2021, hosted by previous Estonian Eurovision Song Contest entrants Ott Lepland and Laura Põldvere. Ten songs, revealed on 29 November 2021, competed for three spots in the semi-finals with the outcome decided upon by a public televote. The remaining two qualifiers were decided by the votes from the jury panel.[17]

  Televote qualifier   Jury qualifier

Quarter-final 3 – 4 December 2021
Draw Artist Song Result
1 Stefan "Hope" Advanced
2 deLULU "Music Saved My Soul" Eliminated
3 Goodreason "Three Days Ago" Eliminated
4 Elina Nechayeva "Remedy" Advanced
5 Lauri Pihlap "Take Me Home" Eliminated
6 Levvis "Let's Talk About" Eliminated
7 Merilin Mälk "Little Girl" Advanced
8 Anna Sahlene "Champion" Advanced
9 Alabama Watchdog "Move On" Advanced
10 Shira "Under Water" Eliminated
Quarter-final 4

The fourth quarter-final took place at the ERR studios on 11 December 2021, hosted by previous Estonian Eurovision Song Contest entrants Getter Jaani and Jüri Pootsmann. Ten songs, revealed on 6 December 2021, competed for three spots in the semi-finals with the outcome decided upon by a public televote. The remaining two qualifiers were decided by the votes from the jury panel.[18]

  Televote qualifier   Jury qualifier

Quarter-final 4 – 11 December 2021
Draw Artist Song Result
1 Púr Múdd and Shira "Golden Shores" Advanced
2 Elysa "Fire" Advanced
3 Minimal Wind feat. Elisabeth Tiffany "What to Make of This" Advanced
4 Dramanda "Tule minu sisse" Eliminated
5 Emily J. "Quicksilver" Eliminated
6 Ott Lepland "Aovalguses" Advanced
7 Eleryn Tiit "Tunnete keel" Eliminated
8 Jessica "My Mom" Eliminated
9 Ariadne "Shouldn't Be Friends" Eliminated
10 Black Velvet "Sandra" Advanced

At Eurovision

According to Eurovision rules, all nations with the exceptions of the host country and the "Big 5" (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) are required to qualify from one of two semi-finals in order to compete for the final; the top ten countries from each semi-final progress to the final. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) splits up the competing countries into six different pots based on voting patterns from previous contests, with countries with favourable voting histories put into the same pot.[19]

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