Estonian Public Television,EER, has announced more details about the national final of Eesti Laul, to be held on February 29, 2020. The most important piece of information is that on December 1 we will be able to listen to all 24 songs that will be claimed the representation of Estonia at Eurovision 2020.
As in 2019, in 2020 twenty-four songs divided into two semifinals out of which only twelve will qualify for the Final.
Submissions have already started (on September 1st) and will end on November 6th. Selected songs and therefore nominees at Eesti Laul 2020 will be announced no later than November 22, and on December 1st we will be able to enjoy them!
All entries must be filed in their final form and not as a demo. The entry fee, if we could allow it, is 50 Euros for each song written in Estonian and 150 Euros when it is written in any other language.
The stage presence that will be used in the Eesti Laul final should be the same as that used on the Eurovision stage, just like Melodifestivalen.
Although not mandatory under the regulations, Estonian Public Television reserves the right to use online voting to select the winner, in addition to sms, telephone voting and, of course, jury voting.
The presenters of the Eesti Laul 2020 will be Karl-Erik Taukar and Tõnis Niinemets, the first being one of the presenters and last year’s Eesti Laul, while the second will be in this position for the first time.
The semifinals will take place on February 13 and 15 in Tartu, while the grand final will be traditionally held at Saku Suurhall in Tallinn, where Eurovision 2002 took place. Tickets are already on sale.
Eesti Laul, the Estonian selection method, has been in use since 2009. The winners of this institution have awarded some of its most successful entries in the country – including: Urban Symphony (2009), Kuula (2012), La Forza (2018).
Victor Crone was the winner of Eesti Laul 2019 and Estonia’s representative at Eurovision 2019. He performed Storm on Tel Aviv Stage and took 20th place.