Estonia: ERR starts Eurovision Preview show

ERR will have their Eurovision 2023 preview show.

Eurovisiooni laulud 2023 will be the name of the show.  Every Thursday for the next six weeks Estonian viewers will watch all the Eurovision contestant’s songs.  The preview show will be hosted by Grete Kuld and Tõnis Niinemets.  Kuld and Niinemets also hosted Eesti Laul 2023.  They will also have guests during the six shows reviewing each of the thirty seven songs in competition.

However, it is not known if they will rate the songs during the shows as part of the preview show format.  Several countries will continue the tradition of having preview shows to watch the songs for Eurovision 2023 and rate them:

  • Germany – Songcheck
  • Iceland – Alla leið 2023
  • Norway – Adresse Liverpool

Alika will represent Estonia in Eurovision 2023 with the song “Bridges”.  She is set to perform during the second semi-final in fourth place.

Source: ERR

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Estonia: Alika lead all rounds of Eesti Laul!

Alika won Eesti Laul 2023 and will represent Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest.  However, with the available results we can say that she dominated Eesti Laul since the beginning.  The singer of “Bridges” received the most  votes in all rounds of Eesti Laul. “Bridges” was also ranked first in the ranking of the international jury.

Alika received 13,141 votes for the Grand Final on Saturday.  That was more than enough to be in first place.  Runner-up Ollie received 10,280 votes and Bedwetters received 7,991 votes. The results were similar on the first round of voting for the final: Alika (8,514 votes), Ollie (6,832 votes) and Bedwetters (4,685 votes).

Janek ended in fourth place (3051 votes) and Meelik in fifth (3048 votes).  The places changed after adding  jury’s points.  The top five of the international jury were respectively: Alika, Bedwetters, Ollie, Meelik and Sissi.

Moreover Alika won her semi-final by a landslide.  She received 4364 votes, followed by Elysa (1464 votes) and Inger (918 votes). Alika, Sissi, Inger and Meelik topped the second semi-final according to the results of the public and the jury. In the additional voting round of the second semi-final, M Els advanced with 872 votes, followed by Elysa (731 votes) and Carlos Ukareda (633 votes).

Ollie got the highest result in the first Semi-final from the jury and in the tele-vote (1397 votes).  Bedwetters came in second place (1335 votes) in both the televote and the jury.   Following, Anett x Fredi got the third place, and Andreas reached the final in fourth place. In the first round of voting, Mia received the third highest voting from the public (1326 votes). In the second round of voting, Janek won with 1,535 votes, followed by Ellip (971 votes) and Merlyn (497 votes).

For the first time in Eesti Laul, people could vote for two more songs in the final. Mia (1502 votes) and Elysa (1419 votes) advanced to the final thanks to the additional voting. They were followed by Wiiralt (1064 votes), Merlyn (1058 votes) and Ellip (851 votes).


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Estonia: Eesti Laul 2023 presenters revealed!

Tõnis Niinemets and Grete Kuld will host Eesti Laul 2023.

Grete Kuld and Tõnis Niinemets are no strangers to the Estonian national selection.  They met for the first time on the stage of Eesti Laul in 2021.  Two years later, they are once again taking part in this event, this time as the presenters of Estonia’s biggest music competition.

According to Tõnis Niinemets, when they were asked to host the competition they accepted without giving it a second thought since presenting Eesti Laul is a kind of privilege.

Eesti Laul is one of the most exciting projects and, to be honest, the biggest celebration of Estonian music. The atmosphere created in the hall during these live performances is indescribable. It is a privilege to be a part and participate in the process.

Although the hosts cannot reveal any details of the selection, Grete Kuld shared that she is getting ready to take her role as presenter.  Moreover, she seems very excited about what we will see in the competition:

There will be a strong competition because the songs are really really good – you can hear that the songs have been worked on and there are both old and new artists and it’s exciting for me. From pop princesses to rockers. Can’t wait for the live shows!

In December 02, the presenters on ETV will reveal the songs during the program “Eesti Laul 2023.  Start”.  The recordings for this special show already took place.

The semi-finals of Eesti Laul will take place on January 12 and 14 at Saku Grand Hall with the Grand Final on February 11. Five artists will advance from each semi-final which are decided by the public and jury votes. The ten remaining artists will fight for the ticket to represent Estonia in Liverpool.

The participants of Eesti Laul 2023:

  • Alika  – “Bridges”
  • Andreas  – “Why Do You Love Me”
  • Carlos Ukareda  – “ Whiskey Won’t Forget
  • Ellip  – “Pretty Girl”
  • Elysa  – “Bad Philosophy”
  • Janek  – “House of Glass”
  • Kaw  – “Valik”
  • Meelik  – “Tuju”
  • Sissi  –  “Lighthouse”’
  • Wiiralt & Ultima Thule  – “ Salalik
  • m els  –  “So Good At What You Do”
  • Robin Juhkental  –  “Kurbuse matused” (Funeral of sorrow)
  • Neon Letters & Maiko  –  “Tokimeki” (Palpitation)
  • Bedwetters  –  “Monsters”
  • Anett x Fredi  –  “You Need to Move On”
  • OLLIE  –  “Venom”
  • Linalakk & Bonzo  –  “Aeg” (Time)
  • MERLYN  –  “Unicorn Vibes”
  • MIA  –  “Üks samm ermäch” (One step at a time)
  • Inger  –  “Awaiting You”

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Estonia: 217 songs submitted for Eesti Laul

Today the Estonian broadcaster gave more details about their national selection.  A total of 217 songs were submitted for Eesti Laul.  The competing acts for the semi-finals will be announced at the beginning of November.  Further, we will listen to the songs for the first time in December!

Eesti Laul 2023

The list of wishful candidates for Eesti Laul is very diverse.  According to chief producer Tomi Rauhula there are 92 songs in Estonian and 125 in other languages.  There will be brand new artists who are starting in the music industry as well as artists familiar in Estonia and even some with former Eurovision experience.

“An exceptionally exciting competition is coming …  The choice is fierce and the jury will be difficult.”Tomi Rauhula

The next step in the competition will be deciding which songs will make it to the Semi-Finals.  A panel of jurors will take this difficult decision.  The jury of 16 members includes people well-versed in the music landscape and trends, from singers to radio hosts.  We will get to know the name of the jurors together with the name of the competing acts the same day.  However, the jury votes will vote anonymously.

These are the dates announced for Eesti Laul 2023:

November 1 and 2, 2022: The names of the 20 semi-finalists are announced during “Ringvaate”

December 2, 2022: The songs will be revealed during a special ETV program

January 12, 2023: Eesti Laul Semifinal 1

January 14, 2023: Eesti Laul Semifinal 2

February 11, 2023: Eesti Laul Final

Stefan represented Estonia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 in Turin.  His song Hope finished in 13th place


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