A few months back, the Estonian broadcaster kicked off the Eurovision 2018 season by starting the search for the acts to take part in next year’s Eesti Laul, which will be the 10th edition of the popular national final. The broadcaster asked singers and songwriters to submit entries, and a record total of 258 were received for Eesti Laul 2018!
From the submitted entries, only 20 lucky entrants were selected to continue to the live national final. These songs will officially be revealed on the 19th and 20th of December, so we don’t have to wait too long to hear the songs that the broadcaster saw the most potential in out of the record number of submissions.
We don’t want to keep the suspense for any longer, so let’s see who made it!
Frankie Animal — “(Can’t Keep Calling) Misty“
Iiris & Agoh — “Drop That Boogie”
Aden Ray — “Everybody’s Dressed“
Stig Rästa — “Home”
Nika — “Knock Knock”
Metsakutsu — “Koplifornia”
Etnopatsy — “Kulm“
Elina Netsajeva — “La Forza”
Vajé — “Laura (Walk With Me)”
Tiiu x Okym x Semy — “Näita oma energiat”
Desiree — “On My Mind”
Miljardid — “Pseudoprobleem”
Rolf Roosalu — “Show A Little Love”
Ellis Parna & Gerli Padar — “Sky”
Girls in Pearls — “Spellbound”
Marju Lanik — “Täna otsuseid ei tee”
Indrek Ventmann — “Tempel”
Sibyl Vane — “Thousands Words”
Evestus — “Welcome to my World”
Karl Kristjan & Karl Killing (ft. Wateva) — “Young”
You’ll probably notice a few familiar names in the line-up, including Stig Rästa who was one half of Estonia’s 2015 duo with Elina Born. Their song Goodbye to Yesterday finished in 7th place at Eurovision, and more recently, he wrote the song In or Out for Elina who competed as a solo act in Eesti Laul 2017, however finished last in the final. Now it’s his turn to compete as a soloist in the competition with the song Home.
You may also notice that Gerli Padar is returning to the competition as part of the duo with Ellis Parna. Gerli participated at Eurovision 2007 with the song Partners in Crime which failed to qualify to the final. Other names you may recognise from previous years include Rolf Roosalu who has competed various times to represent Estonia and also Karl-Kristjan who was part of the 2017 Eesti Laul alongside Whogaux and Maian with the song Have you Now, which finished in 4th place.
Stay tuned for more news from Estonia! Here’s the 2017 entry: