Eesti Laul has kicked off slightly earlier than in previous years, but Estonian broadcaster, ERR, took the opportunity to publish all songs for the first of two semi-finals. Semi 1 will take place on February 11th.
- Ariadne – Feel Me Now
Carl-Philip – Everything But You
- Elina Born – In or Out
- Ivo Linna – Suur loterii
Janno Reim & Kosmos – Valan pisaraid
- Karl-Kristjan & Whogaux feat. Maian – Have You Now
Laura Prits – Hey Kiddo Leemet Onno – Hurricane
- Lenna Kuurmaa – Slingshot
Uku Suviste – Supernatural
Estonia has once again put together a good, varied mix of contemporary and classic songs. Here’s my thoughts on the high and low points:
Ariadne gives us a delicate electronic pop song that doesn’t reach the places it needs to to compete at the sharp end of this contest. Nice, but could be forgotten. Carl continues that theme with a decent, chartable Maroon 5 sounding song, but it lacks that all important distinctiveness to hit home.
Elina Born returns with another Stig Rasta song. In or Out is catchy with its Avicci country elements and muted trumpet flourishes (or are they Sax?). It’s stylish, sophisticated and should feature in the top-5.
Karl-Kristjan’s Have You Now is the most relevant and on-point song in the selection and seems to borrow inspiration from The Chainsmokers, a worldwide no.1 and multi-platinum hit. Laura Pitts also tries to capture the young crowd, but Hey Kiddo falls desperately short. Likewise, Leemet Onno promises a Hurricane, but barely causes a few leaves to rustle – this Americana sound should appeal, though.
Lenna Kuurmaa’s Slingshot has a great warm chorus that wouldn’t sound out of place in a 1980s boy meets girl teen flick. Some of the lyrics are a tad cliche, but the uplifting cheesy feel should see it progress to the final. Staying with cheese, a national selection wouldn’t be the same without a generic dance song. Uku might look like he’s Estonia’s answer to Brad Pitt, but he’s given us the music equivalent to Steven Seagal.
Who’s your favourite in semi-final 1?