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Estonia: Eesti Laul Open Thread

It’s time to blow away the Eurovision cobwebs now that Estonia has published this year’s lineup of acts vying to represent the nation in Tel Aviv next year.

The two semi-finals (not yet in running order) are detailed below. Six acts will qualify to the final scheduled for February 16th, which is on my birthday so I won’t be watching.  The final will consist of a 50/50 split between televote and jury voting, before three acts proceed to the 100% televote-decided super-final.

Semi-Final 1 – 31st  January 2019

Inger – Coming Home
Jennifer Cohen – Little Baby El
Johanna Eendra – Miks sa teed nii?
Marko Kaar – Smile
Öed – Öhuloss
Ranele – Supernova
Sandra Nurmsalu – Soovide puu
Sofia Rubina-Hunter – Deep Water
Stefan – Without You
The Swingers – High Heels in the Neighbourhood
Victor Crone – Storm
xtra basic & Emily J – Hold Me Close

Semi-Final 2 – 2nd  February 2019

Around the Sun – Follow Me Back
Cätlin Mägi & Jaan Pehk – Parmumäng
Grete Paia – Kui isegi kaotan
Iseloomad – Kaks miinust
Kadiah – Believe
Kaia Tamm – Wo sind die Katzen?
Kerli Kivilaan – Cold Love
Lacy Jay – Halleluja
Lumevärv feat. INGA – Milline päev
Sissi – Strong
Synne Valtri – I’ll Do It My Way
Uku Suviste – Pretty Little Liar

You can listen to all of the songs by clicking here. To my ears, Victor Krone has the most accessible song, but it sounds like 3rd-4th place at Dansk Melodi Grand Prix.

Betfair should have a market posted shortly with the likes of William Hill and Unibet offering odds closer to the event.

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8 comments

  1. Thanks Gav for getting things underway with what is a very interesting EL.Most years the likely 2 contenders and then one dark horse are pretty easy to work out for people who follow the Estonian music and TV scene.This year however it looks wide open with lots of booby traps placed among the acts and caution is needed for betting.
    There are a few big televote hitters among the 24 who would probably win a super final,but the road to that last 3 looks harder than usual.There are also several acts likely to be hyped due to connections and the bookies and market will probably miss price those too short.Some of them are poor live and will need a real top song to get close.
    Last,but not least we have a few very strong teams mixed in among the acts who have the artist/writer/producer to compete if the song is good enough.
    This EL looks more mainstream than most and while that might make purists turn their noses up it likely means the best song has less chance of been turned over by peoples 2nd preference safe song/artist.Best not to give too much away until we get some markets.

  2. As you all know, I’m no expert, but if I were looking to win Eesti Laul, I wouldn’t (a) call my song “Where Are The Cats” or (b) sing it in German.

  3. Ok as the songs are out tomorrow il take a stab at the main challengers from the teams and the make up of the semi’s.

    Winner, Sandra Nurmsalu
    Sandra has a good team this time and is up against mostly generic amateur’s or generic decent.Winning in Estonian will be hard,but if anyone can do it she can.She is world class,nobody else is close in talent.Hopefully she avoided a sax that put the jury off last time.Key is can she get the televote onside with what will likely be a complicated melody?.
    Challengers
    Grete Paia,
    Quality team who know how to win an EL and she has matured.Likely her talent will ensure she does well from the generic side.Needs a more natural staging.Likely a radio song that will help too.
    Victor Crone,
    Great team who will polish him right.Likely another radio song as well that could snatch a super final win if he can get there in the first place.
    The Swingers.
    Birgit and Tanja both very strong.Tanja brings the Russian vote.Downside is they never look tight and come across a bit Butlins.Dangerous if they get things right,but likely bridesmaids rather than bride and the jury might keep them down.
    Dark horse if the jury dont manage to keep her out of the final or the super final, Synne Valtri.She has a huge fan base in Estonia,but on her own its likely her song will be too kitsch to win.I would be scrambling to cover her if she did make the super final though.

    For anyone else to win they will need a really strong song and performance.We will have to wait until tomorrow to see on the song side.

  4. Gav, having just listened to them all, to my ears as well, Victor Crone is the Eurovision song. My personal favourite on first listen was Lacy Jay, but she looks too damn quirky.

    • Catriona colville

      I agree with Victor, but I also think Sandra has a powerful entry, and with a slight revamp, Birgit/Tanja could be very good. Lacy Jay seems to lack a hook, and the religious-oriented lyrics are questionable.

  5. Pretty much as expected.Victor has the radio song that is designed to get the jury votes as well.Its poor of course underneath.Sandra can win easily,or fail to even qualify.Its all down to staging and if they make a few slight changes to the melody and structure.Grete and Birgit/Tanya as well come down to delivery.
    Johanna Eendra has a very nice song.My worry is her lack of experience,but looking forward to seeing how she performs.
    Its not a fantastic EL,but it does at least offer the chance for someone to come and win it.

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