Estonian broadcaster ERR have announced the running order for the Grand Final of Eesti Laul 2021, due to take place on March 6th. Twelve acts will battle it out for the ultimate prize – to represent Estonia at the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam this May.
Interval acts for the final have been kept firmly under wraps, but Tomi Rahula, head producer of Eesti Laul, has assured us that there are big surprises on the way. In the semi finals we saw big names perform during the interval such as Villemdrillem alongside former Eesti Laul participant and winner Elina Born, who performed their first single together, niiea.
Grand Final running order
- Egert Milder – Free Again
- Suured Tüdrukud – Heaven’s Not That Far Tonight
- Hans Nayna – One By One
- Ivo Linna, Robert Linna & Supernova – Ma olen siin
- Karl Killing – Kiss Me
- Uku Suviste – The Lucky One
- Sissi – Time
- Jüri Pootsmann – Magus melanhoolia
- Redel – Tartu
- Koit Toome – We Could Have Been Beautiful
- Andrei Zevakin & Pluuto – Wingman
- Kadri Voorand – Energy
Who are the finalists?
Egert Milder is an Estonian singer and songwriter. You may recognise him from Eesti Laul 2020 where he competed with the song Georgia (On My Mind) and placed 4th. He also competed in Eesti Laul 2015 alongside Estonian pop princess Liis Lemsalu with Hold On, which placed 7th in its semi final. This will be Egert’s fourth appearance at Eesti Laul, as he was a songwriter for Kéa’s 2016 entry Lonely Boy.
Suured Tüdrukud are an Estonian disco duo made up by Kaire Vilgats and Dagmar Oja. They are newcomers to the Eesti Laul stage, however they remain widely popular through all age groups in Estonia.
Kaire and Dagmar will be performing their feel-good disco song Heaven’s Not That Far Tonight.
Hans Nayna is a singer, songwriter and performer from Mauritius. His journey started in the Estonian music industry when he was visiting his girlfriend in Estonia and the travel restrictions due to COVID-19 came into force, making it difficult for him to leave the country. He decided to make his debut in Estonia by teaming up with local musicians to create his Eesti Laul 2021 entry, One by One.
Ivo Linna, Robert Linna & Supernova
Ivo Linna represented Estonia at the 1996 Eurovision Song Contest with Kaelakee hääl alongside Maarja-Liis Ilns and came in 5th place in the final, hosted in Oslo. He also competed in Eesti Laul 2017 with Suur loterii, achieving 5th place.
Robert Linna is Ivo Linna’s son, and this is the first time we will see them perform together on stage, alongside Estonian band Supernova with their entry Ma olen siin.
Karl Killing is an Estonian pop singer who is a newcomer to the music scene in Estonia and the Eesti Laul stage. He has played concerts and festivals across the country, and is the only artist at Eesti Laul 2021 with just himself as the songwriter and producer of his entry, Kiss Me.
Uku Suviste is an Estonian singer and songwriter from Võru. He rose to prominence in 2005 when he performed on popular Estonian singing contest Kaks Takti Ette and placed 3rd. In 2010 he took part in Russia’s largest song contest New Wave and also finished third.
In 2018 he competed in the 7th season of The Voice Russia and was coached by Ani Lorak, and was eliminated in the semi final.
He has competed in Eesti Laul three times in total. In 2017 he competed with Supernatural and came 7th in the semi final, failing to qualify. In 2019 he entered with Pretty Little Liar and reached the superfinal, placing 2nd. In 2020, he entered with What Love Is and eventually won the contest overall along with the ticket to Rotterdam to represent Estonia at Eurovision 2020.
Sissi Nylia Benita, known professionally as Sissi, is an Aruban-Estonian singer based in Tallinn. She is the daughter of Dave Benton, who is known for taking Estonia’s first win at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2001 alongside Tanel Padar and 2XL.
Her father’s musical talents have definitely rubbed off on Sissi, as she has competed in Eesti Otsib Superstaari and also competed in Eesti Laul 2019 with Strong, achieving 4th place in the final.
Jüri Pootsmann is an Estonian singer and songwriter from Raikküla. He became prominent in Estonia when he won the sixth season of talent show Eesti Otsib Superstaari.
After winning Eesti Laul 2016 with his song Play, he flew to Stockholm to represent Estonia at the Eurovision Song Contest that year. After his performance, he achieved 18th place in the first semi final, failing to qualify to the Grand Final.
Redel are an Estonian musical duo from Tallinn by Kristjan Oden and Indrek Vaheoja. Kristjan and Indrek participated at Eesti Laul in 2013 as part of Winny Puhh with their entry Meiecundimees üks Korsakov läks eile Lätti.
Koit Toome is an Estonian singer and musical actor from the country’s capital city, Tallinn. He has represented Estonia twice at the Eurovision Song Contest, his debut being in 1998 with Mere lapsed and his second appearance was a duet alongside Laura Põldvere in 2017 with Verona.
His debut Eurovision performance achieved 12th place in the final, whereas his second appearance in 2017 failed to qualify to the final, finishing 14th in the semi final.
Andrei Zevakin & Pluuto
Andrei Zevakin is an Estonian performer, songwriter and YouTuber. He competed in Eesti Laul 2020 as a songwriter with Uudo Sepp’s entry I’m Sorry I Messed Up, also appearing in the music video.
Pluuto is an Estonian rapper who is making a name for himself and gaining mass popularity in the Estonian music scene.
Kadri Voorand is an Estonian singer, pianist and composer based in Tallinn. She has performed at a number of festivals across Estonia, including Tallinn Music Week.
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