Estonian broadcaster, ERR, has revealed details about their national selection show Eesti Laul. As in many cases, the Covid-19 pandemic also has an impact on this process. In contrast to previous years, both semifinals as well as the final are going to be held in Tallinn, the Estonian capital, in order to avoid unnecessary travels throughout the country. In addition to that, it is still unclear whether audience can be allowed in these shows.
In the National Selection season 2020, countries took different approaches in terms of live audiences. While countries like Sweden, Finland & Portugal held their national selection with live audience in the middle of March, Denmark didn’t allow any audience at Danks Melodi Grand Prix. Considering the ongoing pandemic process, it is impossible to make a reliable prediction about the COVID cases in Estonia.
Eesti Laul’s semifinals are scheduled on 18th & 20th of February with 24 acts in total, followed by the final on 6th March.
Eesti Laul is considered as one of the fan-favorites in terms of national selections. The northern Baltic state has introduced this music show in 2009 with the group Urban Symphony as the first winner, achieving a successful 6th place in Moscow with the song Rändajad.
Until 2019, 7 out of 11 Estonian representatives coming from Eesti Laul have qualified for the final including four Top 10 finishes in 2009, 2012 (6th place by Ott Lepland with the song Kuula), 2015 (7th place by Elina Born & Stig Rästa with the song Goodbye To Yesterday), & 2018 (8th place by Elina Netsajeva with the song La Forza).
In 2020, Uku Suviste chalked up a victory with the love ballad What Love Is. Therefore, Uku’s third participation after 2017 & 2019 has finally been successful. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Rotterdam has been cancelled.
For Rotterdam 2021, most countries, including Iceland and Latvia, will be sending the same artists initially selected for Eurovision 2020. However, Estonia insists on their national selection in 2021, just like Sweden, Norway and Finland. Uku Suviste has been guaranteed a spot in the semifinal for Eesti Laul 2021 although it is still unknown whether he will return.
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