Eesti Laul

Eesti Laul
Genre Music, entertainment, reality television
Country of origin Estonia
Original language(s) Estonian
No. of series 6
No. of episodes 14
Original network ERR
Original release 7 March 2009 (2009-03-07) – present
Preceded by Eurolaul

Eesti Laul (English: 'Estonian Song' or 'The Song of Estonia') is the national selection process in Estonia for the Eurovision Song Contest. The contest was introduced in 2009, replacing the former Eurolaul festival, used since Estonia's first participation in Eurovision in 1993.

The contest was introduced by ERR, the organisers of the contest, with a different philosophy on the contest used previously. Eesti Laul was introduced to produce an Estonian contest, with Estonian musical tastes being presented to a European audience. The contest is also an open one, with all information of the songs being revealed in the selection process.[1]


The twenty selected songs in the contest are shown to the Estonian public through two semi-finals. From each semi-final, five acts get through to the final show. The winner is selected through two rounds of voting: the first round selects top three songs, selected through both jury and televoting; the second round selects the winner from the three songs through 100% televoting.


The first winner of Eesti Laul was Urban Symphony with the song "Rändajad", beating the televoting favourite Laura in the first round.[2] At Eurovision, the group changed Estonia's previous fortunes at Eurovision, qualifying to the final (3rd of the semi-final, with 115 points), and placing 6th in the final with 129 points.

Entries which did not qualify for the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest are listed in red.

Year Song Translation Artist Songwriter(s) Position in ESC Points in ESC
2009 "Rändajad" Nomads Urban Symphony Sven Lõhmus 6th 129
2010 "Siren" Malcolm Lincoln Robin Juhkental DNQ (14th SF) 39 (SF)
2011 "Rockefeller Street" Getter Jaani Sven Lõhmus 24th 44
2012 "Kuula" Listen Ott Lepland Ott Lepland, Aapo Ilves 6th 120
2013 "Et uus saaks alguse" So there can be a new beginning Birgit Õigemeel Mihkel Mattisen, Silvia Soro 20th 19
2014 "Amazing" Tanja Timo Vendt, Tatjana Mihhailova DNQ (12th SF) 36 (SF)
2015 "Goodbye to Yesterday" Elina Born & Stig Rästa Stig Rästa 7th 106
2016 "Play" Jüri Pootsmann Fred Krieger, Stig Rästa, Vallo Kikas DNQ (18th SF) 24 (SF)

See also


  1. Floras, Stella (14 October 2008). "Estonia: New name, new format, new dynamics". ESCToday. Retrieved 13 June 2009.
  2. Floras, Stella (7 March 2009). "Tonight: Estonia selects for Eurovision". ESCToday. Retrieved 13 June 2009.

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