Estonie 1996

The Eurovision Song Contest 1996 was the third time that Estonia entered the Eurovision Song Contest, and was their first participation since their last place in the 1994 final. The entrant was again selected by a panel of expert judges, with thirteen entrants into the preselection final. The preselection would end up tied on points, with Maarja-Liis Ilus and Ivo Linna‘s duet « Kaelakee hääl » winning on the basis of being awarded more maximum points than the runner-up Kadri Hunt. In the final, Ilus and Linna finished 5th.

National final

The 1996 preselections were hosted by Marko Reikop and Karmel Eikner, and were broadcast live from a night club in the Estonian capital Tallinn. Thirteen songs entered the event, with several acts entering with more than one song. Several artists had also competed in the last Estonian preselection for the 1994 contest, including Evelin Samuel and Pearu Paulus.

The preselections were voted on by a panel of judges from across Europe, with Maarja-Liis Ilus and Ivo Linna tying first with Kadri Hunt on 62 points. After a review of the scoring, it was announced that Ilus and Linna would go on to represent Estonia at the finals in Oslo, due to the Finnish judge awarding them maximum points – Something which Hunt had not achieved from any judge during the voting process.

Draw Artist Song Points Place
1 Evelin Samuel and Toomas Rull Kaheksa näoga kuu 54 5
2 Kadri Hunt Me rõõm ei kao 62 2
3 Üllar Meriste Iialgi veel 37 13
4 Hedvig Hanson and Pearu Paulus Meeletu algus 50 7
5 Urmas Podnek Vaba kui tuul 41 10
6 Evelin Samuel, Karl Madis,
Maarja-Liis Ilus and Pearu Paulus
Kummalisel teel 51 6
7 Ivo Linna and Kadi-Signe Selde Lihtne viis 40 12
8 Reet Kromel and Arne Lauri Laule ja palveid täis päev 50 7
9 Tõnis Mägi Ballaad 57 3
10 Kirile Loo Maatütre tants 56 4
11 Sirje Medell Elust enesest 48 9
12 Maarja-Liis Ilus and Ivo Linna Kaelakee hääl 62 1
13 Tõnis Mägi Eestimaa euromehe laul 41 10

At Eurovision

Estonia had missed the Eurovision Song Contest 1995 final due to a low score in the 1994 event, which allowed other countries the chance of compete in 1995. Likewise, low scoring countries at the 1995 final missed out for 1996, allowing Estonia to get back in. In the final, Estonia would not have to worry about low scoring putting them out for 1997, with Ilus and Linna performing strongly and receiving maximum points from Sweden, Finland and Iceland. With the scores received from other countries steady also, Estonia managed to finish 5th, their highest ever placing at the time.


Points awarded by Estonia

12 points  Ireland
10 points  Sweden
8 points  Iceland
7 points  Austria
6 points  Croatia
5 points  Norway
4 points  Netherlands
3 points  France
2 points  United Kingdom
1 point  Belgium

Points awarded to Estonia

Points Awarded to Estonia
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point