Estonie 2009

After discussions on whether Estonia should withdraw due to the Russian participation in the 2008 South Ossetia war in Georgia,[1]Eesti Rahvusringhääling (ERR) announced that, due to public demand, they would participate at the Eurovision Song Contest 2009, to be held in Moscow.[2]

In August 2008 Estonian Minister of Culture Laine Jänes announced a possible boycott could be held between the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Latvia later rebuked the boycott and announced that they would be present at the 2009 contest.[3]

In September 2008 a public poll was held on whether Estonia should participate at the contest. 66% of the poll takers wished to see Estonia at the contest. ERR later submitted to public demand and announced that they would participate at the contest in May.[2] The winner of the newly formed contest Eesti Laul, replacing the former Eurolaul, was Urban Symphony with the song « Rändajad » (Nomads[4] or Travellers), written by Sven Lõhmus, which received 82% of the final vote.[5][6]

Eesti Laul 2009

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ERR announced that a new contest, completely different from the preceding Eurolaul, will be used to select the Estonian representative for the 2009 contest. Eesti Laul 2009 will be held on 7 March 2009 and will include ten songs competing for the Estonian ticket to Moscow. An open call for songs for all Estonian residents was launched, with a closing deadline of 8 December 2008. The judging panel that selected the shortlist knew the names of the singers and composers of each song, unlike in the previous « Eurolaul » contest.[7]

ERR received 110 songs for the contest. A jury appointed by the broadcaster selected 10 songs to perform in the contest, with the finalists being known on Thursday, 11 December, on Estonian television.[8] The list of participants include former Eurolaul and Eurovision participants. Laura Põldvere represented Estonia, as a member of Suntribe, at the Eurovision Song Contest 2005. Rolf Junior participated at last year’s Eurolaul, coming fourth, and Lowry was a member of Soul Militia, then 2XL, that represented and won the Eurovision Song Contest 2001, along with Tanel Padar and Dave Benton.[9][10]

During the contest, hosted by brothers Henry and Robert Kõrvits, ten songs in total will be performed. Voting was done in two stages: firstly, two songs were selected to proceed to a « Super Final » by a mixture of televote and jury vote; the winner was then decided from these two songs entirely through televoting.[11]

After all the songs had performed, a 50/50 mix of jury and televote selected two song to progress to the Super Final. These were Urban Symphony with « Rändajad » and Traffic with « See päev ». the winner of the jury vote was Urban Symphony, while the winner of the televote was Laura, who failed to receive enough points from the jury to qualify.[12]

Show Date Votes[13]
Final 7 March 22 809
Superfinal 7 March 26 475
Eesti Laul 2009 – 7 March 2009
Draw Artist Song Author(s) Jury Televote[14] Total Place
1 Lowry « You Ain’t What I Need » Lowry 6 1451 8 14 4
2 Janne Saar « I Am Too Good For You » Vahur Valgmaa, Janne Saar 8 846 4 12 5
3 StereoChemistry « Öösiti kõndides » Holger Tilk 2 360 1 3 10
4 Urban Symphony « Rändajad«  Sven Lõhmus 10 7734 9 19 1
5 Chalice & Maagiline kuues « Nelikümmend » Chalice 3 852 5 8 7
6 Köök & Kaire Vilgats « Üürnik » Jaan Pehk, Madis Aesma 4 534 2 6 9
7 Rolf Junior « Freedom » Rolf Junior, Maian Kärmas 1 1013 6 7 8
8 Traffic « See päev » Stig Rästa, Fred Krieger 9 1275 7 16 2
9 Ithaka Maria « One Last Dance » Pearu Paulus, Ilmar Laisaar, Alar Kotkas, Marya Roxx 7 778 3 10 6
10 Laura « Destiny » Sven Lõhmus 5 7966 10 15 3

After the two songs performed again, televoting decided the final winner of the contest. Traffic received 18% of the final vote, while Urban Symphony received 82%, winning the contest.[5][6]

Artist Song Author(s) Televote Place
Urban Symphony « Rändajad » Sven Lõhmus 21710 (82%) 1
Traffic « See päev » Stig Rästa, Fred Krieger 4765 (18%) 2

At Eurovision

Since Estonia came 18th in the semi-final of the 2008 contest they had to compete in one of the two semi-finals in Moscow. At the second semi-final on 14 May Estonia and Urban Symphony performed 18th in the running order, following Ukraine and preceding the Netherlands. The group qualified Estonia to the finals for the first time in the country’s history since the semi-finals were introduced in 2004.

At the final on 16 May Urban Symphony performed 15th in the running order, following Malta and preceding Denmark and finished 6th.

Points Awarded by Estonia[15]

Points Awarded to Estonia (Semi-Final 2)
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point
Points Awarded to Estonia (Final)
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point

References

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  2. ^ a b Floras, Stella (2008-09-17). « Estonia will participate in 2009 ». ESCToday. Retrieved 2008-09-17. 
  3. ^ van Tongeren, Mario (2008-08-26). « Latvia not to boycott ESC in Moscow ». Oikotimes. Retrieved 2008-08-26. 
  4. ^ « Estonia: Staging modern fairytale ». 2009-04-26. Retrieved 2009-05-19. 
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  6. ^ a b Webb, Glen (2009-03-07). « Urban Symphony win Eesti Laul in Estonia ». EBU. Retrieved 2009-03-07. 
  7. ^ Floras, Stella (2008-10-14). « Estonia: New name, new format, new dynamics ». ESCToday. Retrieved 2008-10-14. 
  8. ^ Klier, Marcus (2008-12-08). « Estonia: 110 songs submitted for Eesti Laul ». ESCToday. Retrieved 2008-12-08. 
  9. ^ Lewis, Daniel (2008-12-11). « Estonia: Eesti Laul 2009 songs announced ». ESCToday. Retrieved 2008-12-11. 
  10. ^ Supranavicius, Alekas (2008-12-11). « Estonia: Eesti Laul 2009 finalists announced ». ESCToday. Retrieved 2008-12-11. 
  11. ^ Floras, Stella (2009-03-07). « Estonia selects for Eurovision ». ESCToday. Retrieved 2009-03-07. 
  12. ^ Calleja Bayliss, Marc (2009-03-07). « Superfinalists Decided, Eesti Laul 2009 ». Oikotimes. Retrieved 2009-03-07. 
  13. ^ http://www.eurovisioon.ee/eng/eestilaul.php?id=2009
  14. ^ http://www.eurovisioon.ee/eestilaul.php?id=2009
  15. ^ Eurovision Song Contest 2009

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