Estonie 2014

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Estonia participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Their entry was selected through Eesti Laul 2014, a national final format that consisted of two semi-finals and a final, organised by the Estonian broadcaster Eesti Rahvusringhääling (ERR). Tanja was selected to represent Estonia with the song « Amazing« , and failed to qualify from the first semi-final, placing 12th with a score of 36 points.

Eesti Laul 2014

Eesti Laul 2014 was the sixth edition of the Estonian national selection Eesti Laul that selected Estonia’s entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2014. The format of the competition included two semi-finals on 14 and 21 February and a final on 1 March 2014. Ten songs competed in each semi-final where the top five from each semi-final qualified to compete in the final.[1]

On 2 October 2013, ERR opened the submission period for artists and composers to submit their entries, which lasted until 9 December 2013.[2] 189 submissions were received by the deadline – the highest amount since the conception of the Eesti Laul format.[3] A jury selected 20 semi-finalists from the submissions and the selected songs were announced during the entertainment program Ringvaade on 12 December 2013.[3] The selection jury consisted of Maarja-Liis Ilus (singer), Janek Murd (musician), Erik Morna (Raadio 2 head of music), Siim Nestor (music critic), Kaupo Karelson (television producer), Valner Valme (music critic), Tauno Aints (composer), Ingrid Kohtla (music editor), Owe Petersell (Raadio Elmar chief editor), Toomas Puna (Raadio Sky+ program director) and Kostja Tsõbulevski (musician).[1]

Competing entries

Among the competing entries were three previous Eurovision Song Contest entrants: Lenna previously represented Switzerland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2005 as part of the group Vanilla Ninja, Sandra Nurmsalu previously represented Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 as part of the group Urban Symphony and Lauri Pihlap won the Eurovision Song Contest 2001 for Estonia as part of the group 2XL together with Dave Benton and Tanel Padar. Sofia Rubina, August Hunt, Norman Salumäe, Tanja, Traffic, Liisi Koikson, Tuuli Rand (of VÖÖRAD), Kadri Koppel (Maiken) and Kõrsikud have all previously competed in the Estonian national finals. Composer Sven Lõhmus has previously composed three Estonian entries: « Let’s Get Loud » (2005), « Rändajad » (2009) and Rockefeller Street (2011). In the weeks leading up to the start of the competition, the semi-finalists all presented their songs on the ETV morning programme Terevisioon.

Artist Song (English Translation) Composer(s)
August Hunt « Kus on EXIT? » (Where is the EXIT?) August Hunt
Brigita Murutar « Laule täis taevakaar » (Sky full of songs) Rainer Michelson, Feliks Kütt
Kõrsikud « Tule ja jää » (Come and stay / Fire and Ice1) Kõrsikud
Lauri Pihlap « Lootus » (Hope) Lauri Pihlap
Lenna « Supernoova » (Supernova) Mihkel Raud
Maiken « Siin või sealpool maad » (Here or on the other side) Kadri Koppel
Maltised « Elu » (Life) Jakko Maltis
MiaMee « Fearful Heart » Liina Saar, Liisi Koikson
Nimmerschmidt « Sandra » Fredy Schmidt, Andero Nimmer, Merilyn Merisalu
Nion « Muud pole vaja » (Nothing else is needed) Karl Kanter, Keit Triisa, Marilyn Jurman
Norman Salumäe « Search » Norman Salumäe
Sandra Nurmsalu « Kui tuuled pöörduvad » (When the winds turn) Sven Lõhmus
Sofia Rubina « City Lights » Priit Juurmann, Sofia Rubina
State of Zoe « Solina » Anneliis Kits, Sander Mölder
Super Hot Cosmos Blues Band « Maybe-Maybe » Mati Sütt, Janno Reim
Tanja « Amazing » Timo Vendt, Tatjana Mihhailova
The Titles « Flame » Rasmus Lill, Markus Rafael Nylund
Traffic « Für Elise » Stig Rästa, Silver Laas
VÖÖRAD « Maailm on hull » (The world is crazy) Priit Uustulnd, Meiko Humal
Wilhelm « Resignal » Lauri Kadalipp
1.^ The title of Kõrsikud’s song is a wordplay with two homonyms.

Semi-final 1

The first semi-final of Eesti Laul 2014 took place on 14 February 2014, hosted by Helen Sürje and Henrik Kalmet with additional commentary provided by Indrek Vaheoja and Peeter Oja.[4] The performances of the competing songs were filmed earlier between 6 February 2014 and 9 February 2014. Ten songs competed for five spots in the final with the outcome decided upon by the combination of the votes from a jury panel and a public televote which registered 12,382 votes.[5] The jury panel that voted in the first semi-final consisted of Nele-Liis Vaiksoo, Valner Valme, Anna Põldvee, Olav Osolin, Heini Vaikmaa, Mart Niineste, Erik Morna, Owe Petersell, Els Himma, Liis Lemsalu and Tauno Aints.[6]

Semi-final 1 – 14 February 2014
Draw Artist Song Jury Televote Total Place
1 Tanja « Amazing » 7 3079 10 17 2
2 The Titles « Flame » 4 312 2 6 8
3 Wilhelm « Resignal » 6 1065 6 12 5
4 State of Zoe « Solina » 5 235 1 6 9
5 Nimmerschmidt « Sandra » 3 506 4 7 6
6 VÖÖRAD « Maailm on hull » 1 948 5 6 7
7 Super Hot Cosmos Blues Band « Maybe-Maybe » 8 2676 9 17 3
8 August Hunt « Kus on EXIT? » 2 462 3 5 10
9 Kõrsikud « Tule ja jää » 9 1460 7 16 4
10 Lenna « Supernoova » 10 1639 8 18 1

Semi-final 2

The second semi-final of Eesti Laul 2014 took place on 21 February 2014, hosted by Helen Sürje and Henrik Kalmet with additional commentary provided by Indrek Vaheoja and Mart Juur.[7] The performances of the competing songs were filmed earlier between 6 February 2014 and 9 February 2014. Ten songs competed for five spots in the final with the outcome decided upon by the combination of the votes from a jury panel and a public televote which registered 11,767 votes. The jury panel that voted in the second semi-final consisted of Nele-Liis Vaiksoo, Valner Valme, Anna Põldvee, Olav Osolin, Heini Vaikmaa, Mart Niineste, Erik Morna, Owe Petersell, Els Himma, Liis Lemsalu and Tauno Aints.[8]

Semi-final 2 – 21 February 2014
Draw Artist Song Jury Televote Total Place
1 Norman Salumäe « Search » 9 958 6 15 3
2 Lauri Pihlap « Lootus » 5 620 3 8 8
3 Nion « Muud pole vaja » 4 834 5 9 6
4 Maltised « Elu » 1 720 4 5 9
5 Sofia Rubina « City Lights » 3 379 1 4 10
6 MiaMee « Fearful Heart » 7 397 2 9 7
7 Traffic « Für Elise » 10 1717 8 18 2
8 Maiken « Siin või sealpool maad » 6 1321 7 13 4
9 Sandra Nurmsalu « Kui tuuled pöörduvad » 8 2662 10 18 1
10 Brigita Murutar « Laule täis taevakaar » 2 2159 9 11 5

Final

The final of Eesti Laul 2014 took place on 1 March 2014 at the Nokia Concert Hall in Tallinn, hosted by Marko Reikop and Henrik Kalmet. Five songs from each semi-final, all together 10 songs, competed in the first round of the competition where a jury (50%) and public televote (50%) decided the top two entries for the super final. The public vote in the first round registered 52,190 votes. « Amazing » performed by Tanja and « Maybe-Maybe » performed by Super Hot Cosmos Blues Band qualified to the super final. The jury panel that voted in the first round consisted of Maarja-Liis Ilus, Erki Pärnoja, Rolf Roosalu, Getter Jaani, Siim Nestor, Ott Lepland, Koit Raudsepp, Els Himma, Leslie Da Bass, Siiri Sisask and Tõnis Mägi. In the super final, « Amazing » performed by Tanja was selected as the winner through a public televote which registered 57,272 votes.

Final – 1 March 2014
Draw Artist Song Jury Televote Total Result
1 Brigita Murutar « Laule täis taevakaar » 1 2965 6 7 7
2 Traffic « Für Elise » 8 5433 7 15 3
3 Norman Salumäe « Search » 5 2347 4 9 6
4 Wilhelm « Resignal » 6 1525 1 7 9
5 Lenna « Supernoova » 9 2941 5 14 4
6 Super Hot Cosmos Blues Band « Maybe-Maybe » 10 11940 10 20 1
7 Maiken « Siin või sealpool maad » 3 1769 2 5 10
8 Kõrsikud « Tule ja jää » 4 2256 3 7 8
9 Tanja « Amazing » 7 10580 9 16 2
10 Sandra Nurmsalu « Kui tuuled pöörduvad » 2 10434 8 10 5
Detailed Jury Votes
Song M. Ilus E. Pärnoja R. Roosalu G. Jaani S. Nestor O. Lepland K. Raudsepp E. Himma L. Da Bass S. Sisask T. Mägi Total Points
« Laule täis taevakaar » 1 2 2 3 2 1 1 1 7 1 1 22 1
« Für Elise » 10 6 6 8 8 2 2 8 10 3 8 71 8
« Search » 8 4 7 2 10 8 4 4 1 5 5 58 5
« Resignal » 5 8 5 1 7 7 3 6 6 6 6 60 6
« Supernoova » 6 10 4 10 6 5 7 9 8 8 9 82 9
« Maybe-Maybe » 9 9 9 9 5 9 9 10 9 10 10 98 10
« Siin või sealpool maad » 3 3 8 7 1 10 6 5 2 4 2 51 3
« Tule ja jää » 7 7 3 5 9 3 5 7 3 2 7 58 4
« Amazing » 4 5 10 6 3 6 8 3 5 7 3 60 7
« Kui tuuled pöörduvad » 2 1 1 4 4 4 10 2 4 9 4 45 2

Super Final

Artist Song Televote Result
Super Hot Cosmos Blues Band « Maybe-Maybe » 26 918 (47%) Runner-up
Tanja « Amazing«  30 354 (53%) Winner

At Eurovision

Tanja at the first semi-final dress rehearsal

Tanja performing choreography with dancer Argo Liik

During the semi-final allocation draw on 20 January 2014 at the Copenhagen City Hall, Estonia was drawn to compete in the first half of the first semi-final on 6 May 2014. [9] In the first semi-final, the producers of the show decided that Estonia would perform 3rd, following Latvia and preceding Sweden.[10] Estonia failed to qualify from the first semi-final, placing 12th in a field of 16 songs and scoring 36 points.

At the contest, Tanja was joined on stage by dancer Argo Liik and three backing vocalists: Kaire Vilgats, Marvi Vallaste and Marilin Kongo.[11] The Estonian performance featured Tanja and Argo Liik performing contemporary dance moves. The LED screens transitioned from projections of wooden floors and wooden window frames with brick finishes to flying birds and moving lines.[12]

In Estonia, both the semi-finals and the final were broadcast on ETV with commentary by Marko Reikop.[13] The first semi-final and the final were also broadcast via radio on Raadio 2 with commentary by Mart Juur and Andrus Kivirähk.[14] The Estonian spokesperson revealing the result of the Estonian vote in the final was Lauri Pihlap.[15]

Points awarded to Estonia

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

Points awarded by Estonia

Split voting results

The following five members comprise the Estonian jury:[16]

Semi-final 1

The Estonian votes in the first semi-final were based on 50% jury voting and 50% televoting results.[17]

Semi-final 1 – Semi-final 1 – Estonian Results
Draw Country L. Remmel M. Länik R. Märks A. Kotkas R. Rändvee Average Jury Rank Televote Rank Combined Rank Scoreboard (Points)
01  Armenia 4 7 7 12 4 6 9 6 5
02  Latvia 13 5 3 14 15 9 4 5 6
03  Estonia
04  Sweden 2 4 4 1 2 1 5 4 7
05  Iceland 14 10 10 11 6 10 8 9 2
06  Albania 9 14 11 7 1 7 13 11
07  Russia 11 8 14 15 12 14 6 10 1
08  Azerbaijan 5 6 6 6 3 5 12 7 4
09  Ukraine 3 3 5 3 8 4 2 2 10
10  Belgium 15 15 8 10 10 13 11 13
11  Moldova 8 12 15 8 9 12 15 15
12  San Marino 7 11 12 9 13 11 7 8 3
13  Portugal 10 13 13 13 14 15 10 14
14  Netherlands 1 1 1 4 7 2 1 1 12
15  Montenegro 12 9 9 5 11 8 14 12
16  Hungary 6 2 2 2 5 3 3 3 8

Final

The Estonian votes in the first grand final were based on 50% jury voting and 50% televoting results.[18]

Final – Estonian Results
Draw Country L. Remmel M. Länik R. Märks A. Kotkas R. Rändvee Average Jury Rank Televote Rank Combined Rank Scoreboard (Points)
01  Ukraine 3 4 12 3 12 4 5 3 8
02  Belarus 23 25 26 23 20 25 10 19
03  Azerbaijan 8 5 11 11 4 6 25 15
04  Iceland 19 20 19 24 15 23 13 20
05  Norway 6 6 4 15 5 5 11 8 3
06  Romania 5 9 21 4 18 11 22 17
07  Armenia 11 7 7 12 8 7 7 6 5
08  Montenegro 21 8 10 14 17 13 26 22
09  Poland 25 26 23 25 23 26 17 25
10  Greece 24 19 6 21 24 22 18 23
11  Austria 10 11 15 9 2 8 8 7 4
12  Germany 14 23 24 8 7 15 19 18
13  Sweden 2 1 2 1 1 1 3 2 10
14  France 16 24 13 22 14 19 20 21
15  Russia 26 14 25 26 25 24 2 10 1
16  Italy 12 18 20 16 22 18 24 24
17  Slovenia 22 16 18 13 21 21 23 26
18  Finland 7 13 5 19 11 9 4 5 6
19  Spain 18 10 9 10 9 10 14 9 2
20   Switzerland 20 15 22 7 19 17 12 12
21  Hungary 4 3 1 5 3 3 6 4 7
22  Malta 13 17 17 6 13 12 21 16
23  Denmark 15 22 8 18 10 14 16 13
24  Netherlands 1 2 3 2 6 2 1 1 12
25  San Marino 17 12 14 20 26 20 9 11
26  United Kingdom 9 21 16 17 16 16 15 14

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