Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017

Eurovision Song Contest 2017
Country  Estonia
National selection
Selection process Eesti Laul 2017
Selection date(s) Semi-finals:
11 February 2017
18 February 2017
Final:
4 March 2017
Selected entrant Koit Toome & Laura
Selected song « Verona« 
Selected songwriter(s) Sven Lõhmus
Finals performance
Final result Failed to qualify
(14th, 85 points)
Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest
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Estonia participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 with the song « Verona » written by Sven Lõhmus. The song was performed by Koit Toome and Laura Põldvere. The Estonian broadcaster Eesti Rahvusringhääling (ERR) organised the national final Eesti Laul 2017 in order to select the Estonian entry for the 2017 contest in Kiev, Ukraine. The national final consisted of three shows: two semi-finals and a final. Ten songs competed in each semi-final and the top five from each semi-final as determined by a jury panel and public vote qualified to the final. In the final, the winner was selected over two rounds of voting. In the first round, a jury panel and a public vote selected the top three to qualify to the super final. In the super final, « Verona » performed by Koit Toome and Laura was selected as the winner entirely by a public vote.

Estonia was drawn to compete in the second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest which took place on 11 May 2017. Performing during the show in position 17, « Verona » was not announced among the top 10 entries of the second semi-final and therefore did not qualify to compete in the final.

Background

Prior to the 2017 Contest, Estonia had participated in the Eurovision Song Contest twenty-two times since its first entry in 1994,[1] winning the contest on one occasion in 2001 with the song « Everybody » performed by Tanel Padar, Dave Benton and 2XL. Following the introduction of semi-finals for the 2004, Estonia has, to this point, managed to qualify to the final on five occasions. In 2016, Estonia failed to qualify to the final, placing last in the semi-final with the song « Play » performed by Jüri Pootsmann.

The Estonian national broadcaster, Eesti Rahvusringhääling (ERR), broadcasts the event within Estonia and organises the selection process for the nation’s entry. ERR confirmed Estonia’s participation at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest on 12 April 2016.[2] Since their debut, the Estonian broadcaster has organised national finals that feature a competition among multiple artists and songs in order to select Estonia’s entry for the Eurovision Song Contest. The Eesti Laul competition has been organised since 2009 in order to select Estonia’s entry.

Before Eurovision

Eesti Laul 2017

Eesti Laul 2017 was the ninth edition of the Estonian national selection Eesti Laul, which selected Estonia’s entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. The competition consisted of 20 entries competing in two semi-finals on 11 and 18 February 2017 leading to a ten-song final on 4 March 2017.[3] All three shows were broadcast on Eesti Televisioon (ETV) as well as streamed online at the broadcaster’s official website err.ee.

Format

The format of the competition included two semi-finals on 11 and 18 February 2017 and a final on 4 March 2017.[4] Ten songs competed in each semi-final and the top five from each semi-final qualified to complete the ten-song lineup in the final. The results of the semi-finals were determined by the 50/50 combination of votes from a professional jury and public televoting for the first 4, then the final spot was decided in a second round of voting by televote only.[5] The winning song in the final was selected over two rounds of voting: the first round results selected the top three songs via the 50/50 combination of jury and public voting, while the second round (super final) determined the winner solely by public televoting.[5]

Competing entries

In early September 2016, ERR opened the submission period for artists and composers to submit their entries up until 1 November 2016.[4] Eligible artists and songwriters were required to have Estonian citizenship or be permanent residents of Estonia. For the 2017 competition, foreign collaborations were allowed as long as 50% of the song authors were Estonians. Artists and songwriters were allowed to submit up to three songs each with an exception to this rule for songwriters who participated in songwriting camps organised by the Estonian Song Academy in spring and autumn 2016. A jury selected 20 songs for the competition and the selected entries were announced on 8 November 2016.[5]

Artist Song (English translation) Composer(s)
Almost Natural « Electric » Anis Arumets, Amiran Gorgazjan, Noah McNamara, Willie Weeks
Alvistar Funk Association « Make Love, Not War » Margus Alviste, Inga Kaare, Jürgen Urbanik
Angeelia « We Ride With Our Flow » Angeelia Maasik, Andres Kõpper
Antsud « Vihm » (Rain) Aile Alveus-Krautmann
Ariadne « Feel Me Now » Margus Piik, Tomi Rahula, Anni Rahula
Carl-Philip « Everything But You » Carl-Philip Madis, Carola Madis, Arno Krabman, Jaap Reesema, Leon Paul Palmen, Noah McNamara
Close To Infinity feat. Ian Karell « Sounds Like Home » Ian Robert Karell, Johannes Kanter, Sander Ulp, Tanel Kordemets
Daniel Levi « All I Need » Daniel Levi Viinalass, Ago Teppand
Elina Born « In or Out » Stig Rästa, Vallo Kikas, Fred Krieger
Ivo Linna « Suur loterii » (Big Lottery) Rainer Michelson, Urmas Jaarman
Janno Reim & Kosmos « Valan pisaraid » (I’m Pouring Tears) Janno Reim
Karl-Kristjan & Whogaux feat. Maian « Have You Now » Karl-Kristjan Kingi, Hugo « Whogaux » Martin Maasikas, Maian Lomp
Kerli « Spirit Animal » Kerli Kõiv, Brian Ziff
Koit Toome & Laura « Verona«  Sven Lõhmus
Laura Prits « Hey Kiddo » Laura Prits, Andres Kõpper, Tara Nabi
Leemet Onno « Hurricane » Leemet Onno, Ed Struijlaart
Lenna Kuurmaa « Slingshot » Lenna Kuurmaa, Nicolas Rebscher, Michelle Leonard
Liis Lemsalu « Keep Running » Liis Lemsalu, Mihkel Mattisen, Gustaf Svenungsson, Magnus Wallin
Rasmus Rändvee « This Love » Rasmus Rändvee, Ewert Sundja, Bert Prinkenfeld, Stewart James Brock
Uku Suviste « Supernatural » Uku Suviste, Oliver Mazurtšak

Shows

Semi-final 1

The first semi-final took place on 11 February 2017. 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 19,057 votes. The jury panel that voted in the first semi-final consisted of Metsakutsu, Kadri Voorand, Niko Nykänen, Eva Palm, Jüri Pihel, Maia Vahtramäe, Sten Teppan, Aleksandr Žedeljov, Ingrid Kohtla, Meisterjaan and Allan Roosileht.[6]

Semi-final 1 – 11 February 2017[7]
Draw Artist Song Round One Round Two
Jury Televote Total Place Votes Place
1 Elina Born « In or Out » 85 12 1780 5 17 3
2 Carl-Philip « Everything But You » 63 7 726 4 11 6 1089 3
3 Laura Prits « Hey Kiddo » 37 1 660 3 4 8 696 6
4 Leemet Onno « Hurricane » 38 2 599 2 4 9 743 5
5 Ivo Linna « Suur loterii » 61 6 4244 12 18 1
6 Lenna Kuurmaa « Slingshot » 74 10 1912 7 17 2
7 Karl-Kristjan & Whogaux feat. Maian « Have You Now » 74 8 2509 8 16 4
8 Janno Reim & Kosmos « Valan pisaraid » 43 3 590 1 4 10 991 4
9 Ariadne « Feel Me Now » 52 5 4241 10 15 5 8065 1
10 Uku Suviste « Supernatural » 45 4 1796 6 10 7 2906 2
Semi-final 2

The second semi-final took place on 18 February 2017. 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 19,233 votes. The jury panel that voted in the second semi-final consisted of Metsakutsu, Kadri Voorand, Niko Nykänen, Eva Palm, Jüri Pihel, Maia Vahtramäe, Sten Teppan, Aleksandr Žedeljov, Ingrid Kohtla, Meisterjaan and Allan Roosileht.[8]

Semi-final 2 – 18 February 2017[7]
Draw Artist Song Round One Round Two
Jury Televote Total Place Votes Place
1 Koit Toome & Laura « Verona » 63 6 5226 12 18 2
2 Kerli « Spirit Animal » 93 12 2337 8 20 1
3 Daniel Levi « All I Need » 91 10 1109 4 14 5 4058 1
4 Liis Lemsalu « Keep Running » 83 8 2246 7 15 4
5 Close To Infinity feat. Ian Karell « Sounds Like Home » 14 1 940 2 3 9 1578 4
6 Antsud « Vihm » 41 4 1691 6 10 6 2245 3
7 Almost Natural « Electric » 24 2 633 1 3 10 915 6
8 Rasmus Rändvee « This Love » 81 7 2678 10 17 3
9 Alvistar Funk Association « Make Love, Not War » 30 3 1074 3 6 8 1305 5
10 Angeelia « We Ride With Our Flow » 52 5 1299 5 10 7 2265 2
Final

The final took place on 4 March 2017 at the Saku Suurhall in Tallinn. The five entries that qualified from each of the two preceding semi-finals, all together ten songs, competed during the show. The winner was selected over two rounds of voting. In the first round, a jury (50%) and public televote (50%) determined the top three entries to proceed to the super final. In the super final, the winner was selected entirely by a public televote. The running order was revealed on 21 February 2017.[9] In the first round, a jury (50%) and public televote (50%) determined the top three entries to proceed to the super final: « Verona » performed by Koit Toome and Laura, « This Love » performed by Rasmus Rändvee and « Spirit Animal » performed by Kerli. The public vote in the first round registered 100,578 votes. In the super final, « Verona » performed by Koit Toome and Laura was selected as the winner entirely by a public televote.[10] The public televote in the super final registered 80,360 votes. The jury panel that voted in the final consisted of Måns Zelmerlöw, Toomas Edur, Julia Bali, Harri Hakanen, Marju Länik, Valner Valme, Henry Kõrvits, Siim Nestor, Piret Krumm, Alon Amir, and Poli Genova.[11]

Final – 4 March 2017[7]
Draw Artist Song Jury Televote Total Place
1 Liis Lemsalu « Keep Running » 62 6 4880 4 10 7
2 Koit Toome & Laura « Verona » 60 5 27759 12 17 2
3 Karl-Kristjan & Whogaux feat. Maian « Have You Now » 71 8 8362 5 13 4
4 Lenna Kuurmaa « Slingshot » 62 7 3422 2 9 8
5 Daniel Levi « All I Need » 49 2 3657 3 5 9
6 Elina Born « In or Out » 45 1 3057 1 2 10
7 Ivo Linna « Suur loterii » 57 4 14002 8 12 5
8 Rasmus Rändvee « This Love » 77 10 8617 6 16 3
9 Ariadne « Feel Me Now » 55 3 12325 7 10 6
10 Kerli « Spirit Animal » 100 12 14497 10 22 1
Super Final – 4 March 2017[7]
Artist Song Televote Place
Kerli « Spirit Animal » 23901 (30%) 2
Rasmus Rändvee « This Love » 11641 (15%) 3
Koit Toome & Laura « Verona » 44818 (55%) 1

At Eurovision

According to Eurovision rules, all nations with the exceptions of the host country and the « Big 5 » (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) are required to qualify from one of two semi-finals in order to compete for the final; the top ten countries from each semi-final progress to the final. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) split up the competing countries into six different pots based on voting patterns from previous contests, with countries with favourable voting histories put into the same pot.[12] On 31 January 2017, a special allocation draw was held which placed each country into one of the two semi-finals, as well as which half of the show they would perform in. Estonia was placed into the second semi-final, to be held on 11 May 2017, and was scheduled to perform in the second half of the show.[13]

Once all the competing songs for the 2017 contest had been released, the running order for the semi-finals was decided by the shows’ producers rather than through another draw, so that similar songs were not placed next to each other. Originally, Estonia was set to perform in position 18, following the entry from Lithuania and before the entry from Israel.[14] However, following Russia’s withdrawal from the contest on 13 April and subsequent removal from the running order of the second semi-final, Estonia’s performing position shifted to 17.[15]

Points awarded by Estonia

Points awarded to Estonia

Jury members

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

References

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  10. ^ Escudero, Victor. « Koit Toome and Laura to bring Verona to Kyiv! ». Eurovision.tv. Eurovision Song Contest. Retrieved 4 March 2017. 
  11. ^ « Eurovisioonile sõidavad Koit Toome ja Laura ». http://eestilaul.postimees.ee. Postimees. 4 March 2017.  External link in |website= (help)
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