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
Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest
◄2016 2017

Estonia will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. The Estonian broadcaster Eesti Rahvusringhääling (ERR) will organise the national final Eesti Laul 2017 in order to select the Estonian entry for the 2017 contest in Kiev, Ukraine.

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 contest, 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 will be the ninth edition of the Estonian national selection Eesti Laul, which will select Estonia’s entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. The competition will consist 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]

Format

The format of the competition will include two semi-finals on 11 and 18 February 2017 and a final on 4 March 2017.[4] Ten songs will compete in each semi-final and the top five from each semi-final will qualify to complete the ten-song lineup in the final. The results of the semi-finals will be determined by the 50/50 combination of votes from a professional jury and public televoting for the first 4, then the final spot will be decided in a second round of voting by televote only.[5] The winning song in the final will be selected over two rounds of voting: the first round results will select the top three songs via the 50/50 combination of jury and public voting, while the second round (super final) will determine 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. 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
Draw Artist Song Round One Round Two
Jury Televote Total Place Votes Place
1 Elina Born « In or Out »
2 Carl-Philip « Everything But You »
3 Laura Prits « Hey Kiddo »
4 Leemet Onno « Hurricane »
5 Ivo Linna « Suur loterii »
6 Lenna Kuurmaa « Slingshot »
7 Karl-Kristjan & Whogaux feat. Maian « Have You Now »
8 Janno Reim & Kosmos « Valan pisaraid »
9 Ariadne « Feel Me Now » 1
10 Uku Suviste « Supernatural »
Semi-final 2

The second semi-final will take place on 18 February 2017. Ten songs will compete 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. 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.[7]

Semi-final 2 – 18 February 2017
Draw Artist Song Round One Round Two
Jury Televote Total Place Votes Place
1 Koit Toome & Laura « Verona »
2 Kerli « Spirit Animal »
3 Daniel Levi « All I Need » 1
4 Liis Lemsalu « Keep Running »
5 Close To Infinity feat. Ian Karell « Sounds Like Home »
6 Antsud « Vihm »
7 Almost Natural « Electric »
8 Rasmus Rändvee « This Love »
9 Alvistar Funk Association « Make Love, Not War »
10 Angeelia « We Ride With Our Flow »
Final

The final will take 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, will compete during the show. The winner will be selected over two rounds of voting. In the first round, a jury (50%) and public televote (50%) will determine the top three entries to proceed to the super final. In the super final, the winner will be selected entirely by a public televote. The running order was revealed on 21 February 2017.[8]

Final – 4 March 2017
Draw Artist Song Jury Televote Total Result
1 Liis Lemsalu « Keep Running »
2 Koit Toome & Laura « Verona »
3 Whogaux & Karl-Kristjan feat. Maian « Have You Now »
4 Lenna Kuurmaa « Slingshot »
5 Daniel Levi « All I Need »
6 Elina Born « In or Out »
7 Ivo Linna « Suur loterii »
8 Rasmus Rändvee « This Love »
9 Ariadne « Feel Me Now »
10 Kerli « Spirit Animal »
Super Final – 4 March 2017
Artist Song Televote Place
TBD TBD
TBD TBD
TBD TBD

At Eurovision

The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 will take place at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev, Ukraine and will consist of two semi-finals on 9 and 11 May and the final on 13 May 2017.[9] 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.

References

  1. ^ « Estonia Country Profile ». EBU. Retrieved 5 November 2015. 
  2. ^ « Ettevalmistused 2017. aasta Eesti Lauluks juba käivad ». err.ee (in Estonian). ERR. 12 April 2016. Retrieved 27 June 2016. 
  3. ^ Galliford, Fiona (29 April 2016). « Estonia: Eesti Laul 2017 tickets to go on sale next week ». esctoday.com. Esctoday.com. Retrieved 27 June 2016. 
  4. ^ a b Ernits, Rutt (7 September 2016). « Eesti Laul tuleb muudatustega, võistluslugusid saavad esitada ka välismaa autorid ». err.ee (in Estonian). ERR. Retrieved 7 September 2016. 
  5. ^ a b c « Laulukonkursi « EESTI LAUL 2017″ reglement ». err.ee (in Estonian). ERR. 6 September 2016. Retrieved 7 September 2016. 
  6. ^ « Selgusid Eesti Laul 2017 esimesed viis finalisti ». eestilaul.postimees.ee (in Estonian). Postimees. 11 February 2017. Retrieved 12 February 2017. 
  7. ^ « Selgusid Eesti Laul 2017 viimased finalistid ». eestilaul.postimees.ee (in Estonian). Postimees. 18 February 2017. Retrieved 26 February 2017. 
  8. ^ Davies, Megan (21 February 2017). « ESTONIA: EESTI LAUL FINAL RUNNING ORDER ANNOUNCED ». eurovoix.com. Eurovoix. 
  9. ^ Jordan, Paul (9 September 2016). « Kyiv to host Eurovision 2017! ». eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 11 September 2016. 

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