Estonia – Eesti Laul started today and we have our first qualifiers of the year. Five out of ten acts have qualified for the final next month with another five due to qualify from the second semi final next week. Will Stig Rasta have yest another song at Eurovision this year?
The voting system has changed this year where the top four are determined by a 50/50 split vote between a jury and the public. The act with the highest public vote of the remaining six also makes it to the final meaning five will qualify each semi.
In semi final 1, the top four were…
Elina Born “In or Out”
Ivo Linna “Suur Loterii”
Lenna Kuurmaa “Slingshot”
Whogaux & Karl-Kristjan feat. Maian “Have You Now”
Before they announced them, the jury top 4 was revealed and they had Carl-Philip in instead of Ivo, who is therefore a strong candidate for televote. And the act from the remaining six with the most public backing was…
Ariadne “Feel Me Now”
Elina Born who represented Estonia in 2015 with Stig Rasta is favourite to win Eesti Laul with her Stig Rasta penned song “In or Out”.
Does she have stiff competition? Let’s find out next week as most favorites are there (Daniel Levi, a former runner-up, former winners Laura and Koit in joint forces, and international star Kerli).