• Dale Roberts

Eesti Laul Final 2021 - Aussievision's rankings



This weekend will see the final of the 2021 edition of Estonia's national final, Eesti Laul.


Back in December when all songs were released the Aussievision team ranked all songs, but now we've seen the live performances and we're down to 12 songs - have our opinions changed?


Let's take a look at how the team voted in reverse order.


12. Ivo Linna, Robert Linna, Supernova - 'Ma olen siin' - 12 points

(18th of 24 in original rankings)


  • Highs: 6 points from Fleur

  • Lows: 0 points from Mike, Emma and Hugo


"This is a pleasant listen. Not my favourite but there is something endearing about this. I cannot see it get through, it will be a respectable mid-finisher and that is fine." ~ Fleur


"An absolute solid performance with some great vocals. Just not my favourite as an overall package." ~ Kyriakos


"There’s a lot to like about this – a Eurovision veteran returning 25 years after he represented Estonia, the father and son element, and the song itself is enjoyable. They are both good singers and their voices work really well together. I don’t think it would be the right song to send to Eurovision, but it’s the extra diversity that we get in the national finals like this, that makes them so great to watch." ~ Guy


11. Karl Killing - 'Kiss Me' - 17 points

(20th of 24 in original rankings)


  • Highs: 7 points from Hugo

  • Lows: 0 points from Dale, Laura, Guy and Fleur


"This is a solid little ballad, but I can't get over that repetitive chorus and the lyrics are a little cringey." ~ Dale


"Too much cheese for my liking. Please do not send this." ~ Fleur


10. Redel - 'Tartu' - 19 points

(17th of 24 in original rankings)


  • Highs: 10 points from Laura

  • Lows: 0 points from Mike, Kyriakos, Steve, Guy and Emma


"A lot of Eesti songs this year are quite forgettable - to be honest I don't love 'Tartu' but I do love a bit of diversity in the final and a song that isn't afraid to be bold. Redel ticks both those boxes and it's a bit of an earworm as well!" ~ Liv


"Is it wrong for me to absolutely love this? Song quality aside, they look like they’re having so much fun on stage and it certainly catches my attention. I’d rather Estonia send this than one of the glut of pop radio friendly songs. I couldn’t get this higher than 6th but make no mistake I think this is great." ~ Hugo


9. Egert Milder - 'Free Again' - 21 points

(10th of 24 in original rankings)


  • Highs: 8 points from Emma

  • Lows: 0 points from Dale, Kyriakos, Laura and Steve


"This type of limp boy-and-guitar genre of music really isn't my taste. I think this is a good quality song in terms of production - but is really nauseating to me. Would have been in my bottom two if it weren't for the nice packaging. " ~ Liv



8. Kadri Voorand - 'Energy' - 36 points

(21st out of 24 in original rankings)


  • Highs: 10 points from Kyriakos, 7 points from Laura

  • Lows: 0 points from Liv, 1 point from Mike, Emma and Fleur


"Kadri has an incredible voice - and that's the only reason she's scored so highly in my ranking. Whilst I don't mind the message of the song and some of its lyrics, it's musically messy, disjointed and not that pleasant on the ears." ~ Steve


"This came alive for me with Kadri’s live performance. I can’t say the song captures me, but I can the jury appeal and she’s a good musician with a strong vocal." ~ Mike


"This started out so promisingly. Kadri has such a distinctive vocal and with a title like 'Energy' I was expecting the soft piano beginning to lead in to something much more high tempo in the chorus. Sadly I was disappointed to see the song stay on the same track throughout its entirety and it became way too repetitive. Some of the trills at the end seemed over the top and unnecessary." ~ Emma


"Not really high on energy, is it? This is not my thing and I found it difficult to get through the whole song." ~ Fleur



7. Andrei Zevakin & Pluuto - Wingman' - 40 points

(6th out of 24 in the original rankings)


  • Highs: 10 points from Liv, 7 points from Mike and Guy

  • Lows: 0 points from Fleur, 1 point from Steve


"I don't know where to start with this. On my first listen, I just wrote down the word 'yikes'! It just made my top ten, and solely because I disliked the other two songs (a little) more." ~ Steve



6. Jüri Pootsmann - 'Magus melanhoolia' - 45 points

(5th out of 24 in the original rankings)


  • Highs: 8 points from Dale and Hugo

  • Lows: 1 point from Laura, 2 points from Emma, Kyriakos and Fleur



"Jüri’s Semi-Final performance matches the song. Modern, restrained and pretty cool. Unfortunately the song does nothing for me personally, but I do see some interesting qualities on display." ~ Mike


"While I liked the visual aspects of Jüri's staging, I thought he was relying on a lot of vocal support from his backing singers, who carried the high notes in the chorus. It was nice to look at but I struggle to connect with the song; it feels a bit too cold and distant for me." ~ Laura


"I originally had this outside my Top 10 but I was really impressed with the staging and performance of this. It's a package that is Eurovision ready" ~ Dale



5. Hans Nayna - 'One By One' - 49 points

(8th out of 24 in the original rankings)


  • Highs: 10 points from Fleur, 8 points from Liv and Guy

  • Lows: 1 point from Hugo and Dale, 2 points from Laura



"'One By One' was one of my favourite going into the Estonian national selection and he delivered. His staging needs something to make it more memorable and then I think he will do really well. " ~ Kyriakos


"This is not bad per se, but it sort of falls by the wayside a bit. There’s nothing spectacular about this for me - a solid pop song, and I like his raspy voice." ~ Hugo


"Not a bad little jury friendly song here. It just doesn't grab me enough to go higher, but it's great to see someone from Mauritius make the Eesti Laul final. Nice guy, good luck to him!" ~ Dale



4. Sissi - 'Time' - 68 points

(3rd out of 24 in the original rankings)


  • Highs: 12 points from Laura, 8 points from Steve, Kyriakos and Mike

  • Lows: 3 points from Liv, 4 points from Fleur




"'Time' was my favourite Eesti Laul 2021 song ever since before the Eesti Laul Semi Finals and that hasn't changed since the live performances. While the staging was quite minimal compared to my expectations, I think Sissi and her backing vocalists did a fantastic job of filling the stage with their voices. I love the gospel elements of this song as well as its lyrical message; it certainly stands out in this lineup." ~ Laura


"So anthemic and lovely; the song gives off such positive vibes and is sung well. No camera shots of a crowd hurts this one live I think, especially during the gospel parts of the song; the stage looks a bit bare sometimes. But I like this song a lot and it sticks in your mind." ~Hugo



3. Suured tüdrukud - 'Heaven's Not That Far Tonight' - 73 points

(15th out of 24 in the original rankings)


  • Highs: 12 points from Emma and Fleur, 10 points form Dale, Mike and Steve

  • Lows: 0 points from Liv and Hugo



"I know this is slightly dated but the girls give such a charismatic performance that you can't help but enjoy it. This is a great disco track and it particularly elevates during the last chorus after the key change. Out of all the finalists, this is the song I would most like to listen to again. I would love to see this go to Eurovision...I think there would be a lot of support for such a happy track in times like these." ~ Emma


"This is everything I want from Eesti Laul. It may be a dated banger, but these ‘big girls’ really sell this. The have such great stage presence and the song is so catchy. I really want to see this in Rotterdam." ~ Fleur


"I wasn’t a big fan of the studio version of this song, but the live performance sold it for me. The performance had great energy and they are both great vocalists. I don’t think it’s a winner, but the performance has great energy and I’m really glad it made it to the final." ~ Guy


"These sparkly disco divas are great vocally and do their very best with a decent - if not overly memorable - upbeat track. Whilst the song is unquestionably dated, that didn't hurt Bobbysocks! and their 1950s swing stylings in the 1980s... and its that winning duo (who I love) that I think of when I see/hear Dagmar and Kaire." ~ Steve


"My god I LOVE this - these two women are amazing and have been backing singers for years and now it's their time to shine. The best vocal performance of the semi-final and I am living for the dated aunts at a wedding vibe going on, because that's basically me. Bring it on!" ~ Dale



2. Koit Toome - 'We Could Have Been Beautiful' - 83 points

(2nd out of 24 in original rankings)



  • Highs: 12 points from Steve and Kyriakos, 10 points from Guy, Emma and Hugo

  • Lows: 4 points from Liv, 5 points from Mike


"I really think Koit has the overall package to take out the contest! He has some of the best staging, the song really captivated me on an emotional level. He does need to refine some of his vocals for the final though. Can't wait to see him perform again!" ~ Kyriakos


"To me, this song sounds the most cohesive, well-constructed and "radio friendly". Koit has a good voice live, although I do sometimes question the overuse of the falsetto. It's honestly one of the few Eesti Laul entries to make the final that I'd actually choose to revisit." ~ Steve


"I really like the way this song is presented onstage even if sad man ballads aren't usually my cup of tea. The staging is simple but effective, even if it is a bit 'Arcade'-inspired. While the song stood out in Semi Final 1, there were some very strong acts in Semi Final 2 so Koit will face some tough competition in the final. I hope that there will be better synergy between Koit's vocals and the backing vocals in the final!" ~ Laura


"I love this song but the staging feels a bit underwhelming - the big moment in the final chorus just doesn’t hit how it should. I think Koit hits the vocals throughout but it seems a bit unnatural sometimes, and he almost sounds like an opera singer when going from a falsetto down a few octaves. I think I prefer this in the studio version but it still gets my second place from this lineup." ~ Hugo


"This is a decent song from Koit but he has dropped a few places for me after the lives. The staging was ok, a little 'Arcade' like, but unfortunately his vocal just wasn't strong enough to lift it to the heights it needed. If he can knock it out of the park on the night, it may elevate but as it stands now, if they sent this to Eurovision it is a 100% non-qualifier." ~ Dale



1 Uku Suviste - 'The Lucky One' - 92 points

(1st of 24 in our previous rankings)

  • Highs: 12 points from Dale, Mike, Liv, Guy and Hugo

  • Lows: 5 points from Laurs, 6 points from Emma



"I found his previous entry a little bit beige and one-paced but this had just the right amount of pizzazz, beef and oomph to really stick in my mind. Not the most contemporary song you've ever heard but if you like a bit of dated fluff then this might be the song for you." ~ Liv


"This is the most complete package to go to Eurovision. Like the song and Uku delivers it pretty well, the stating concept is strong and keeps you engaged throughout. If Estonia want to have any chance, they should send this." ~ Dale


"To be blunt, this is the only thing that looks remotely ready to compete on the Eurovision stage. It looks set for Uku to finally get his chance at the competition. His Semi-Final performance was vocally good and he had the staging elements that others lacked. One would imagine public goodwill should be on his side after last year’s cancellation. Nailed on winner of Eesti Laul 2021." ~ Mike


"I think Uku has the best overall package at Eesti Laul this year. The song itself is better than his winning song in 2020 and he delivered a pretty solid performance in the semi-final. The staging concept was simple, but worked – and it would be good if that is somehow amped up a notch for the final. On top of that, he’s a 2020 artist that embraced the alternative opportunities to engage with fans after the contest was cancelled last year, and it would be nice to see him get to the contest." ~ Guy


"Uku was my favourite when the songs first were released, and nothing has changed. In a weird way the staging is exactly what I thought it would feel like; not the specifics, but the dark tones and visual effects. Not the biggest fan of the blurring effect mind you. I still love the song and I do still think this is the best overall package, and staging at Euroviison would be tidied up." ~ Hugo


"I really really wanted Uku to soar and do well. But that staging... I was confused with what he was trying to achieve with it." ~ Kyriakos


"This is my favourite Eesti Laul song from Uku Suviste. I am not a fan of his previous songs but this, I really do not mind. I could see this making the final at Eurovision. It is definitely a step up from ‘What Love Is’." ~ Fleur



So who will take out the crown? Will Uku or Koit be back for another shot at Eurovision or could there be a surprise packet among the 12.


Tune into Eesti Laul this weekend via https://menu.err.ee/k/eesti-laul to find out!


Times are 18:30 CET Saturday 6 March which is 4:30am AEDT Sunday 7 March here in Australia.


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