Estonia: Eesti Laul 2024 artists revealed
Estonian broadcaster ERR has announced the names of the artists competing in their Eurovision national selection show 'Eesti Laul 2024.
This announcement was made on Estonian TV show 'Ringvaade', where on Monday night European time, the names of the 15 songs and artists competing in the semi-final were revealed, and on Tuesday night European time, the five automatic qualifiers were showcased.
In addition to the artist announcement, the titles of the songs hoping to represent Estonia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2024 in Malmö, Sweden were also released.
Former Eurovision artists
Among the lineup are some big names, including former Eurovision artists Stig Rästa and Laura.
Stig Rästa represented Estonia at Eurovision in 2015 with Estonian singer Elina Born and their entry 'Goodbye to Yesterday', which received seventh place in Vienna. Stig Rästa will compete in the 'Eesti Laul 2024' semi-finals with his band Traffic, who will compete in 'Eesti Laul' for the seventh time in the group's history.
Two-time Estonian Eurovision artist Laura represented the Baltic nation at Eurovision in 2017 as part of a duet with Koit Toome, and in 2005 as part of the girl group Suntribe, finishing in the semi-finals on both occasions.
Other names of note
Last year's 'Eesti Laul' runner-up OLLIE is returning to the national final, where he will compete in the 'Eesti Laul 2024' semi-finals. Estonia's 2019 Eurovision artist Victor Crone has also come back to 'Eesti Laul' as a songwriter for Daniel Levi's entry 'Over The Moon'.
'Eesti Laul 2024' received 215 song submissions, which were evaluated by a 41-member jury. This jury included some more famous faces such as Elina Nechayeva, who represented Estonia at Eurovision in 2018 with 'La Forza', and Estonia's 2012 Eurovision artist Ott Lepland, who came 6th in the Contest with his entry 'Kuula' in 2012.
Here is the full list of songs competing in Eesti Laul 2024:
Brother Apollo - 'Bad Boy' (Songwriters: Erkki Sippel, Joseph Miettinen)
Daniel Levi - 'Over The Moon' (Songwriters: Daniel Levi Viinalass, Victor Crone, Vallo Kikas)
Nele-Liis Vaiksoo - 'Käte ümber jää' (Songwriters: Peter Põder, Allan Kasuk, Nele-Liis Vaiksoo, Marek Sadam)
Carlos Ukareda - 'Never Growing Up' (Songwriters: Carlos Ukareda)
Uudo Sepp, Sarah Murray - 'Still Love' (Songwriters: Liis Hainla, Uudo Sepp, Joel Sundkvist, Aleksi Wiklund)
OLLIE - 'My Friend' (Songwriter: Oliver Mazurtšak)
Sofia Rubina - 'Be Good' (Songwriters: Jason Hunter, Robert Stanley Montes, Renae Rain)
Ewert and The Two Dragons - 'Hold Me Now' (Songwriters: Ewert Sundja, Erki Pärnoja, Ivo Etti, Kristjan Kallas)
Multikas, Ewert Sundja - 'Oblivion' (Songwriters: Joosep Järvesaar, Hugo Martin Maasikas, Ewert Sundja)
Anet Vaikmaa - 'Serotoniin' (Songwriter: Sven Lõhmus)
5MIINUST x Puuluup - '(nendest) narkootikumidest ei tea me (küll) midagi' (Songwriters: Põhja Korea, kohver, Lancelot, Päevakoer, Marko Veisson, Ramo Teder, Kim Wennerström)
YONNA - 'I Don't Know About You' (Songwriters: Johanna Eendra, Jakob Kaarma, Semjon Greef)
Silver Jusilo - 'Lately' (Songwriters: Silver Jusilo, Markus Palo)
INGA - 'No Dog On A Leash' (Songwriters: Inga Tislar, Markus Palo)
Peter Põder - 'Korra veel' (Songwriter: Peter Põder)
Antsud - 'Vetevaim' (Songwriters: Aile Alveus, Antsud)
Cecilia - 'FOMO' (Songwriters: Cecilia-Martina Mägi, Sander Sadam, Liis Hainla)
Traffic - 'Wunderbar' (Songwriters: Stig Rästa, Silver Laas)
Ingmar - 'Dreaming' (Songwriter: Ingmar Erik Kiviloo)
Laura - 'Here's Where I Draw The Line' (Songwriters: Laura Põldvere, Johannes Lõhmus)
The audio of all 'Eesti Laul 2024' songs will be released to the public on 8th December 2023 (European time).
The 15 semi-finalists will compete for five places in the final on Saturday 20th January 2024 (Sunday 21st January 2024 Australian time) in Tartu. The decision to move the 'Eesti Laul' semi-final's location to Tartu aims to highlight its status as the European Capital of Culture for 2024.
The final of 'Eesti Laul 2024' will take place on Saturday 17th February 2024 European time (Sunday 18th February Australian time), where the winner will fly the Estonian flag at the Eurovision Song Contest 2024 in Malmö.
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