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Eurovision 2023 Estonia profile: 'Bridges' by Alika

Photo credit: Alika Milova // Facebook

Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest

Estonia has competed in 27 Eurovision Song Contests since their debut in 1994. They won Eurovision in 2001 with 'Everybody' by Tanel Padar, Dave Benton & 2XL. Estonia has qualified in three out of the past four Eurovision Grand Finals and has placed in the top 10 of the Eurovision Final ten times in their history at the Contest. 'Hope' by Stefan finished in 13th place in the final of last year's Contest.

2023 Entry: Alika - 'Bridges'

  • Alika will compete in 4th position in semi-final 2

  • My Eurovision Scoreboard ranking: 16th

  • Odds to win ranking: 22nd

(Rankings as of 3 April 2023)

About the artist

Alika was born in Narva in Estonia on 5 September 2002. She has been performing since she was four years old, and has participated in many televised singing competitions including 'The Baltic Voice', 'New Wave Junior', 'Kaunas Talent', 'Bravo Song Contest' and 'Berlin Perle'. Alika rose to fame after winning the eighth season of 'Eesti otsib superstaari' (Estonian Idol), securing more than 70% of the vote in the final.

About the song

'Bridges' is written by Alika together with Nina Sampermans and Wouter Hardy - songwriters who also wrote Gjon's Tears' 2021 Eurovision entry 'Tout l'univers'. Wouter Hardy is also notable for co-writing Duncan Laurence's Eurovision-winning song 'Arcade'. Alika has explained that the song was inspired by feelings of anxiety and "feeling lost in a big world", but it is also about hope and having the strength to move forward.

The song is a piano ballad with orchestral instrumentation, written and recorded in three hours.

How Alika was selected for Eurovision

Photo credit: Ken Mürk / ERR

Alika won Estonia's Eurovision national selection show 'Eesti Laul 2023', at the Tondiraba Ice Hall in Tallinn, to earn her place in Liverpool. She won the jury vote and the televote to make it to the superfinal, beating Ollie's 'Venom' and Bedwetters' 'Monsters' to take out the competition with 41.83% of the public vote.

Estonia will compete in Semi-Final 2 on May 11 (European time) in Liverpool.

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