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  • Writer's pictureDale Roberts

Koit Toome among six qualifiers from Eesti Laul semi-final 1

Courtesy of ERR

This morning saw the first semi-final of Estonia's national final 'Eesti Laul'.

The contest was held without an audience and with COVID-19 precautions in place including some social distancing and mask use by artists and juries present.

Courtesy of ERR

The entertaining semi-final also saw no fewer than three former Eurovision artists compete: Tanja (2014), Koit Toome (1998 and 2017) and Ivo Linna (1996).

There were six qualifiers from the semi-final with the first four coming through a 50/50 split between juries and televote, while the fifth and sixth places came from televote alone.

The first four qualifiers were:

  • Karl Killing - 'Kiss Me'

  • Egert Milder - 'Free Again'

  • Ivo Linna, Robert Linna, Supernova - 'Ma olen siin'

  • Koit Toome - 'We Could Have Been Beautiful'

The final two qualifiers were:

  • Hans Nayna - 'One By One'

  • Andrei Zevakin & Pluuto - 'Wingman'

Those to miss out were:

  • Tanja - 'Best Night Ever'

  • WIIRALT - 'Tuuled'

  • Kéa - 'Hypnotized'

  • Tuuli Rand - 'Üks öö'

  • Kristin Kalnapenk - 'Find a Way'

  • Nika Marula - 'Calm Down'

Watch the performance by Koit Toome:

And catch the rest at

The six qualifiers will perform on the final to be held on 6th March.

Semi-final two takes place this weekend (Saturday 20 February in Europe, Sunday 4:30am AEDT in Australia) sees 2020 representative Uku Suviste compete as well Estonia's 2016 entrant Jüri Pootsmann.


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