“Eesti Laul 2021” will be the national selection of Estonia for Eurovision 2021.
In an Interview that was published today on ERR website, the main producer of “Eesti Laul 2021“ (Tomi Rahula) discusses some issues about the national selection for Eurovision 2021.
Following the Covid-19 pandemic, Estonia has limit of capacity in indoor events. At the moment, maximum of 750 people are allowed in such events.
The semi-finals of Eesti Laul 2021 will take place on February 18th and 20th, the final on March 6th, 2021.
The Estonian broadcaster decided that the 2 semi-finals will move back from the concert stage to the studio of Eesti Televisioon. Nevertheless, the final will definitely take place in the Saku Great Hall. in Tallinn Whether the audience will be allowed to attend the final concert already depends on the current situation in March.
You can read Tomi’s comment here:
“The current situation in the world does not allow us to organize a public event at full capacity,” explained Tomi Rahula, the main producer of the song competition, why it was decided to take the semi-finals back to the TV studio. “Unfortunately, we do not have the opportunity to take all the production to Tartu to hold a concert in a half-empty or empty hall. To do that, we would need 120% certainty today that the audience would be allowed in the (full) hall. At the moment, this” freedom “doesn’t appear anywhere”
Eesti Laul 2021 will be broadcast live with or without the audience.
What About The Competing Songs?
The submission period for “Eesti Laul 2021” opened on the 1st of September 2020 and will be closed on the 6th of November 2020. So far, 100 songs have been submitted to the broadcaster ERR. The majority of the songs have been sent in the last week, which hints that maybe a significant amount of songs is about to come.
Like in last year, each artist (singer, writer or composer) can submit up to 5 songs. Songs in the language of Estonian have a participation fee of €50, while foreign language act (English, Russian, Italian and etc.) have a participation fee of €150.
In The next round, a professional jury panel will select their 23 favorites songs, without being told who is the artist, composer and writer behind them.
One spot in the semi-finals has already been kept for Uku Suviste who should have represented Estonia at Eurovision 2020 with the song “What Love Is“.
The songs will probably be revealed on the 5th of December 2020.
Stay tuned for all the news about Eurovision 2021. You can find all the relevant information at out Eurovision 2021 homepage: