During the show “Ringvaade“, the 10 participants of “Eesti Laul 2022” – quarter-final 2 revealed.
The 10 acts are:
- Andrei Zevakin feat. Grete Paia – “Mis nüüd saab” (Eng: What now)
- An-Marlen – “Lõpuks muutub” (Eng: It finally changes)
- Desiree – “Siiani” (Eng: So far)
- Frants Tikerpuu and Triin Niitoja – “Laululind” (Eng: Songbird)
- Jyrise – “Plaksuta” (Eng:Clap)
- Helen – “Vaatu minu poole” (Eng: Look at me)
- Kaia-Liisa Kesler – “Vaikus” (Eng: Silence)
- Meisterjaan – “Vahel lilhtsalt” (Eng: Sometimes just)
- Silver Jusilo – “Elu rüpes” (Eng: In the midst of life)
- Wiiralt – “Kuradile” (Eng: Damn it)
Who are the Competing Artists?
- Grete Paia
26 year old Grete Paia will try her luck in the Estonian selection for the 4th attempt.
She competed in the national selection in the years 2013, 2016 and 2019.
In 2013, she performed the song “Päästke noored hinged” and ended in 2nd place in the superfinal., being very close to win with 49% of the votes.
In 2016, she performed the song “Stories Untold” and ended up 7th in the final:
In 2019, she returned for the 3rd time with the song “Kui isegi kaotan“, but failed to qualify for the final:
2. Andrei Zevakin
Andrei Zevakin is a 25-year-old Estonian singer, song-writer and producer.
He competed in the national selection in 2021 (as part of duo with rapper Pluto).
They performed the song “Wingman” and ended up 5th in the final
Andrei is a talented song-writer whose a lot of his songs competed in “Eesti Laul” in recent years.
Among them, we can count:
Wiiralt is an Estonian rock-band.
They will compete in “Eesti Laul” for the second year in a row.
In 2020, they performed the song “Tuuled“, but faield to qualify:
5. Triin Niitoja
Triin Niitoja is an Estonian singer.
She became known after participating in Eesti otsib superstaari (Estonia is Searching for a Superstar) in 2011
She will compete in the Estonian selection for the second time.In 2015, she collaborated with Jogn4 on the song “This is Our Choice“.
They finished 5th in the final:
Desiree is an Estonian singer-songwriter.
She competed in “Eesti Laul” in 2018 with the song “On My Mind”, but failed to qualify for the final:
They will compete in the second quarter-final on Saturday the 27th of November 2022.
These 10 artists will fight for 5 spots in the semi-finals. 3 of them will be chosen by public vote, while 2 others will be chosen by jury panel.
For 4 consecutive weeks, we will have quarter – finals of the selection.
10 artists will compete in each quarter-final. 10 artists will be revealed each Monday / Tuesday before the show. However, the songs will only be revealed in the show itself.
The 2 hosts of the second quarter-final will be Uku Suviste and Tanja Mihhailova-Saar:
Uku Suviste won national selection in the years 2020 and 2021.
In 2020, he should have represented Estonia with the song “What Love Is“.
However, Eurovision 2020 was canceled due to Covid-19 restrictions.
In 2021, he decided to compete in “Eesti Laul” another time.
Once again, he won. This time, he performed the song “The Lucky One“
Uku represented Estonia in Eurovision 2021, but failed to qualify for the final:
Tanja represented Estonia at Eurovision 2014 with the song “Amazing“.
However, she failed to qualify for the grand final:
About the Selection Process
- This year, “Eesti Laul” will have 4 quarter-finals, 2 semi-finals, and a grand final.
- Out of 202 songs, 40 songs were shortlisted for the quarter-finals.
- The initial plan is to build a line-up of 20 songs in Estonian and 20 songs in other languages.
- A jury panel of 17 music experts ranked the songs without knowing who the singers, composers and lyricists were behind them.
- 10 songs will be included in each quarter-final. 5 of them will qualify for the semi-finals: 3 will be chosen by the public and 2 others by the jury.
- In the quarter-finals, songs won’t be performed live. We will watch the video clips of each one of them.
- As always, the semi-finals will have 2 rounds, where in the first round winners (jury votes and TV viewer’s phone votes combined) will qualify for the grand final and 2nd round decided by the public vote.
- Each semi-final will include 10 songs and only 5 of them will qualify.
- In the grand final, the 10 competing songs will face 2 rounds vote. The first round will be determined by 50% public vote and 50% jury voting.
- 3 artists will qualify for the “Superfinal,” which will only be determined by a public vote.
- A total of 202 songs were submitted
- 84 songs are in Estonian, while the other 118 songs are in foreign languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish and a fictional language.
- 7 of the artists have already represented Estonia in the past.
- Some of the song writers are well known Estonian musicians, composers and lyricists
- The dates of the shows are:
Quarterfinal 1:November 20th 2021
- Quarterfinal 2:November 27th 2021
- Quarterfinal 3:December 4th 2021
- Quarterfinal 4:December 11th 2021
- Semi Final 1: 3rd February 2022
- Semi Final 2: 5th February 2022
- Grand Final: 12th of February 2022