Estonia: Eesti Laul 2022 Quarter-Final 3 Participants Revealed

During the show “Ringvaade“, the 10 participants of “Eesti Laul 2022” – quarter-final 3 revealed.
The 10 acts are:

  1. Alabama Watchdog – “Move On”
  2. Anna Sahlene – “Champion”
  3. deLULU – “Music Saved My Soul”
  4. Elina Nechayeva – “Remedy”
  5. Goodreason – “Three Days Ago
  6. Lauri Pihlap– “Take Me Home”
  7. Levvis – “Let’s Talk About”
  8. Merilin Mälk – “Little Girl”
  9. Shira – “Under Water”
  10. Stefan– “Hope”


This time, all 10 songs will be performed in English.

Who are the Competing Artists?

  1. Anna Sahlene

Sahlene is a Swedish singer who represented Estonia at Eurovision 2002.
She performed the song “Runaway” and ended up in mutual 3rd place in the grand-final with the United Kingdom:

20 years after, she returns to the national selection to claim another trophy.

2. Elina Nechayeva

Elina is an Estonian pop-opera singer.
She won “Eesti Laul 2018” and therefore represented Estonia at Eurovision 2018.
She performed the Italian opera song “La Forza” and ended up 8th in the grand-final:


4 years after her win in the national selection, she will try her luck again.

3. Stefan

Stefan is an Estonian-Armenian singer-songwriter.
He participated in the national selection “Eesti Laul” in the years 2018,2019 and 2020.

In 2018, he competed as a part of the duo VAJÉ. They performed the song “Laura” and ended up 3rd in the super-final

In 2019, he participated in “Eesti Laul 2019” with the song “Without You” and ended up 3rd in the super-final:

In 2020, he participated in “Eesti Laul 2020” with the song “By My Side” and ended up 7th in the final:

In 2022, he will make his 4th participation.

4. Shira

Shira (real name: Marika Rodionova) is an Estonian singer-songwriter of Jewish descent.
She is well known for her participation in “Eesti Laul 2020“.
Back then, she performed the song “Out In Space” and finished in 6th place in the final:

5.Merilin Mälk

Merilin Mälk in an Estonian singer who participated in “Eesti Laul 2020“.
Back then, she performed the song “Miljon sammu” and failed to qualify for the grand final:

6.Alabama Watchdog

Alabama Watchdog is an Estonian rock band.
They made their debut in “Eesti Laul 2021” with the song “Alabama Watchdog“.
They failed to make it to the final:


7. Lauri Pihlap

Lauri Pihlap is an Estonian pop and R&B singer and hip hop artist
In 2000 he joined the band 2XL that was part of Estonian entry for Eurovision 2001 and was crowned as the winners of the year.
In 2014, he participated in the national selection with the song “Lootus” and didn’t make it to the final:

8. Inga Tislar

Inga Tislar isn’t a stranger for the “Eesti Laul” as well.
This year she will compete with the group deLULU.
In the past, she competed as a solo artist and as a part of a group:

In “Eesti Laul 2019“, she collaborated with Lumevärv on the song  “Milline päev”. They finished in 5th place in the final:

In “Eesti Laul 2020“, she performed the song “Right Time” and was eliminated in the semi-finals

Quarter-Final Format

These 10 artistswill compete in the second quarter-final on Saturday the 4th of December 2021.
They 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 third quarter-final will be Laura Põldvere and Ott Lepland:

Laura Põldvere is an Estonian pop – country – jazz singer. She is splitting her life between Estonia and Finland.


The singer has represented Estonia twice at Eurovision:

In 2005, as part of the girl-band Suntribe. They didn’t qualify for the final:


In 2017, as part of a duo alongside Koit Tomme. They performed the song “Verona” and didn’t qualify for the final:

Besides this, she is well known for participating in the Estonian selection for Eurovision multiple times: 2005, 2009, 2016, ,2017, 2020.
She has even participated in the Finnish selection for Eurovision 2021 – “UMK 2021” with the song “Play“.

Ott Lepland

Ott Lepland is an Estonian singer. In 2012, he won the national selection and represented Estonia at Eurovision 2012.
He performed the song “Kuula”, and ended up 6th in the grand final while conquering our hearts:

About the Selection Process

  1. This year, “Eesti Laul” will have 4 quarter-finals, 2 semi-finals, and a grand final.
  2. Out of 202 songs, 40 songs were shortlisted for the quarter-finals.
  3. The initial plan is to build a line-up of 20 songs in Estonian and 20 songs in other languages.
  4. A jury panel of 17 music experts ranked the songs without knowing who the singers, composers and lyricists were behind them.
  5. 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.
  6. In the quarter-finals, songs won’t be performed live. We will watch the video clips of each one of them.
  7. 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.
  8. Each semi-final will include 10 songs and only 5 of them will qualify.
  9. 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.
  10. 3 artists will qualify for the “Superfinal,” which will only be determined by a public vote.
  11. A total of 202 songs were submitted
  12. 84 songs are in Estonian, while the other 118 songs are in foreign languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish and a fictional language.
  13. 7 of the artists have already represented Estonia in the past.
  14. Some of the song writers are well known Estonian musicians, composers and lyricists
  15. 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

Doron Lahav is 28 years old guy who lives in Israel. Doron watches Eurovision Song Contest since early 2000s. Doron works as a Data Scientist and also shows interest in singing and writing.

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