It’s been announced that Estonian broadcaster ERR has received 217 submissions for the Estonian national selection ”Eesti Laul 2023”.
The submission window was open in September 2022, and it was closed today on 20th October 2022.
20 semi-finalists who made the shortlisted list will be announced at the beginning of November, and the songs will be heard for the first time in December 2022.
Tomi Rahula, who is the chief producer of Eesti Laul, said:
“An exceptionally exciting competition is coming,”
A total of 217 songs were received by the deadline; 92 songs were in Estonian, and 125 were in foreign languages, which links to the majority in English and others in other languages.
According to Tomi Rahula, there will be multiple varieties of artists like:
- Artists who are new to a wide audience
- Well-known artists and authors who have past in Eesti Laul and Eurovision experience
“The choice is fierce, and the jury will be difficult.”
The next round will be evaluated by 16 member jury, which includes people in well-versed in the music landscape and trends, from singers to radio hosts. The jury will evaluate the songs anonymously. The jury composition will be published by Eesti Laul, together with 20 semi-finalists.
20 shortlisted acts will make two semi-finalists, and it will be announced in ”Ringvaate’‘ on 1st and 2nd November; we will hear 20 songs on a special ETV program on 2nd December 2022.
Eesti Laul 2023 semi-finals will take place on 12th January 2023 and 14th January 2023, but the grand final will take place on 11th February 2023.
Stefan represented Estonia at Eurovision 2022 with the song ”Hope”.He came in 13th place in the grand final with 141 points.