ERR, the broadcaster responsible for the participation of Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest has been pretty much professional in the way that they handle they national selection, currently known as Eesti Laul and this is for the simple reason that the variety of genres present has always been intriguing and extremely fresh. Once more, those watching the selection through the official website of the Eurovision Song Contest this evening should not be disappointed because the ten entries reflect upon what pepole enjoy listening to the most at the moment. Two semi-finalists were held last weekend to select the qualifiers and there might have been a couple of surprises but that is what happens in a high profile selection.
Last year, Estonia selected the song Kuula performed by Ott Lepland and achieved another top ten placing finishing in sixth place at the end of the evening after having qualified in fourth place. This was the second top ten finish in just four years and in three of those four years, qualification was assured. In recent years, there has been two groups, a female, and a male and therefore, Estonia are quite unpredictable in choosing their respective performer. In the first round of voting, a panel of judges and public voting will determine the two super-finalists from which the public would then garner all the rights in the choice. This evenings’ showcase is taking place at the Nokia Concert Hall in Tallinn, host city of the 2002 Eurovision Song Contest.
The Show (Part 1)
The final of the Estonian National Selection, Eesti Laul 2013 kicks off with last year’s winner Ott Lapland performing his ballad Kuula. The staging is pretty simple, but it fits Lapland’s performance. Backing vocalists all dressed in white accompany him. Now the contestants are being presented one by one as they come down the flight of steps amongst the audience making them look very casual. They are all seemingly ready to bring the house down with their performance. Well, introduction is cut short and here we go with this evenings’ performances.
Rolf Roosalu – With U
There are only this beams that go with Rolf’s performance. The vocals were very well done. His presence is good as well. The song’s structure might not be very usual, which makes it outstanding, but a bit forgettable. This piano ballad may delight those who are into this music genre, but the mainstream audience might not appreciate it as much, although in the Eurovision Song Contest world, nothing can be settled in stone.
Liisi Koikson & Söörömöö – Üle vee
It’s time for some soul-pop to take the stage with this melodic entry. Liisi’s voice is clear and strong, perfectly fitting the song’s style. Her dress and the staging reminescent the old Eurovision days. It’s easy to see there’s some bossanova influence to it and it may make it remarkable throughout the contest.
Rasmus Rändvee & Facelift Deer – Dance
A group of young guys comprise this indie band. The song, just like Rasmus’s vocals, isn’t as strong as it should be, although the instrumentation isn’t that bad. One could hope their looks could make up for the entry. One could also imagine they’d rock it a lot more if they were performing on a pre-recorded track, but they seemed to enjoy it somehow. Note that non-Estonian lyrics are being subtitled in Estonian for the televiewers to understand them.
Elina Born – Enough
Acoustic guitars and a bit of synthpop make this song sound nice. Elina’s vocals are okay. The staging goes well with the number, as well as her dress. The instrumentation, especially the drums, are pretty attractive. She seems a confident performer and that’s helped her a lot. She may have good chances to make to the superfinal.
Põhja-Tallinn – Meil on aega veel
Another rock-oriented track with a feature rap is to find its way to Malmö. The song itself is pretty much nothing special, just like the band’s wardrobe. The performance is pretty weak, making the whole number forgettable, but the lady’s vocals aren’t that bad. It’s just not the right song for her. She should try competing one more time with a killer track and she’ll be good to go!
Kõrsikud – Suuda öelda ei
This folk triad sings harmonically and the song is very appealing melodically. There’s not too much pretention; just 3 guys playing their instruments and vocals are nice to the ears. This is a number to recall. They make Estonian not to sound so harsh to foreign ears. This song could do very well in Malmö, hoping votes keep it in mind when doing their job.
Birgit Õigemeel – Et uus saaks alguse
Here comes a well-performed ballad wth a truly familiar music structure. It may charm voters with a musical ear. Her white dress makes her look angelical, which is fine for the number hereby presented. Since there’s no routine dance, she focueses on her soft vocals, which works out. This is the sort of entry juries like going for.
Teele & Tuuli & Ula – Ring The Alarm
Golden short outfits take over the eye with an average pop track. Vocals aren’t that great and more of those drums would have given the song the power it surely needs. The beats are okay, but overall, there’s nothing rather special about this entry.
Winny Puhh – Meiecundimees üks Korsakov läks eile Lätti
The most unconventional entry in terms of stage presence and music. It sounds more like a protest song than a Eurovision song, but we all know a bit portion of voters from the teleaudience aren’t Eurovision fans, so chances are, it might get lots of votes from them. These pseudo-wrestlers are purely noisy.
Grete Paia – Päästke noored hinged
This year’s Estonian lineup is closed by a piano-driven/synthpop track with a bit of industrial rock influences. Her vocals are good enough to make the song okay, but not great. The dance beat at the end is a good feature. In general, it isn’t that bad, it isn’t that special. The visual effects were okay as well.
The Show (Part 2)
After all songs have been presented, it’s time for a recap to be showcased as voting lines are open for the teleaudience nationalwide. The jury and the public will both be selecting the top two tracks that they believe should represent Estonia in the first semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest with the public then selecting the act that they would like to see in the international competition. Ott Lapland on the piano, delivering this sort of indie pop. Ott’s vocals are impecable as usual. It has been an extremely tight result but in the end, two females have managed the cut with Grete Paia and Birgit Õigemeel being the ones through to the super-final. The public will be the ones to select the representative now.