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Friday, 05 April 2013 00:10

Estonia: Reviewing the track 'Et Uus Saaks Alguse'

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Yesterday, Austria was the first country to receive the critique of the reviewers that escflashmalta.com has engaged in support of the participants in this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. More preview videos are being added with the release of those from Austria and Belarus in the past couple of hours. The formal introduction of each entry continues. All of the information is obtained from the official website of the international spectacle and indeed, pertaining to the running order as decided by the producers, Estonia will be performing in slot number two (2) from the sixteen (16) entries which will be competing during the first semi-final. ERR, the broadcaster resposible for the participation of Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest will be represented by the song Et Uus Saaks Alguse co-written by Mihkel Mattisen and Silvia Soro with vocals provided by Birgit Õigemeel.

Birgit Õigemeel is without doubt one of the happiest people in the world right now. Her life is full of love and great expectations: the challenge of performing in an international arena, settling in to her new home in Tallinn, and looking forward to the birth of her first baby. There could be no more exciting time for her to be taking part in Eurovision than now, when she and her partner Indrek Sarrap are expecting their first child. And she's not alone - composer Mihkel Mattisen is about to become a parent for the first time, too! It's clearly fate that Et Uus Saaks Alguse (known in English as 'New Beginning') is representing Estonia at the Eurovision Song Contest. Children have played a big role in Birgit's life throughout her professional career, which began in 2007 when she won the first ever series of Estonian Pop Idol. A year later she set up the Tähelaps ('Starchild') charity with politician and good friend Margus Tsahkna in support of the education of children from orphanages.

Born in the small Estonian town of Kohila, Birgit has three sisters: two older and one younger. Her father is a furniture maker, but it's her mother – a singing teacher – whose footsteps she has followed, teaching children to sing in one of her older sister's song and dance studios. In 2009 she teamed up with the internationally acclaimed deep house production duo Rulers of the Deep on the album Teineteisel Pool ('The Other Side'). A showcase of intelligent club music, it won her the award of the Female Artist of the Year 2010 in Estonia. In 2010 she took the role of Maria von Trapp in the 'The Sound of Music' in Estonia. She has also taken part in the national selection for Eurovision on two previous occasions, in 2008 and 2012. Birgit is only too aware that resting on your laurels is a step backwards, which is why she's studying music therapy at Tallinn University. "I'm interested in the deeper effect that music has on people," she explains.


Eesti Laul is the national selection procedure in Estonia and it has proven somewhat successful in recent years following a revamp which was put forward by the broadcaster. A professional jury made up of people from the music industry along with the public both have a stake in selecting the best two tracks competing in the selection process but nevertheless, the public would then vote for the best act. Preceding the final round are two semi-finals, which comprise of ten songs each and once more, both the public and the jury decide on which five (5) songs from each semi-final should make it through. Estonia is known to be a nation with one of the most alternative selection processes when it comes to song genre and have been described by fans and critics as extremely avante-garde. In the first round of tele-voting, Birgit was actually third but having obtained the second best score of the jury, had managed to get her through to the super-final. 

The contender there was Päästke noored hinged sung by Grete Paia who had achieved top marks by the public as opposed to fifth place by the jury. The voting in the super-final was extremely close and in the end it was Birgit who prevailed with 51.1% of the vote as opposed to 48.9% for the first runner-up. Estonia will be taking part in the Eurovision Song Contest for the nineteenth time and have managed to qualify to the final on three occasions from nine possible entries, all of which coming within the last four years. Their best result was a victory with the song Everybody by Tanel Padar & Dave Benton in 2001 whilst they also managed to finish in sixth place during last years' edition with the track Kuula performed by Ott Lepland. They will be hoping that this ballad, the second one in a row to be performed in the national language will reach the final against current odds published online. Õnn Kaasa!

Professional Critics Voice their Opinion

Rating: 33%

Magnus Kaxe: A ballad with country vibes. Birgit sings nicely but the total package doesn't tickle my ears. It's just - boring. This would sound better if the lyrics were in English because Estonian is not a musical language for ballads.

Lina Eriksson: A typical oldschool Eurovision Song Contest ballad. Will it work in 2013? I don't think so. Birgit is a great singer but this sweet song is out of date, production wise as well as melodically.

Matt Mercieca (Muxu): The way it starts is ok, nothing special. there are some country influences which is rare for eurovision. She is gorgeous reminds me a little bit of Adrianne Curry , ok sorry I went totally off topic, i guess this says a lot about the song, very boring , and never seems to go anywhere.

Source: eurovision.tv


Last modified on Friday, 05 April 2013 14:14