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Saturday, 29 March 2014 18:36

ESC 2014: An In-Depth Review of Estonia

It has become customary for the escflashmalta.com editorial board to engage professional individuals from the music industry to assess the songs competing in the Eurovision Song Contest as presented to the European Broadcasting Union during the Heads of Delegation Meeting. Martin Isherwood, Deo Grech, Stano Simor and Matt Mercieca from the United Kingdom, Malta and the Czech Republic have been entrusted with the first semi-final, comprising of sixteen songs and set to take place on the 6th May 2014 at the B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen, Denmark. Making use of the running order and thus moving onto number #3, we catch up with Estonia (ERR) who will be represented by Tanja and the song Amazing co-written with Timo Vendt.

Born in Kaliningrad, Russia, Tanja moved to Estonia with her family at the age of just two months. Today she’s a household name: a much loved entertainer and a role model in her home country – and tomorrow hopefully throughout Europe. This year she won the Estonian national selection, Eesti Laul 2014 and will thus represent Estonia at the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen with her song Amazing. Tanja is amazing – a true pearl in a sea of pre-fab pop stars. She was not born with a silver spoon in her mouth, but has achieved her success and popularity through sheer hard work. Today, her CV is about as thick as a telephone directory, featuring dozens of roles in major musicals, wins galore in singing contests and six albums' worth of music.

Thousands of people have seen Tanja on stage in theatre and musical performances, with her boundless energy infusing such productions as Chicago, Fame, The Phantom Of The Opera, Snow White, Hair and Kiss of the Spider Woman. She is currently starring in Cabaret (in which she plays Sally), The Last Cowboy (in which she plays Lucy) and ThrillerTribute to Michael Jackson. Tanja almost made it to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2002, as a member of Nightlight Duo, whose upbeat tune Another Country Song finished second in the national final before going on to become one of the biggest hits of the year in Estonia. Tanja has been a fan of Europe's favourite TV show for as long as she can remember. Amazing was written with the contest in mind, and she knew from the start that the staging would involve contemporary dance, which she has been active in since 2001. She has also taught at a dance school.


Estonia made their debut in the finals of the Eurovision Song Contest back in 1994 but it was surely not an evening to remember with Silvi Vrait and her entry Nagu Merelaine finishing in last place with a mere two points. It was a painful beginning to what would be a positive future, at least for the next couple of years, with Estonia reaching the top ten on six of the next seven participations, including a major victory in 2001 with Everybody performed by Tanel Padar, Dave Benton and 2 XL. Since the introduction of the semi-final system back in 2004, Estonis has found it extremely difficult to get through to the final show, but once more has maintained a positive record in the past three years, even finishing in sixth place in 2002 thanks to Kuula sung by Ott Lepland.

Professional Critics Voice their Opinion

Rating: 54%

Martin Isherwood: Very strong chorus. Tanja has a very strong voice, but I'm not sure about the nasal sounding guy that opens the track. Very well done track with a few tricks and turns   Very strong, could stand a good chance.

Deo Grech: There is a strong reference to Loreen's ''Euphoria'' here. And this is even more accentuated by the stage act.   All in all it will be a great dance-floor filler at the Euroclub, however it's far from being ''Amazing'' at the Eurovision. It's only hope is that it will be performed right after Latvia, however it will be quite easily forgotten by Sanna who will be singing next.

Stano Simor: Choreography of the singer is incompatible with the fact that she can sing a song alone. Only if she would have extreme physical preparation. Personally, I think the main vocalist sings vocals for her. The song's atmosphere and style is really good and remains firmly in mind as well.

Matt Mercieca: DICTION!!! I have no idea what she’s saying, but beat is cool, and i like the backing vocals! reminds me of lion king I don’t know why. I must say when I do understand her, I kind of wish I wasn’t understanding her, over all its ok, beats cool, not in love, should do well though.

Source: eurovision.tv


Published in Editorials

After two weeks of semi finals, Eesti Laul has chosen its final ten contestants to compete on the 1st of March so that one of them will win the ticket to Copenhagen for the first semi-final in next May. Amongst these ten finalists, one could find new and upcoming artists and also some familiar names like with Sandra Nurmsalu, who is the front women from the band Urban Symphony who represented Estonia in 2009 with their song Rändajad and ended in the sixth position in the grand final. From this final of Eesti Laul 2014, the representative chosen is no other than Tanja and her song Amazing.

Tanja was the first one to compete in the first semi-final on the 14th February who won a ticket to tonight's final. She performed second to last, being the 9th position. As a normal procedure, the ten competing artists perform their songs to professional jury as a a part of the show where the juries' votes will add up to 50% and the other 50% are from the viewers of the show (tele-voting). This took us to two, from the field of ten, super-finalists. These two were Super Hot Cosmos Blues Band and their song Maybe-Maybe and Tanja with her song Amazing

After these results had been published, we got to another 10 minutes of tele-voting for the competition between the super-finalists. The winner was chosen only from the tele-voting and no professional jury was included in this second part. Tanja in the end triumphed the whole competition with her song Amazing and is now set to perform in the first half of the first semi-final on the 6th of May in the BW Hallerne Hall in Copenhagen. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news about anything related to the Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: ERR, Eurovision.tv