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Koit Toome & Laura

Power duo Koit Toome & Laura are Estonian pop royalty, returning to the competition after over a decade. Join them in their trip to... Verona.

From Estonia comes the Power Duo of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. This is what happens when the highest performing male singer meets the decade's most played radio artist and they team up with the country's number one hit maker! As teenagers both Laura and Koit represented Estonia at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2005 and 1998 respectively. Now they make their long awaited return.

The two singers have become among the hardest working artists in the Estonian music scene. Laura is the current head of the Estonian Jazz Union while Koit has flourished in the world of musical theatre. This modern take on Romeo and Juliet was inspired by the author's recent trip to Verona. He has worked successfully with both singers before, but this is the first time that the ambitious duo will unite for a project.

Despite their solo successes, they work amazingly as a team and always make each other laugh. Now this impressive collaboration will bring its grand drama to the Eurovision Stage.

Things you should know about Koit Toome & Laura

What are the three most interesting aspects about your entry?

  • Both singers have represented Estonia at Eurovision previously. Koit represented Estonia in Birmingham back in 1998 (Mere Lapsed) and Laura in Kyiv back in 2005 as a member of the girlband Suntribe (with Let's Get Loud);
  • Bringing them together on one stage in Kyiv was unexpected to the Estonian audience and even to the artists themselves;
  • Koit and Laura are versatile singers - Koit is active in the musical theatre and pop scenes and Laura is into jazz, free improvisation and techno.

What are the most impressive facts about you?

  • Laura's favorite "language" is “Häiking”, which is a sequence of freestyle improvised words made up by her on the spot. Her favorite way to treat herself is on a Sunday morning with her grandma's pancake recipe;
  • Besides being a singer and producer, Koit has acted in musical theatre for the last 17 years playing main roles in The Phantom Of The Opera, West Side Story and Les Miserables among many more. He also started playing the piano when he was three years old.

Do you have a (lucky) routine before you go on stage?

  • Before a performance Koit has a habit of walking around the room in a specific, yet peculiar way;
  • Laura warms up her voice with improvisational noises, which causes Koit to laugh uncontrollably.

Why is the Eurovision Song Contest important for you?

Both Laura and Koit have long dreamed of one day returning to the Eurovision Song Contest. After more than a decade of waiting, they finally found a song and team that made it happen. This is also the story of the song Verona: keep all your good memories inside and be ready to re-live them. Give it your all, try with all your heart and cherish every thing you have in your life.

About the song writer & composer

There is no doubt that 44-year old Sven Lõhmus is the greatest hit maker in Estonia. This will be his fourth participation in the Eurovision Song Contest providing previous Estonian entries for Suntribe (2005), Urban Symphony (2009) and Getter Jaani (2011). In addition to his Eurovision contributions, he has written more than a hundred hit radio singles and won ten Estonian Golden Disc Awards.

Sven owns one of the biggest synthesizer collections in Estonia and is also very much into motorsports. He is currently in the process of becoming an airplane pilot, so yes – Mr. Sven Lõhmus is definitely a man who is flying high.

Music video

Lyrics of Verona

Sleeping all alone
you wake up with a bottle in your hands
no sound of serenade cause we both know we lost our game

I was always high on loving you
before the romance turned to drama
like Romeo and Juliet once before
we are lost in Verona

Learning through the scars
will make you stronger time is the proof
I ´m not a loner kind
I know I just cant get over you

I was always trying to tell the truth
before the romance turned to drama
I hope the best in me was always you
before we lost our Verona

We are lost
lost in the crowd of the street
we are lost
like two sailing boats in the sea
we are lost
`cause sometimes we building and burning down love
we are lost our Verona

We lost and we found our Verona
We are lost in Verona

Reckless type of love,reckless type of love
we never said I`m sorry
we never said enough
this western type of woman; western type of man
disappeared in Verona
Dormant tout seul
tu te réveilles avec une bouteille entre tes mains
plus aucun son de sérénade parce que nous deux savons que nous avons perdu notre jeu

J’ai toujours été ivre de ton amour
avant que la romance ne devienne un drame
comme ce fut le cas pour Roméo et Juliette
nous sommes perdus à Vérone

Apprendre à travers tes cicatrices
te rendra plus fort le temps en sera la preuve
je ne suis pas de type solitaire
je sais juste que je ne peux pas t'oublier

J'essayais toujours de dire la vérité
avant que l'histoire d'amour ne devienne un drame
j’espère que le meilleur en moi, c'était toujours toi
avant que nous perdions notre Vérone

Nous sommes perdus
perdus dans la foule dans la rue
nous sommes perdus
comme deux voiliers en mer
nous sommes perdus
parce que parfois nous construisons et brûlons notre amour
nous avons perdu notre Vérone
Nous avons perdu et trouvé notre Vérone
Nous sommes perdus à Vérone

Un amour téméraire, un amour téméraire
on ne s'est jamais dit pardon
on ne s'est jamais dit assez
cette femme occidentale; cet homme occidental
ils sont disparus à Vérone