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The song

Title
Verona
Performed by
Koit Toome & Laura
Written by
Sven Lõhmus
Composed by
Sven Lõhmus

The song

Title
Verona
Performed by
Koit Toome & Laura
Written by
Sven Lõhmus
Composed by
Sven Lõhmus

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.

Lyrics

English (Original)

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

French

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