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Eesti Laul 2018 kicks off in Estonia. Will the romance turn to drama?

08 February 2018 at 13:29 CET
Koit Toome & Laura represented Estonia in 2017 with the song 'Verona' EBU / Andres Putting
The final of 'Eesti Laul', the Estonian national selection for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest will take place on Saturday 3rd March. The format will also include two semi-finals on Saturday 10th February and Saturday 17th February.

The Estonian national selection for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest is about to kick off in Tallinn. In total 20 acts will compete for the right to represent the country in Lisbon. The line-up for Eesti Laul 2018 includes some familar faces including Stig Rästa who represented Estonia in 2015, Gerli Padar who flew the flag in 2007 and Rolf Roosalu who has participated in the Estonian national selection on numerous occasions. Last year Koit Toome and Laura represented Estonia with Verona

Participants in the first semi-final (10/02/18)

Vajé - Laura (Walk With Me)
Iiris & Agoh - Drop That Boogie
Etnopatsy - Külm
Sibyl Vane - Thousand Words
Aden Ray - Everybody's Dressed
Tiiu x Okym x Semy - Näita oma energiat
Stig Rästa - Home
Miljardid - Pseudoprobleem
Desiree - On My Mind
Elina Nechayeva - La forza

Participants in the second semi-final (17/02/18)

Marju Länik - Täna otsuseid ei tee
Rolf Roosalu - Show A Little Love
Frankie Animal - (Can't Keep Calling) Misty
Eliis Pärna ja Gerli Padar - Sky
Indrek Ventmann - Tempel
Evestus - Welcome To My World
Karl-Kristjan & Karl Killing (ft. WATEVA) - Young
Metsakutsu - Koplifornia
Girls In Pearls - Spellbound
Nika - Knock Knock

Five acts from each semi-final will proceed to the final on 3rd March. The qualifiers will be determined by a 50/50 combination of televotes and votes from a professional jury for the first four acts. The final act will be chosen through a second round of televoting. In the final a 50/50 combination will be used to select the top three, and the winner will be then decided solely by the public.

Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest

Estonia has a successful record in the Eurovision Song Contest having won in 2001 with Everybody performed by Dave Benton and Tanel Padar. Between 1996 and 2002 Estonia finished in the top ten on six occasions. Since Eesti Laul was introduced in 2009 the country has made it to the Grand Final five times.