Eesti Laul 2018 kicks off in Estonia. Will the romance turn to drama?
Photo by: Andres Putting
Posted 8 Febuary 2018 at 12:29
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.
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.