Estonia breaks own Eurovision record

Today was the deadline for submitting entries for Eesti Laul, the Estonian national selection. The amount of songs received is one of the highest in years, being a total of 155 entries.  

"The record-breaking participation shows that musicians like the change in direction we chose last year," Heidy Purga, the Producer of Eesti Laul, said.

"155 songs show that Estonian music lives, breathes and rocks," the Head of Entertainment of ETV, Mart Normet, added.

Now its up to an eleven-member professional jury to choose the ten finalists. They will gather on the 11th of January and on the same evening, the full list of the lucky entries will be published.

The final of the Estonian national selection will be held on the 12th of March, not 6th, as previously announced. 

This time the final will be held outside the studios of ETV, in the Nokia Concert Hall in Tallinn. The tickets for the show will go on sale next Monday.

Estonia achieved the 6th place in the 2009 edition of Europe's favourite TV-show with the song Rändajad, performed by Urban Symphony. The latter has enjoyed a boost in their career ever since. It was the first time since the introduction of the Semi-Finals when Estonia qualified for the Final of the Eurovision Song Contest. 

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