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Estonia chooses Alika for Eurovision 2023

11 February 2023 at 21:52 CET
Alika will compete in Eesti Laul 2023
Alika will represent Estonia with the song 'Bridges' at the Eurovision Song Contest in Liverpool this May

On the evening of Saturday 11 February, Alike was revealed as the winner of the 2023 edition of Estonia's pre-selection for the Eurovision Song Contest, Eesti Laul.

With the song Bridges, Alika beat 11 competitors to take the Eesti Laul win.

Both viewers and a jury (each accounting for 50% of the scores given) voted on the 12 songs, to determine a Top 3. Those 3 then performed again in a 'super final', with Bridges taking 42% of the vote and earning the honour of representing Estonia at the Eurovision Song Contest in May.

Estonia will perform in the Second Semi-Final at the 67th Eurovision Song Contest.

Estonia at the Eurovision Song Contest

Estonia made its debut in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1994. In 2001, Estonia became the first former Soviet country to win the contest.

The early years of Estonia's participation in the competition were particularly successful. Between 1996 and 2002 the country finished in the top 10 in 6 out of 7 Contests including fourth in 2000, winning in 2001 and finishing third in 2002.

After Estonia failed to qualify for 5 consecutive Contests between 2004 and 2008, the Estonians overhauled their national selection, and in 2009, Eesti Laul was born. The competition saw a reversal in Estonia's fortunes and the country went on to achieve its first top 10 placing in the Grand Final in 7 years. Perhaps more importantly for Estonian musicians, Eesti Laul has also become a launch pad for new talent in the country.