In recent years, Estonia has seen an upsurge in popularity of its own music and its national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest, Eesti Laul, is no exception to this rule.
Launching the 2014 edition of its National Selection, broadcaster ERR is focused on attracting new Estonian music to compete in Eesti Laul. For the past two years Estonia has chosen songs in the Estonian language: Ott Lepland with Kuula in 2012 and Birgit Õigemeel with Et uus saaks alguse in 2013.
ERR has set out the process for Eesti Laul 2014 with a submission deadline for entries set at 15:00 EET on the 9th of December.
After this a jury will pick 20 songs to compete in the two Semi-Finals set to take place on the 14th and 21st of February. The songs and participants will be revealed by the 13th of December.
The Grand Final will take place on the 1st of March where the qualifiers from the Semi-Finals will compete for the right to represent Estonia in one of the two Semi-Finals of the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen, Denmark on the 6th and 8th of May. The Grand Final takes place on the 10th of May.
A successful format
During the history of the contest in Estonia, an impressive 721 songs have been submitted making Eesti Laul a catalyst for Estonian music, being the biggest platform for this in the country, where success can be achieved even if you don't win.
An example of this is the group Winny Puhh who entered Eesti Laul in 2013 with the song Meiecundimees üks Korsakov läks eile Lätti. The band have since had much success at home and abroad, recently performing at the Paris Fashion Week.
Interest in the format for Eesti Laul has also been extensive, with countries such as Finland and Latvia basing their own national selections on Eesti Laul. Interest has also been shown in the format from Norway, Sweden and Bulgaria. In addition, a 10 strong delegation from Finland attended the Grand Final of Eesti Laul earlier this year.
Mart Normet from broadcaster ERR said, "Eesti Laul seems to spread like a virus; its positive impact proven to us".
Could history repeat itself?
The last time the Eurovision Song Contest was held in Copenhagen (in 2001), Estonia's Tanel Padar and Dave Benton won the competition with the song Everybody. Now that we are a returning to the Danish captial for the 2014 contest, could history be set to repeat itself? Estonia certainly hopes so!
Stayed tuned to Eurovision.tv for more news of Eesti Laul 2014.