Originally, 159 songs were submitted to Estonian broadcaster ERR. A professional panel narrowed this number down to 20 songs.
The host again of tonight's show was Piret Järvis, who shot to fame with the girl group Vanilla Ninja with whom she represented Switzerland in the 2005 Eurovision Song Contest.
The line up for tonight's show was as follows (Qualifiers in bold):-
- Traffic - NASA
- Lenna - Mina Jään
- Malcolm Lincoln - Bye
- Tenfold Rabbit - Oblivion
- Birgit Õigemeel & Violina - You're Not Alone
- Soul Militia - The Future Is Now
- Mimicry - The Destination
- Orelipoiss - Zombi
- Teele Viira - City Nights
- Cat Eye - Ride
Some familiar names from Europe's Favourite TV Show were competing in tonight's show. Lenna was lead singer with Vanilla Ninja for Switzerland in 2005 with Cool Vibes, Malcolm Lincoln represented Estonia in 2012 in Oslo with Siren and the group Soul Militia were formerly known as 2XL, and they backed Tanel Padar & Dave Benton in winning the 2001 Eurovision Song Contest for Estonia with Everybody.
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The final of Eesti Laul 2012 will take part next Saturday 3rd March.
Estonia will take part in the second half of the Second Semi-Final of Europe's Favourite TV Show in Baku on Thursday 24th May.