"We had no other option than to remove the song from the competition. Everybody knows the rules." - Heidy Purga, the Executive Producer of Eesti Laul and the Estonian Head of Delegation, commented on the disqualification.
If last week a total of ten acts were in line to qualify for the final, then this time it was 9 artists trying to do that. Namely, one of the acts - Uku Suviste's Jagatud Öö - was disqualified this week due to its lyrics being used already in 2004 in another song.
This didn't, however, change the number of songs that qualified for the final - it was still five songs out of nine (qualifiers in bold).
The winners were picked in a joint vote between a jury - consisting of music industry professionals - and the viewers.
Once again, during the voting a sketch where an "online reporter", called Leemet Muna (Leemet Egg in English) from a made up tabloid Õhtuelu25.ee, was trying to find more intrigues between the participants of this semi-final.
Jury favourites were revealed before the end of the televote as well - being Orelipoiss, MID, Rolf Roosalu, Mimicry and Ithaka Maria. The jury members also praised the level of the songs in this semi-final, stating it was very hard to pick the qualifiers.
The pre-show favourite was Ithaka Maria who has scored over 40% in most polls in the local media. Thus, she's also considered to be one of the main contenders for the Estonian trophy next week.
By the way - her song was composed by her father and herself - as he said in the show. Namely, the song was written when Ithaka Maria was just one month old and the chorus line - hopa-pa-rei - comes from the sound she made when her father threw her up into the air.
Rolf Roosalu, also known by the name Rolf Junior, was a frontrunner in the predictions in the media as well.
The winner of the Estonian selection for the Eurovision Song Contest will be picked in a combined vote between a professional jury and the viewers.
They will pick the two so-called superfinalists out of which the Estonian representative for the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest will be picked by a televote.