At 20:35 CET tonight, former Estonian Eurovision Song Contest representative Ines and her co-host Marko Reikop will present the ten competing songs which will do battle to win Eurolaul 2008.
Six of the ten finalist spots were invitations to composers selected by Estonian Television, five of these were accepted. 72 songs were originally submitted for the remaining five final places in an open competition. This was whittled down to 58 after some disqualifications. Then 58 became five thanks to a professional jury, who collectively decided upon which five songs they felt were best to join the five invited places.
The line up of songs in order of presentation is as follows:
After the presentation of the finalists is complete, televoting will commence and the three songs with the highest number of televotes will progress to the super final round. While the televoting is taking place, viewers are invited to enjoy an interval act comprising of performances from former Estonian Eurovision Song Contest representatives Sahlene, Gerli Padar & Ines and also a song from the group Bedwetters.
After the three super finalists are announced, televoting will continue and a second interval act will take place this being the music of world renowned classical Estonian composer Erkki Sven Tuur. The idea behind the contrasting interval acts was that of Executive Producer Juhan Paadam, who states; "We wanted to show that high culture and mass culture can come together in music in the same show."
The winner will then be announced and perform a reprise of the winning song. Estonia will compete in the first Semi-Final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Belgrade, on Tuesday the 20th of May.
A poll in Estonian newspaper Postimees has Leto presently in the lead with 39.9% of the votes cast. See links below if you wish to see the current poll updates.
Don't forget that you are able to watch a live stream of Eurolaul 2008 through Eurovision.tv's esctv, tonight at 20:35 CET, right after the Azerbaijani national final from Baku.