The format of Eesti Laul has been used for the first time in 2009 with great success as its winner Urban Symphony managed to qualify for the final of the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest where the group reached a respectable 6th place. ERR, Estonia's public national broadcaster, now decided to use that format again for the 2010 edition of the contest which will take place next May in Oslo, Norway.
Songs for Eesti Laul can be entered until the 7th of January and a jury will then pick 10 songs that will be performed in the final in March.
The winner of Eesti Laul will be decided by a mixture of jury vote and televote.
Estonia managed to win the Eurovision Song Contest in 2001 with the song Everybody performed by Tanel Padar, Dave Benton & 2XL. However, the Baltic country failed to qualify for the final of the Eurovision Song Contest every year between 2004 and 2008. That unlucky spell was only broken this year when Urban Symphony's Rändajad convinced the juries and the televoters in the participating countries and gave the country its best placing since 2002.