Originally, 159 songs were submitted to Estonian broadcaster ERR. A professional panel narrowed this number down to 20 songs.
Eesti Laul 2012 will consist of two semi final shows of ten songs each, the performances of which are aired on tape format, although the shows themselves are live with all of the artists present. Five songs will qualify for the final of Eesti Laul from each semi final, meaning the final will be a ten song show.
The host of tonight's show was Piret Järvis of Vanilla Ninja fame.
In both the semi finals and final, the results will be decided by a 50/50 split between public televoting and a jury vote.
Tonight's line up was as follows (Qualifiers in bold):-
Janne Saar - Fight For Love
Erasmus Rotterdamist - Kuu Pääle
MIA - Bon Voyage
Milky Whip - My Love
Pop Maniacs - I Don't Know
Ott Lepland - Kuula
August Hunt - Tantsulõvi
Soundclear - A Little Soldier
Liis Lemsalu - Made Up My Mind
Loss Paranoias - Valedetektor
Ott Lepland and Liis Lemsalu are both former winners of the Estonian Idol show. The second semi final will take place next Saturday 25th February.
Check out our backstage gallery below
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.