Ott Sepp and Märt Avandi, the hosts of the Eesti Laul 2016 final
Photo by: ERR/CJ Kask
Posted 5 March 2016 at 9:00
Tonight the final of Eesti Laul, the Estonian national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest, takes place in the capital Tallinn. The 2015 winners, Elina Born and Stig Rästa finished in 7th place in the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest with their song Goodbye To Yesterday. Tonight it's time for Estonia to decide who will succeed them in 2016! You can watch the show live on Eurovision.tv from 18:30 CET.
Tonight the ten finalists will battle for the chance to represent Estonia in the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm. The final of Eesti Laul will be held in Saku Suurhall, the same venue that staged 2002 Eurovision Song Contest in Tallinn and will be hosted by Ott Sepp and Märt Avandi.
In order of appearance in the show:
Laura - Supersonic
Go Away Bird - Sally
Mick Pedaja - Seis
Grete Paia - Stories Untold
Kéa - Lonely Boy
Jüri Pootsmann – Play
Kati Laev & Noorkuu - Kaugel Sinust
Cartoon feat. Kristel Aaslaid - Immortality
Meisterjaan – Parmupillihullus
I Wear* Experiment – Patience
Never has the interest in Eesti Laul been as big as it has been this year. Last year a record of 219 songs were submitted to the competition and this year Estonia's broadcaster EER received 238 songs. 20 entries got the chance to compete and after two semi-finals we now have ten finalists hoping to represent Estonia in Stockholm.
Since Eesti Laul was launched in 2009, Estonia has sent a diverse range of musical styles and acts to the Eurovision Song Contest. Whilst the main aim of the show is to select an entry for the Eurovision Song Contest, it remains a popular showcase in its own right for Estonian artists.
The winner will be announced after two rounds of voting. In the first round, half of the votes will come from a jury and the other half from the public. Three acts will go through to a super final where public televoting will exclusively determine the winner.