Five acts progress to the Estonian final

Five acts progress to the Estonian final
Ott Lepland, one of tonight's qualifiers.Photo: Ülo Josing
Tallinn, Estonia -

The national selection process, Eesti Laul 2012 got under way this evening in Estonia with the first semi final taking place. Five acts have qualified and put themselves one step closer to becoming the Estonian representative in the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest.

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.


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  • Posted on 26 February 2012 at 17:12
    Ott Lepland Kuula is good song. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 22 February 2012 at 19:49
    Good Luck Estonia!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 22 February 2012 at 17:47
    Kuula is the best song, i think that Ott Lepland should win Eesti Laul 2012 =) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 19 February 2012 at 01:38
    i would change pop "copycat" maniacs to soundclear anytime !! -.- i just can't stand that pop maniacs took the music from beyonce 's "who runs the world" and think that they made a song... i just ... don't like it at all ! -.- and i think soundclear would have bigger chance to win eurovision! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 18 February 2012 at 22:45
    Zzzz.... Kuula... Zzz... report to the moderator
  • Posted on 18 February 2012 at 22:30
    Kuula is the best song ... deserves to win .... <3 report to the moderator
  • Posted on 18 February 2012 at 22:21
    i always enjoy watching Eesti Laul, Estonia always offers great artists! Can't wait to see next week's semi final! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 18 February 2012 at 22:19
    NOW ESTONIA'S TURN!
    WHAT ARE YOU DOING ESTONIA?! WHERE IS THE JANNE, WHERE IS THE SOUNDCLEAR?
    WHAT THE?! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 18 February 2012 at 22:12
    Kulla is the best I think report to the moderator
  • Posted on 18 February 2012 at 22:05
    Do they have the videos already filmed?? Cause they showed the next 2nd semi final!
    Bad that Fight for love didn't pass :( But she wan't good singing at live...
    Bon Voyage was great too :'(
    Pop Maniacs - I don't know ♥ one of my favs!!
    Kuula is a nice ballad too.
    And Loss Paranoias - Valedetektor ♥
    I have to see their live performances 'cause I didn't watch it all. So Good luck in finals for Pop Maniacs and Los Paranoias ♥ ♥ ♥
    GO ESTONIA!!! report to the moderator