The names of the 10 acts to compete at the Estonian selection for Eurovision 2010, Eesti Laul, have been disclosed moments ago. Several names are already familiar to the competition. The producer for the show, Heidy Purga, stated that these ten are “the best songs” received by the broadcaster.
This is the list of hopefuls to compete at Eesti Laul 2010:
- Iiris Vesik – Astronaut (songwriters Iiris Vesik and Ago Teppand)
- Disko 4000 – Ei usu (songwriters Piret Järvis, Sander Loite, Paul Oja and Kallervo Karu)
- Violina feat Rolf Junior – Maagiline päev (songwriters Mihkel Mattisen, Timo Vendt, Rolf Roosalu and Liis Lass)
- Robin Juhkental (songwriter and performer) – Siren
- Mimicry – New (songwriters Timmo Linnas, Kaspar Ehlvest, Ivar Kaine, Kene Vernik and Paul Lepasson)
- Marten Kuningas – Oota mind veel (songwriters Heini Vaikmaa and Oskar Ove)
- 3 Pead – Poolel teel (songwriters Janek Murd and Erkki Tero)
- Lenna Kuurmaa – Rapunzel (songwriter Vaiko Eplik)
- Groundhog Day – Teiste seest kõigile (songwriters Tõnn Tobreluts, Tauno Tamm, Keio Münti and Indrek Mällo)
- Tiiu Kiik (songwriter and performer) – The one and only – Love
These artists will fight for the Estonian ticket to Oslo on March 12th. They have been selected out of 155 submitted entries. Heidy Purga, producer for the show, said that the 10 finalists are "the ten best" acts among all the candidates.
Shortlisting them was responsibility for a 11-member jury, comprising Ardo Ran Varres, Olavi Paid, Erik Morna, Toomas Puna, Ingrid Kohtla, Helen Sildna, Owe Parsley, Meelis Meri, Dawn Raudsepp, Siim Nestor and Valner Valme.
UPDATE. The song Made me cry, by Nikita Bogdanov, has been disqualified as it was found out to be published before October 1st, thus breaking the Eurovision rules. The gap has been filled with another entry, Siren, by Robin Juhkental. Robin is known known from his participations at the 2007 edition of ETV's young singer's contest Kaks Takti Ette, as well as the Estonian version of Idol.
Thanks to Eerik P. for the submission of the information.