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Introducing 2010: Estonia

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All songs for the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 have been selected. During the weeks between the national final season and the actual Eurovision Song Contest, we will introduce all 39 entries in random order. Part thirty-three of the series is dedicated to the Estonian entry.

Basic information

Performers: Malcolm Lincoln
Song: Siren
Language: English
Music: Robin Juhkental
Lyrics: Robin Juhkental
Draw: 3rd in the first semi final

The song

Siren is a mid-tempo electronic pop song. About the message of the song, songwriter and lead singer Robin Juhkental said that he "tried to write as cliche-like and simple lyrics as he could":

I wasted years, I wasted time
Trying to reach the stars
My life has been oh lame
Has been oh lame so far

Give me time and give me strength
Give me strength to carry on
Give me bit of hope now
Help me through the night

The performers/The songwriter

Malcolm Lincoln is a duo consisting of lead singer Robin Juhkental and Madis Kubu, who provides additional support mainly for live performances. Their name is derived from an episode of Who wants to be a Millionaire, when one of the contestants believed that the first name of the former US president Abraham Lincoln was Malcolm.

Malcolm Lincoln competed in the Estonian national final for the Eurovision Song Contest with a song that had already been written four years ago. Despite being only a second choice due to the disqualification of another contestant, they won the national final with Siren. On stage, they were supported by Manpower 4 (Kristjan Knight, Mick Pedaja, Jaanus Saago and Andrei Ozdoba), who will also provide backing vocals in Oslo. Malcolm Lincoln have recently signed a record deal and their debut album is expected to be released soon.

The national selection

For the second time, the Estonian national final was held under the title Eesti laul. Ten acts competed and the winner was chosen in two rounds of voting. In the first round, televoting and a jury chose the top two and in the second round, the eventual winner was chosen by televoting alone. Lenna Kuurma was the favourite of both the jury and the televoters in the first round.


Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest

Estonia wanted to debut in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1993 butdid not make it past the Eastern Europe semi final. A poor debut in 1994 and a relegation in1995 followed, but it turned the year after: six top ten placings including a victory would follow over thenext seven years. However, Estonia was one of only two countries – the otherbeing Andorra – that took part in every semi final stage broadcast until 2008 without qualifying. Last year, Estonian qualified for the final for the first time.

Me soovime Eestile ja Malcolm Lincoln'le palju edu ning head önnestumist Oslossa!

Videos

Live performance in the national final:

The preview video:

Another song by the band:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBPxf_uPYCM

The title track of their upcoming album Loaded with zoul:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BjecBDAxLwA

Tomorrow, we will take a look at the Cypriot entry.

Previous parts of this series:

  1. Ireland
  2. Belarus
  3. Albania
  4. Denmark
  5. Russia
  6. Bulgaria
  7. Switzerland
  8. FYR Macedonia
  9. Armenia
  10. Spain
  11. Poland
  12. Croatia
  13. Finland
  14. Greece
  15. Ukraine
  16. Lithuania
  17. Belgium
  18. Norway
  19. Portugal
  20. Moldova
  21. The Netherlands
  22. The United Kingdom
  23. Latvia
  24. Serbia
  25. France
  26. Slovenia
  27. Azerbaijan
  28. Bosnia & Herzegovina
  29. Georgia
  30. Romania
  31. Sweden
  32. Israel

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