This Monday the first production meeting was held in Estonian Television (ETV) together with the composers and others' involved. According to the president of OGAE Estonia Ivar Laev it might be a bit early for important decisions, but some information was revealed. In a little bit more than 3 weeks we know the winner of Eurolaul 2004.
Recordings of the preselection will take place on January 26-27th. According to the source it is a routine and boring, all-day-long activity. Then we'll also know all the performers for sure as some of the performers are not yet 100% confirmed.
The recordings will be presented publicly in Estonian Television (ETV) on January 31st at 21.40 EET. There's no information yet whether it might be possible to watch it over internet or will it be transferred by other national broadcasters.
Some of the fans have already heard most of the songs and claim that all of them seem to be very competitive and therefore it's hard to predict a strong favourite. Especially then public pics a winner.
What we also know is that the winner receives in addition to the duty of representing Estonia a check for 30 000 EEK (~1920 EUR) and all the others check for 5000 EEK (~320 EUR). As many of the composers say, it's more likely to lose money than winning it. Last year composers Priit Pajusaar and Glen Pilvre invested only in Kadi Tooms' outfit 20 000 EEK (~1280 EUR).
The only winner financially last year was Vaiko Eplik (Eighties Coming Back). He claims that he takes part in Eurovision purely because of financial interest. 'It's the only event, where the author can in case of the victory happily live from the profit through the year' he said.
So, will it be Neiokõsõ, Liisi Koikson, Maarja, Ewert Sundja or somebody else? We know for sure on February 7th, where things become final in the oriental athmosphere as the rumours promise.