The Estonian entry for Malmö has been revamped slightly ahead of the Eurovision Song Contest in May.
Et uus saaks alguse by Birgit Õigemeel has been re-recorded since she won the Estonian national final Eesti laul earlier this year.
The changes are made to make the song more resonant and powerful.
The songwriter Mihkel Mattisen told the Estonian broadcaster website that the changes to the song are not very drastic. In the new version I play the grand piano live, whereas we used a synthesizer before, he says. Also the strings were now recorded with a live orchestra.
A vocal change was also added before the last chorus, where we hear Birgit sing a cappella for a bit.
The changes have taken place to make the song appeal to the widest possible audience. We need to make the utmost effort during the three minutes we have, concludes Mattisen.
Birgit Õigemeel will sing in the number two slot of the first semi-final in Malmö, as decided by the Swedish Television (SVT) producers and the Eurovision Song Contest Reference group.
She is not fazed by the dreaded second slot however, but tells err.ee that at least I won’t have to wait for long to perform. We went out second in our Eesti laul semi-final and made it to the final, so hopefully the same will happen in Malmö, says the singer optimistically.
Listen to the new version of Et uus saaks alguse via the link here