ERR, the Estonian broadcaster announced that a total of 219 entries were submitted for its national selection Eesti Laul. This is also a new record number of submissions for the Estonian broadcaster which has received 1128 songs in the past 7 years.
Even though the overwhelming number of submissions, an internal jury selected to review the songs will shortlist them to 20, which is only 9% of the whole submissions. The producer of Eesti Laul, Heidy Purga says:
We have been on a tidal wave for years now. I don’t remember there having been so much direct communication with different artists before the deadline, all from enquires about the appropriate title for their entries to questions regarding the rules. We can say that Eesti Laul is a unique event, which artists set their sights on.
While the head of entertainment of ERR, Mart Normet said:
We’re proud. Exaggerating slightly, I can say that everyone is here: the good old artists as well as new talents. The competition will be fierce.
You can find more information on this year’s Eesti Laul here. The list of the 20 participants is expected to be out by 5 December.