All entries in the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest are known, but the actual contest is still two weeks away. As a warm-up, we introduce one of the entries every day in random order. The forty-second (and final) part is dedicated to the entry from Estonia.
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Rändajad is a mid-tempo song mixing electronic music with an acousticstrings arrangement. The lyrics are in Estonian and they tell the story of some nomads who are making their way through the desert (which might also be interpreted in a metaphorical way):
Öö peagi laotamas tiivad
Rändajaid saatma jääb tuul
See on tee
Nad rändavad nii päevast päeva
See on tee
Nad rändavad siis ajast aega
Soon the night unfolds its wings
There is only the wind to guide the nomads
It is the way
They follow it as the days go by
It is the way
They follow it as the time goes by
Urban Symphony centers around 20-year-oldlead singer and violinist Sandra Nurmsalu. She became famous in 2007 as a contestant in the talent search Kaks takti etti. The same show has also seen many other Estonian Eurovision Song Contest representatives like Ines (2000), Gerli Padar (2007), Tanel Padar (2001) and Silvi Vrait (1994), to name just a few.
The other members of Urban Symphony are viola playerMann Helstein, who has performed with various orchestras all over Europe, cellist Johanna Mängel, who is also working as a journalist and cellist Mari Möldre, who is the youngestgroup member at the age of16 and has performedin many countries including Australia. Urban Symphony met during the show Kaks takti etti, when a bands round was held.
Urban Symphonytook part in the Estonian national final for the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest with their entry Rändajad, although Sandra Nurmsalu was originally announced to take part as a soloist. They could win the selection and will represent Estonia in Moscow. Rändajad is the first entry performed in standard Estonian since 1998, although the 2004 entry was performed in the Võro dialect.
The national selection
Although the Estonian national final was not much different than in recent years, it got a new name: Eesti laul. Ten acts competed and the winner was chosen in two rounds of voting. In the first round, two superfinalists were chosenby a mix of televoting and a jury.The televotingfavourite Laura was eliminated after the first rounddue to a poor jury result so that Traffic and Urban Symphony couldreach the top two. Urban Symphony were the clear winners with 82% of the televotes.
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 is one of only two countries – the otherbeing Andorra – that took part in every semi final stage broadcast so far without qualifying.
Me soovime Eestile ja Urban Symphony'le palju edu ning head önnestumist Moskvas!
National final performance:
National final performance (preview video version):
Sandra Nurmsalu with Velvetiin:
Other parts of this series
- Czech Republic
- United Kingdom
- Bosnia & Herzegovina
- FYR Macedonia
This was the last introduction article for the 2009 season. Tomorrow, we will provide an overview with links to all introductions in running order as well as some statistical information regarding the entries.