Estonia: Changes to Eesti Laul 2018 pre-selection announced

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This morning, ERR unveiled some changes to their pre-selection jury which will determine the 20 participants for Eesti Laul 2018.  The deadline to enter the Estonian national selection is today at 14:00 CET (15:00 local time). The complete submission should include the song, as well as a picture of the singer(s) and a short bio.

The details about the pre-selection for the tenth edition of Eesti Laul have been published. Eesti Laul 2018 will be composed by two phases.

In the first, the jury of experts from Estonia and abroad will include 15 members instead of the previous 11. They will dispense of an entire week to listen and rate the submitted acts. This amount of time should give the experts enough opportunities to explore the entries and award them points from 0 to 5.

Each year, Eesti Laul receives a growing number of submissions, which has convinced the organisers to introduce this change.

Last day for submissions

The 15-head jury will establish the first 15 acts that will perform in the semi-finals. Five additional acts will be selected by the Estonian Song Editor. The total number of 20 participating acts in the two televised semi-finals has therefore not been modified.

The Estonian broadcaster ERR will publish the selected entries on its website next month following today’s deadline, with submissions closing at 14:00 CET (15:00 local time).

Two semi-finals for the right song

Estonian Eurofans will discover their candidates for Lisbon right before Christmas. ERR will release the 20 acts on the 19 or 20 December.

The two semi-finals are scheduled on the 10 and on the 17 February 2018, from which five songs will advance to the final at Saku Suurhall on 3 March 2018. The ten qualified acts will compete for the victory.

Having missed the Grand Final for two years in a row, Estonia’s hopes are to be back on the big stage in Lisbon. Who will follow the steps of the 2017 participants Kooit Tome and Laura? Find more information on the ERR website.