Estonia prepares for the final of Eesti laul

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The three-week run of the Estonian song contest Eesti laul will come to a conclusion on Saturday, when the audience will decide what act will be the Estonian entry in Malmö.

The postcard introductions this year will feature actors Mait Malmsten and Jan Uuspõld, who will have a satirical look at how foreigners see Estonians.

Under the title Welcome to Estonia we see how Russians, Finns  or Georgians might be stereotyping Estonians. Andrus Kivirähk has written the small sketches that will be seen during Saturday’s final

See a photo gallery of the shoot and a video of the filming of the film clips here

Jury member from the two semi-finals, Valner Valme, tells the Estonian TV Eesti laul site that he is surprised of some of the finalists. His prediction for the winner is Winny Puhh. The songs are now familiar to everybody, so the deciding factor will be presence and the performance of the acts, he says.

In the final there is first a combined jury and public vote to decide two super-finalists. The winner will then be decided by the public votes alone.

Eesti laul producer Heidy Purga says the public opinion is very difficult to predict: Previous years have shown that favourites have not always gone on to win the contest.

The winner will be the one who just there and then manages to attract the sympathy of the voters, she predicts.

See our previous article for the running order of the final and come back to to find out how to watch the show on Saturday