Estonia: Meet the Estonian hopefuls

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Eesti Laul, the Estonian national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest will begin this coming Saturday, 7 February. In this special article we are going to be introducing all of the 20 competing acts.


Airi Vipulkumar Kansar

Saatuse laul

Born in Tallinn in 1977, Airi Vipulkumar Kansar (also known as Airi Ojamets) is described as “The Country Music Queen of Estonia”. Airi has twice participated at Eurolaul (Estonia’s previous Eurovision Song Contest selection show). Her first appearance came in 2004, when I wanna stay finished in ninth place behind winners Neiokõsõ and their entry Tii. Airi returned to Eurolaul in 2005 with a song entitled Dream in a dream. Achieving a fourth place result (in a competition won by Suntribe’s Let’s get loud), the song became popular in Estonia and was translated into Lõunamaa Öö (meaning The Southern Night).

Airi’s life was to change forever in 2007 following a trip to India, where she became deeply interested in Indian culture and spiritual practices. These practices helped her to overcome personal difficulties, gaining in self-confidence along the way. Airi married her Indian husband Vipul Kansar in December 2012, and gave birth to their first child Aryan Vipulkumar Kansar in 2014.

Airi Vipulkumar Kansar will compete in the first semi-final of Eesti Laul 2015 with Saatuse laul, a song composed by Urmas Kõiv and Anneli Kõiv.

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