Now one of my favourite Eurovision nations, and something that might seem like one of the most brazen “Euphoria” rip-offs. Maybe that’s a little harsh, because it’s still a lovely song.
Estonia have a long history at Eurovision now, celebrating 20 years at the contest this year. Its prime period remains the turn of the century, where it picked up four top 10 finishes in a row, including its only win to date, in 2001. In recent years it’s been a little tougher for the Baltic nation, kicking off the semi-final era by missing five finals in a row. Things are a little better now, qualifying in four of the next five years.
Another win seems elusive but certainly not out of the question, and the effortlessly stylish selection show “Eesti Laul” had an interesting selection of potential representatives. Beating 2009 representative Sandra Nurmsalu was Tanja.
There are certainly shades of Euphoria – a bittersweet dance love song with some spectacular dance moves and a big chorus. I don’t see this chorus resonating as much as “Euphoria” did, but Tanja’s ability to sing well despite a rather frantic dance routine are still pretty impressive.
It borders on being a fairly ordinary EDM track, but I hope one that will see it comfortably through to the final, even if it is early in the running order of the bloodbath of a first semi-final.
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