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Tallinn calling: Estonia’s 2014 Eurovision selection (Eesti Laul)

We are well into Eurovision selection season now, and it’s all I can do to keep up with the nations deciding their representatives for May’s Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen, Denmark. It’s my pleasure to say that tonight I’ll be looking at the effortlessly cool Estonia and its slick selection event Eesti Laul.

Estonia2014 marks Estonia’s 20th appearance at the contest, and caps 20 years as the most successful Baltic nation, furthermore a beacon amongst the Eastern European nations participating. They’ve reached the top 10 eight times, most recently in 2012, and won the contest with the less well-regarded “Everybody” the last time Eurovision came to Copenhagen back in 2001. With Denmark winning in last year Sweden as they did in 2000, could Estonia continue that parallel and bring the contest back to Tallinn?

A bumper crop of 189 songs were slimmed down to 20 semi-finalists competing in two semis to determine the final 10. A 50/50 Jury/Televote split chose the top 2, with a televote picking the act who will wave the Sinimustvalge in Denmark. I’m expecting a lot from this you know…

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