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.
2014 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…
Less than 5 months to go before the Eurovision Song Contest takes place in Copenhagen, Denmark. By this point in the year preparations are usually well under way from the national delegations, and indeed the first national final is being held on Saturday. Makes it a bit more exciting to think the first song is nearly here, but there’s still a long way to go.
We haven’t even got the final list of countries yet, and while the application deadline last month threw up a few surprises, there are still changes afoot. The final roster isn’t due until January, but for now it looks like we say a sad farewell to Serbia, Croatia, Bulgaria & Cyprus, all for financial reasons. However we are welcoming back Poland and Portugal so it’s not all bad news. Bosnia & Herzegovina was coming back too but today it seems they’ve not secured funding and have pulled out. Also in the balance is Greece, keen to stay in but are currently without an EBU broadcaster. It seems the EBU are also keen to keep as many countries in, so it wouldn’t surprise me to see a few more unexpected appearances in January.
We’ve got theme art too! DR unveiled the “#JoinUs” slogan earlier this year, but now we have a diamond logo. I wasn’t convinced by Malmö’s butterfly idea but that turned out to be fabulous, I can only imagine how versatile the diamond could me in motion, so I’m all for it.