Estonia Eesti Laul 2023 Semi-final 1
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Estonia: The first five finalists of Eesti Laul 2023 selected

The first five finalists of Estonia's Eesti Laul have been chosen. They'll take the stage once again in a month's time for the show's final round

Estonia's journey to Eurovision 2023 is officially on as we've wrapped up the first night of Eesti Laul 2023, Estonia's national selection to Liverpool.

Tonight's first semi-final was held in Viimsi Artium in Lubja, and hosted by Estonian TV host Tõnis Niinemets and singer Grete Kuld. Overall, 10 artists performed and five made the cut:

Eesti Laul 2023 – Semi-final 1

First round of voting

Voting50% jury
50% televoting

Second round of voting

Wildcard Two songs from the semi-finals were given a wildcard for the final
Voting100% televoting

On Saturday (14 January), five other finalists will be selected during Eesti Laul's second semi-final. The 10 finalists will perform their respective songs again on 11 February during the final of Eesti Laul 2023.

Eesti Laul 2023

Three shows will be held at Eesti Laul 2023, with a total of 20 songs:

  • Semi-final 1: 12 January 2023
  • Semi-final 2: 14 January 2023
  • Final: 11 February 2023

10 songs compete in each of the two semi-finals, and in each semi-final there are two rounds of voting. In the first round, the result is determined by a jury's vote and televoting by the television viewers; and in the second round by televoting by the viewers. If ERR decides, statistics from users' internet engagement may also be utilized as a factor in the first round results.

Estonia in Eurovision

Estonia has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 27 times, first in 1994, competing every year except 1995.

Estonia has managed to qualify for the Grand Final 8 out of 18 times.

Estonia has won just once, in the year 2001, with the song "Everybody," performed by Tanel Padar and Dave Benton and 2XL.

About the author: Pedro Santos (Portugal)

authorPedro comes from Lisbon, Portugal. He's 30 years old and graduated in journalism. He has attended Eurovision Song Contest three times live - 2018, 2019 and 2022 - and covered the show twice more (2021, 2023) but his first Eurovision memory takes him back to 2007 when Sarbel delivered his catchy "Yassou Maria" performance. Pedro's favorite Eurovision song is Albania's 2015 "I'm Alive" by Elhaida Dani which is also his favorite Eurovision edition.

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