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Stella Floras


14/Oct at 16:52





Eesti Laul 2009

Estonia: New name, new format, new dynamics

A few days after the change of guard in the Estonian headquarters was announced, with Heidy Purga taking over from Juhan Paadam as executive producer of the local Eurovision Song Contest projects, a landslide of changes has been announced by ERR. The well-known Eurolaul is no more, having been replaced by Eesti Laul 2009 and an entirely different philosophy in the way Estonia will be approaching the selection of their representatives henceforward. The country's final has been scheduled for 7th March 2009.

Heydi Purga, executive producer of Eesti Laul 2009, explains the change from Eurolaul (Eurosong) to Eesti Laul (Estonian song): "Because our purpose is to change the nature of that competition, we had to change name as well. We expect and hope that musicians will send us songs that associate with themselves and suit Estonian musical taste. Musicians must not lose their personality because it is an international competition and become some kind of "euro product". In addition we wanted to organise an open competition and let the jury know who they are listening to and who the composers are", and she concludes: "And if one day there will be decision that we don't want to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest any more, then Eesti Laul could continue as a important music event in Estonia."

ERR have launched an open call for songs for all Estonian residents, the closing deadline is 8th December. This time the jury who will be making the initial shortlisting will know all the names of the creators of the songs unlike past years. The jury will select ten of the songs until 11 December which will be announced on the same night on an ETV special show.

The ten finalists will be presented to the Estonian public through a series of televised shows: "It will be the biggest TV-show series which will promote local pop-music" says Head of Entertainment Mart Normet. "Hopefully we can now and in the future offer the best Estonian song to Estonian people." The introductory live show will be broadcast 7th February, three more shows will follow on February 14th, 21st, and 28th. The Final of Eesti Laul 2009 will be held in March 7th 2009. The exact method of voting will be announced at the latest February 7th 2009 and the running order will be announced at the latest February 28th 2009.

The rules of the Estonian preselection can be found here.

Special thanks to Martin Paberit for his assistance with the article.

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Candyman 12 points [14078] Wed 15 Oct 2008 11:08:39

oh so they won't withdraw. pity

Gary Speirs [10199] Wed 15 Oct 2008 10:56:29

whats ERR? what happened to ETV?

Ciaran Tuttiett [29300] Wed 15 Oct 2008 07:44:06

I AGREE!!!!!

Maarja Liis Ilus FOR ESTOINIA 2009!!!!

Marcin Paluszkiewicz [37269] Tue 14 Oct 2008 20:22:22

Maarja Liis Ilus !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Leonardo Pereira [32371] Tue 14 Oct 2008 19:30:11


Agree totally with Down Low. Ines shall get a second chance, she is exactly what Estonia needs now. Well, I just hope not to see only weird alternative songs.

This thing of having an Estonian song with the Estonian personality leads me to think of an Estonian patriotical anthem. As a protest, etc.

Down Low [52257] Tue 14 Oct 2008 18:52:05


She was ROBBED in 2006! Iseendale is such a great song and they chose that lame other.

Estonia seem to always send the wrong songs.

INES INES INES!! and please in ESTONIAN!

Iseendale, Keerlen... both good songs.

Dragan :-) [24273] Tue 14 Oct 2008 18:47:47

This "new" format is almost the same as previous. Only the name is changed because new headquaters don't want to work under the same name as their precursor. Vanity, nothing else.

drusus 1 [10652] Tue 14 Oct 2008 18:06:26

It seems like nationalism has overtaken EUROlaul....

"And if one day there will be decision that we don't want to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest any more, then Eesti Laul could continue as a important music event in Estonia."

What a stupid comment and what a childish attitude....little cry baby don't wanna play with its little friends anymore if they finally won't recognize the "high quality" of the own entries, which are - of course -meant to represent the " Estonian musical taste " first. Who cares about stupid Europe at a international competition like the ESC lol . Yes, sending something typical estonian makes sends if one expects points from all over Europe. Dear Lordi, what a weired strategy.

Euro Sheep a.k.a. SexyWool [52112] Tue 14 Oct 2008 17:25:48

"And if one day there will be decision that we don't want to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest any more, then Eesti Laul could continue as a important music event in Estonia."

I like this attitude

Good luck to Estonia - Eurolaul was the first NF I ever watched (apart from my own country ) so I cannot wait for Eesti Laul 2009 and hopefully lots of songs in Estonian!!!

Jonny K. [46850] Tue 14 Oct 2008 17:06:12

Sounds great! Although the format sounds kinda similar to Eurolaul, any regeneration is a good thing And "eurolaul" is one of my favourite selections, so I expect beig things from Eestilaul!

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