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Jüri Pootsmann

Jüri Pootsmann
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Pootsmann in 2016
Background information
Born (1994-07-01) 1 July 1994 (age 24)
Raikküla, Estonia
GenresAlternative
Occupation(s)
Years active2015–present
LabelsUniversal
Associated actsStig Rästa

Jüri Pootsmann (born 1 July 1994), is an Estonian singer. He won the sixth season of Eesti otsib superstaari, and represented Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 with the song "Play".[1] He is signed to Universal Music Baltics.[2][3]

Career

2015: Eesti otsib superstaari

On February 2015, Pootsmann took part in the sixth season of Eesti otsib superstaari, an Estonian reality-competition gameshow airing on TV3. He won the show on 31 May 2015 when his debut single "Torm" was released. It peaked at number seven in the Estonian Airplay Chart. On 15 November 2015 he released the single "Aga Siis", peaking at number one in the Estonian Airplay Chart. On 20 November 2015, he released his debut self-titled extended play.

Eurovision Song Contest

In 2016, Pootsmann was announced as one of the candidates in the Estonian national selection, Eesti Laul 2016, for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016. On 20 February 2016 Pootsmann performed his song "Play" during the second semi-final of the selection at the Estonian Television studios in Tallinn, and he progressed to the final. The final took place on 5 March 2016 at the Saku Suurhall in Tallinn, hosted by Ott Sepp and Märt Avandi. He reached the Super Final and won the national selection with 32,394 televotes.

During the Eurovision Song Contest, Estonia was drawn into the first semi-final. Pootsmann placed last (18th), Estonia's worst result to date at the contest, and failed to qualify to the final.

Appearances

On 11 March 2016, Pootsmann was featured in the single, "I Remember U," produced by Cartoon. The single peaked at number one in the Estonian Airplay Chart.[4]

Personal life

Jüri Pootsmann, like most school children in Estonia, sang in a school choir but he was never a soloist. As a young child, the tone of Jüri's voice was so high that he had to sing in a choir together with girls, not boys. Ironically, his current tone is that of a baritone.

He discovered his vocal capabilities only as an exchange student in Denmark where he spent a year. Thus he is fluent in Danish.[5] In his spare time, he likes to walk alone in nature, especially in Estonian forests.

Discography

Albums

Title Details
Täna[6]

Extended plays

Title Details
Jüri Pootsmann[7]

Singles

As lead artist

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
EST
Airplay

[8]
"Torm" 2015 7 Jüri Pootsmann
"Aga siis" 1
"Play" 2016 3 Non-album single
"Nii või naa" 2 Täna
"Ootan Und"
"Täna"
"Silmades" 2017
"Liiga Kiire"

As featured artist

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
EST
Airplay

[8]
"I Remember U"
(Cartoon featuring Jüri Pootsmann)
2016 1 Non-album single

References

  1. ^ Nilsson, Helena (5 March 2016). "Jüri Pootsmann to represent Estonia in Stockholm". eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 5 March 2016.
  2. ^ "Universal Music Baltics". Retrieved 4 March 2016.
  3. ^ "Jüri Pootsmann". Universal Music (in Norwegian Bokmål). Retrieved 2016-03-04.
  4. ^ "Raadio Uuno". 2016-04-23. Archived from the original on April 23, 2016. Retrieved 2016-04-29.
  5. ^ "About Jüri Pootsmann". eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. Archived from the original on 2016-11-19.
  6. ^ Täna by Jüri Pootsmann on Apple Music
  7. ^ Jüri Pootsmann - EP by Jüri Pootsmann on Apple Music
  8. ^ a b Peak positions for singles on the Estonian Airplay chart:
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Elina Born & Stig Rästa
with "Goodbye to Yesterday"
Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest
2016
Succeeded by
Koit Toome & Laura
with "Verona"