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Estonia
Estonia

Capital city Tallinn
Population 1,343,000
Area 45,226 km²
Internet TLD ee
Member station ERR
National selection events Eurolaul (1993–2008)
Eesti Laul (2009–)
Appearances
Appearances 18
First appearance 1994
Best result 1st: 2001
Worst result 22nd SF: 2007SF

History
Estonia first entered the Eurovision Song Contest in 1994. Its first appearance would have taken place in 1993 with Janika Sillamaa and “Muretut meelt ja südametuld”, however a qualification round was just installed for former Eastern bloc countries and she did not manage to qualify to the Grand Final. Its first contest participation in 1994 was not a successful one, coming second last only to Lithuania.Its second entry, Maarja-Liis Ilus and Ivo Linna with “Kaelakee hääl”, in 1996 was the complete opposite, coming 5th with 94 points. This was the first top 5 ranking for a former USSR country. In addition, Estonia is the most successful Baltic country in Eurovision.
Estonia’s record at the contest was a successful one from 1996 to 2002, only failing once to make the top 10 (in 1998 when it ended up in 12th place). The country’s first win came in 2001, when Tanel Padar and Dave Benton, along with 2XL, sang “Everybody” and received 198 points, therefore making Estonia the first former USSR country to win the Contest. From 2004 to 2008 Estonia failed to qualify to the finals, mostly receiving poor results.
Despite news that Estonia might withdraw from the 2009 contest, set to be held in Moscow, Russia, due to the war in South Ossetia, Eesti Rahvusringhääling (ERR) confirmed that, due to public demand, Estonia would send an entry to Moscow.After a new national final, Eesti Laul, was introduced to select the Estonian entry, the winner was Urban Symphony with “Rändajad” (Nomads[3] or Travellers), which had beaten the televoting favourite, Laura, by the votes of a jury.In 2012, Ott Lepland qualified Estonia to the final with his song “Kuula”, ending up 4th in the second semi-final. In the final, he equalled Estonia’s result of 1999 and 2009, ending up 6th. Together with 2009, “Kuula” gave Estonia its best result in the contest since 2002.

1993


Estonia was one of seven countries who wished to join the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time in 1993, a pre-selection was held for the first time to reduce this number to three countries who would compete in the final of the Contest in May, held in Millstreet, Ireland.Eesti Televisioon (ETV) internally selected Janika Sillamaa to represent Estonia at Kvalifikacija za Millstreet (Qualification for Millstreet), the pre-selection for the 1993 Eurovision Song Contest.
The Kvalifikacija za Millstreet (Qualification for Millstreet) contest was held in Ljubljana, Slovenia on 3 April at the TV studios of Slovene broadcaster Radiotelevizija Slovenija (RTV SLO). Seven countries in total competed, including Estonia, for a place in the final on 15 May 1993. Sillamaa performed third, following Croatia and preceding Hungary. She received 47 points, placing 5th in the line-up, and failing to qualify to the grand final in Ireland.

lyrics

You may take all my golden necklaces
Throw bracelets into a well
On my thorny path leave me only with my laugh
Golden laughter
Silver moulds and gold pales
The chain of pearls is smashed up into pieces
Sorrowless mind and flames of heart
Are what I value more

None of us knows, what lies ahead for us
Senseless mind is on a changeable path

Storms and winds on sea and on land
Both can change the world
Feelings will still retain the weight of gold
Under the clouds, under the clouds
A smile cheers up your soul
It heals pain and sorrow
This is also how the sail of a ship like a wing
Takes us over the stormy water

None of us knows, what lies ahead for us
Senseless mind is on a changeable path
We don’t suspect the worst, but it never makes it worse
To see some laughter that brightens our way

None of us knows, what lies ahead for us
Senseless mind is on a changeable path
We don’t suspect the worst, but it never makes it worse
To see some laughter that brightens our way

1994


The Eurovision Song Contest 1994 was the second time that Estonia had attempted to enter the contest, having failed to qualify from the semi-final stage of the Eurovision Song Contest 1993. The pre-selection process featured multiple artists for the first time, with Silvi Vrait’s “Nagu merelaine” being selected by the judging panel to represent the nation in Ireland. In the contest, however, Vrait would place 24th second and last, receiving only two points in the scoring process and only beating fellow Baltic nation Lithuania.
The 1994 preselections took place in Tallinn, Estonia on February 26, 1994, and were hosted by Reet Oja and Guido Kangur. Pearu Paulus would perform two songs, with Evelin Samuel performing three. Paulus and Hedvig Hanson’s “Kallim kullast” would ultimately be edged out narrowly by Silvi Vrait’s “Nagu merelaine”, with Vrait winning the competition and earning the right to represent Estonia in Dublin.
Having automatically qualified for the final, Silvi Vrait gone straight to the Eurovision Song Contest 1994 in Dublin, Ireland. Her appearance would be Estonia’s first ever in the finals, but the results would ultimately be disappointing, with Vrait placing second last and scoring only two points, which came from Greece). The result would mean Estonia missed out on participation for the 1995 contest.
lyrics


I arrive secretly, as a wave, that brings the amber to the shore
And the taste of sea on my lips is earthly, when garment flickers as a wing

I can be as ice or burninghot, the core of your every dream
And in the white night even faithful than a shadow
So I brought myself to you, though I know, tomorrow I may be –
Just a name on your lips

And I also change as a wave, that considers borders as nothing
You are a man and I am a woman, I know some things, that you don’t know

I can be as ice or burninghot, the core of your every dream
And in the white night even faithful than a shadow
So I brought myself to you, though I know, tomorrow I may be –
Just a name on your lips

I’m like a day, youre a night, one is the sea, the other just as the land
How many feelings can there be between us, no one can intuit
The sea will change, so does the land

I can be as ice or burninghot, the core of your every dream
And in the white night even faithful than a shadow
So I brought myself to you, though I know, tomorrow I may be –
Just a name on your lips

(I can be as ice or burninghot,) the core of your every dream
And in the white night even faithful than a shadow
So I brought myself to you, though I know, tomorrow I may be –
Just a name on your lips

Just a name on your lips

1996


The Eurovision Song Contest 1996 was the third time that Estonia entered the Eurovision Song Contest, and was their first participation since their last place in the 1994 final. The preselection would end up tied on points, with Maarja-Liis Ilus and Ivo Linna’s duet “Kaelakee hääl” winning on the basis of being awarded more maximum points than the runner-up Kadri Hunt. In the final, Ilus and Linna finished 5th.
The 1996 preselections were hosted by Marko Reikop and Karmel Eikner, and were broadcast live from a night club in the Estonian capital Tallinn.Several artists had also competed in the last Estonian preselection for the 1994 contest, including Evelin Samuel and Pearu Paulus.
Estonia had missed the Eurovision Song Contest 1995 final due to a low score in the 1994 event, which allowed other countries the chance of compete in 1995. Likewise, low scoring countries at the 1995 final missed out for 1996, allowing Estonia to get back in. In the final, Estonia would not have to worry about low scoring putting them out for 1997, with Ilus and Linna performing strongly and receiving maximum points from Sweden, Finland and Iceland. With the scores received from other countries steady also, Estonia managed to finish 5th, their highest ever placing at the time.
lyrics

You know when I am satisfied
Then I have the whole world in my hands
And I can hold the wind
My soul is in storm
When I can’t kiss you

If in the moment, I’m hurt
I only want to think about you
Then I’m not asking more
Than your eyes can tell me

I’ll make a necklace of amber for you
And I’ll put my voice in it
To sing a song
When I’m far away you don’t have to
Worry about me

When I lose you of sight
I’ll find you, because of your pearl necklace
The voice of waves and clouds
Calls me from far away

When I’m sad and crying
I wish that you could run to me
The necklace around your neck is wet
If you leave me, I’ll take the necklace from you
And its colour will be dim

You know when I am satisfied
Then I have the whole world in my hands
And I can hold the wind
My soul is in storm
When I can’t kiss you

When I’m sad and crying
I wish that you could run to me
The necklace around your neck is wet
If you leave me, I’ll take the necklace from you
And its colour will be dim

If you leave me, I’ll take the necklace from you
And its colour will be dim

1997


Estonia made their third Eurovision Song Contest appearance in 1997. The judges would eventually choose Maarja-Liis Ilus again, making her the first (and thus far only) Estonian entrant to have made back-to-back appearances in the Eurovision Song Contest. In the final, Ilus finished 8th.
The 1997 preselection event took place at the Linnahall in Tallinn, Estonia, and was hosted by Marko Reikop and Anu Välba. Eight different songs were entered, with Pearu Paulus, Hanna-Liina Võsa and Maarja-Liis Ilus performing on more than one entry.Maarja-Liis Ilus was able to enter the final automatically in 1997, due to the performance of herself and Ivo Linna in the 1996 final. Ilus performed strongly again, and finished 8th, with a final total of 82 points.
lyrics

Why do you always hide yourself in yesterday
When you disappear there you’ll stay disappeared
Finding you for the hundredth time already
The abyss between us has become bigger, I can see
But if I give up, you’ll be lost for good

On this forbidden land I wander again
I’m looking for you and again there’s a border between us
This forbidden land hides you from me like fog
Sometime it will disappear from our way

When I can’t find you
And while looking even a day falls short
You may lie down next to me
You won’t recognise me, won’t hear, won’t see
Still I understand you
You linger in yesterday again

On this forbidden land I wander again
I’m looking for you and again there’s a border between us
This forbidden land hides you from me like fog
Sometime it will disappear from our way

I’ll bring you from the forbidden land
I promise you, I will fetch you

(This forbidden land, I wander again)
From the forbidden land
(I’m looking for you and again there’s a border between us)
Forbidden land (This forbidden land)
Can’t keep you (Can’t keep you forever)
The forbidden land will vanish from between us

1998


Estonia was represented by Koit Toome, with the song “Mere lapsed”, at the 1998 Eurovision Song Contest which took place on 9 May in Birmingham. “Mere lapsed” was chosen as the Estonian entry at the national final, Eurolaul, on 24 January.Eurolaul was held at the studios of broadcaster ETV in Tallinn, hosted by Marko Reikop and Anu Välba. Ten songs took part with the winner being chosen by an “expert” international jury. Other participants included former Estonian representatives Janika Sillamaa and Ivo Linna, and the following year’s Evelin Samuel. “Mere lapsed” was an unexpected winner and had never been ahead in the voting until the final juror’s votes enabled it to snatch an unpredicted last minute victory.
On the night of the final Toome performed 23rd in the running order, following Norway and preceding Turkey. At the close of voting “Mere lapsed” had picked up 36 points (over half of which comprised a maximum 12 from Finland and 8 from Slovakia), placing Estonia joint 12th (with Portugal) of the 25 entries. The 12 points from the Estonian televote were awarded to Sweden.
lyrics

We’ve given an oath, signed a contract
Left the quay
Our luggage is brought on board and the sails are set
And the bow is turned towards dawn

Then, looking stern the last spires of our home town
Are disappearing on the horizon
So our childhood is left behind on the beach
And our journey starts

My darling can you understand everything ahead of us is new
If there will be rain, wind or sunshine
Our bodies, souls and minds on this path
Belong only to each other

When space lies before us
No matter if it’s changed by the storm
Our dreams and risks are mutual in a whirl of waves

My darling can you understand everything ahead of us is new
If there will be rain, wind or sunshine
Our bodies, souls and minds on this path
Belong only to each other

You’ve got the sheet and I have the rudder in my hand
Our direction is to meet each other
We’ve got the same boat in the midst of these winds
The only place where we can hold each other

My darling can you understand everything ahead of us is new

My darling can you understand everything ahead of us is new
If there will be rain, wind or sunshine
Our bodies, souls and minds on this path
Belong only to each other

My darling can you understand everything ahead of us is new
If there will be rain, wind or sunshine
Our bodies, souls and minds on this path
Belong only to each other

1999


Estonia entered the Eurovision Song Contest 1999, held in Jerusalem, Israel. This was their fifth entry at Eurovision, having debuted at the 1994 contest.
The Estonian representative for the contest was Evelin Samuel and Imbi Rätsep (also known as “Camille”) with the song “Diamond of Night”.
The Estonian National final was held on January 30, 1999 at the ETV Studios in Tallinn. It was hosted by Romi Erlach and Marko Reikop.The format of the final was the same as in previous years, with a jury of judges awarding points to their favourite songs from the 10 in the final. The jury of 10 international judges included 1997 Eurovision winner Katrina Leskanich, Bjorgvin Halldorsson, conductors Anders Berglund, Noel Kelehan, Nana Mouskouri and Kobi Oshrat.
Samuel and Rätsep performed last of 23 countries, succeeding the entry from Bosnia and Herzegovina. At the close of the voting it had received 90 points, placing 6th.
lyrics

Silently glowing, moonbeams are sowing silver, silver starry-eyed skies
Burning in fire, words of desire linger, linger, long in disguise

Diamond of night, burning so bright, guide me my silvery new sign
Finding my way as I pray, now I can say it is my time

Voices are calling, whilst stardust falling, reveries, reveries lighten his heart
Silently blazing, stars so amazing, heavenly, heavenly fire from a spark

Diamond of night, burning so bright, guide me my silvery new sign
Finding my way as I pray, now I can say it is my time

Diamond of night, burning so bright, guide me my silvery new sign
Finding my way as I pray, now I can say it is my time

Diamond of night, burning bright, now I can say it is my time

2000


Estonia was represented by Ines, with the song ‘”Once in a Lifetime”, at the 2000 Eurovision Song Contest which took place on 13 May in Stockholm. “Once in a Lifetime” was chosen as the Estonian entry at the national final, Eurolaul, on 5 February.Eurolaul was held at the studios of broadcaster ETV in Tallinn, hosted by Marko Reikop.
On the night of the final Ines performed 4th in the running order, following the United Kingdom and preceding France. “Once in a Lifetime” had been tipped beforehand as a potential contest winner, and although in the event it never challenged for victory in the voting, at the close it had picked up 98 points, placing Estonia 4th of the 24 entries, their highest finish to date. However Ines claimed in a 2002 BBC documentary that she had been widely criticised on her return to Estonia, where people had been fully expecting a victory and felt let down that she had been unable to deliver it.
lyrics

I don’t wish I could turn back time, I can move the mountains higher than high
Don’t look back, hold on to your spirit, keep moving every minute

I know it seems a little premature to live for the moment, I’m just a girl
Don’t look back, hold on to your spirit, keep moving every minute

What you give is what you get – there ain’t no regrets

If you give me wings and reason why then I’ll be an angel in your sky
Because I’m seventeen only once in a lifetime
Read my mind

I’m ready, why are you standing still? Are you coming with me? – I know you will
We can search the world together, come on, baby, now or never

What you give is what you get – there ain’t no regrets

If you give me wings and reason why then I’ll be an angel in your sky
Because I’m seventeen only once in a lifetime
Read my mind

If you give me wings and reason why then I’ll be an angel in your sky
Because I’m seventeen only once in a lifetime
Read my mind

I believe there’s a better place always somewhere else instead
I believe the grass is greener if I chase the magic no one else can find
(The magic no one else can find)

If you give me wings and reason why then I’ll be an angel in your sky
Because I’m seventeen only once in a lifetime
Read my mind

If you give me wings and reason why then I’ll be an angel in your sky
Because I’m seventeen only once in a lifetime
Read my mind

Because I’m seventeen only once in a lifetime

2001


Estonia was represented by Tanel Padar, Dave Benton and 2XL, with the song ‘”Everybody”, at the 2001 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 12 May in Copenhagen. “Everybody” was chosen as the Estonian entry at the national final, Eurolaul, on 3 February.
“Everybody” went on to bring Estonia one of the most unexpected victories in Eurovision history, with a song which is generally regarded as one of the weakest winners ever. It is also historic for representing the first Eurovision victory by one of the “new” nations – the considerable number of countries which had joined Eurovision post-1992 – and also for Benton becoming the first (and to date only) black performer to win a Eurovision title.Eurolaul was held at the studios of broadcaster ETV in Tallinn, hosted by Marko Reikop and Elektra.
Pre-contest betting had rated Greece as the favourite for victory, with Denmark, France, Slovenia and Sweden also in the frame and Estonia nowhere in sight. The first half of the voting was very tight, and after 12 juries Denmark was in the lead on 99 points, with Estonia and France on 92 and 90 respectively. However from that point Estonia quickly pulled away and at the close of voting “Everybody” had received 198 points and become a very surprising winner by a clear margin of 21 points over eventual runners-up Denmark. The song had received nine maximum 12s – from Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovenia, Turkey and the United Kingdom – with only one country (Portugal) failing to award it any points at all. The 12 points from the Estonian televote were awarded to Denmark.
lyrics

All right – Hey hey…
Well, are you ready? – You bet
But are you ready? – Oh yeah
All right – You give it to them now

Well, every night’s a Friday night – Aha… what night?
Ladies, this sure feels right – I guess this is party time
The two of us will sing again – Two of us together again
The heart is young and we know when – Young and handsome, they say
Come on, Dave

To kick the sadness out the door – To kick the sadness out the door
And roll the carpet from the floor – Haha… carpet from the floor, yeah
Let the spirit hit the roof – I hit the roof, I hit the roof
The two of us still know the moves

And not even time can take away
The starlight from us, no, it won’t fade
Still we believe that we were made to laugh and sing

Come on, everybody, let’s sing along
And feel the power of a song
Come on, everybody, let’s feel the spark
That always stays within our hearts
Come on, everybody, and let it out
And live the moment, here and now
Come on, everybody, ’cause here’s a chance
To feel so light, to laugh and dance

A little rollercoaster ride – He’s goin’ for a ride now
Right into the starry night – Around and around and around we go
And leave the windows open wide – Why nobody can’t stay?
And let the music pour inside – Aha…

Not even time can take away
The starlight from us, no, it won’t fade
Still we believe that we were made to laugh and sing

Come on, everybody, let’s sing along
And feel the power of a song
Come on, everybody, let’s feel the spark
That always stays within our hearts
Come on, everybody, and let it out
And live the moment, here and now
Come on, everybody, ’cause here’s a chance
To feel so light, to laugh and dance

Look at us now here together again
We started out long time ago – We knew back then
The music within us could never, could never end
All right

Oh yeah… – Let’s sing along
Y’all come on – Come on, everybody
Come on, come on – Na na na na yeah yeah…
Come on, come on – One more time, yeah

Come on, everybody, let’s sing along
And feel the power of a song
Come on, everybody, let’s feel the spark
That always stays within our hearts
Come on, everybody, and let it out
And live the moment, here and now
Come on, everybody, ’cause here’s a chance
To feel so light, to laugh and dance

Come on, everybody, let’s sing along

2002 


The Estonian final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2002 was held on 26 January at the Linnahall in Tallinn, hosted by Marko Reikop and Karmel Eikner.
The winning song was chosen by an international panel of 8 judges which included Nicki French (UK 2000), Nusa Derenda (Slovenia 2001), Bo Halldorsson (Iceland 1995), Marlain (Cyprus 1999), Moshe Datz (Israel 1991) plus jurors from Sweden, Germany and Ireland.
lyrics

Did somebody dare to tell you what’s right
Which colours to wear, to laugh or cry?
You wanna be fair, and maybe you’re right
Let’s burn our fingers, stop the fight
Always drivin’ through red lights, babe
Everybody stops but me

Just run away to the stars
Just run away ’til you’re high enough
I will be waitin’ above
I’ll make it happen, I try so hard

How lucky you are, your statement is fine
Because what you think is what you find
(What you think is what you find)
Always drivin’ through red lights, babe
Everybody stops but me

Just run away to the stars
Just run away ’til you’re high enough
I will be waitin’ above
I’ll make it happen, I try so hard

Just run away to the stars
Just run away ’til you’re high enough
I will be waitin’ above
I’ll make it happen, I try so hard

Did somebody say it’s gonna be easy
‘Til you get to where you do belong?
Your newly opened mind explains the reasons
Why you have to carry on

Just run away to the…
Just run away to the stars
Just run away ’til you’re high enough
I will be waitin’ above
I’ll make it happen, I try so hard

Just run away to the stars
Just run away ’til you’re high enough
I will be waitin’ above
I’ll make it happen, I try so hard

Oh yeah yeah…
Just run away to the stars

2003


The Eurovision Song Contest 2003 was the tenth time that Estonia had entered the Eurovision Song Contest, and was the ninth time that they competed in the final. The panel would select Ruffus as their favourite, and the group would go on and compete in the final, placing 21st.
The 2003 preselections were controversial in that a public televote just before the Eurolaul event clearly showed that the girl group Vanilla Ninja’s entry “Club Kung Fu” was the favourite of the nation.Vanilla Ninja would still end up participating in the Eurovision final two years later, however, representing Switzerland with the song “Cool Vibes” (and beating the Estonian entry by Suntribe in the process).The judging panel would favour the entries by Koit Toome and Ruffus, with Ruffus winning by one point and going on to represent Estonia in the Riga final.
Ruffus automatically qualified for the 2003 final, but performed poorly, and ended up finishing in 21st place with a total of only 14 points.
lyrics

You thought you had it coming
But now you really, really just don’t know
It seems you make a deal far too big outta this

Aha, you thought that you’d done it
Yeah, you thought that you had heard it all
But the state of things is putting you down now
Just because, whoah…

You know they say it’s just the eighties coming back
Can you feel it’s the eighties coming back?
Yeah, I know it’s just the eighties coming
Eighties coming, eighties coming
Eighties coming back

You said let’s do it
Let’s take it out and dance all night
But those deep synthesizer sounds freak you out
Whoah…

And now you wake up in the middle of the night
In terror, all you do is cry
Cold sweat, a cup of tea, no nothing seems to help you
Through the night, my God

Now, it feels just like the eighties coming back
Can you feel it’s the eighties coming back?
Yeah, I know it’s just the eighties coming
Eighties coming, eighties coming
Eighties coming back

Yeah, you thought you had it coming
But now it looks like you didn’t know this
But everybody’s wearing their hair
The way you did fifteen years ago
And it makes you wanna cry

Oh, it feels just like the eighties coming back
Can you feel it? It’s the eighties coming back
Yeah, I know it’s just the eighties coming
Eighties coming, eighties coming
Eighties coming back

2004


The Estonian Final was held on February 7 at the ETV Studios in Tallinn hosted by Marko Reikop and Karmel Eikner. The winner was chosen by televoting and SMS voting.
lyrics

I woke up this morning
At the call of the cockerel
I went and left the gate open
Let others follow

I can’t sleep, the road runs straight ahead
We’re not going around
The speed is such that I see my toes
Where the horizon is

Ravine, wood-path, over river, over hill
I don’t know where life will turn
Ravine, wood-path, over river, over hill
I don’t know where life will turn

Yesterday we were here
And today we came
And tomorrow we’ll go again
The sun shines
Always in our heart
And we feel good wherever we are

Today we came
We’re not silly
And tomorrow we’ll go again
The sun shines
Always in our heart
And we feel good wherever we are

I woke up this morning
At the call of the cockerel
I went and left the gate open
Let others follow

I can’t sleep, the road runs straight ahead
We’re not going around
The speed is such that I see my toes
Where the horizon is

Yesterday we were here
And today we came
And tomorrow we’ll go again
The sun shines
Always in our heart
And we feel good wherever we are

Today we came
We’re not silly
And tomorrow we’ll go again
The sun shines
Always in our heart
And we feel good wherever we are

Ravine, wood-path, over river, over hill
I don’t know where life will turn

2005


The all-girl group Suntribe represented Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2005 with the song “Let’s Get Loud”. The Estonian National Final Eurolaul 2005 was held on February 5, 2005 during a television show hosted by Ines & Marko Reikop. The winning song defeated eight others by televote. The song was written and composed by Sven Lõhmus.The band is made up of Mari-Leen Kaselaan, Rebecca Kontus, Daana Ots, Laura Põldvere, and Jaanika Vilipo. They are all under 22 years old, they all go to school and they have all been learning music for several years.
lyrics

I’m hot like indian spice, like boiling water
I’m in the mood, no-one can stop me tonight
So turn the power on, gimme the guitar
No time for misery – alright

When the bass is loud, drums sound like a thunder
I’m spinning round my records – that’s right
Come on, let’s raise the roof
Wake up the neighbours
Open the windows, scream and shout

We’re not angels in the sky
Playing harp and flying high
Now we can rock the crowd
So let’s get loud

Come on girls, sing along that song
Shake the house till the early morning
Boring yesterday is gone
So let’s get loud

Come on girls, you can rock the crowd
Dance all night, turn on the party
We just wanna hear you shout
So let’s get loud

(So let’s get loud, yeah)

Turn off the TV-set
This soap is boring
Bold & Beautiful ain’t our theme tonight
So let us rule your heart
And be the leaders
Wake up you guys and feel alive

We’re not angels in the sky
Playing harp and flying high
Now we can turn the crowd
So let’s get loud

Come on girls, sing along that song
Shake the house till the early morning
Boring yesterday is gone
So let’s get loud

Come on girls, you can rock the crowd
Dance all night, turn on the party
We just wanna hear you shout
So let’s get loud

(Let’s get loud, let’s get loud)
(Let’s get loud, let’s get loud)

Come on girls, sing along that song
Shake the house till the early morning
Boring yesterday is gone
So let’s get loud

Come on girls, you can rock the crowd
Dance all night, turn on the party
We just wanna hear you shout
So let’s get loud

Come on girls, sing along that song
Shake the house till the early morning
Boring yesterday is gone
So let’s get loud

Come on girls, you can rock the crowd
Dance all night, turn on the party
We just wanna hear you shout
So let’s get loud

2006


Estonia’s entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 was selected by an international jury. They decided that Sandra Oxenryd would represent Estonia at Eurovision 2006 with the song “Through My Window”, which contained up-tempo country-soul music. The song is written by Pearu Paulus, Ilmar Laisaar, Alar Kotkas (composers) and Jana Hallas (lyricist), the same authors who wrote the Estonian entries for 2000 (“Once in a lifetime”) and 2002 (“Runaway”), which came 4th and 3rd, respectively.
Sandra Oxenryd is from Kristinehamn, Sweden and was the winner of the Swedish Fame Factory.Despite receiving good receptions in dress rehearsal, Sandra finished 18th of 23 entrants in the Semi-Final, well away from the Top 10 finish that would have seen her qualify.
lyrics

When life is a road going nowhere
I’m alone though you’re gonna be right here
You’re my baby
When life is a road going somewhere
All alone I have to hold on to go on

I’m looking through my window
What about the sun you made shine?
What about the rain you cried on my pillow?

And maybe somebody some day
Turns back home, but it’s gonna be a long way
It’s been a long day
And maybe somebody some way
Highs and lows it’s always the same thing
Anyway

I’m looking through my window
What about the sun you made shine?
What about the rain you cried on my pillow?

I’m looking through my window
What about us? Tell me why
I still can’t see where’s the rainbow

I can’t find the words, lose my nerve
And grass just turns to stone
When all hopes are high, I have my pride
Show you what I’m really like inside

I’m looking through my window
What about the sun you made shine?
What about the rain you cried on my pillow?

I’m looking through my window
What about us? Tell me why
I still can’t see where’s the rainbow

I’m looking through my window
What about the sun you made shine?
What about the rain you cried on my pillow?

I’m looking through my window
What about us? Tell me why
I still can’t see where’s the rainbow
I still can’t see where’s the rainbow

2007


Estonia chose its entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2007 during Eurolaul 2007 on 3 February 2007. The winner was Gerli Padar with “Partners in Crime”, composed by Henrik Sal-Saller and written by Berit Veiber. ETV invited 10 Estonian songwriters to submit entries for the 2007 Eurolaul, including the songwriters behind the Estonian entries in 2000, 2002 and 2006, the lead singer of the 2005 Swiss entrants Vanilla Ninja, 2000 Estonian performer and 2nd placer in the 2005 Eurolaul, Ines, composers of the 1996, 1999 and 2005 Estonian entries, and Soul Militia, who won the contest in 2001 under the name of 2XL, along with Dave Benton & Tanel Padar.
“Partners in Crime” was performed 23rd in the running order, following Hungary and preceding Belgium. However the song only received 33 points, placing 22nd of 28 countries and failing to pass to the final.
lyrics

We’re standing in the rain
And sipping cold champagne
The night is full of angels of sin
The demons of pleasure and pain

You whisper in my ear
I’m holding back the tears
Your words are burning the way to my heart
That’s been held hostage for years

The wild look in your eyes
Will light my fire inside
This is the night that we cannot deny
We’ll always be partners in crime

I kiss your lips so sweet
Mmm… but do you feel the heat?
Is it so wrong to be hungry for love?
To follow the passion so deep?

The wild look in your eyes
Will light my fire inside
This is the night that we cannot deny
We’ll always be partners in crime

The wild look in your eyes
Will light my fire inside
This is the night that we cannot deny
We’ll always be partners in crime

Now it’s too late to turn back the time
We just have to go with the flow
I will be yours and you will be mine
And that’s how the story goes

The wild look in your eyes
Will light my fire inside
This is the night that we cannot deny
We’ll always be partners in crime

The wild look in your eyes
Will light my fire inside
This is the night that we cannot deny
We’ll always be partners in crime

Partners in crime
Partners in crime

2008


The Eurovision Song Contest 2008 was Estonia’s 14th appearance in the competition.
Estonia competed in the first semi-final on May 20, 2008.The Estonian national final Eurolaul was held on February 2, 2008. ERR invited six songwriters, one of them withdrew. Five other songs were chosen by contest.
lyrics

Who am I? Bill please
I ran out of gas
Out of gas

Two double drum cake
Bean pods, that’s enough
That’s enough

Summer light, it’s summer light
Summer light, it’s summer light
Summer light, it’s summer light
Summer light, it’s summer light

Potatoes, beans, onions
Lobster, that’s enough

Summer light, it’s summer light
Summer light, it’s summer light
Summer light, it’s summer light
Summer light, it’s summer light

Potatoes, beans, onions
Lobster, that’s enough
Sardine, that’s enough

What now? Summer lights now
What now? Summer lights now
What now? Summer lights now
What now? Summer lights now

Summer light, it’s summer light
Summer light, it’s summer light
Summer light, it’s summer light
Summer light, it’s summer light

2009


After discussions on whether Estonia should withdraw due to the Russian participation in the 2008 South Ossetia war in Georgia, Eesti Rahvusringhääling (ERR) announced that, due to public demand, they will participate at the Eurovision Song Contest 2009, to be held in Moscow.In August 2008 Estonian Minister of Culture Laine Jänes announced a possible boycott could be held between the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Latvia later rebuked the boycott and announced that they would be present at the 2009 contest.In September 2008 a public poll was held on whether Estonia should participate at the contest. 66% of the poll takers wished to see Estonia at the contest.
The list of participants include former Eurolaul and Eurovision participants. Laura Põldvere represented Estonia, as a member of Suntribe, at the Eurovision Song Contest 2005. Rolf Junior participated at last year’s Eurolaul, coming fourth, and Lowry was a member of Soul Militia, then 2XL, that represented and won the Eurovision Song Contest 2001, along with Tanel Padar and Dave Benton. These were Urban Symphony with “Rändajad” and Traffic with “See päev”. the winner of the jury vote was Urban Symphony, while the winner of the televote was Laura, who failed to receive enough points from the jury to qualify.
Since Estonia came 18th in the semi-final of the 2008 contest they had to compete in one of the two semi-finals in Moscow. At the second semi-final on 14 May Estonia and Urban Symphony performed 18th in the running order, following Ukraine and preceding the Netherlands. The group qualified Estonia to the finals for the first time in the country’s history since the semi-finals were introduced in 2004.
At the final on 16 May Urban Symphony performed 15th in the running order, following Malta and preceding Denmark and finished 6th.
lyrics

In the desert heat the sand
Blows like ice-cold snow
The night soon unfurls its wings
Leaving nothing but the wind to escort the nomads

This is the way
They wander from one day to the next
This is the way
They wander from one time to the next
This is the way
It weaves an invisible path
Before them
Waiting until you dare to take the risk

It conveys only frozen souls
The moonlight makes shadows of them
Warmth in a ray of sunlight
Is what the morning brings once again

This is the way
They wander from one day to the next
This is the way
They wander from one time to the next
This is the way
It weaves an invisible path
Before them
Waiting until you dare to take the risk

They wander from one day to the next
They wander from one time to the next
It weaves an invisible path
It waits until you are ready to take the risk

A voice echoes over the mountains up to the heavens

This is the way
They wander from one day to the next
This is the way
They wander from one time to the next
This is the way
It weaves an invisible path
Before them
Waiting until you dare to take the risk
This is the way

2010


Estonia participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2010, held in Oslo, Norway in May. Estonia was represented by Malcolm Lincoln and Manpower 4 with the song “Siren”, the winner of Eesti Laul 2010. The winning song was initially not among the 10 finalists, but was included later when another entry was disqualified.
Eesti Laul 2010 was held on 12 March at the Nokia Concert Hall in Tallinn, hosted by Estonian actors Ott Sepp and Märt Avandi.The names of the 10 competing artists were announced on 11 January 2010. However shortly after the announcement it was revealed that one of the songs, “Made Me Cry” by Nikita Bogdanov, had been uploaded onto YouTube before 1 October 2009, breaking the contest rules and disqualifying the song from the contest. He was replaced by Malcolm Lincoln (fronted by Robin Juhkental) and Manpower 4, with the song “Siren”.
After the performances of the 10 songs, a professional jury and the televoting public selected two songs to progress to the Super Final. They chose Lenna Kuurmaa and Malcolm Lincoln.Lenna and Malcolm Lincoln performed once again, and televoting selected the winner from the two songs. Malcolm Lincolm edged ahead of Lenna with 54% of the televote, winning Eesti Laul 2010.
Estonia competed in the first semi-final of the contest, on 25 May 2010. They placed 14th and failed to advance to the final.
lyrics

Siren in my head, is making awful sound
It’s time to make it clear
What is lost and what is found?

My life has been oh lame
Has been oh lame so far
I wasted years, I wasted time
Trying to reach the stars
My life has been oh lame
Has been oh lame so far

Give me time and give me strength
Give me strenght to carry on
Give me bit of hope now, help me through the night
Give me time and give me strength
Give me strenght to carry on
Give me bit of hope now, help me through the night

Siren in my head, yes, I can hear it again
Is it just the beginning, or is it the end?

My life has been oh lame
Has been oh lame so far
I wasted years, I wasted time
Trying to reach the stars
My life has been oh lame
Has been oh lame so far

Give me time and give me strength
Give me strenght to carry on
Give me bit of hope now, help me through the night
Give me time and give me strength
Give me strenght to carry on
Give me bit of hope now, help me through the night

Give me time and give me strength
Give me strenght to carry on
Give me bit of hope now, help me through the night
Give me time and give me strenght
Give me strenght to carry on
Give me bit of hope now, help me through the night

2011


Estonia participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 in Düsseldorf, Germany, selecting their entry through the national selection Eesti Laul 2011, organised by Estonian broadcaster Eesti Rahvusringhääling (ERR).
The final of Eesti Laul 2011 was held on 26 February, presented by Piret Järvis, Lenna Kuurmaa and Ott Sepp. Televoting and jury voting selected two songs from the 10 semi-final qualifiers to qualify for the super-final, where the winner of Eesti Laul 2011 was decided by televoting alone.Outloudz and Getter Jaani were chosen by the televoting public and jury voting to take part in the super-final, where Getter Jaani was declared the winner after getting 62% of the super-final vote.
Estonia began their Eurovision campaign with selecting the favorite Getter Jaani with “Rockefeller Street” as the Estonian representative for 2011. Before the start of the contest, Estonia were ranked second by bookmakers to win the contest and they consistently did this until the final. Estonia competed in the second semi final on May 12, 2011, in position 15. Getter did a very good performance. During voting, Estonia was the first country announced through and they achieved 9th place and 60 points. They were now to perform in the grand final on May 14, in position 8. The country surprised many with the placing they received at the end of the voting, coming a dismal 24th and second last with 44 points to end up. The Estonian jury was the first one to have released their points for the grand final, you can see how they were given below:
lyrics

Daylight is fading away
Night silhouettes in the sky
LED lights are flashing on towers
It’s Manhattan’s magical time

Ballerinas dancing the Swan Lake
On a river made of diamonds and pearls
Everything’s a little bit weird now

Because tonight it is showtime
In the middle of the street life
All we celebrate are good times
Because tonight it is showtime

Come and walk with me

1273 down the Rockefeller street
Life is marchin’ on, do you feel that?
1273 down the Rockefeller street
Everything is more than surreal (Than surreal)

(Alright, alright, alright)
(Let’s go, let’s go)

Oldschool Hollywood stars
Party cinderellas are here
They move like computer game heroes

Because they know it is showtime
In the middle of the street life
All they celebrate are good times (Good times)
Because tonight it is showtime (Showtime)

So let’s keep movin’ on

1273 down the Rockefeller street
Life is marchin’ on, do you feel that?
1273 down the Rockefeller street
Everything is more than surreal

So let’s keep movin’ on

Keep movin’, keep movin’, keep movin’, keep movin’
If you want to know what Rockefeller groove is
Keep movin’, keep movin’, keep movin’, keep movin’
Time is right to celebrate good times

Keep movin’, keep movin’, keep movin’, keep movin’
If you want to know what Rockefeller groove is
Keep movin’, keep movin’, keep movin’, keep movin’
Time is right to celebrate good times

1273 down the Rockefeller street
Life is marchin’ on, do you feel that?
1273 down the Rockefeller street
Everything is more than surreal

We’re singing
1273 down the Rockefeller street
Life is marchin’ on, do you feel that?
We’re singing
1273 down the Rockefeller street
Everything is more than surreal

2012


Estonia will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 and selected their entry through the national selection “Eesti Laul 2012”, organised by the Estonian broadcaster ERR.The final of Eesti Laul 2012 will take place on 3 March 2012 at the Nokia Concert Hall in Tallinn. Just like in 2011, 10 acts will compete to become the Estonian entry for Baku, with the list of finalists featuring five qualifiers from each semi-final.The Estonian participant in 2010, Malcolm Lincoln has shown interest in taking part again.
Estonia competed in the second half of the second semi-final in Baku, Azerbaijan on 24 May 2012, following Turkey and preceding Slovakia. Ott Lepland received 100 points and placed 4th, thus qualifying for the final on 26 May.
In the final, Estonia was drawn to performed 11th, after Italy and preceding Norway. Lepland received votes from 18 countries, scoring a total of 120 points and finishing 6th.
lyrics

Listen to the horizon
Listen to how far it takes you
Listen to what the wind has to say
Listen

Watch as darkness approaches
Wait – the light remains within us
Listen to how your land breathes
Listen

Listen to what has fallen silent
Just listen to these simple moments
Listen – the heart too has a voice

The path has passed into shadow
I look and keep on looking
Silence has the power to resound
I wait for you here, halfway there
Listen to my voice calling you

Listen to what has fallen silent
Just listen to these simple moments
Listen – the heart too has a voice

Listen to me now

Estoniathe real results

country year singer song pts position
Estonia 1993 Janika muretut meelt ja sudametuld dq 26
Estonia 1994 Silvi Vrait Nagu Merelaine 2 24
Estonia 1996 Maarja-Liis Ilus & Ivo Linna Kaelakee Hääl 94 5
Estonia 1997 Maarja Keelatud Maa 82 8
Estonia 1998 Koit Toome Mere Lapsed 36 12
Estonia 1999 Evelin Samuel & Camille Diamond Of Night 90 6
Estonia 2000 Ines Once In A Lifetime 98 4
Estonia 2001 Tanel Padar & Dave Penton Everybody 198 1
Estonia 2002 Sahlene Runaway 111 3
Estonia 2003 Ruffus Eighties Coming Back 14 21
Estonia 2004 Neiokõsõ Tii 57 25
Estonia 2005 Suntribe Let’s Get Loud 31 34
Estonia 2006 Sandra Oxenryd Through My Window 28 32
Estonia 2007 Gerli Padar partners in crime 33 36
Estonia 2008 Kreisiraadio Leto Svet 8 41
Estonia 2009 Urban Symphony Raendajad 129 6
Estonia 2010 Malcolm Lincoln & Manpower 4 Siren 39 31
Estonia 2011 Getter Jaani Rockefeller street 44 24
Estonia 2012 Ott Lepland Kuula 120 6

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