ETV, the Estonian national broadcaster, has announced all the dates regarding their national selection for Eurovision, Eesti Laul, as well as a little change in the rules regarding how the winner, and the entrant in Vienna is going to be picked.
The song submission period starts right now, and all the interested singers and composers can send in their songs until the 1st of December. A preselection jury will listen through all the received songs, and select the best 20 to enter the live shows.
The first change in Eesti Laul is that this contest is going to be held in February, not in early March is was the case in previous years. The first semi final will take place on the 7th of February and the second semi final will take place the following week on the 14th. The best five from each semi final will qualify for the Final of Eesti Laul, which will take place on the 21st of February.
The second change is that the jury and the televoters in the final will select three songs for the super-final (not two, as it was the case previously), where the audience will then select the winner.
Heidy Purga, the producer of Eesti Laul, says that this way more options are given to the audience in the final, which is a strong element of the competition, and she hopes that this new rule will not leave anyone indifferent.
Tanja won Eesti Laul last year with “Amazing”, but unfortunately didn’t qualify for the Grand Final in Copenhagen.