Today, ERR, the Estonian public broadcaster has announced its plans for next year’s Eurovision. Once again Eesti Laul will be used as the selection method in finding an entry for Eurovision. Entries must’ve been received by ERR on the day of the 2nd of November, 15:00 local time.
On this deadline being unusually early for Eesti Laul, Mart Normet, producer for Eesti Laul says they’ve been deliberating for a long time but it seemed reasonable for them to move the deadline to before the christmas period. That way the songs can be played on the radio for a longer time and it gives more time to both the artist and the broadcaster to pay attention to the details of their stage performance to make it work the best way possible.
Other rules have stayed the same: the songs cannot be longer than 3 minutes, they must not have been publically performed before the 1st of September 2015 and all of the authors and performers of the song must be citizens or residents of Estonia. A more extensive version of the rules and more information can be found over at Eesti Laul’s website (click!).
The competing songs will be published November 5th and the semifinals will be broadcasted live on the 13th and 20th of February. The grand final of Eesti Laul will be held on the 5th of March 2016.