The semi finals of this year’s Eesti Laul take place this week, and ahead of the first show on Thursday, we caught up with one of this year’s debutants in the competition Hans Nayna.
Hans is a 31 year old singer songwriter from Mauritius, and he brings his trademark powerful vocal to the competition with his song ‘One by One’. We chatted to Hans about his participation, and here is what he had to tell us:
Hello Hans! Congratulations on making the shortlist for this year’s Eesti Laul. I understand you have a really interesting story behind your participation. You’re not a local, being from Mauritius, so can you tell us a little about how it all came about and how you ended up entering this competition when so far away from home?
Is Eurovision something that you have always known about as a concept – there are so many live viewers each year from all over the world – do people watch all the way over in Mauritius and how do you think the contest viewed over there? Will your attempt to enter be big news back home?
2020 was, shall we say an ‘interesting’ year presenting so many challenges to us all. How has it impacted on you as an artist – have you had to postpone plans, tours, appearances, or did you see it as a time where you could be more creative and produce new music. Other than Eurovision (of course), what are your main hopes for 2021?
And how has Estonia welcomed you?. I’ve visited a few times and it’s such a wonderful friendly place, even if it can get a bit cold at this time of year!
Can you tell us a little about your song ‘One By One’ , is there a message in the song and did you write it specifically with the competition in mind?
The video for your song is stunning. You and your team did an awesome job putting it together. Am I right in thinking that it was filmed in the Saku Suurhall, which is of course the venue for Eesti Laul (and Eurovision 2002 when Estonia last hosted the main competition!). Can we expect something similar in your stage presentation?
Thank you Hans for taking the time to talk to us!, we wish you the very best of luck in the competition.
You can watch the video for ‘One By One’ here. Is Hans among your favourites to qualify for the grand final of Eesti Laul?, vote in our poll!