Eurovision is in a new season and many different countries and broadcasters have already opened submissions for their public or internal selections. The next broadcaster to do so is the Estonian ERR (ETV), opening song submissions for their national selection, which of course is Eesti Laul 2023.
The submission window will be open from today, September 13, until October 20 at 11:00 CET. There are no specific rules or regulations, regarding international submissions, meaning that songwriters, singers and producers can apply, regardless whether they are Estonian or not. However, until October 17, the fee to enter a song in Estonian is 50€ and the fee for songs in a foreign language (or multilingual songs) is going to be 100€. During the last three days of the submission window, said fees will double (100€ for Estonian songs, 200€ for any other song.) You can find the full regulations here. and if you believe to have the winning song for Estonia, you can submit a song through this link.
A professional jury will select 20 songs, that will be revealed to the public on the fourth of December 2022. The format will slightly change for next year, as there will no longer be any quarter-finals. So instead of 6 shows, Eesti Laul will return to the format of three live shows, including two semi-finals and one final, which are going to be held on the following dates:
- Semi-Final 1: January 12
- Semi-Final 2: January 14
- Grand Final: February 11
This year’s Eesti Laul was won by Stefan with the song “Hope“, which represented Estonia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Turin and ended up in a decent 13th place in the Grand Final. You can re-watch his live performance here!
Are you happy that Eesti Laul returned to its old format? Which singers would you like to participate? Let us know your thoughts in the comments and on our social media profiles! @escbubble