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The Estonian national final ‘Eesti Laul’ continues tomorrow morning Australian time where 10 songs will face off in the quarter-final four of the selection.
After tonight’s show, viewers will have heard studio versions of all of the songs competing in Eesti Laul 2022.
Let’s get to know the 10 acts participating in the Quarterfinal 4 of Eesti Laul.
Pure Mudd & Shira
PÃºr MÃºdd is an Estonian dance duo formed in 2015. PÃºr MÃºdd has already participated in Eesti Laul 2016, where they finished 8th in the semi-final with the entry ‘Meet Halfway’. They also starred in the Eesti Laul 2020 interval act. The group’s current lineup consists of Joonatan Siiman and founding member Oliver rÃµÃµmus. They will collaborate with Eesti Laul 2020 finalist Shira, who did not advance to the semi-finals of Quarter Final 3 this year with her solo song “Under Water”.
Elisa Kolk, also known by her stage name ELYSA, is a 24-year-old singer-songwriter from Tartu. She wrote her first song at the age of 13 and graduated from Tartu I Music School with a degree in classical singing. She placed third in the 2015 Eesti Laul Superfinal with the song ‘Superlove’.
This year, ELYSA’s song “Fire” features prominent songwriters Linnea Deb and Andreas Stone, who have written songs for many final national artists across Europe. Linnea Deb’s most notable Eurovision writing credits are the winner of the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest “Heroes” by Mans Zelmerlow, “You” by Robin Stjernberg, “Monsters” by Saara Aalto and two 2021 entries in “Adrenalina” by San Marino and âVoicesâ in Sweden. Andreas Stone is also one of the songwriters for the Swedish entry to Eurovision 2019 “Too Late For Love”.
Minimal wind and Elisabeth Tiffany
Elisabeth Tiffany is a young singer from Rakvere, in the north of Estonia. She is currently studying music production and Eesti Laul will be a great platform for her, already promising to release her solo EP the following week. Elisabeth hinted that the competing song, “What To Make Of This”, is an intimate, guitar-based R&B song. She will team up with the band Minimal Wind, who describe themselves as “a place where all of their skills come together to create beautiful art forms and see where the wind takes them – whether in emo jazz or trap. indie “. It will be both Minimal Wind and Elisabeth’s debut at Eesti Laul.
Dramanda is the pseudonym of Amanda Hermiine KÃ¼nnapas, a 25-year-old actress who has a long biography in theater, cinema and television. She starred in the crime drama television series “Keeris” (Swirl), as well as the historical Estonian-Latvian-Lithuanian-Finnish spy thriller “O2”, which was nominated for 2 Estonian Film and Television Awards (EFTV). Also an avid dancer, Amanda graduated from Tallinn University with a degree in choreography, coached in a dance studio, and performed and directed her own dance performances. She made her debut as a musician in Eesti Laul this year with the entry ‘Tule minu sisse’.
Emili JÃ¼rgens, aka Emily J, is a 20-year-old singer-songwriter and YouTuber from Rakvere. She started performing at a young age, winning prizes in school singing competitions and participating in the ‘Laulukarussell’ TV singing competition for young singers in 2010. She is inspired by Bruno Mars and BeyoncÃ©. Emily J has already appeared in Eesti Laul once, in 2019, collaborating with xtra basic on the song ‘Hold Me Close’, which finished 12th in the final.
Ott Lepland is the big name of this quarter-final. The 34-year-old singer was born in Tallinn and has been making music for over 20 years, having made children’s music from an early age. He rose to fame after winning âEesti otsib superstaariâ (Estonian Idol) in 2009. He is best known for representing Estonia at Eurovision 2012 in Baku, with his song âKuulaâ. Ott finished in a fantastic sixth place, one of Estonia’s best results ever. He will play this quarter-final, after hosting the show last week.
Eleryn Tiit is a 25-year-old Estonian singer, and this will be her first appearance in Eesti Laul. She rose to fame in 2019 on the TV show “Your Face Will Be Familiar Soon”, and true to the title of the show, she has become a household name in the Estonian music scene, having released several singles since then. Eleryn helped write her entry-level âTunnete Keelâ, and Karl Killing, a former Eesti Laul contestant, is also on the songwriters list.
Jessica is a 21-year-old singer from PÃ¤rnu in southwest Estonia and a newcomer to the music scene. Jessica started making music at the age of seven and participated in various singing competitions and studied at the Jana Trink Private School. She released her first single earlier this year titled âPS your idiot,â which has an indie pop sound. She will be competing for the first time at Eesti Laul with the song ‘My Mom’, co-written by herself and musician Steven Ilves.
Black Velvet has been active in the Estonian music scene for over 20 years. Their most famous song is “17”, a nostalgic favorite for many Estonians. Black Velvet’s lineup consists of singer Lauri Liiv, percussionist Sulev LÃµhmus and Sven LÃµhmus on keyboards. Lauri Liiv participated in Eurolaul 1999 with ‘Soolo’. Sven LÃµhmus is a well-known Estonian songwriter who has written and composed numerous past Estonian Eurovision Songwriting entries, as well as the song “Remedy” by Elina Nechayeva which qualified for the quarter-finals 3 of the this year’s edition of Eesti Laul, and Eesti Laul of Black Velvet. 2022 song “Sandra”.
Liina Ariadne Pedanic, aka Ariadne, is a 23-year-old Estonian singer whose career began in 2017. She has a YouTube channel where vlogs and publishes vocals covers. Eurovision fans will know Ariadne for her participation in Eesti Laul in 2017, where she finished in a respectable 6th place in the Grand Final with her song “Feel Me Now”. Ariadne also passed her school exams that year, and after graduating she continued to release music and recently got engaged. Eesti Laul 2022 will be her second appearance, singing “Shouldn’t Be Friends”, written by her team which includes her fiancÃ© Martti.
This week’s show is hosted by two former Eurovision Song Contestants, Getter Jaani (Estonia 2011) and JÃ¼ri Pootsmann (Estonia 2016). Eesti Laul’s Quarterfinal 4 broadcast can be viewed on the ERR website.
Australian viewing times for Eesti Laul 2022 Quarter-Final 4
Sunday 12 December
ACT, NSW, VIC, TAS: 6:35 a.m.
SA: 6:05 am
Contributions by Laura Smith and Hugo Burstin