Estonia: ERR confirms Eurovision 2022 participation
The Estonian national broadcaster, ERR, has confirmed the country's participation in the 66th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest in Italy next May.
ERR has confirmed to ESCToday that the Baltic nation will be taking part in Eurovision 2022 which will take place in Italy. Thus this will mark the 27th participation for Estonia since 1994 when the country made its first appearance.
The next Estonian Eurovision hopeful will be selected through the traditional national selection format of Eesti Laul, with the process for the 2022 edition to commence in September.
Estonia in Eurovision
Estonia joined the Eurovision family in 1994 . On their debut participation they were represented by Silvi Vrait, who finished 2nd last with only 2 points. Seven years later the country was crowned winner of Eurovision Song Contest 2001 for the first and only time until today. Tanel Padar, Dave Benton & 2XL, performed the song Everybody and against all odds achieved to bring the trophy from Copenhagen in Estonia.
However this success didn’t continue as Estonia failed to qualify for the final from 2004-2008. In 2009 after successive bad results led to the establishment of Eesti Laul, as the show through which the country has been selecting its Eurovision entries the last ten years, having seven times qualified to the final.
In 2019 with Swedish singer, Victor Crone won Eesti Laul 2019 and rerpesented Estonia with his song, “Storm”. The Estonian representative finished in 20th place in the final with 76 points, marking Estonia’s qualification to the final for a second year in a row.
Uku won the Estonian national final back in February with his entry “What Love Is” and along with it the right to reprsent Estonian at Eurovision 2020 in Rotterdam. Unfortunately the contest never took place cause of the coronavirus pandemic leaving Uku’s ESC journey incomplete.
However, the Estonian act was given a pass to compete in Eesti Laul 2021, which he eventually won again with his song 'The Lucky One' and went off to representing the country in Rotterdam. Uku competed in the second semi final and depsite his strong performance didn't make it to the Grand Final.
News Source: ESCToday
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