It’s the last and highest ranking of the Baltic countries – and generally Estonia often ends up being my favourite from that group and this year has fitted that pattern. Estonia have had some great songs over the years, even if they haven’t done as well as I think they deserved. I’m hoping that won’t be the case this year – and while former contestant Stig Rästa had my favourite song in the Estonian national final, I’ll be hoping Estonia can make a return to the final after losing out in 2016 and 2017. Continue reading “Eurovision 2018 previews countdown: #12 ESTONIA – Elina Nechayeva – “La forza””
“The north wind doth blow and we shall have snow”… Well, that has certainly been true for Europe this past week as we shiver under a Siberian blast and snow falling in unlikely places. And aptly, this coming weekend will see us finding out which songs will be representing a cluster of northern countries.. Continue reading “Eurovision 2018 national selections: the north wind doth blow (Estonia, Finland and Iceland previews)”
Not since we started the countdown with Lithuania at rock bottom 43 have we returned to the Baltic countries – and once again positioned in the middle of the three, it’s Estonia. One of my favourite Eurovision countries, they suffered unexpected disappointment last year (after finishing quite high in last year’s countdown), finishing last in their semi-final. Two contest veterans have teamed up as a duet this year – can they bring back the success of Estonia’s top 10 finish in 2015? Continue reading “Eurovision 2017 previews countdown: #14 ESTONIA – Koit Toome & Laura – “Verona””
It’s a trip to the Baltic again for this top 5, and the second of the three Baltic countries to get my Top 5 treatment. Estonia have had the most success at Eurovision of those three countries, becoming the first ex-Soviet country to win Eurovision (in 2001) and were only the second Eastern European country to have won at that time (after Yugoslavia in 1989).
Continue reading “My top 5 songs from…Estonia”
It’s the second of the three Baltic countries in the list now, and one of my favourite Eurovision countries – Estonia. They have put in a string of high quality, classy entries recently and their national final, Eesti Laul, arguably shows the best quality and broadest range of musical styles of any national final . This year is no exception with a dark, broody and very high class entry, sung by Jüri Pootsmann and written by Stig Rästa, the writer and co-singer of last year’s Estonian entry. That was my favourite song from last year, and this is one of my favourites this year!
Continue reading “Eurovision 2016 previews countdown: #15 ESTONIA – Jüri Pootsmann – “Play””
Since it’s going to be a few days at least before I have looked at enough YouTube videos in order to determine running order of the preview countdown, how about a few selections from the national finals that didn’t make it. There were a lot of fine songs and guilty pleasures amongst them so let’s start with Estonia, Finland and Hungary. Continue reading “Eurovision national finals best of the rest part 1: Estonia, Finland and Hungary”