Eesti otsib superstaari
|Eesti otsib superstaari|
Eesti otsib superstaari logo as of 2012
|Created by||Simon Fuller|
Henrik Kalmet (2012)
Karl-Andreas Kalmet (2012)
Hele Kõrve (2011)
Evelin Pang (2011)
Aigi Vahing (2007)
Jüri Nael (2007)
Ott Sepp (2008)
Märt Avandi (2008)
Ithaka Maria (2009)
Tanel Padar (2009)
Maarja-Liis Ilus (2009–)
Mart Sander (2012-)
Rein Rannap (2007-2011)
Heidy Purga (2007–2008)
|Country of origin||Estonia|
|No. of seasons||4|
|Running time||Varies between 1⁄2 hour and two hours|
|Picture format||576i (16:9 SDTV) (since 2011)|
|Original run||11 March 2007– present|
Eesti otsib superstaari (Estonia is Searching for a Superstar) is an Estonian reality-competition gameshow airing on TV3. It debuted on 11 March 2007 and it has since become one of the most popular shows in Estonia. Part of the Idol franchise, it originated from the reality program Pop Idol created by the British entertainment executive Simon Fuller, first aired in 2001 in the United Kingdom.
The program seeks to discover the best singer in Estonia through a series of nationwide auditions. The outcomes of the later stages of the competition are determined by the viewers. Through telephone and SMS text voting, viewers have chosen as winners Birgit Õigemeel, Jana Kask, Ott Lepland, Liis Lemsalu and Rasmus Rändvee (listed in chronological order).
The format features a panel of judges who critique the contestants' performances. The judges are former recording artist, music critic and journalist Mihkel Raud (all 5 seasons), singer Maarja-Liis Ilus (since season 3) and singer, actor and conductor Mart Sander (since season 5). Composer and pianist Rein Rannap and Radio DJ, journalist and TV producer Heidy Purga belonged to the judging panel of the first season.
To date, five seasons have been broadcast, as summarised below.
|Season||Start||Finish||Winner||Runner-up||Third place||Hosts||Judges||Audition cities||Locations|
|One||11 March 2007||14 June 2007||Birgit Õigemeel||Luisa Värk||Taavi Peterson||Jüri Nael
|Live shows: ETV studio, Pärnu Concert Hall
Super-final: Pärnu Concert Hall
|Two||3 February 2008||8 June 2008||Jana Kask||Arno Suislep||Kristiina Piperal||Ott Sepp
|Live shows: ETV studio, Concert Halls of Pärnu, Jõhvi,
Vanemuine, Estonia Theatre
|Three||6 September 2009||20 December 2009||Ott Lepland||Birgit Varjun||Marten Kuningas||Tanel Padar
Ithaka Maria Rahula
|Live shows: ETV studio
|Four||13 February 2011||12 June 2011||Liis Lemsalu||Artjom Savitski||Rosanna Lints||Evelin Pang
|Live shows: ETV studio
Super-final: Nokia Concert Hall
|Five||9 September 2012||23 December 2012||Rasmus Rändvee||Elina Born||Toomas Kolk||Karl-Andreas Kalmet
- Main article: Eesti otsib superstaari (season 1), victory to Birgit Õigemeel, before Luisa Värk
The first season of Eesti otsib superstaari debuted on 11 March 2007 and instantly became one of the most popular television shows in Estonia, following in the success of other Idol competitions around the world. The hosts were actress Aigi Vahing and choreographer Jüri Nael. The judging panel consisted of singer, guitar player, music critic and journalist Mihkel Raud, composer and pianist Rein Rannap and radio disc jockey and television producer Heidy Purga.
The winner of the series was Birgit Õigemeel, who won a recording contract and 100 000 kroons. She used the money dedicated for the recording contract on building her own recording company MTH Publishing. In January 2008 she released her self-titled debut album and held the number one spot for several weeks. Since winning the show, Õigemeel has released three studio albums and several singles. The runner-up, Luisa Värk also has released an album and several singles.
The second season of Eesti otsib superstaari debuted on 3 February 2008. Actors and comedians Ott Sepp and Märt Avandi emerged as the new presenters. The judging panel remained the same. The Finale of the series was held in the Linnahall arena to an audience of 3000 people. More than 70 000 calls and text messages were sent during the televoting.
The series was won by Jana Kask, who collected 52,9% of the votes in the Finale. Kask signed a record dea while the album was not released by the recording company because of 'riskful situation in the local music market'. In late summer, Kask started collaboration with manager Ivar Must and her debut album Face in the Mirror was finally released in December 2009.
The third season of Eesti otsib superstaari premiered on 6 September 2009. In autumn 2008, TV3 announced that the third season would be postponed due to the recession. The auditions for the third series started in August 2009.
The Eurovision Song Contest-winning singer and guitar player Tanel Padar and singer Ithaka Maria Rahula emerged as the new presenters of the show. There were also changes in the judging panel, Heidy Purga was replased by singer Maarja-Liis Ilus.
The Finale of the series was held on 20 December 2009 once again in the Linnahall, Tallinn. The series was won by Ott Lepland, who won a recording contract with Crunch Industry. Ott Lepland's self-titled debut album was released on 13 April 2010. Getter Jaani, who finished fourth in the series, got also signed by Moonwalk Records and released her debut album in May 2011. She also represented Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2011.
The fourth season of Eesti otsib superstaari premiered on 13 February 2011. The judging panel remained the same, consisting of Mihkel Raud, Rein Rannap and Maarja-Liis Ilus. Once again new presenters were introduced, they were actors and singers Hele Kõrve and Evelin Pang.
The series was won by Liis Lemsalu, who was awarded with € 10,000 and a record contract with the Universal Music Baltics. The show was followed by a tour "Eesti superstaar - Live tuur" around the country in June 2011.
"Eesti otsib superstaari" fifth season premiered on 9 September 2012. The hosts of the season are actors Karl-Andreas Kalmet and Mihkel Kalmet. Two of three judges from the fourth season, Mihkel Raud and Maarja-Liis Ilus, continued their job as the judges. Rein Rannap was replaced by Mart Sander.
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