Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest

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Member station ERR
National selection events Eurolaul (1993–2008)
Eesti Laul (2009–)
Appearances 19 (13 finals)
First appearance 1994
Best result 1st: 2001
Worst result 22nd SF: 2007 SF
External links
ERR page
Estonia's page at

Estonia first entered the Eurovision Song Contest in 1994. Its first appearance would have taken place in 1993 with Janika Sillamaa and "Muretut meelt ja südametuld", however a qualification round was just installed for former Eastern bloc countries and she did not manage to qualify to the Grand Final. Its first contest participation in 1994 was not a successful one, coming second last only to Lithuania. As such, the country was relegated from the 1995 contest. Its second entry, Maarja-Liis Ilus and Ivo Linna with "Kaelakee hääl", in 1996 was the complete opposite, coming 5th with 94 points. This was the first top 5 ranking for a former USSR country. In addition, Estonia is the most successful Baltic country in Eurovision. Estonia is the first former USSR country to win the Contest and the second country of eastern Europe after Yugoslavia.

History of Estonia at the Eurovision Song Contest[edit]

Estonia's record at the contest was a successful one from 1996 to 2002, only failing once to make the top 10 (in 1998 when it ended up in 12th place). The country's first win came in 2001, when Tanel Padar and Dave Benton, along with 2XL, sang "Everybody" and received 198 points, therefore making Estonia the first former USSR country to win the Contest and the second country of eastern Europe after Yugoslavia. As such the 2002 contest was held in Estonia, in the capital city Tallinn.

From 2004 to 2008 Estonia failed to qualify to the finals, mostly receiving poor results – during that period its best entry was 12th place in the 2004 semi-final by Neiokõsõ with the "Tii" (The Way), sung in the Võro language, a southern-Estonian dialect.

Despite news that Estonia might withdraw from the 2009 contest, set to be held in Moscow, Russia, due to the war in South Ossetia, Eesti Rahvusringhääling (ERR) confirmed that, due to public demand, Estonia would send an entry to Moscow.[1][2] After a new national final, Eesti Laul, was introduced to select the Estonian entry, the winner was Urban Symphony with "Rändajad" (Nomads[3] or Travellers), which had beaten the televoting favourite, Laura, by the votes of a jury.[4][5]

At the second semi-final of the 2009 contest, Urban Symphony qualified Estonia to the final of the contest for the first time since 2003, receiving 115 points and placing 3rd. The group performed 15th in the final, where it received 129 points, placing 6th of 25 competing entries as well as being the highest placing non-English language song at the 2009 competition.

In 2010, Estonia failed to qualify to the final, with the song "Siren" by Malcolm Lincoln.

In 2011, Estonia was represented by Getter Jaani with the song "Rockefeller Street". She was the bookmakers' pre-contest favorite for victory along with France. She qualified to the final but eventually placed 24th of 25 entries- tying Silvi Vrait's 1994 result for Estonia's worst placing in the contest final.

In 2012, Ott Lepland qualified Estonia to the final with his song "Kuula", ending up 4th in the second semi-final. In the final, he equalled Estonia's result of 1999 and 2009, ending up 6th. Together with "Urban Symphony" in 2009, "Kuula" gave Estonia its best result in the contest since 2009.


Table key

     Second place
     Third place
     Last place
     Automatically qualified to the final
     Did not qualify for the final
     Did not compete or was relegated
Year Artist Language Title Final Points Semi Points
1993a Janika Sillamaa Estonian "Muretut meelt ja südametuld"
Failed to qualify
5 47
1994 Silvi Vrait Estonian "Nagu merelaine" 24 2
No Semi-Finals
Did Not Compete
1996 Maarja-Liis Ilus & Ivo Linna Estonian "Kaelakee hääl" 5 94 5 106
1997 Maarja Liis-Ilus Estonian "Keelatud maa" 8 82
No Semi-Finals
1998 Koit Toome Estonian "Mere lapsed" 12 36
1999 Evelin Samuel & Camille English "Diamond of Night" 6 90
2000 Ines English "Once in a Lifetime" 4 98
2001 Tanel Padar/Dave Benton/2XL English "Everybody" 1 198
2002 Sahlene English "Runaway" 3 111
2003 Ruffus English "Eighties Coming Back" 21 14
2004 Neiokõsõ Võro "Tii"
Failed to qualify
12 57
2005 Suntribe English "Let's Get Loud"
Failed to qualify
20 31
2006 Sandra Oxenryd English "Through My Window"
Failed to qualify
18 28
2007 Gerli Padar English "Partners in Crime"
Failed to qualify
22 33
2008 Kreisiraadio Serbian, German, Finnish "Leto svet"
Failed to qualify
18 8
2009 Urban Symphony Estonian "Rändajad" 6 129 3 115
2010 Malcolm Lincoln & Manpower 4 English "Siren"
Failed to qualify
14 39
2011 Getter Jaani English "Rockefeller Street" 24 44 9 60
2012 Ott Lepland Estonian "Kuula" 6 120 4 100
2013 Birgit Õigemeel Estonian "Et uus saaks alguse" 20 19 10 52
2014 Tanja English "Amazing"
a. ^ Estonia unsuccessfully attempted to participate in 1993, when there was a pre-qualifying round for seven countries hoping to make their debut in the contest. The official Eurovision site does not count 1993 in Estonia's list of appearances.

Voting history[edit]

As of 2013, Estonia's voting history is as follows:

12 Points[edit]

Table key

     Winner - Estonia gave 12 points to a winning song.
     Second place - Estonia gave 12 points to a runner-up song.
     Third place - Estonia gave 12 points to a third place song.
     Qualified - Estonia gave 12 points to a song that qualified to the Grand Finals.
     Non-qualified - Estonia gave 12 points to a song that did not qualify to the Grand Finals
Year Final Semi
1993 N/A  Hungary
1994  Poland N/A
1996  Ireland N/A
1997  France N/A
1998  Sweden N/A
1999  Sweden N/A
2000  Latvia N/A
2001  Denmark N/A
2002  Latvia N/A
2003  Russia N/A
2004  Ukraine  Ukraine
2005   Switzerland   Switzerland
2006  Finland  Finland
2007  Russia  Latvia
2008  Russia  Finland
2009  Norway  Norway
2010  Germany  Russia
2011  Sweden  Sweden
2012  Sweden  Sweden
2013  Russia  Denmark


Year Location Venue Presenters
2002 Estonia Tallinn Saku Suurhall Annely Peebo and Marko Matvere

Commentators and spokespersons[edit]

Year(s) Television commentator Radio commentator Spokesperson
1994 Vello Rand Marko Reikop (Raadio 2) Urve Tiidus
1995 Jüri Pihel Did Not Participate
1996 Marko Reikop (Raadio 2) Annika Talvik
1997 Helene Tedre
1998 Reet Linna Urve Tiidus
1999 Marko Reikop Vello Rand (Raadio 2) Mart Sander
2000 Evelin Samuel
2001 Ilo-Mai Küttim (Elektra)
2003 Ines
2004 Maarja-Liis Ilus
2005 Mart Juur (Raadio 2)
Andrus Kivirähk (Raadio 2)
2006 Evelin Samuel
2007 Laura Põldvere
2008 Sahlene
2009 Marko Reikop (All)
Olav Osolin (final)
Laura Põldvere
2010 Marko Reikop (All)
Sven Lõhmus (final)
Rolf Roosalu
2011 Marko Reikop Piret Järvis
2012 Mart Juur, Andrus Kivirähk (Raadio 2)
Ilja Ban, Dmitri Vinogradov, Aleksandra Moorast (Raadio 4)
Getter Jaani
2013 Mart Juur (Raadio 2)
Andrus Kivirähk (Raadio 2)
Rolf Roosalu



  1. ^ Floras, Stella (2008-08-22). "Estonia: Minister discusses possible boycott of Eurovision in Moscow". ESCToday. Retrieved 2008-08-22. 
  2. ^ Floras, Stella (2008-09-17). "Estonia will participate in 2009". ESCToday. Retrieved 2008-09-17. 
  3. ^ "Estonia: Staging modern fairytale". 2009-04-26. Retrieved 2009-05-19. 
  4. ^ Calleja Bayliss, Marc (2009-03-07). "Urban Symphony to represent Estonia in Moscow". Oikotimes. Retrieved 2009-03-07. 
  5. ^ Webb, Glen (2009-03-07). "Urban Symphony win Eesti Laul in Estonia". EBU. Retrieved 2009-03-07. 

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