Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012

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Eurovision Song Contest 2012
Country  Estonia
National selection
Selection process Eesti Laul 2012
Selection date(s) Semi-finals:
18 February 2012
25 February 2012
Final:
3 March 2012
Selected entrant Ott Lepland
Selected song "Kuula"
Finals performance
Semi-final result Qualified (4th, 100 points)
Final result 6th, 120 points
Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest
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Estonia participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan. The Estonian entry was selected through Eesti Laul 2012, a national selection that consisted of two semifinals and a final, organised by the Estonian broadcaster ERR. Ott Lepland represented Estonia with the song "Kuula", which qualified from the second semi-final and went on to place 6th in the final, scoring 120 points.[1][2]

Eesti Laul 2012[edit]

Logo of Eesti Laul 2012

Eesti Laul 2012 (Estonian: Estonian Song 2012) was the fourth edition of the Estonian national selection to select the Estonian entry for the Eurovision Song Contest. On 26 September 2011, ERR opened the submission period for Estonian nationals to submit their entries.[3] The submission period came to a close on 12 December 2011 with 159 entries being received.[4]

On 15 December 2011 a selection committee of 11 music experts selected 20 songs from the submissions to participate in the semi-finals of Eesti Laul 2012. The semi-finalists were announced by the executive producer of Eesti Laul, Heidy Purga, during the daily entertainment program Ringvaade.

The selection committee consisted of Owe Petersell (Radio Elmar), Toomas Puna (Radio Sky Plus), Erik Morna (Radio 2), Iiris Vesik (musician), Valner Valme (music journalist from Postimees), Siim Nestor (music journalist from Eesti Ekspress), Henry Kõrvits (musician), Olavi Paide (producer from production company RUUT), Koit Raudsepp (Radio 2), Ingrid Kohtla (ETV).[5]

Semi-final 1[edit]

The first semifinal of Eesti Laul 2012 took place on 18 February 2012 at ERR Studios and was hosted by Piret Järvis.[6] The live portion of the show included all competing artists awaiting the results in the green room while the actual performances were pre-recorded earlier. Ten songs competed for five spots in the final with the outcome decided by combining the votes of a jury panel and a televote which registered 17,858 votes.[7] The five qualifiers were August Hunt, Loss Paranoias, Ott Lepland, Liis Lemsalu and POP Maniacs.[6]

The jury panel for the first semi-final consisted of: Ines, Owe Petersell, Erik Morna, Tõnis Kahu, Els Himma, Mart Niineste, Jalmar Vabarna, Sven Grünberg, Olav Osolin, Veronika Portsmuth and Valner Valme.[6]

Draw Artist Song Author(s) Jury Televote Total Place
1 Janne Saar "Fight for Love" Rob Montes, Carola Madis, Janne Saar 3 521 3 6 9
2 Erasmus Rotterdamist "Kuu pääle" Paul Daniel, Jürgen Rooste 6 473 2 8 7
3 MIA feat. I.M.T.B "Bon Voyage" Vahur Valgmaa 2 725 4 6 8
4 Milky Whip "My Love" Karl Kanter, Helina Reinjärv 1 410 1 2 10
5 POP Maniacs "I Don’t Know" Rolf Roosalu 8 1914 7 15 3
6 Ott Lepland "Kuula" Ott Lepland, Aapo Ilves 9 6276 10 19 1
7 August Hunt "Tantsulõvi" August Hunt 7 1708 6 13 5
8 Soundclear "A Little Soldier" Karl-Ander Reismann 4 1053 5 9 6
9 Liis Lemsalu "Made Up My Mind" Liis Lemsalu, Rene Puura 10 2607 9 19 2
10 Loss Paranoias "Valedetektor" Loss Paranoias 5 2171 8 13 4

Semi-final 2[edit]

The second semifinal of Eesti Laul 2012 took place on 25 February 2012 at ERR Studios and was hosted by Piret Järvis.[8] The live portion of the show included all competing artists awaiting the results in the green room while the actual performances were pre-recorded earlier. Ten songs competed for five spots in the final with the outcome decided by combining the votes of a jury panel and a televote which registered 14,839 votes.[7] The five qualifiers were Traffic, Teele Viira, Lenna, Birgit Õigemeel and Violina and Tenfold Rabbit.[8]

The jury panel for the first semi-final consisted of: Ines, Owe Petersell, Erik Morna, Tõnis Kahu, Els Himma, Mart Niineste, Jalmar Vabarna, Sven Grünberg, Olav Osolin, Veronika Portsmuth and Valner Valme.[8]

Draw Artist Song Author(s) Jury Televote Total Place
1 Traffic "NASA" Ago Teppand, Jaan Pehk 7 1165 5 12 5
2 Lenna "Mina jään" Mihkel Raud, Lenna Kuurmaa 10 2967 10 20 1
3 Malcolm Lincoln "Bye" Robin Juhkental 8 430 1 9 7
4 Tenfold Rabbit "Oblivion" Tenfold Rabbit 9 1702 7 16 2
5 Birgit Õigemeel & Violina "You're Not Alone" Mihkel Mattisen 3 2283 9 12 3
6 Soul Militia "The Future is Now" Lauri Pihlap 2 1436 6 8 8
7 Mimicry "The Destination" Paul Lepasson 5 1086 4 9 6
8 Orelipoiss "Zombi" Jaan Pehk, Olavi Ruitlane 6 612 2 8 9
9 Teele Viira "City Nights" Priit Uustulnd, Teele Viira 4 2141 8 12 4
10 Cat Eye "Ride" Karel Kattai, Tanel Roovik, Margaret Kelomees 1 1017 3 4 10

Final[edit]

The final of Eesti Laul 2012 took place on 3 March 2012 at the Nokia Concert Hall in Tallinn, hosted by Piret Järvis, Taavi Teplenkov and Tiit Sukk.[2] On 27 February, the draw for the running order occurred and was hosted by Piret Järvis at the Solaris Centre in Tallinn.[9] Five songs from each semifinal, all together 10 songs, competed in the first round of the competition where a jury (50%) and public televote (50%) decided the top 2 - Lenna and Ott Lepland, who proceeded to the super final.[10] The public vote in the first round registered 48,995 votes.[7] Ott Lepland and the song "Kuula" was the winner in the super final, a result determined exclusively by a public vote between the two finalists which registered 46,670 votes.[2][7]

The jury panel for the final was composed of: Ivo Linna, Hanna-Liina Võsa, Toomas Puna, Siim Nestor, Ines, Ewert Sundja, Heini Vaikmaa, Helen Sildna, Madis Aesma, Owe Petersell and Koit Toome.[10]

The show featured an opening performance from 2011 Estonian representative Getter Jaani performing "NYC Taxi" and interval acts 3 Pead and Bonzo performing "Prostituudi laul", Marten Kuningas and HU? performing "Areen" and Kosmikud and Laine performing "Rändaja õhtulaul".

Draw Artist Song Author(s) Jury Televote Total Place
1 Loss Paranoias "Valedetektor" Loss Paranoias 5 3 2221 8 6
2 Teele Viira "City Nights" Priit Uustulnd, Teele Viira 3 2 1793 5 9
3 Liis Lemsalu "Made Up My Mind" Liis Lemsalu, Rene Puura 7 5 3016 12 5
4 August Hunt "Tantsulõvi" August Hunt 2 4 2282 6 8
5 Lenna "Mina jään" Mihkel Raud, Lenna Kuurmaa 10 9 7743 19 2
6 POP Maniacs "I Don’t Know" Rolf Roosalu 6 7 3664 13 4
7 Traffic "NASA" Ago Teppand, Jaan Pehk 4 1 1723 5 10
8 Tenfold Rabbit "Oblivion" Tenfold Rabbit 8 8 5038 16 3
9 Birgit Õigemeel & Violina "You're Not Alone" Mihkel Mattisen 1 6 3504 7 7
10 Ott Lepland "Kuula" Ott Lepland, Aapo Ilves 9 10 18011 19 1
Detailed Jury Votes
Song Ivo Linna Hanna-Liina Võsa Toomas Puna Siim Nestor Eda-Ines Etti Ewert Sundja Heini Vaikmaa Helen Sildna Madis Aesma Owe Petersell Koit Toome Total Points
"Valedetektor" 5 2 8 9 4 3 6 5 9 1 3 55 5
"City Nights" 4 3 1 5 1 4 3 7 3 4 5 40 3
"Made Up My Mind" 7 8 4 6 7 8 8 10 7 7 4 76 7
"Tantsulõvi" 3 1 5 1 2 1 1 6 4 2 1 27 2
"Mina jään" 9 10 10 7 8 10 10 8 8 10 9 99 10
"I Don’t Know" 8 9 7 4 6 7 2 4 5 9 8 69 6
"NASA" 6 5 3 3 5 6 5 1 6 6 6 52 4
"Oblivion" 2 7 9 8 9 5 7 9 10 5 7 78 8
"You're Not Alone" 1 4 2 2 3 2 4 3 1 3 2 27 1
"Kuula" 10 6 6 10 10 9 9 2 2 8 10 82 9

Super Final[edit]

Artist Song Author(s) Televote Place
Lenna "Mina jään" Mihkel Raud, Lenna Kuurmaa 33% 2
Ott Lepland "Kuula" Ott Lepland, Aapo Ilves 67% 1

At Eurovision[edit]

Estonia competed in the second half of the second semi-final (14th on stage), on 24 May 2012, following Turkey and preceding Slovakia. Ott Lepland received 100 points and placed 4th, thus qualifying for the final on 26 May.[11]

In the final, Estonia was drawn to perform 11th, following Italy and preceding Norway. The Estonian entry scored a total of 120 points and placed 6th in the final.[1]

Split Results[edit]

  • In the Semi-final Estonia came 4th with 100 points: the public awarded Estonia 5th place with 88 points and the jury awarded 4th place with 102 points.[12]
  • In the Final Estonia came 6th with 120 points: the public awarded Estonia 12th place with 78 points and the jury awarded 6th place with 152 points.[12]

Points awarded to Estonia[edit]

Points Awarded to Estonia (Semi-Final 2)[11]
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point
Points awarded to Estonia (Final)[1]
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point

Points awarded by Estonia[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Eurovision Song Contest 2012 Grand Final". Eurovision.tv. 
  2. ^ a b c Webb, Glen (3 March 2012). "Ott Lepland to represent Estonia in Baku". 
  3. ^ Siim, Jarmo (26 September 2011). "Estonia calls for entries". Eurovision.tv. Retrieved 26 September 2011. 
  4. ^ "Konkursile „Eesti laul 2012“ esitati rekordilised 159 lugu" (in Estonian). ERR. 12 December 2011. Retrieved 12 February 2012. 
  5. ^ "Selgusid võistluse „Eesti laul 2012“ poolfinalistid" (in Estonian). ERR. 15 December 2011. Retrieved 12 February 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c Nael, Merili (18 February 2012). "Selgusid "Eesti laulu" esimesed finalistid". ERR (in Estonian). 
  7. ^ a b c d "Ott Lepland ja Lenna olid rahva lemmikud juba „Eesti laulu“ poolfinaalides". ERR (in Estonian). 5 March 2012. 
  8. ^ a b c Nael, Merili (25 February 2012). "Selgusid "Eesti laulu" finalistid". ERR (in Estonian). 
  9. ^ "Selgus „Eesti laul 2012“ finaali esinemisjärjekord". ERR (in Estonian). 27 February 2012. 
  10. ^ a b "Eesti laul 2012 võitja on Ott Lepland lauluga "Kuula"". ERR (in Estonian). 3 March 2012. 
  11. ^ a b c "Eurovision Song Contest Semi-Final (2)". Eurovision.tv. 
  12. ^ a b Siim, Jarmo (18 June 2012). "Eurovision 2012 split jury-televote results revealed". Eurovision.tv.