Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest 1993
|Eurovision Song Contest 1993|
|Selection process||Artist: Internal Selection
|Selection date(s)||20 February 1993|
|Selected entrant||Janika Sillamaa|
|Selected song||"Muretut meelt ja südametuld"|
|Final result||Failed to qualify
|Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest|
Estonia attempted to enter the Eurovision Song Contest 1993, the first time the country tried to enter the Eurovision Song Contest. However, as Estonia was one of seven countries who wished to join the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time in 1993, a pre-selection was held for the first time to reduce this number to three countries who would compete in the final of the Contest in May, held in Millstreet, Ireland.
Eesti Televisioon (ETV) internally selected Janika Sillamaa to represent Estonia at Kvalifikacija za Millstreet (Qualification for Millstreet), the pre-selection for the 1993 Eurovision Song Contest. A national final, Eurolaul, was held on 20 February at the ETV studios in Tallinn, hosted by Mart Sander, to select the song that she would sing at the contest.
The winning song, selected by an expert jury, was "Muretut meelt ja südametuld", which went on to compete for one of the three places in the Eurovision Song Contest 1993.
|1||"Lootus"||Ott Arder, Andres Valkonen||135||4th|
|2||"Ma sulle ütlen"||Marika Uus||129||6th|
|3||"Jää hetkeks"||Riho Kerde, Julia Titovskaja||111||7th|
|4||"Unelaul"||Henno Käo, Gunnar Kriik||133||5th|
|5||"Muretut meelt ja südametuld"||Leelo Tungal, Andres Valkonen||193||1st|
|6||"Laulumaa"||Katrin Puur, Priit Pajusaar||100||8th|
|7||"Aeg on laul"||Jüri Leesment, Alo Mattiisen||140||3rd|
|8||"Tuhast tõuseb päev"||Kaari Sillamaa, Heini Vaikmaa||180||2nd|
With the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the disintegration of Yugoslavia many newly independent countries were formed who became interested in competing in the Eurovision Song Contest. With this large influx of countries the European Broadcasting Union were forced to create a new measure to counter overcrowding in the contest. For the 1993 Contest the EBU decided to hold a one-off countest to select three countries to join the 22 countries already competing in the Eurovision Song Contest.
The Kvalifikacija za Millstreet (Qualification for Millstreet) contest was held in Ljubljana, Slovenia on 3 April at the TV studios of Slovene broadcaster Radiotelevizija Slovenija (RTV SLO). Seven countries in total competed, including Estonia, for a place in the final on 15 May 1993. Sillamaa performed third, following Croatia and preceding Hungary. She received 47 points, placing 5th in the line-up, and failing to qualify to the grand final in Ireland.