Jüri Pootsmann

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Jüri Pootsmann
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Pootsmann in 2016
Background information
Born (1994-07-01) 1 July 1994 (age 25)
Raikküla, Estonia
Years active2015–present
Associated actsStig Rästa

Jüri Pootsmann (born 1 July 1994), is an Estonian singer. He won the sixth season of Eesti otsib superstaari, and represented Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 with the song "Play".[1] He is signed to Universal Music Baltics.[2][3]


2015: Eesti otsib superstaari[edit]

On February 2015, Pootsmann took part in the sixth season of Eesti otsib superstaari, an Estonian version of Pop Idol airing on TV3. He won the show on 31 May 2015 when his debut single "Torm" was released. It peaked at number seven in the Estonian Airplay Chart. On 15 November 2015 he released the single "Aga Siis", peaking at number one in the Estonian Airplay Chart. On 20 November 2015, he released his debut self-titled extended play.

Eurovision Song Contest[edit]

In 2016, Pootsmann was announced as one of the candidates in the Estonian national selection, Eesti Laul 2016, for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016. On 20 February 2016 Pootsmann performed his song "Play" during the second semi-final of the selection at the Estonian Television studios in Tallinn, and he progressed to the final. The final took place on 5 March 2016 at the Saku Suurhall in Tallinn, hosted by Ott Sepp and Märt Avandi. He reached the Super Final and won the national selection with 32,394 televotes.

During the Eurovision Song Contest, Estonia was drawn into the first semi-final. Pootsmann placed last (18th), Estonia's worst result to date at the contest, and failed to qualify to the final.


On 11 March 2016, Pootsmann was featured in the single, "I Remember U," produced by Cartoon. The single peaked at number one in the Estonian Airplay Chart.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Jüri Pootsmann, like most school children in Estonia, sang in a school choir but he was never a soloist. As a young child, the tone of Jüri's voice was so high that he had to sing in a choir together with girls, not boys. Ironically, his current tone is that of a baritone.

He discovered his vocal capabilities only as an exchange student in Denmark where he spent a year. Thus he is fluent in Danish.[5] In his spare time, he likes to walk alone in nature, especially in Estonian forests.



Title Details

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details
Jüri Pootsmann[7]


As lead artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album

"Torm" 2015 7 Jüri Pootsmann
"Aga siis" 1
"Play" 2016 3 Non-album single
"Nii või naa" 2 Täna
"Ootan Und"
"Silmades" 2017
"Liiga Kiire"
"Üksinda koos" 2019 19 Non-album single

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album

"I Remember U"
(Cartoon featuring Jüri Pootsmann)
2016 1 Non-album single
"Jagatud saladus"
(Elina Born & Jüri Pootsmann)
2018 25 Non-album single


  1. ^ Nilsson, Helena (5 March 2016). "Jüri Pootsmann to represent Estonia in Stockholm". eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 5 March 2016.
  2. ^ "Universal Music Baltics". Retrieved 4 March 2016.
  3. ^ "Jüri Pootsmann". Universal Music (in Norwegian Bokmål). Retrieved 2016-03-04.
  4. ^ "Raadio Uuno". 2016-04-23. Archived from the original on April 23, 2016. Retrieved 2016-04-29.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  5. ^ "About Jüri Pootsmann". eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. Archived from the original on 2016-11-19.
  6. ^ Täna by Jüri Pootsmann on Apple Music
  7. ^ Jüri Pootsmann - EP by Jüri Pootsmann on Apple Music
  8. ^ a b Peak positions for singles on the Estonian Airplay chart:
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Elina Born & Stig Rästa
with "Goodbye to Yesterday"
Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Koit Toome & Laura
with "Verona"