Traditional selection method of Estonia “Eesti Laul” will take place in 2021 for the 13th time in a row. Two semi-finals are planned on February, 18 and 20. The Grand Final will take place on March, 6 2021.
Broadcaster ERR has opened songs submission which will end on November, 6. 24 songs will be chosen for the semi-finals and only 12 of them will make it to the final. In case Uku Suviste (Estonia 2020) return the contest he will automatically participate in the semi-final.
The rules of “Eesti Laul 2021”:
– Estonian-language entries require a €25 fee, while every other entry requires a €75 fee;
– These fees will be doubled to €50 and €150 if you submit your entry after November 1;
– All fees go towards covering the costs of Estonia’s participation in Eurovision 2021;
– Each artist, songwriter and producer is limited to a maximum of 5 entries;
– Foreign applicants are welcome as long as there is an Estonian citizen or resident credited on the entry;
– if Uku Suviste, winner of Eesti Laul 2020, enters, he will automatically be granted a place in the Semi-Finals;
– the deadline for applying is on November 6: the shortlisted artists will be revealed not long after that date while the entries will be revealed at some point in December.
All the participants will be revealed no later than November, 12. Their songs will be made public until December, 5.
It depends on COVID-19 pandemic wherher there will be a live audience in the arena or not.
Last year winner Uku Suviste were due to represent the country in Rotterdam 2020 with his song “What Love Is” but didn’t manage that because of the contest’s cancellation.