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ESTONIA: LIVE BLOG – EESTI LAUL 2018 FIRST SEMI-FINAL – #AllAboard from 20:35 CET

Tere õhtust Europa and tere hommikust Australia, Tallin Calling!

I’m Bogdan and tonight I’ll do my best to keep you informed about the first semi-final of Eesti Laul 2018 – the show that decides Estonia’s representative at Eurovision.

If you’re a follower of our website, you’ll know by know that usually James and me are doing the blogs together #JamDan, but as this is a super Eurovision Saturday, he’s covering the Danish final from the office chair next to mine.

[JamDan will be back tomorrow to cover the 4th Semi-Final of Romania’s Selectia Nationala]

If I get lost among comments, please let me know – I’ll get back from Verona 😀

Last year Estonia gave us such a wonderful song! It was one of my favourites. Let’s hope this year they will qualify again for the final and show all Europe that they are still a force in this competition.

Enough small talk for now and let’s get back to business!

Tonight’s first semi-final will feature 10 acts:

1. Vajé – Laura (Walk With Me)
2. Iiris & Agoh – Drop That Boogie
3. Etnopatsy – Külm
4. Sibyl Vane – Thousand Words
5. Aden Ray – Everybody’s Dressed
6. Tiiu x Okym x Semy – Näita oma energiat
7. Stig Rästa – Home
8. Miljardid – Pseudoprobleem
9. Desiree – On My Mind
10. Elina Nechayeva – La Forza

The first four acts to go to the final will be decided by a 50/50 combination between the jury and the public televote. After that only the public will have their say once again to decide the 5th qualifier for the grand final.

The show can be watched live via this official ETV link starting with 20:35 CET (19:35 for the ones in UK and Ireland).

You know the drill! Sit back and relax and refresh this page to see my comments and what’s happening next in Verona… Ok ok in Tallin! 😀

 

LIVE BLOG STARTS HERE!

 

Hello everyone! In a few minutes we’re gonna be live from Tallin! Thank you all for joining. Hope we’re going to have an exciting night here in Estonia. Keep refreshing this page for updates 😉

Don’t worry if the link is not working yet as the sport programme before Eesti Laul is geoblocked. So it’ll be soon working 😉

If our sources are right, the  show is hosted by Kristel Aaslaid and Martin Veisman.

All stand up for the Eurovision hymn! 😉

And our sources were right. Now the contestants are presented. Which is your favourite?

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Do you recognize the singer? Of course you do… is Stig Rästa!

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The hosts of tonight are explaining us briefly the rules of tonight’s first semi-final of Eesti Laul.

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We’re now on to our first act of the night.

  1. Vajé – Laura (Walk With Me)

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The lead singer is joined by a dancer (Laura?) from the laser beams. I really enjoy this song. It’s one of my favourites of the night. The public seems to like them too. The laser effect was really cool as both the singer and the dancer joined hands in a blue “wall” made by the laser beam. Nice one!

The hosts are now chatting with Vaje – I suppose it’s about their song.

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2. Iiris & Agoh – Drop That Boogie

I appologize in advance. I don’t speak Estonian- but I enjoy listening the language 😉

The singer is alone on the stage, sitting on a sofa 🙂

The song has a cool vibe to it. I’m diggin’ it!

2I take that back. That was intersting and a bit weird. Two bunny (ballerina) dancers joined the stage. Made me smile. Am I in a Japanese TV show?

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The show is subtitled in Estonian, in case you were wondering …

3. Etnopatsy – Külm

This one was one of the public’s favourite before the show. Two singers and a dancer (so far) on the main stage.

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I doubt this one would make a huge impact in Lisbon if it were to represent Estonia. I appreciate the ethnic influences, but it’s not my cup of tea. It was beautiful, but I don’t think it has what it takes to impress Europe.

4. Sibyl Vane – Thousand Words

I like this. Rock is in the house! Tapping my feet to it as I type this words. Her voice reminds me of Gwen Stefani. Like like.

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How cool is to have a female lead vocalist and another two male at guitar/drums. This is becoming my favourite so far. The background flashing and object spinning gave a plus to the song. I was worried that it would look too static. But was just fine.

5. Aden Ray – Everybody’s Dressed

Ok so the first sounds I heard drawn me into the song. Then I saw the singer in a tub. Say what?55

Stars falling on the background. Ok he’s finally out of the tub.

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The lyrics are kind of weird. I know everybody is stressed… I have to give it to him. He definitively made a visual impact, but I don’t think was the right one. Too bad. I wanted to like this one.

They are now presenting the jury.

6. Tiiu x Okym x Semy – Näita oma energiat

The title of the song is translated into English as “Show your energy”. Will they show us all of their energy? Will have to wait and see in the next seconds.

We have a rap/ hip-hop song and it looks so sterile on the stage. I like it, but it’s not for Eurovision consumers.

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The public screams, but I don’t see why. Maybe because they were exposed to trauma in this three minutes? While I appreciate their effort and it is a good song for that category – it is very rare that rap is successful at Eurovision.

7. Stig Rästa – Home

I am a fan of Eurovision singers come-backs, but only if the come back with a different style. Stig’s song is different than what he presented a few years ago.

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Stig’s song reminds me of “Me and y Guitar”. It is a nice song and has everything in it’s recipe to sound “sweet”.

It was a good performance, but I’m not convinced. It can get easily lost in the ocean of songs called Eurovision.

8. Miljardid – Pseudoprobleem

Ok this sound like a Blur song and I bet English audience might back it up. It shouldn’t work, but it’s so weird that I’m enjoying it.

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This is so funny! The weird disjointed dance, the repetitive chorus… I think pseudo-problem will get stuck in my brain for all the wrong reasons. If this qualiies, then it is something really smokey going on 🙂

9. Desiree – On My Mind

Girl power. Flower power as well 🙂 Desiree delivers a good vocal performance, but the songs construction is bit repetitive and boring.

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We understand, you’re sweet and you sing to us that you don’t want us to go. The question is “Do we want you to go to Lisbon?”. My answer is no, if Estonia wants to qualify.

I don’t understand what’s going on, but Desiree is signing autographs 🙂

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10. Elina Nechayeva – La Forza

We’re now waiting for Elina. My personal favourite from tonight. I hope she delivers a perfect performance. I am curious. Let’s see…

It started. BEAUTIFUL! Elina is selling and I’m buying! Buying all the tickets to see her live. I’m so impressed. She’s chanelling some Aliona Moon.

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Yes! Yes! Yes! This is the one Estonia! That was so good. Elina didn’t dissapoint and I’m so happy it was so pure and perfect. I’m not joking 🙂 I might be slightly bias but this is the song to beat! Congratulations Elina!

Elina is now giving some Italian lessons to our lovely hosts. It is funny: pizza, pasta carbonara, pasticeria!

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Estonia start voting now! Please make wise decisions.

I would like to remind you that the first four acts to go to the final will be decided by a 50/50 combination between the jury and the public televote. After that only the public will have their say once again to decide the 5th qualifier for the grand final.

Nine more minutes to vote…

If I were to choose the 5 finalists, then those would be:  Vajé – Laura (Walk With Me); Etnopatsy – Külm; Sibyl Vane – Thousand Words; Stig Rästa – Home and saving the best for last: Elina Nechayeva – La Forza.

Curious to see how many will qualify from my predictions 🙂

Estonia, stop voting!

The jury now spoke a few words. I like that one of them said that being at Eurovision it is a chance. “Do I see a chance? Yes!” and the camera showed Elina 🙂

So our first four qualifiers are:

Iiris & Agoh – Drop That Boogie

Stig Rästa – Home

Elina Nechayeva – La Forza

Sibyl Vane – Thousand Words

Now Estonia votes for the 5th finalist. I would almost say why? We have already the winner here 🙂

The 5th finalist will be announced soon. And it is:

Vajé – Laura (Walk With Me)

Congratulations to all! And thank you for following this blog! See you tomorrow for the Live Blog of Selectia Nationala – Romania (the 4th Semi-Final)

Good night everyone!

Author: Bogdan-Stefan Fedeles

Source: ERR, Eurovision Ireland,

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