Eesti Laul 2022

#ESTONIA: #LiveBlog Of Eesti Laul 2022 Semi Final 2 – #JoinUs From 17:30 GMT/18:30 CET

Eesti Laul 2022 is takes place tonight!!! Following the introduction of the Quarter Finals back in November and December, we are back with another Semi Final coverage this evening. Forty acts started out in November and we are now down to just twenty.

So join me, Richard, from 17:30 GMT/18:30 CET, as we discover who the second set of five finalists will be. You know what to do by now, refresh regularly to see what we have to say in our #LiveBlog.

Refresh here from 17:30 GMT/18:30 CET

Good evening Europe and beyond! This is Richard calling from Eurovision Ireland with our coverage of tonight’s Eesti Laul. Tanja is back with some friends to open the show with “Another Country Song”.

We are now been introduced to tonight’s acts. Maarja-Liis Ilus and Priit Loog, tonight’s hosts have joined us. While in the Green Room, everyone is wearing face masks. Voting numbers are also been displayed on screen for the Estonian audience.

Jüri Pootsmann is hosting from the Green Room tonight and will interact with the acts throughout the show.

Jyrise – “Plaksuta” (Clap)

Jyrise are a three piece group consisting of two males and one female. Oh dear we have the rap genre – a genre which doesn’t work in general at Eurovision. A sofa features on stage and features for the first third before the group heads to the front of the stage. Anyone could be forgiven thinking we were in Ireland with all the orange and green lighting.

Maian –  “Meeletu” (Crazy)

Maian is dressed in a yellow trouser suit. Plenty of blue lighting is in use. This has a slightly ethnic sound about it, yet monotone through great chunks of the song – in my opinion. Maian looks rather lost on stage without neither backing dancers or backing singers.

Boamadu – “Mitte kauaks” (Not for long)

We are now introduced to a four piece male group. Oh, we have some more Maneskin wannabes. While heavy rock is featuring through many national selections this year, the same genre doesn’t generally win year-on-year. Plenty of bright lightning and there will be fans who will vote.

Evelin Samuel – “Waterfall”

Evelin Samuel is no stranger to the Eurovision stage after representing the nation in 1999 alongside Camille. Evelin performs in a jewel encrusted ivory dress. Joined by four backing singers, “Waterfall” is quite a classical number. After what we have had on stage so far tonight, “Waterfall” is simply quite beautiful.

Black Velvet – “Sandra”

Black Velvet are a three piece male group. I’m getting an eighties/light rock vibe from this performance. Bright lighting is prominent throughout. I could see Black Velvet performing in an Irish pub too. Feel good vibes. The rock isn’t too heavy, so should appeal to more voters.

We are been introduced too and speaking to some of the Jury – which includes Tanja and Elina Born.

Púr Múdd & Shira – “Golden Shores”

The pair are both dressed in black. This number has gone down the electro-pop route and the lighting is formed more of blocks rather than beams. Sadly, I feel the song is spoken more than sung in places. The use of a split screen is quite useful for this particular performance. A backing drummer does feature.

Jaagup Tuisk – “Kui vaid” (If only)

I’m not sure of the genre here – I’ll call it a Doctor Who ballad. It’s classical, yet mysterious sounding at the same time. Jaagup is great vocally and knows where to hit the notes. Backing singers begin to appear during different parts of the performance. The lighting is mixed.

Minimal Wind ft. Elisabeth Tiffany – “What To Make Of This”

Due to Minimal Wind ft. Elisabeth Tiffany testing positive for Coronavirus, their official music video for “What To Make Of This” is been shown.

STEFAN – “Hope”

STEFAN is centre stage with a guitar in hand. It’s a very country and western number. This performance sorts of takes you back in time and is something very different to what we’ve had so far tonight. It is a shame the backing singers are off stage.

Anna Sahlene – “Champion”

Anna represented Estonia back in 2002 within this very venue. A heavily lit red stage matches Anna’s red dress. Her backing singers give the vibe of The Mamas from Sweden. Certainly a great conclusion to the line-up tonight.

Visit Eurovision Ireland for tonight’s RESULTS at around 20:30 GMT/21:30 CET

Join us again next Saturday for further coverage of Eesti Laul 2022.

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Author: Richard Taylor

Source: Eurovision Ireland

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