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🇪🇪 #ESTONIA: #LiveBlog Of Eesti Laul 2023 Semi Final 2 – #JoinUs From 17:30 GMT/18:30 CET

Eesti Laul 2023 is taking place tonight and we are back with another Semi Final this evening. Twenty acts started out at the beginning of the week and we will be down to just ten after tonight.

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

And we’re off!!! Grete Paia opens the show with “Päästke noored hinged” featuring Sven Lõhmus.

Tonight’s line-up is been introduced to the audience, before the Hosts, Tõnis Niinemets and Grete Kuld, take to the stage.

Inger – “Awaiting You”

Inger starts his performance slouched over a chair, wearing a dated orange suit. He gets up to dance around the chair during the chorus, but retreats to the chair during the versus’. The chair is positioned on a revolving circular stage. “Awaiting You” is quite a bop and will appeal to a wide range of age groups.

Linalakk & Bonzo – “Aeg” (Time)

Linalakk is in a floaty ivory dress, while Bonzo is in a dark suit, with a bowler hat for an added effect. The staging is lit predominantly in orange and is surrounded by light bulbs on tall stands. While starting apart, they gradually come together on stage. This was more of a gentle number – think ballroom dancing.

Meelik- “Tuju” (Mood)

Meelik is a four piece male group. The whole performance is been performed in monochrome film effect. Three are guitarists, while the other is a drummer. All four are wearing shirt and tie – certainly a unique look for the performance. The last chorus reverts to full colour, with a lot of blue and yellow lighting. In places, I felt like they needed to take a breath as it felt like the singing was quite quick.

Elysa – “Bad Philosophy”

A lot of red and purple lighting here. Elysa is in a black dress with yellow stripes and is joined by three backing guitarists. While upbeat, “Bad Philosophy” does sound out of tune in places. Elysa and her guitarists are in sync when they dance together though.

Robin Juhkental – “Kurbuse matused” (Funeral of sorrow)

Robin is joined by a backing band and they are all smartly dressed. The vibe certainly matches the English translated song title – “Funeral of sorrow”. While Robin has some vocal range, it does sound quite monotone in places and sorry to say a bit dull.

m els – “So Good At What You Do”

m els is in a red dress with a cape. She is performing on a raised circular platform. The lighting is predominantly red and white. While vocally great, been restricted to a raised platform doesn’t allow her to move as much as his song deserves. Saying that, this is one of the better entries we’ve heard so far tonight.

Wiiralt – “Salalik” (Secretive)

Wiirait is providing us with some country vibes tonight. Another monochrome vision for the viewer too. A group of men just look like they’re having a good time jamming away. While it isn’t completely my cup of tea, even I recognise this will do well.

Sissi – “Lighthouse”

Sissi is dressed in white and starts her performance on the floor. Lighting is heavily blue, although we have one light that goes round as if it was a lighthouse. Sissi’s vocals fill the stage and there is no need for any additional bodies on stage if this qualifies for Liverpool. This is a potential winner for Eesti Laul 2023.

Carlos Ukareda – “Whiskey Won’t Forget”

Carlos is alone on a stage, dressed in black, playing a guitar. White lighting is been used. Carlos has strong vocals, but this performance is missing some backing dancers – maybe of a contemporary genre. Another possible qualifier, but currently feels a bit plain overall – needs a bit of life added to the performance.

Alika – “Bridges”

Alika is in a white dress and starts her performance sat a piano, which she proceeds to play. She eventually moves away and places her mic on a microphone stand. Not only does Alika has great vocals, but you can hear the emotions breaking through too. The piano plays itself too, which adds extra character to this powerful performance.

The voting recap is now been shown. As is with tradition in Estonia, as the clock strikes 19:00 GMT/20:00 CET, we will now take a break for thirty minutes while the national news and sport is broadcast.

Refresh here from 19:30 GMT/20:30 CET

We’re back! A voting cap is now been broadcast with less than 15 minutes for the Estonians to make a phone call or text.

Kerli Kõiv and Kristjan Järvi have taken to the stage to perform “21st Century Kids”. The first round of voting is ongoing.

The acts leading so far are:

  • Meelik
  • Sissi
  • Wiirait
  • Alika

The voting recap is now been shown.

Voting has reached a conclusion for the first time. It’s a bit of a wait isn’t it? The first four finalists are:

  • Sissi
  • Inger
  • Alika
  • Meelik

Ten minutes of voting start again. Who will be the final finalist for tonight? Yasmyn has taken to the stage to perform a new version of “Opera on Fire”. The voting has finally CLOSED for tonight!

The final finalist tonight is:

  • m els

Thank you for joining us tonight! Our coverage of Eesti Laul 2023 will return on Saturday 11th February, when the Grand Final takes place.

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Author: Richard Taylor

Source: Eurovision Ireland

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