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‘A great musician has left us’: Estonia’s Ultima Thule withdraws from Eesti Laul after singer’s death

Estonian blues-rock band Ultima Thule have withdrawn from Eesti Laul 2023, as the band and fans mourn the Nov. 20 death of lead singer and guitarist Riho Sibul, 64. The band had initially planned to collaborate with fellow rock band Wiiralt on the song “Salalik” (Secretive). Wiiralt have agreed to stay in the competition on their own, but if they …

Grete Kuld and Tõnis Niinemets will host the 2023 edition of Eesti Laul. (Photo: Kairit Leibold/ERR)

Estonia: Meet the presenters of Eesti Laul 2023

As Eesti Laul approaches, Estonian broadcaster ERR has revealed this year’s hosts of the national selection. After a gap year, 2021 presenters Grete Kuld and Tõnis Niinemets will return to host the competition once again. “Eesti Laul is one of the most exciting projects and, to be honest, the biggest celebration of Estonian music,” the hosts said in a statement …

Estonia announces second half of Eesti Laul 2023 artists

Estonian broadcaster ERR has confirmed the rest of the participants in Eesti Laul 2023, welcoming both new and returning artists to compete for a chance to represent Estonia at the Eurovision Song Contest in Liverpool, England in May. The November 2 artist reveal is the second of two for this year’s contest. Here are the 10 confirmed artists who will …

Liverpool 2023: 37 countries will participate in 2023

The list has finally dropped, and thankfully it did. With recent news about the withdrawal of Bulgaria, Montenegro and North Macedonia, there were fears of possibly more withdrawals to come, but those speculations are now over, as the EBU has finally confirmed that 37 countries will participate in the upcoming contest. 37 countries it is! In the end, it is …

Today marks final day for Broadcasters to apply for Eurovision 2023 participation

Today marks the final day for any broadcaster with an active membership in the European Broadcasting Union to apply for participation in Eurovision 2023. After this, no additional broadcaster will be able to participate in the contest that did not originally apply – but broadcasters who submitted an application can still withdraw prior to October 11th without financial penalty. Any …

ERR Opens Submissions for ‘Eesti Laul’, Songs Will Release to the Public in Early December

  Estonia finished 13th at Eurovision 2022 with the song “Hope” by Stefan, the country’s best finish at the contest since 2018. Who will be his successor? We’re one step closer to finding out. Today, Estonian broadcaster ERR opened song submissions for the 2023 edition of Eesti Laul and announced a timeline for the selection of next year’s Eurovision representative. …

The Baltics Join the Party! Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania Confirm Participation for ESC 2023

It’s currently the off-season in Eurovision Land, but it doesn’t mean that things aren’t happening behind the scenes. Per sources at ESCToday, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania have confirmed their participation in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2023. Next year’s contest is confirmed to be hosted in the United Kingdom with the city selection process currently underway. The confirmations of these …

ESC 2022: Estonia, Romania & Poland are the next live on tapes in line

Today, the release of live on tapes continued once more, and we are slowly reaching the conclusion of the release of all the approved live on tape recordings. North Macedonia ended the line yesterday, leaving Estonia, Romania and Poland next in line, and thankfully, we ended up getting these 3 as well. Estonia: Stefan – Hope Stefan finally got his …

Kalush Orchesta Wins Big for Ukraine, Sam Ryder of The UK Wins the Jury Vote

Congratulations are in order to …. KALUSH ORCHESTRA of Ukraine. The group won this year’s Eurovision Song Contest after receiving a record-shattering 439 points from the televote. (Moldova, Spain, and Serbia were the only other entries to receive more than 200 points from the televote.) The group were in 4th place after the points from the 40 international juries were …

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