Estonia

Up next in the first semi-final is Estonia! Estonia has a fairly varied Eurovision history. Starting out strong from 1996 through 2002 they were consistently making top 10. Then in 2003, with the introduction of the semi-finals system, Estonia stopped doing so well, only qualifying for the finals four times out of the last eleven years.

Hoping to revive their streak this year is Elina Born and Stig Rästa singing Goodbye to Yesterday, a mid-tempo song with a jazzy background. Elina has been singing for a few years and was runner up in Estonia’s version of superstar. Stig on the other hand has had even less public experience. Although he has been in three bands (Slobodan River, Traffic, and Outloudz) his singing career has never seen a take off. On the other hand, Stig’s writing abilities have seen great success producing some of the biggest hits seen in Estonia in recent years. In fact, Stig himself composed this Eurovision entry. These two together are hoping Eurovision will be their debut to the future. Let’s hear their song.

The song itself for me is just ok. Although it seems to be a massive success in Estonia (garnering a record 79% of the vote in the Estonian Song Contest) I don’t know how well it will do in the Eurovision song contest. The music video itself leaves much to be desired. I think this song has potential, but it’s definitely going to depend on how it’s sung and peformed at the contest. If it’s anything like Playing with Fire from Romania back in 2010, then it has good potential. (Romania got 3rd place in 2010). We’ll see how this performance goes and we wish the best for Estonia.

Click here to view Elina and Stig’s participant profile on Eurovision.tv