The Estonians have decided in the final of the Eesti Laul 2017 show, which song will represent the country at the Eurovision Song Contest, scheduled to be held in Kiev.
It is not, as thought by many fans, Elina Born - but Koit Toome & Laura with the song ”Verona”.
After three shows, the entry was chosen. Even many fans hoping to see Elina Born back on stage at the Eurovision Song Contest, but this time alone, she finished last in the final. The winners were determined after two voting rounds: In the first round, there was a mixture of a mixture of televoting and jury voting, from which the best three were selected, which came into the so-called "superfinale". In the Superfinale, it was finally decided who would win the qualification and thus the ticket to Kiev - this time the vote of the spectators, whose hearts were won by Koit Toome & Laura
It will not be the first time for Koit Toome and Laura at the Eurovisivn. Koit has already participated in 1998 , representing Estonia with ”Mere lapsed” and finishing only twelfth, while Laura has competed in the 2005 at the European festival (which took place - coincidentally -in Kiev) as part of the group Suntribe , but it didn’t qualified into the final with the song ”Let's Get Loud”.
Their ”Verona” is written by Sven Lõhmus , author of several Estonian songs for the Eurovision (as ”Rändajad” or ”Rockefeller Street” ), which for this new piece took inspiration from a trip to Italy , in particular from the city of Verona and the famous characters of Shakespeare's tragedy ”Romeo and Juliet”.
Their performance at the Eesti Laul started with great vocals from Laura. The song has a great beat to it. The way the artwork on the screens was edited together, made it all look very arty. Looking completely stunning in a white and silver dress, Laura found her inner Miss World and struted around the stage, totally owning it. As for Koit Toome, he was slightly outshined by Laura, but his dapper suit and killer vocals were exactly what made this song. With Laura feeling well, they could lift the roof off the International Exhibition Centre in May at Eurovision. The fans compared them to Paula Seling and Ovi, having a similar sound to them.
Prior to this performance, Laura had been ill; she had been battling a cold that meant she had to skip the dress rehearsal. But being on vocal rest certainly helped, as she performed well and nailed it on the night.
For both Koit and Laura, the participation at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 marks a double chance for redemption: on the one hand the opportunity to increase the lackluster performance of their respective past apparences, on the other the need to improve the failure to qualify that Jüri Pootsmann recorded last year with ”Play” . They are set to perform in the second half of the second semi-final on 11th May .
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