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Eesti Laul winners 2015 Elina Born and Stig Rästa Source: (Hanna Samoson/ERR)

The 20 songs which will participate in the Eesti Laul competition have been named. Two semi-finals in February and a grand final in March will pick the winner of the competition, who will then represent Estonia at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest in Sweden.

A 11-strong panel picked the 20 songs from 238 entries – a record for Eesti Laul.

The songs are (song name/performer/authors)

1. Ei ole mul olla / Põhja-Tallinn / Jaanus Saks, Kristjan Soomre, Mark Eric Kammiste, Hannes Agur Vellend, Herlend-Kaspar Raudkivi
2. Hispaania tüdruk / Indrek Ventmann / Allan Kasuk
3. How Many Times / Zebra Island / Rasmus Lill, Helina Risti
4. I'm Facing North / Würffel / Kaspar Kalluste, Rosanna Lints
5. Immortality / Cartoon feat. Kristel Aaslaid / Ago Teppand, Hugo Martin Maasikas, Joosep Järvesaar, Kerli Kõiv, Iiris Vesik, Kristel Aaslaid
6. Kaugel sinust / Kati Laev / Urmas Kõiv, Anneli Kõiv
7. Lonely Boy / Kéa / Egert Milder, Robert Stanley Montes, Ian Karell
8. Love a Little Bit / The Jingles / Jonathan Flack, Hain Hoppe, Rauno Vaher, Tanel Liiberg
9. Meet Halfway / Púr Múdd / Oliver Rõõmus, Joonas Alvre
10. Miljon korda / Gertu Pabbo / Lii Schmidt, Priit Pajusaar, Maian-Anna Kärmas
11. Parmupillihullus / Meisterjaan / Jaan Tätte Juunior
12. Patience / I Wear* Experiment / Hando Jaksi, Mikk Simson, Johanna Eenmaa
13. Play / Jüri Pootsmann / Fred Krieger, Stig Rästa, Vallo Kikas
14. Sally / Go Away Bird / Stanislav Bulganin
15. Salty Wounds / Windy Beach / Priit Uustulnd, Tuuli Rand, Mari Tamm
16. Seis / Mick Pedaja / Mick Pedaja
17. Stories Untold / Grete Paia / Sven Lõhmus
18. Strong / Anett Kulbin / Anett Kulbin
19. Supersonic / Laura / Sven Lõhmus
20. Unikaalne / La La Ladies / Tatjana Mihhailova, Mihkel Mattisen, Timo Vendt, Inga Tislar

Anne Veski, one of the 11 judges, said the songs have gotten better. She said nearly all of the judges agree on which songs will probably make it to the top three.

The first semi-final will take place on February 13 and the second a week later, on February 20. The final, which will take place in Saku Suurhall, is set for March 5.

Editor: J.M. Laats

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