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Eesti Laul 2016: The jury at work
Eesti Laul 2016: The jury at work Source: (Hanna Samoson/ ERR)

Over the last two weeks the number of competitors in this year's Eesti Laul has been cut in half. The ten songs that will compete to represent Estonia at the Eurovision Song Contest have now been selected.

The results were determined by 50% televoting and 50% jury voting. The jury consisted of Estonian musicians, singers, songwriters and journalists.

During each show the five songs the jury liked most were announced in random order.

In the first semi-final, Cartoon feat. Kristel Aaslaid, Kati Laev & Noorkuu, Kéa, Laura and Mick Pedaja qualified. The jury agreed with the public vote, with the exception that they favoured Würffel ahead of Kati Laev & Noorkuu.

Indrek Ventmann's song 'Hispaania tüdruk' surprisingly did not qualify despite receiving a lot of radio attention.

In the second semi-final Go Away Bird, Grete Paia, I Wear* Experiment, Jüri Pootsmann and Meisterjaan qualified. Grete Paia and Meisterjaan both qualified despite the jury preferring Púr Múdd and Anett Kulbin.

Eesti Laul 2013 finalists Põhja-Tallinn, who performed with Estonian rock legend Jaagup Kreem, also failed to qualify for the final alongside Estonian Idol 2015 runner-up Gertu Pabbo.

Unlike the semi-finals, there will be two rounds of voting in the final. The first round will be 50% jury and 50% televoting, then the final three will compete in a superfinal with only televoting to determine the winner.

Eesti Laul will now have a break for a week before the ten qualifiers face off against each other in a concert in Saku Suurhall, home of the 2002 Eurovision Song Contest.

This is the first year that Eesti Laul will be held in the venue after increased interest in the contest saw it move from Nordea Kontserdimaja.

The Eesti Laul production team will determine the order in which the acts will perform in the final.

The Final of Eesti Laul will take place in Saku Suurhall on Saturday 5 March.

Editor: Editor: Dario Cavegn