Estonia picks 'Verona' for Eurovision finals ({{commentsTotal}})

Koit Toome and Laura Põldvere won the 2017 Eesti Laul contest.
Koit Toome and Laura Põldvere won the 2017 Eesti Laul contest. Source: (ERR)

"Verona," performed by Koit Toome and Laura Põldvere, was chosen as the Estonian entry for this year's Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday night.

The finals of the Estonian national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest, "Eesti Laul," attracted the biggest-ever number of audience votes this year, with 100,000 people voting in the first round and 81,000 in the superfinal.

The three acts that made the super-final in the show broadcast from Saku Suurhall in Tallinn, in addition to "Verona," were "Spirit Animal," performed by Kerli, and "This Love," performed by Rasmus Randvee.

The winner was selected in two rounds of voting. After all the 10 entries chosen in the Estonian semi-finals had been performed, the viewers' votes and the votes given by a jury were added together to shortlist three entries for the super-final. The winner was picked in the second round by viewers' votes.

The jury vote was won by Kerli with "Spirit Animal."

The members of the Estonian winning duo are not new to the Eurovision Song Contest.

In 1998, Koit Toome represented Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest finals in Birmingham with the song "Mere Lapsed," where he finished 12th. He has continued to have a successful career on stage and television.

Laura represented Estonia in the contest as part of the girl group Suntribe in 2005 when the competition was last held in Kiev, Ukraine. Laura has participated in the Estonian national selection several times over the years and last year she finished second with "Supersonic."

The Estonian entry will participate in the second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv on May 11.

Editor: Dario Cavegn

Source: BNS