Meet Eesti Laul 2016 participant Laura (1)
The 2016 edition of Eesti Laul kicked off last Saturday with the first semi-final. The ninth act to perform was pop singer Laura.
It has been seven years since we last saw Estonian pop star Laura in Eesti Laul, but that doesn't mean she hasn't been working hard.
Since her last participation she has been studying her craft, obtaining both bachelor's and master's degrees in music, the latter in contemporary improvisation.
"I've loved to improvise since I was a kid, but this has taught me not to be afraid of making mistakes and [when you make mistakes] that you have to use that to make something," she said.
Laura's face splits into a crafty grin as in an effort to prove her skills she breaks out into an imaginary language, created completely off the top of her head.
Last year it was revealed that Laura has been the most played artist on Estonian radio in the last ten years.
This is largely due to her relationship with songwriter Sven Lõhmus who she has been teamed with for over 12 years now.
"The collaboration works really well, I like what he writes and whenever something doesn't work he is honest about it," she said.
"Plus he's got a great sense of humour, most of the phone calls we make are just us making fun of each other."
It is this relationship that has seen Laura obtain four podium places in Estonian Eurovision selections including representing Estonia at the 2005 Eurovision Song Contest in Ukraine as a part of the girl band 'Suntribe'.
While working on her last album, Lõhmus and Laura decided to once more try and create something for Eesti Laul.
Laura can't remember how many times the song has been reworked to make it what it is today but stated confidently, "We've been working hard on this song."
"For me the song is about the fact we live on this earth for not a very long time and how people don't take any time to embrace their talents," she said.
"So many people just exist, and what is the point?"
When asked about her expectations in the contest, Laura playfully suggests, "you don't enter into a contest to lose" before becoming serious again.
"My expectations are that people will see how hard everyone has worked and that the audience feel it," she said.
"And as a vocalist you always want to sound good," she added.
This is not the only song that Laura has been involved with in this year's Eesti Laul. Laura sings backing vocals on the studio version of Grete Paia's 'Stories Untold' which was also written by Lõhmus.
"I know it well and I like it," she said before continuing, "I like Jüri Pootsmann's song too, it's great to listen to in a car."
"Listening to all 20 songs together it is hard to pick favourites, but I love Anett Kulbin's voice too."
After Eesti Laul, Laura has a few plans but remains tight lipped. She is however quite adamant to follow a new year's resolution.
"I gave a vow to stop saying that 'I'm so busy' all the time, because everyone is always so busy," she said.
On saturday's semi-final Laura finished in the top half and qualified for the final, which takes place on Saturday 5 March.