Just five days after ETV announced its 20 semifinalist picks for next year's Eesti Laul, the contest to determine the nation's Eurovision entrant, one of the hopefuls has been disqualified.
Tauri Anni's track, "Miljoni roosiga kaardi sul saadan" (I will send you a card with a million roses), written by Peeter Kaljuste and Marek Sadam, broke the contest rules by being too similar to another song that was already known, organizers said.
"The authors unintentionally submitted a song where the musical basis was markedly similar to a song that had been previously released and performed," Eesti Laul producer Heidy Purga told ETV.
The entry will be replaced at Eesti Laul with "Young Girl" by Jaan Tätte Junior.
Commenting on the disqualification, Kaljuste, who is also the song's producer, said that his song sounded similar to "Ainult sulle" (Only for you) by Anni's father Toomas because they both used the same musical progressions and instruments. The melodies are different, he said.
Tauri Anni reacted to the news calmly. "For me, it doesn't mean my life will end. I will carry on doing my thing. This hasn't really changed anything," he said.