On Monday, NATO Battlegroup Estonia launched a singing competition in Estonia. The main purpose of the competition is to demonstrate the musical talent among NATO soldiers serving in the Baltic States and Poland.
NATO Battlegroup Estonia posted on their Facebook page that in the first phase of the competition, four music videos will be recorded by the soldiers.
The videos will be uploaded on their Facebook and Twitter accounts. Three of the performers are British soldiers. The fourth video features an officer from the Danish Armed Forces and his colleague from the Danish Embassy in Tallinn. Their performance features a song which has been written specifically for the song contest.
It's 'dropped'! ???? First act of #SingNATO: https://t.co/E2QFwTOlUW Inspirational natural talent from @FirstFusiliers, currently leading the @NATO #eFP Battlegroup in #Estonia ???????????????? YOU vote for the winner this Fri 24 July! @LewisCapaldi ???? https://t.co/vrPEGng0ln— Col Paul Clayton MBE (@ComdUKeFP) July 20, 2020
All the songs will be posted at the same time on Friday. The voting starts on the same day and everyone can vote for their favorite artists. The winning song, which will receive the most votes, will be announced on July 26.
In the second phase of the competition, which will last for three weeks and start next Monday, the allies invite all talented Estonians to record their own music videos and to post them on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with a hashtag #SingNATO. The winner will be announced on August 20.
Colonel Paul Clayton, the commander of the NATO Battlegroup Estonia, said: "I am very pleased that the #SingNATO competition has received a number of performers from several Allied countries."
He added: "Our soldiers are working tirelessly to ensure that we are always ready for our mission. At the same time, I am wholeheartedly impressed by the creativity and courage of our talented and brilliant soldiers. The competition will not only raise the moral of our NATO soldiers but in the Enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) mission group as well. I really hope the Estonian public will be inspired by it and takes part in this competition."
Clayton admits that it is a good example of cooperation and initiation. He said: "Thank you for the Danish soldiers and the Danish Embassy in Estonia. Their great initiative has given a new look for the competition."
Editor: Katriin Eikin Sein