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BROADCASTER
SONG   "Kuula" (Listen)
SINGER    Ott Lepland
MUSIC & LYRICS   Ott Lepland & Aapo Ilves
DRAW   #14 in the second semi-final

 

THIS YEAR'S ENTRY

On September 26th, Estonian broadcaster ERR opened the call for songs for their national selection with the submission period ending on December 12th. 159 potential Eurovision were submitted. An internal jury appointed by ERR chose 20 songs to proceed to the semi-finals which were held on February 18th and 25th. Five songs from each semi-final, chosen by a jury and a public televote, proceeded to the final.

The Estonian Final was held on March 3rd at the Nokia Concert Hall in Tallinn and hosted by Tiit Sukk, Taavi Teplenkov & Piret Järvis.  The winner was chosen over two rounds of voting. In the first round the top two songs were chosen by a jury and a televote. In the second round the winner was chosen by televoting alone and the pre-selection favourite Ott Lepland and his song "Kuula" won the Estonian ticket to Baku.

BIOGRAPHY

In Estonia Ott Lepland has won everything that could be won: Estonian Idol in 2009; the lead role in High School Musical in 2010; the show Laulupealinn (Singing Capital) in 2011, where he represented his family’s hometown of Kärdla; and Eesti Laul, the Estonian national selection of the Eurovision Song Contest, in 2012 with a song he wrote himself.

He has always beaten the competition by an impressive margin. In the final of Eesti Laul, for example, he received 67% of the votes.

Ott was already well known in Estonia when he was still a child. He released four albums of children's songs and performed in the theatre, but left the limelight when he became a teenager and focussed on his studies of music. The result is here: he is one of the most respected vocalists in Estonia, an excellent pianist, and the author of some of the biggest radio hits of recent years.

His vocal coach Maiken has this to say about Kuula: "This song has the potential to be the I Will Always Love You of this century – it is a powerful and simple balance with the potential to become an international hit."

Ott's strengths are his powerful voice and down-to-earth demeanour. He is not a show-off, but a true and serious artist. He may be a little reserved, but it is this trait that makes people take him seriously and gives him the charm that has brought him the love of his audiences. Yes, that's what a true Estonian man is like! Get ready, Eurovision – here he comes!

Ott was born on 17 May 1987 in Tallinn. He has released two albums that were aimed at the Estonian market and contained many songs he had written himself.

The first book about Ott, Lubage mul olla. Ott Lepland (Let Me Be. Ott Lepland) was published at the end of 2010. A part of the sales revenue is transferred into a grant fund, which helps young people study singing. The grant recipients are picked by Ott Lepland himself. He also donated the 20,000 euros he won on Laulupealinn to Kärdla Town for charity.

It seems that taking one victory after another has come easy to Ott so far. Only time will tell whether his success will continue on the Eurovision Song Contest stage. Ott himself has said: "I feel that I've been lucky. I believe that the reason why I've been so successful is that I've done my own thing and remained true to myself."

 

REACTION

Before it was even chosen for Baku, "Kuula" had already gathered a support base. There was however mixed reaction by the decision to keep the song in Estonian for Eurovision. Despite this perceived disadvantage, Estonia is one of the Top 10 favourites to qualify from the second semi-final although it's 100/1 to win in Baku.

With very limited international promotion the Estonian entry has still done reasonably well in most internet polls, again finishing in the Top 10 in the second semi-final.

 

OTT LEPLAND TALKS TO EUROVISION.TV

 

REHEARSAL SCHEDULE (BAKU TIME)*
Date Rehearsal Press Conference
Wednesday May 16th 15:40 - 16:20 17:05 - 17:45
Sunday May 20th 11:30 - 12:00 12:45 - 13:15
*Baku is four hours ahead of Ireland and the schedule has still to be confirmed officially

 

 

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ESTONIA  AT EUROVISION

  • First entry: 1994
  • Number of previous entries: 17
  • Best result: Winner (2001)
  • Worst result: Second last (twice). failed to qualify (6 times)
  • Qualification record: 2-6 (25% success)

TEN YEAR FORM GUIDE

 

WEBMASTER REVIEW

"This has a pleasant melody and a strong singer, but precious little else to make it stand out. I know that I'm in a minority on this, but I think it was a poor decision to keep it in Estonian, with so many other ballads in this semi and I fear that may be the deciding factor in Estonia not qualifying for the final.- Keith Mills

YOUR REVIEWS

"This is easily the best ballad in the competition, and certainly a huge improvement from last year's horrid entry, very well sung and composed (and at least it has a tune unlike most ballads since 2010, which makes it listenable). However as it's Estonia there's no guarantees for it qualifying, and a chance of winning (although higher than many countries) is a very dark horse indeed." - Olivia Gavazansky  (U.K.)

"Their best song since "Randajad". Keeping it in Estonian helps it stand out in a sea of ballads. Definite qualifier." - Sean P.Casey (USA)

"One of the best songs in this year. He kept the song in Estonian and while I don't understand a word he says, I relate to the emotion he project, while singing. If he keeps it the way it was in Estilaul, it will do very well." - Shai Dagoni (Netherlands)

""Kuula" is such a beautiful song that really deserves top 5. One of Estonia's best ever entries. For me it's their best song since "Through my window" in 2006." - Nicky Peeters  (Belgium)

"And yet another standard slow ballad. The refrain almost goes somewhere, but it fails to produce." - David Berlinger (Israel)