National broadcaster ERR has revealed all details of Eesti Laul, which is a national final for Estonia to choose their Eurovision representative.
According to ERR;
There will be two semi-finals and a grand final in this year's edition.
Semi finals will be in ETV Studios, but the final will take place in the Saku Suurhall, Tallinn.
The official dates are confirmed for Eesti Laul 2021 as below;
1st Semi-Final: 18 February 2021 (ETV Studios)
2nd Semi-Final: 20 February 2021 (ETV Studios)
Grand Final: 6 March 2021 (Saku Suurhall, Tallinn)
Whether the audience will be allowed to attend the final concert already depends on the current situation in March.
Why it was decided to take the semi-finals back to the TV studio ?
"The current situation in the world does not allow us to organize a public event at full capacity. Unfortunately, we do not have the opportunity to take all the production to Tartu to hold a concert in a half-empty or empty hall. To do that, we would need 120% certainty today that the audience would be allowed in the (full) hall. At the moment, this freedom doesn't appear anywhere."
says Tomi Rahula, the main producer of the song competition.
However, it is clear that the final concert on March 6 2021 will still be held in Saku Great Hall,Tallinn with or without an audience.
"There is definitely a hall in Tallinn with the best possibilities and dimensions. Especially in today's light, where we can build the hall according to needs, also disperse the audience according to needs, etc. For artists, competition, TV show, organizers and also the audience in front of TV, it is important .
said Rahula that the size of the hall allows the audience to be dispersed as needed.
Eesti Laul 2021 will be broadcast live! With or without the audience
If it really turns out that the situation in the country does not allow organizing a public event at all, a TV show will simply be completed in the Great Hall, where spectators will not be allowed. "Eesti Laul 2021 will be broadcast live! With or without the audience, this will be shown by the beginning of the new year,
says Rahula. He promised firmly and added that there is no additional plan to cancel the competition on the table at the moment.
Estonia in Eurovision 2020
The Estonian broadcaster Eesti Rahvusringhääling (ERR) organised the national final Eesti Laul 2020 in order to select the Estonian entry for the 2020 contest in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The competition was won by Uku Suviste with the song "What Love Is"