It’s November. It’s not even Thanksgiving. And yet Estonia is coming out with Eesti Laul finals now? When I’d usually have to wait until FiKmas to get excited about a National Final? We truly are spoiled this year.
At least, I thought we were spoiled. Right up until the moment when a dapper Tanel Padar and a chilly-looking Eda-Ines Etti introduced the first semi-finalist on Saturday night. (And when I say Eda-Ines looked chilly, I mean that she was wearing an off-the-shoulder number in Estonia in November. I hope you had a hot water bottle stashed under that skirt!)
As I said on Saturday night:
Summary of #EestiLaul semifinal 1
1. sad band
2. sad boi
3. sad girl
4. summer sad boi
5. sad boi
6. stig boi
7. barcelona grift
8. lady harmonieeeez
9. FUCK YES METAL
10. sad abba
To put it mildly, the theme of the night was SAD.
And that’s fine! It’s a cold dark winter in Estonia, and there’s months to go, no matter how much one tries to deny it by wearing an off-the-shoulder dress! I empathise with your Seasonal Affective Depression!
But just because you, as a country, are sad, that doesn’t mean you, as a country, needed to block the charmingly low-fi Feel Like This by Fiona & Me, which appears to be a group that consists of Tõnis Niinemets, the guy who…hosted Eesti Laul last year! (It’s a small country, okay?)
I loved this song.
I loved its chill Coma Cose vibe, combined with dumb pop-punk lyrics. (Stifler’s mom, anyone?)
I loved how its ironic use of comic sans was a clear nod to the heyday of weird Eesti Laul entries.
But less than 45 minutes after I heard this absolute vibe of a song, Estonian voters kicked it to the curb.
My joy at starting NF season was tempered by the spiral of despair launched when a country fails to recognize something fun, especially in the morass of acoustic guitar-driven emotional breakdowns coming out of many of the other entrants.
So farewell, Fiona & Me, my first beloved casualty of the NF season.