The countdown to Eurovision 2012 is well and truly underway, with less a month before this year’s competition touches down in the Azerbaijani capital Baku. Once again two semi-finals will see the bulk of the countries battle it out in the hope of progressing through to the Grand Final on Saturday May 26, where waiting will be the big six of the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy and host nation Azerbaijan. We’re continuing our daily look at the entries in the lead-up to Eurovision 2012.
OTT LEPLAND : Kuula
Out of the 42 countries officially competing at Eurovision 2012, entries from only eleven of them are sung entirely in the country’s own dialect. One of these is by the Estonian entry of Ott Lepland. The 24 year old rocketed to fame three years ago as the winner of Estonian TV talent competition Eesti Otsib Superstaari. Two albums and a swag of singles later, he’s taking to the stage in the second semi final to represent his country at Eurovision.
Co-penned by Ott, the album version had to be shaved down from more than four minutes to fit into the Eurovision regulation three minute song rule. It now comes in at two minutes 50 seconds and is a stirring ballad, complete with money notes and a key change. Should do well.