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Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest 1997

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Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest 1997

Estonia made their third Eurovision Song Contest appearance in 1997. The preselection for the Eurovision Song Contest 1997 final would follow the same format of previous years, with a judging panel selecting the song and artist that would represent Estonia in the final. The judges would eventually choose Maarja-Liis Ilus again, making her the first (and thus far only) Estonian entrant to have made back-to-back appearances in the Eurovision Song Contest. In the final, Ilus finished 8th.


  • National final 1
  • At Eurovision 2
    • Points Awarded by Estonia 2.1
  • At Eurovision 3

National final

The 1997 preselection event took place at the Linnahall in Tallinn, Estonia, and was hosted by Marko Reikop and Anu Välba. Eight different songs were entered, with Pearu Paulus, Hanna-Liina Võsa and Maarja-Liis Ilus performing on more than one entry. A panel of international judges voted on each song, with Ilus' "Keelatud maa" winning by a large margin of 32 points. Despite this large margin, a public telephone poll had voted the night before that "Aeg" by Ilus, Võsa and Anne Värvimann was the nation's favourite. Despite this, "Keelatud maa" became the Estonian entrant for the 1997 contest.

Draw Artist Song Points Place
1 Maarja-Liis Ilus Keelatud maa 72 1
2 Hanna-Liina Võsa and Pearu Paulus Liiga noor, et armuda 38 3
3 Tanya Homme 29 8
4 Code One Tantsupalavik 38 3
5 Hanna Pruuli Üksik hing 40 2
6 Pearu Paulus Meeletu soov 32 5
7 Maarja-Liis Ilus, Hanna-Liina Võsa and Anne Värvimann Aeg 31 7
8 Kate Perpetuum mobile 32 5

At Eurovision

Points Awarded by Estonia

12 points  France
10 points  United Kingdom
8 points  Ireland
7 points  Russia
6 points  Turkey
5 points  Hungary
4 points  Slovenia
3 points  Poland
2 points  Iceland
1 point  Cyprus
Points Awarded to Estonia (Final)
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point

At Eurovision

Maarja-Liis Ilus was able to enter the final automatically in 1997, due to the performance of herself and Ivo Linna in the 1996 final. Ilus performed strongly again, and finished 8th, with a final total of 82 points.

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