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Meet Stefan, Estonia representative in Eurovision 2022

This year Estonia has chosen Stefan as its representative on Eurovision 2022 that will take place in Turin next May with the song “Hope”. But who is Stefan? In this article you will have the opportunity to know more about Estonia’s singer for Eurovision 2022.

About Stefan

Stefan Airapetjan is an Estonian singer of Armenian descent born in Viljani in 1997. At the age of 24, Estefan already has a long association with the Eurovision Song Contest, as he has been trying to represent Estonia in the contest since 2018.

Her first participation in the Eesti Laul was in 2018 with the song “Laura (Walk With Me)”, as part of the band Vajé. The group managed to reach the super-final of the contest, winning bronze with 14% of the audience’s votes.

A year later, they again applied for the Baltic pre-selection, this time with a song called “Without You’, which again won third place with 24% of the votes. With this nomination he managed to start to fill his niche in the country’s music industry, reaching the top 10 in national music charts.

In 2020 he took part for the third consecutive year in the Eesti Laul with the song “Be My Side”, with which, despite reaching the final, he was relegated to seventh place, his worst result to date.

After a year’s hiatus, the artist returned to fight for his Eurovision dream at Eesti Laul 2022, where he won with his pop-country song “Hope”. With this song he will go to Turin next May and try to achieve the best result for Estonia at the Eurovision Song Contest.

In addition to his Eurovision nominations, Stefan has a total of seven individual songs and two collaborations in his discography, including the songs ‘Better Days’ and ‘Let Me Know’.

Lyrics

We let them tell us what to do, why, why, why
We live to die for worthy things, ya, ya, ya

We promised we would never lose our pride
Your word’s worth nothing if you lie
We’re standing tall and looking up, our Father would be proud
And I’m happy to be working my own ground
We’ll be the last ones breathing here

Hey, sing your heart out boy
For all the people great and small
Oh, when all else is lost
The future still remains our own

We’re taught that we were born to lose, why, why, why?
Don’t waste your breath, it’s time to choose, ya, ya, ya

We promised we would never lose our pride
Everyday they try to turn it into lies
We’re standing tall and looking up, our Father would be proud
And I’m happy to be working my own ground

I said, “Hey sing your heart out boy
For all the people great and small
Oh, when all else is lost
The future still remains our own”

I hope, I hope, I hope
I hope, I hope
I hope, I hope, I hope
I hope, I hope

We let them tell us what to do, why, why, why?
We live to die for worthy things, ya, ya, ya
No matter what they try, tearing up our lives
I know we will always rise

I said, “Hey, sing your heart out boy
For all the people great and small
Oh, when all else is lost
The future still remains our own”

I hope, I hope, I hope
I hope, I hope
I hope, I hope, I hope
The future still remains our own
I hope, I hope, I hope
I hope, I hope
I hope, I hope, I hope
I hope, I hope, I hope

Estonia in Eurovision

Estonia made its debut in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1994. The country participated in a pre-qualifying round the previous year but failed to make it to the final. In 2001, Estonia became the first former Soviet country to win the contest.

Estonia first entered the Contest in 1994 when the late Silvi Vrait took to the stage in Dublin with Nagu Merelaine. The early years of Estonia’s participation in the competition were particularly successful. Between 1996 and 2002 the country finished in the top 10 in 6 out of 7 Contests including fourth in 2000, winning in 2001 and finishing third in 2002.

After Estonia failed to qualify for 5 consecutive Contests between 2004 and 2008, the Estonians overhauled their national selection, and in 2009, Eesti Laul was born. The competition saw a reversal in Estonia’s fortunes and the country went on to achieve its first top 10 placing in the Grand Final in 7 years. Perhaps more importantly for Estonian musicians, Eesti Laul has also become a launch pad for new talent in the country.

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