Estonia | Meet Victor Crone From Estonia
This year will mark the 64th Eurovision Song Contest. The contest will be held in Tel Aviv, Israel, and will see 41 countries compete for the honour of being Europe's best. There will be two semi finals taking place on Tuesday 14th May, and Thursday 16th May. Ten artists from each will progress to the final that will be held on Saturday 18th May 2019. A grand total of twenty six countries will compete to be Netta's successor at the competition. With just a short time until this event, Eurovoxx will bring you a series of meet the artist articles, that will introduce you to each country that will be participating. Today's instalment comes from Estonia who will be represented by Victor Crone.
Who Is Victor Crone?
The Swedish singer was born Victor Fritz-Crone on the 31st January 1992, and he is 27 years old. Despite representing Estonia this year, he heralds from Österåker, Sweden, where he was raised, and spent most of his young life there. He is a popular artist in both his native Sweden, and Estonia. He isn't the first Swedish act to represent Estonia at the Eurovision Song Contest. As a teenager he was bitten by the music bug, and begun to the play the guitar at the age of 15. It was at this age that he also started to write his own songs. From Sweden he would try his luck in America, where at the age of 18 after he graduated from school. he would learn his craft in Los Angeles, and Nashville. He has even been fortunate enough to write songs with some of the greats such as Diane Warren, Desmond Child, and Eric Brazilian. He performed in his earlier days under the name of Ricky Heart. Although Victor does not speak Estonian, the time he spent there when performing at Eesti Laul, he would learn a brand new word each day, and was able to speak a few sentences come the final.
His musical style tends to vary, with his music being associated with pop, rock, dance, and electro pop. Victor's first single came in 2014 with the song, "Jimmy Dean". It was released under the alias Vic Heart. The singer would try to represent Sweden at Eurovision in 2015 when he entered the Melodifestivalen, featuring in the Behrang Miri song "Det rår vi inte för". He made it as far as Andra Chansen, with the song charting at number 48 in the Estonian charts, and 69 in the Swedish one. Since then he has released a further seven singles with the song, "Coming Up" charting in 2017, and his Eurovision entry, "Storm" went to number 3 in Estonia.
Check Out Victor Crone's Eurovision Entry, "Storm" below:
How Was Victor Crone Chosen?
This year, Estonia would opt to chose Victor Crone as their representative by using a national final. Once again, the country would use "Eesti Laul 2019" to chose their Eurovision entrant. There were two semi finals with Victor performing in the first one, which was on 31st January 2019 (his birthday). He would win that, coming second with the juries, and first with the public. Victors fate would be decided on the 16th February 2019 when the final was held to determine the countries next Eurovision artist. He would come third in the first round of votes, meaning he would proceeded to the super final. It was the public alone who would decide that Victor would win, having secured 46% of the votes. His nearest rival Stefan would only get 24%.
Check Out Andy Reacts To Victor Crone's "Storm" Below
Estonia At The Eurovision Song Contest
Estonia first participated at the Eurovision Song Contest back in 1994 when Silvi Vrait would sing, "Nagu merelaine". It would not be the best start, as the country would finish 24th, scoring only 2 points. The country tried a year earlier to participate but failed to qualify for the event, and had to wait until a year later. Estonia would also suffer the same fate in 1995 when their song once again failed to be selected for the main Eurovision event. The country has participated on 24 occasions with this year marking their 25th anniversary. They have won the contest once, back in 2001 when Dave Benton, Tanel Padar & 2XL stormed to victory in Copenhagen with "Everybody" which scored 198 points. Only once, the country has come last at the contest, and that was back in 2016 when Jüri Pootsmann was to place last in his semi final with the song, "Play". Estonia have made the top 10 on an impressive ten occasions. They have placed top 5, four times, and made the top 3 twice. Since the introduction of the semi finals the country has qualified 6 times out of a possible 14 opportunities.
At the contest Estonia, in the final have awarded most of their points to Russia, Sweden, Latvia, Norway, and Finland. Whilst it has received most of its points from Finland, Latvia, Sweden, Ireland, and Lithuania.
Last year Estonia was represented by Elina Nechayeva with the song, "La Forza". It did very well at the contest placing 8th, scoring 245 points. Indeed, before the competition it was regarded as one of the favourites to win.
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