Eesti otsib superstaari

For the current season, see Eesti otsib superstaari (season 5).
Eesti otsib superstaari

Eesti otsib superstaari logo as of 2012
Created by Simon Fuller
Presented by
  • Karl-Erik Taukar (2015)
  • Henrik Kalmet (2012)
  • Karl-Andreas Kalmet (2012)
  • Hele Kõrve (2011)
  • Evelin Pang (2011)
  • Ithaka Maria (2009)
  • Tanel Padar (2009)
  • Ott Sepp (2008)
  • Märt Avandi (2008)
  • Jüri Nael (2007)
  • Aigi Vahing (2007)
Country of origin Estonia
No. of seasons 6
Producer(s) Kaupo Karelson
Running time Varies between 12 hour and two hours
Production company(s) RUUT
Original network TV3
Picture format 576i (16:9 SDTV) (since 2011)
Original release 11 March 2007 (2007-03-11) – present
External links

Eesti otsib superstaari (Estonia is Searching for a Superstar) is an Estonian reality-competition gameshow airing on TV3. It debuted on 11 March 2007 and it has since become one of the most popular shows in Estonia. Part of the Idol franchise, it originated from the reality program Pop Idol created by the British entertainment executive Simon Fuller, first aired in 2001 in the United Kingdom.

The program seeks to discover the best singer in Estonia through a series of nationwide auditions. The outcomes of the later stages of the competition are determined by the viewers. Through telephone and SMS text voting, viewers have chosen as winners Birgit Õigemeel, Jana Kask, Ott Lepland, Liis Lemsalu, Rasmus Rändvee and Jüri Pootsmann (listed in chronological order).

The format features a panel of judges who critique the contestants' performances. The judges are former recording artist, music critic and journalist Mihkel Raud (all 5 seasons), singer Maarja-Liis Ilus (since season 3) and singer, actor and conductor Mart Sander (since season 5). Composer and pianist Rein Rannap and Radio DJ, journalist and TV producer Heidy Purga belonged to the judging panel of the first season.


Seasons summary

To date, five seasons have been broadcast, as summarised below.

Season Start Finish Winner Runner-up Third place Hosts Judges Audition cities Locations
One 11 March 2007 14 June 2007 Birgit Õigemeel Luisa Värk Taavi Peterson Jüri Nael
Aigi Vahing
Mihkel Raud
Heidy Purga
Rein Rannap
Live shows: ETV studio, Pärnu Concert Hall
Super-final: Pärnu Concert Hall
Two 3 February 2008 8 June 2008 Jana Kask Arno Suislep Kristiina Piperal Ott Sepp
Märt Avandi
Live shows: ETV studio, Concert Halls of Pärnu, Jõhvi,
Vanemuine, Estonia Theatre
Super-final: Linnahall
Three 6 September 2009 20 December 2009 Ott Lepland Birgit Varjun Marten Kuningas Tanel Padar
Ithaka Maria Rahula
Mihkel Raud
Rein Rannap
Maarja-Liis Ilus
Tallinn, Tartu,
Pärnu, Rakvere
Live shows: ETV studio
Super-final: Linnahall
Four 13 February 2011 12 June 2011 Liis Lemsalu Artjom Savitski Rosanna Lints Evelin Pang
Hele Kõrve
Tallinn, Tartu,
Pärnu, Jõhvi,
Live shows: ETV studio
Super-final: Nokia Concert Hall
Five 9 September 2012 23 December 2012 Rasmus Rändvee Elina Born Toomas Kolk Karl-Andreas Kalmet
Henrik Kalmet
Mihkel Raud
Maarja-Liis Ilus
Mart Sander
Tallinn, Tartu
Narva, Viljandi
Six 15 February 2015 31 May 2015 Jüri Pootsmann Gertu Pabbo Kristjan Kannukene Karl-Erik Taukar Rein Rannap
Maarja-Liis Ilus
Tanel Padar
Jarek Kasar
Tallinn, Tartu

Season 1

The superfinal of season one. From the left: Aigi Vahing, Luisa Värk, Birgit Õigemeel, Jüri Nael
Main article: Eesti otsib superstaari (season 1), victory to Birgit Õigemeel, before Luisa Värk
Eesti otsib superstaari logo as of 2007–11

The first season of Eesti otsib superstaari debuted on 11 March 2007 and instantly became one of the most popular television shows in Estonia, following in the success of other Idol competitions around the world. The hosts were actress Aigi Vahing and choreographer Jüri Nael. The judging panel consisted of singer, guitar player, music critic and journalist Mihkel Raud, composer and pianist Rein Rannap and radio disc jockey and television producer Heidy Purga.

The winner of the series was Birgit Õigemeel, who won a recording contract and 100 000 kroons. She used the money dedicated for the recording contract on building her own recording company MTH Publishing. In January 2008 she released her self-titled debut album and held the number one spot for several weeks. Since winning the show, Õigemeel has released three studio albums and several singles. The runner-up, Luisa Värk also has released an album and several singles.

Season 2

Main article: Eesti otsib superstaari (season 2), victory to Jana Kask before Arno Suislep

The second season of Eesti otsib superstaari debuted on 3 February 2008. Actors and comedians Ott Sepp and Märt Avandi emerged as the new presenters. The judging panel remained the same. The Finale of the series was held in the Linnahall arena to an audience of 3000 people. More than 70 000 calls and text messages were sent during the televoting.

The series was won by Jana Kask, who collected 52,9% of the votes in the Finale. Kask signed a record dea while the album was not released by the recording company because of 'riskful situation in the local music market'.[1] In late summer, Kask started collaboration with manager Ivar Must and her debut album Face in the Mirror was finally released in December 2009.

Season 3

Main article: Eesti otsib superstaari (season 3), victory to Ott Lepland before Birgit Varjun

The third season of Eesti otsib superstaari premiered on 6 September 2009. In autumn 2008, TV3 announced that the third season would be postponed due to the recession. The auditions for the third series started in August 2009.

The Eurovision Song Contest-winning singer and guitar player Tanel Padar and singer Ithaka Maria Rahula emerged as the new presenters of the show. There were also changes in the judging panel, Heidy Purga was replased by singer Maarja-Liis Ilus.

The Finale of the series was held on 20 December 2009 once again in the Linnahall, Tallinn. The series was won by Ott Lepland, who won a recording contract with Crunch Industry. Ott Lepland's self-titled debut album was released on 13 April 2010. Getter Jaani, who finished fourth in the series, got also signed by Moonwalk Records and released her debut album in May 2011. She also represented Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2011.

Season 4

Main article: Eesti otsib superstaari (season 4), victory to Liis Lemsalu before Artjom Savitski

The fourth season of Eesti otsib superstaari premiered on 13 February 2011. The judging panel remained the same, consisting of Mihkel Raud, Rein Rannap and Maarja-Liis Ilus. Once again new presenters were introduced, they were actors and singers Hele Kõrve and Evelin Pang.

The series was won by Liis Lemsalu, who was awarded with 10,000 and a record contract with the Universal Music Baltics. The show was followed by a tour "Eesti superstaar - Live tuur" around the country in June 2011.[2]

Season 5

"Eesti otsib superstaari" fifth season premiered on 9 September 2012. The hosts of the season are actors Karl-Andreas Kalmet and Mihkel Kalmet. Two of three judges from the fourth season, Mihkel Raud and Maarja-Liis Ilus, continued their job as the judges.[3] Rein Rannap was replaced by Mart Sander.[4]

Auditions for the fifth season took place in Narva (August 11, 2012), Viljandi (August 18), Tallinn (August 25–26) and Tartu (September 1–2).[5]

Season 6

"Eesti otsib superstaari" sixth season premiered on 15 February 2015. The host of the season was singer Karl-Erik Taukar. Judges were Jarek Kasar, Tanel Padar, Maarja-Liis Ilus and Rein Rannap[6]

The series was won by Jüri Pootsmann.

Elimination Chart

Date: 05.04 12.04 19.04 26.04 03.05 10.05 17.05 24.05 31.05
Place Contestants Results
1 Jüri Pootsmann Winner
2 Gertu Pabbo Bottom 3 Bottom 2 Bottom 2 Bottom 2 Runner-Up
3 Kristjan Kannukene Bottom 3 Bottom 3 Out
4 Mikk Mäe Bottom 2 Bottom 2 Bottom 2 Out
5 Karl Gustav Adamsoo Bottom 3 Out
6 Jana Liisa Johannson Bottom 3 Out
7 Karl Mihkel Salong Bottom 2 Out
8 Annabel Guitar Out
9 Risto Paiste Out
10 Anelle Tamm Out
Females Males Top 10 Bottom 3 Bottom 2 Eliminated Safe No longer in the competition


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