Koit Toome and Laura have teamed up to represent Estonia at Eurovision 2017. They are both no strangers to Eurovision having both represented Estonia in the past. They will sing the song ‘Verona’ in Kiev in May, but we get to know them better with our feature ’10 Things About…Koit Toome and Laura!’
1. Koit Toome is an Estonian singer and musical actor born in Tallinn on 3 January 1979.
2. Koit started his music career as part of pop duo Code One who had a string of successful hits in Estonia in the 1990s. The duo split in 1998 after five years together and the release of five albums.
3. Koit’s uncle was Prime Minister of Estonia 1988-1990.
4. Koit voiced the character Lightning McQueen in the Estonian dubbing version of Disney movie ‘Cars’.
5. Koit has an extensive musical theatre resume having starred in productions such as Les Miserables, Chess, Phantom of the Opera, Westside Story, Rent and Hair.
6. Koit a Eurovision past having competed for Estonia in 1998 where he finished in 12th place with song ‘Mere Lapsed’. Not only this but he has duetted three times with Estonia’s Eurovision 2011 representative Getter Jaani
7. In 2007 he won Tantsud tähtedega (Dancing with the Stars) with Kertu Tänav.
8. Koit’s partner for Eurovision 2017 is Laura Põldvere (known simply as Laura) who was born in Tartu on 30 August 1988.
9. She too has a history of competing at Eurovision, having represented her country at Eurovision 2005 as part of girl band Suntribe. They failed to qualify for the final with their song ‘Let’s Get Loud’. The band split soon afterwards. She returned to compete at the Eurovision selection show Eesti Laul in 2007 (‘Sunflowers’), 2009 (‘Destiny’) and 2016 (‘Supersonic’). On each occasion she narrowly missed out finishing third, third and second respectively.
10. Laura has two studio albums ‘Muusa’ and ‘Ultra’ and a string of singles under her belt which as well as her Eesti Laul songs includes ‘Ultra’, ‘2020’ and duet with Ravio Tafenau ‘Lihtsad asjad’
Check out the video for Koit and Laura’s Eurovision 2017 collaboration ‘Verona’: