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In 2001, Estonia became the first former Soviet country to win Eurovision. The annual song contest had become quite popular there after its first participation in 1994 and has always been since then. So much so that, in 2009, when Estonia said it would withdraw from the contest, set to be held in Moscow during to the ongoing Russo-Georgian War, the national broadcaster ERR announced it would still send an artist to perform in Russia due to public demand.

Six years later, the country will be represented by the duo Elina Born and Stig Rästa. Elina says she was first contacted by Stig, a popular singer in Estonia, when she was in class. A Facebook message from him popped up saying he enjoyed her voice when he saw this expand=1] video, and the young woman started crying.

They will perform “Goodbye to Yesterday”, a song about — from what we gather — a couple fighting because the guy didn’t wake the girl up when leaving.

Our vote:

Does it make you want to visit that country? 4.25/10

Was there enough glitter? 2.5/10

Ok to quit your day job? 5.75/10

OVERALL AVERAGE: 4.2/10

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Lionel To Lorenzo: Infecting My Son With The Beautiful Suffering Of Soccer Passion

This is the Argentine author's fourth world cup abroad, but his first as the father of two young boys.

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Argentina's Lionel Messi celebrates the team's win against Australia at the World Cup in Qatar

Ignacio Pereyra

I love soccer. But that’s not the only reason why the World Cup fascinates me. There are so many stories that can be told through this spectacular, emotional, exaggerated sport event, which — like life and parenthood — is intense and full of contradictions.

This is the fourth World Cup that I’m watching away from my home country, Argentina. Every experience has been different but, at times, Qatar 2022 feels a lot like Japan-South Korea 2002, the first one I experienced from abroad, when I was 20 years old and living in Spain.

Now, two decades later, living in Greece as the father of two children, some of those memories are reemerging vividly.

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