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Eda-Ines Etti in Ultra Go Live 2006, Tallinn
Background information
Birth name Eda-Ines Etti
Born 26 May 1981 (1981-05-26) (age 28)
Origin Väike-Maarja, Lääne-Viru County, Estonia
Genres Traditional pop
Years active 2000–present
Labels Bulldozer Records

Eda-Ines Etti (born 26 May 1981 in Haapsalu) is a singer and celebrity in Estonia, also known for her participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2000. Under her abbreviated stage name Ines, she was Estonia's representative for the contest in Sweden. Her song "Once in a Lifetime" received fourth place in the contest. Ines was designed to be once again Estonia's public face at the Eurovision Song Contest 2002 held in Estonia, as she was the first choice for the production team of the Eurolaul entry "Runaway". However, she pulled out at the last moment, and an experienced Swedish singer, Sahlene was hurriedly drafted in to perform "Runaway" at Eurolaul. This caused some controversy, with Ines' role in the affair coming under question. In the same year, Ines became the face for the Finnish mobile ticketing company Plusdial.[1] Since then, she has once been the national spokeswoman during the voting procedure of Eurovision Song Contest and a co-presenter of Eurolaul in 2005.

Ines's first album in Estonian, 15 magamata ööd, was issued in 2004. The title-track of the record brought her the second "Female Artist of the Year" at the Estonian Music Awards. Ines' backup band was formed in 2005, including her brother Ivo Etti (bass guitar), Siim Mäesalu (piano), Erki Pärnoja (lead guitar), and Magnus Pajupuu (drums). The first two instrumentalists were freshly recruited from Ruffus,[2] the participants of Eurovision Song Contest 2003. The first record of the new formation was Ines' album Uus päev.[2] This included Ines' second Eurovision entry, the song "Iseendale". The song came a close second to the winner "Through My Window", performed by the Swedish Sandra Oxenryd. "Iseendale" was notable as the only Estonian language song entered in 2006. Ines' third Eurolaul entry was the song entitled "In Good and Bad" in 2007, passed without notable success. Her album Kustutame vead earned her the nomination for the Female Artist of the Year.[3] In 2008, Eda-Ines Etti won the Estonian version of the Just the Two of Us reality television singing contest in duet with the Chief General Manager of IBM Estonia Valdo Randpere.[4]

Ines released her fifth studio album Kas Kuuled Mind in the end of November 2009. The album includes the singles "Ükskord", "Ja Sina" and "Öine Linn".


Personal Life

Eda-Ines Etti maintains a high profile in the popular imagination of the Estonian public. She and Martin Saar - a controversial young New York artist who remained her close companion for three years (until 2008) - were seen as the young golden couple of Estonia. Later in the year, Ines started dating a Portuguese model Francisco d'Orey. When younger, Ines also dated a talented Estonian rock musician Tanel Padar. [2]



  • "Reason" - 1999
  • "Once in a Lifetime" - 2000
  • "Highway to Nowhere" - 2002
  • "15 magamata ööd" - 2004
  • "Kallis, kas sa tead" - 2004
  • "Väike saatan" - 2004
  • "Aarete saar" - 2005
  • "Suvi on veel ees" - 2005
  • "Must ja valge" - 2005
  • "Ma ei tea mis juhtuks" - 2005
  • "Iseendale" - 2006
  • "Ma ei tea" - June 2006
  • "Lendan" - June 2006
  • "In Good and Bad" - January 2007
  • "Kustutame vead" - 2007
  • "Keerlen" - 2008
  • "Lõpuni välja" - 2008
  • "Kus kulgeb kuu" - 2008
  • "Ja Sina" - 2009
  • "Öine linn" - 2009
  • "Ükskord" - 2009


  • Here For Your Love - 2000
  • 15 magamata ööd - November 2004
  • Uus päev - December 2005
  • Kustutame vead - December 2007
  • Kas Kuuled Mind- November 2009

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Title Result
1999 Kaks takti ette (Contest of young singers by the Eesti Televisioon) 2nd place
2000 Eurovision Song Contest "Once in a Lifetime" 4th place
Estonian Music Awards Female Artist of the Year Here for Your Love Won
2005 Estonian Music Awards Female Artist of the Year 15 magamata ööd Won
Estonian Music Awards Record of the Year 15 magamata ööd Won
2006 Eurolaul (Estonian national selection for Eurovision Song Contest) "Iseendale" 2nd place
Estonian Music Awards Female Artist of the Year Uus päev Nominated
2008 Estonian Music Awards Female Artist of the Year Kustutame vead Nominated
Laulud tähtedega (Estonian version of Just the Two of Us) Won
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Evelin Samuel & Camille
with "Diamond of Night"
Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Tanel Padar, Dave Benton & 2XL
with "Everybody"


  1. ^ Ines, the Eurovision Song Contest finalist and Plusdial in for cooperation!
  2. ^ a b c "Ines (In Estonian)". AllStarz internet site. 
  3. ^ Eesti Muusikaauhinnad 2008 (Estonian Music Awards 2008. In Estonian). Estonian Association of the Phonogram Producers
  4. ^ Valdo ja Ines võitsid staaride laulusaate (Valdo and Ines Winners of Celebrity Singing TV series. In Estonian).

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