Uku Suviste represented Estonia at the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest. While singing in English at Eurovision, the singer has also released Estonian singles. Last year’s ‘Torman Tulle’ is an example of one of those in his mother tongue.
Tul Torman was released in the fall of 2020. As such, it would have been eligible for the Eurovision Song Contest if that had been a wish. Uku Suviste wrote the song himself together with Karl-Ander Reismann.
Life and love can be dangerous. Did Uku Suviste make a mistake when running (driving) towards the one he wants? That is what the Estonian singer sings in this song. As for the music, there are quite a few hints from the 1980s, and the video also looks like car video games from that era.
Torman Tulle – fan opinions
To find out what Eurovision fans think of this Uku Suviste song, we asked our Eurovision fan panel. Includes team members and fans from around the world.
🇬🇧 Steve P. – Since the introduction of the 80s (absolutely nothing wrong with that, more please!), It is clear that Tul Torman it’s going to be a bit more optimistic than Uku’s Eurovision efforts. He’s not as upbeat as I’d hoped, largely retaining consideration for his Eurovision songs, but the ’80s vibe that continues throughout the song still warrants a more upbeat listening. When I played the song again, I found myself trying to sing along with the help of the lyric video. That has to be a good sign, right?
🇩🇰 Charlotte J. – I grew up in the 1980s listening to the music of, among others, Duran Duran and A-HA. I saw ‘Miami Vice’, I did the perm and I was wearing pink and neon blue clothes. Yes, the 80s were my time. Torman tullIt takes me back to that time. At the Eurovision Song Contest in 2021, I voted for Poland’s 80s vibes. Had Estonia sent this instead of The fortunate, Uku and Rafal had been in close competition for my 12 points. I love this.
🇳🇱 Vica K. – This song is different from the songs you sent to Eurovision 2020 and 2021. This song catches my attention in the first second. I noticed that he sings more comfortable on this song. Maybe it’s because it’s in your mother tongue. I prefer this to his Eurovision songs. And if I had had a song like this in Eurovision, it would have made it to the final.
🇦🇺 Craig M. – Tul Torman It’s a song that I don’t care about, but I feel like it’s really going nowhere. After 2 minutes, I am looking for the skip button. It’s not bad, it’s what I would call a “vanilla” song, it’s okay, but nothing special. It has a sort of “The Weekend” vibe to it in parts. As for his Eurovision entry this year in Rotterdam 2021, I’m in the minority here, but I LOVED the studio montage of The fortunate – I gave it a 10 on the videos of the EuroVisionary fan panel (Check out those videos by the way if you haven’t already !!). But I have to admit that live, it just wasn’t enough.
🇳🇱 🇩🇰 Wouter V. – I have no idea what it is I just heard, but it’s so catchy I feel like I can almost sing it, even though it’s in Estonian. Even though my only attempt to learn this beautiful language failed miserably.
🇬🇧 Michael O. – There are many videos on YouTube that ask a question if Uku is a good singer. However, he has done some great songs and this is another perfectly good catchy number. If you collect a lot of songs like these, your star could go even higher.
🇩🇰 Tina M. – A typical 80s disco song, with which I find it a bit difficult to relate. I think Uku’s voice is weak in the song and actually disappears a bit in the rhythm of the song. It’s not a song that I like and it doesn’t do Uku justice.
🇨🇿 Josef S. – Let me tell you from the beginning that I love Estonian, it sounds very interesting to me as a foreigner. So that’s definitely something to praise here. Uku is a good singer and performer, no question about this, but overall this song is a bit too mediocre, nothing that stands out here. Musically it would be a no from me, but artistically and linguistically I would say yes to Tul Torman.
🇮🇹 🇬🇧 Maurizio V. – I quite like this song! It reminds me of Blinding lights with his 80’s rhythm. I also appreciate Uku’s voice a lot more, I feel like he didn’t show his vocal skills with The fortunate. I really didn’t like it that much at Eurovision, which makes me feel bad. I am happy to have discovered this song and will definitely add it to my playlist. Way to go, Uku!
🇩🇰 Liza P. – Uku’s entry in 2020 was my favorite of the 2020 songs, but I think this song is also very pretty. And it’s good that it’s an uptempo. Although I think his voice is better on ballads, I like that this doesn’t sound like ESC inputs. However, this is not as memorable to me as the 2020 entry was after just one listen. But you could easily hear this again. The only bad thing is the video. Damn boring to watch and not a single sight of Uku. Disappointing, but it also kept me from being distracted from the song.
🇹🇷 Gunec G. – I can say that I am a huge fan of Uku Suuviste. My favorite Eesti Laul song from Uku is Cute little liar 2019. However, I like all his Eesti Laul songs, and I think he was very underrated this year. This Estonian song is a typical classy Uku style pop song and I like it, although not very Eurovision friendly in my opinion.
Enjoy Uku Suviste’s Tul Torman in the embedded video. Below the video, you can read more about him.
Uku Suviste – a mini biography
In 2005, Uku Suviste finished his education within Computer Systems Administrator. However, music was already a large part of his life, and after his computer science studies, he went to the United States to study music at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.
When he was a young schoolboy, Uku had taken piano lessons and attended a children’s choir. In 2004, he entered the Uno Naissoo competition and won the special award for his original song. I never have to. He continued to write his own music alongside his studies, and in 2005 he released his first album; ‘It’s Christmas’. The same year, in addition to finishing his computer science studies, he also participated in the Estonian competition Kaks Takti Ette where he finished third. That led him to work as a music producer for other Estonian artists. One thing took the other. She released an album singing duet with Birgit Õigemeel (Estonia 2013), participated in the New Wave competition in Russia, in the Estonian edition of Your Face Sounds Familiar and also in The Voice Russia with Ani Lorak (Ukraine 2008) as her coach.
Uku Suviste has also done musicals. Among others, he played the lead role of Danny in Grease alongside Getter Jaani (Estonia 2011) in the role of Sandy.
Over the years, Uku Suviste has participated in the Estonian Eurovision national team Eesti Laul a total of four times and won two; in 2020 and 2021.
Four Uku Suviste Eurovision Attempts
- 2017: Uku Suviste participated in Eesti Laul with the song Supernatural. Unfortunately, he was eliminated after the semi-final.
- 2019: Uku Suviste participated in Eesti Laul with the song Cute little liar. He finished second in the final.
- 2020: Uku Suviste participated in Eesti Laul with the song What is love. He won, but since the Eurovision Song Contest was canceled due to the pandemic, he was unable to represent his country that year.
- 2021: Uku Suviste participated in Eesti Laul with the song The fortunate. He was offered a direct place in the semi-final. Once again, he won this time and he was able to go to Eurovision. Unfortunately, he finished 13th in the Eurovision semi-final and only the top 10 made it to the final.