Estonia first entered the Eurovision Song Contest 1994 along with Poland. Its first appearance would have taken place in 1993 with Janika Sillamaa and "Muretut meelt ja südametuld", however, a qualification round was just installed for former Eastern Bloc countries and she did not manage to qualify for the Grand Final.
Its first contest participation in 1994 was not a successful one, coming second last only to Lithuania. As such, the country was relegated from the 1995 contest. Its second entry, Maarja-Liis Ilus and Ivo Linna with Kaelakee hääl, in 1996 was the complete opposite, coming 5th with 94 points. This was the first top 5 ranking for a former USSR country.
In addition, Estonia is the most successful Baltic country in Eurovision. Estonia is the first former USSR country to win the Contest and the second country in Eastern Europe after Yugoslavia.