Kaire Vilgats

Kaire Vilgats (born 11 January 1976[1]) is an Estonian vocalist and actress, known for numerous roles in stage musicals. Over the years, she has repeatedly participated in the Eurovision Song Contest as a backing vocalist for Estonian entries.

Kaire Vilgats
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Background information
Born (1976-01-11) 11 January 1976 (age 46)
Pärnu, Estonia
Occupation(s)Singer, actress

Early lifeEdit

Kaire Vilgats was born and spent her childhood in Pärnu, a resort town in the south-west of Estonia, where she also went to school. She learnt the accordion in a music school before taking classes in singing.


Vilgats has later been trained in pop-jazz singing at the Georg Ots Music School in Tallinn, with Silvi Vrait as her vocal coach.

In 1999, Vilgats was awarded third place in the Kaks takti ette contest for young singers, organized by Estonian Television. The winner of that season was an Estonian rock star, Tanel Padar, with Eda-Ines Etti in second position. The same year, she was cast in the company of the Estonian production of the musical La Cage aux Folles which was her theatre début. A series of supporting roles in musicals were to follow.

Kaire Vilgats has been the musical director of the Estonian Puppet Theatre in Tallinn, where she composed music for children's musicals and plays, like, The Little Witch by Otfried Preußler.

In 2006, she was nominated for an Estonian theatre prize for the supporting role of Amps in the musical Romeo & Julia [et] but did not win.


As a chorist, Vilgats has appeared in Evita, La Cage aux Folles, Georg and Mort. She is also a voice actress and vocal coach.

Other creditsEdit

Kaire Vilgats is a backing vocalist for different Estonian pop acts, such as Anne Veski, Ivo Linna or Maarja.

With 7 appearances, she is holding the record of biggest number of participations in the Eurovision Song Contest for Estonia. In 2000 and 2002, she sang backing vocals for the Estonian and Maltese songs, and did the same for Estonia at 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2019 contests. The 2020 contest in Rotterdam she was to attend as a backing singer got cancelled due to the pandemic spread of coronavirus.

Vilgats provided her vocals for the album Family. We are Family, released in 2003 as a cooperative effort of several popular vocalists, such as Nele-Liis Vaiksoo and Lauri Pihlap. She has also performed with the Estonian Police Orchestra and a number of other orchestras and groups.

Kaire Vilgats has been open about her weight problems and has therefore given patronage to sporting events, like Tartu Maraton in which she successfully participates. She has co-hosted and participated in TV-shows, Your Face Sounds Familiar among many.

In 2021, she had a small role in the Ergo Kuld directed comedy film Jahihooaeg.[2]

Personal lifeEdit

Vilgats is a mother of three children, two sons and a daughter. She is divorced from a music producer Johannes Lõhmus.

Vilgats' mother is Ester Vilgats, a news journalist for Estonian Public Broadcasting.


  1. ^ [1] Kaire Vilgats: mulle võib julgelt tänaval juurde astuda, humoorikad seigad mulle meeldivad!
  2. ^ "Pildid: Tallinnas alustati mängufilmi "Jahihooaeg" võtetega". Eesti Rahvusringhääling (in Estonian). 16 April 2021. Retrieved 30 December 2021.

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