Estonia have selected Elina Nechayeva to represent them at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest.
Following a three-week national final, the 10th edition of ‘Eesti Laul’ has concluded in Tallinn. Following votes from a jury and a televote, Estonia have selected Elina Nechayeva to represent them at the 63rd Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon in May. They will sing the song “La Forza”.
The ten competing entrants in tonight’s grand final were selected through two semi-finals. From twenty competing entries, just three made it to the superfinal of tonight’s show – Stig Rästa, Vajé & Elina Nechayeva. From these three acts, Elina was selected to go to Eurovision. The full results of tonight’s show were as follows:
- “La Forza” – Elina Nechayeva (Superfinalist)
- “Home” – Stig Rästa (Superfinalist)
- “Laura (Walk with Me)” – Vajé (Superfinalist)
- “Thousand Words” – Sibyl Vane (14 points)
- “Drop That Boogie” – Iiris & Agoh (12 points)
- “Young” – Karl Kristjan & Karl Killing feat. Wateva (11 points)
- “(Can’t Keep Calling) Misty” – Frankie Animal (10 points)
- “Welcome to My World” – Evestus (7 points)
- “Knock Knock” – Nika (5 points)
- “Taevas” – Eliis Pärna & Gerli Padar (4 points)
You can listen to “La Forza” below:
Tonight’s show was held in the Saku Suurhallis Arena, and hosted by Ott Sepp & Meelis Kubo. Aside from the competing acts, the show also featured performances from last year’s Estonian entrants Koit Toome & Laura, who failed to qualify in Kyiv with their song “Verona”, which finished in 14th place with 85 points.
Estonia debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1994 alongside six other countries. At the contest in Dublin they were represented by Silvi Vrait, who finished 2nd last scoring just 2 points. In 2001 Estonia won the Eurovision Song Contest for the only time to date. They were represented by Tanel Padar, Dave Benton & 2XL, who performed the song “Everybody” and took a surprise victory in Copenhagen. After the success of the late-90s and early 00s, Estonia failed to qualify for the final from 2004-2008. In 2009 Estonia launched a new selection show, Eesti Laul, and has since qualified for the final five out of nine attempts.