The next artist featured in our “Who Is” series for the Eurovision 2018 season is Elina Nechayeva from Estonia.
At the beginning of March, it was decided that Elina Nechayeva would represent Estonia at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest after she won Eesti Laul. Let’s get to know a bit more about her.
Elina Nechayeva was born on 10th November 1991 in Tallinn, Estonia. She first came into the public eye in 2009 when she participated in Eesti otsib superstaari, but was soon eliminated in the preliminary girls’ round. Five years later, she participated in Klassikatahed, this time reaching the final three. Outside of competitions, she graduated from the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre with a master’s degree in classical singing.
Elina was no stranger to Eesti Laul, Estonia’s Eurovision selection show, as she was one of the hosts for the semi-finals of Eesti Laul 2017. A year later, she took part and won the 2018 edition of the contest, meaning that she would represent Estonia at the Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, Portugal. She will be singing an Italian-language song, “La Forza”.
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.