Elina Nechayeva’s projection dress will be present on the Eurovision stage after a last minute sponsorship deal raised the funds required.
The Estonian delegation struck a deal with Saku Suurhall, Carglass, Estravel and River Island. Additional funding was provided by Elina’s management and Estonian Public Broadcasting.
Estonian Head of Delegation, Mart Normet has spent the last few weeks lobbying the Estonian Government and private sector to try and generate the large amount of money required for the projectors.
“Eurovision can be a tough game when you are a small nation with big ideas, so we are thrilled that a solution was found,” said Normet.
“I know there are some sceptics out there who thought that this was all a publicity stunt and they may never fully believe us, but we were incredibly close to having to pull the plug on the projector dress all together. We had a different act with a new lighting and camera plan ready to go just in case,” he said.
Elina Nechayeva has been busy preparing for her Eurovision performance and was thrilled when she learned that the projection dress would go ahead.
“My main goal is to go out there and do my absolute best. I know that I would be able to do this regardless of what dress I am wearing, but I think this projection dress truly represents the message of all powerful, universal love and that is what La Forza is all about,” she said.
“I am so thankful to all the sponsors for their help, the Estonian team who have worked so hard to make this happen and to all the fans out there who have sent me messages of support. I cannot wait to go out there and make you all proud.”
Mart Normet finally spoke of his utmost respect for Elina and his pleasure that the Estonian team’s Eurovision performance dreams will be a reality.
“Elina is an incredible singer and performer, so we were never worried about the quality of her performance, but we are so happy that we can deliver to Europe and the world what we believe will be a truly impressive television moment,” he said.
The Estonian delegation would like to thank Saku Suurhall, Carglass, Estravel and River Island for their incredible support.
Source: ERR – This article has been provided by the Estonian Delegation
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.