Following her second rehearsal on stage in Lisbon, Elina Nechayeva has established herself as the second favourite to win the Eurovision Song Contest 2018.
Following Elina’s first rehearsal, odds on victory began to lengthen but punters seem to be backing Estonia once again. According to Eurovision World, the average odds available for Estonia are slightly shorter than Norway’s Alexander Rybak who has slipped to third favourite this evening. Israel’s Netta remains the well-established front-runner. The top five at the time of writing are:
- Israel – Netta – Toy
- Estonia – Elina Nechayeva – La Forza
- Norway – Alexander Rybak – That’s How You Write A Song
- France – Madame Monsieur – Mercy
- Bulgaria – Equinox – Bones
Elina will perform La Forza in the first semi-final on Tuesday 8 May, competing for a spot in the grand final on Saturday 12 May.
Elina Nechayeva 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.
Her classical entry La Forza features a projection dress which has made it to Lisbon with the Estonian delegation after a last-minute sponsorship deal was struck with Saku Suurhall, Carglass, Estravel and River Island. Additional funding was provided by Elina’s management and Estonian Public Broadcasting.
You can see a clip of Elina’s second rehearsal below:
Source: Eurovision World
Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest
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.