Elina Nechayeva has opened the possibility of her returning to compete in Eesti Laul in 2021.
Speaking to ERR regarding her role in the Netflix film, Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga, the singer spoke of how the experience brought back memories of competing in Eurovision 2018. The singer said in an interview with the Estonian public broadcaster that:
When I saw the film, I remembered the feeling of participating in the contest. it was so good! (…) I am now working on a new album and you may see a song that takes us to the Eesti Laul. I had never thought of that before.
Eesti Laul is set to determine the nations representative at Eurovision 2021 following the decision that Uku Suviste would not be internally selected for the contest. Uku has been given a ticket direct to the semi-finals of the contest and would not have to be assessed by a jury to get into the show.
Elina finished 8th in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest with the song ‘La Forza’ she scored 249 points, and brought the nation to their first final since 2015.
Image Source: Andres Putting (EBU) / Source: ESC Portugal
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 six out of ten attempts.