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By Pete Devine

The sheer beauty of Elina Nechayeva for Estonia is a performance on a scale rarely seen at the Eurovision Song Contest.

If it's operatic vocals with an added twist then this performance of the song La Forza has the lot in great measure.

As a child Elina dreamt of becoming an astronaut, flying between the stars and planets before music took over her life.

She graduated from the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre in 2016, where she studied classical singing. 

Elina is said to be a hardworking professional who will perform opera on the largest stages in the world. 

She takes very good care of her powerful instrument, her voice, and loves to begin her mornings with a yoga session and a jog. 

She tries to walk whenever and wherever she can and instead of coffee, uses dark chocolate as her secret energiser. 

Elina is a big fan of all the classic Disney Princess cartoons and has a love for Japanese Anime – especially those by Hayao Miyazaki.

A huge classical music fan, she counts Mozart and Tchaikovsky among her favourite composers. 

Elina’s family is of Estonian, Russian and Chuvash descent. It is from this diversity that she developed her talent for languages fluently speaking Estonian, Russian, English, French and Italian.

Elina wrote the lyrics of La Forza alongside fellow soprano Ksenia Kuchukova the music was composed by Mihkel Mattisen, a classically trained pianist and pop singer and composer, and Timo Vendt, a producer and multi-instrumentalist.

Previous Entries

2017 - Koit Toome and Laura "Verona"

2016 - Juro Pootsmann "Play" - Failed to qualify for final

2015 - Elina Born & Stig Rasta "Goodbye To Yesterday" - 7th (106 points)

2014 - Tanja "Amazing" - Failed to qualify for final

2013 - Birgit Oigemeel "Et uus saaks alguse" - 20th (19 points)

2012 - Ott Lepland "Kuula" - 6th (120 points)

2011 - Getter Jaani "Rockefeller Street" - 24th (44 points)

2010 - Malcolm Lincoln & Manpower 4 "Siren" - Failed to qualify for final

2009 - Urban Symphony "Randajad" - 6th (129 points)

2008 - Kreisiraadio "Leto svet" - Failed to qualify for final

2007 - Gerli Padar "Partners in Crime" - Failed to qualify for final

2006 - Sandra Oxenryd "Through My Window" - Failed to qualify for final

2005 - Suntribe "Let's Get Loud" - Failed to qualify for final

2004 - Neiokoso "Tii" - Failed to qualify for final

2003 - Ruffus "Eighties Coming Back" - 21st (14 points)

2002 - Sahlene "Runaway" - 3rd (111 points)

2001 - Tanel Padar/Dave Benton/2XL "Everybody" - 1st (198 points)

2000 - Ines "Once in a Lifetime" - 4th (98 points)

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