Twenty songs. Ten finalists. One winner. Elina Nechayeva has become the winner of Eesti Laul 2018 and will represent Estonia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon in May, with the song “La Forza”. She’ll perform the opera track during the first half of the first Semi-Final on May 8.
She beat out stiff competition from Eurovision 2015 contestant Stig Rästa and indie group Vajé to take the crown in the super-final.
A vision in a sparkling projection grown, Elina Nechayeva put her name in the Eesti Laul history books tonight. Serving galaxy starscape realness, she was pitch perfect and hit all of the challenging notes in “La Forza”. A runaway winner in the jury vote too, she didn’t put a foot wrong all night long.
Stig Rästa, who finished second, served minimalist hipster coffee shop staging realness. Surrounded by lightbulbs and strumming his guitar, Stig showed how to make a lot out of a little. His twinkly guitar ballad “Home” shone on stage without theatrics, but wasn’t enough to win the Estonian ticket to Eurovision in May.
ELINA NECHAYEVA WINS EESTI LAUL 2018 JURY VOTE
Elina received over 100 points, beating Sibyl Vane into second place and leaving Stig Rästa behind her.
After the jury voting closed Stig Rästa, Elina Nechayeva and Vajé all made the superfinal based on the public vote. Once there, Elina was named the winner by public vote.
FULL EESTI LAUL 2018 FINAL RUNNING ORDER
- Karl-Kristjan & Karl Killing (ft. WATEVA) – “Young”
- Eliis Pärna ja Gerli Padar – “Sky”
- Nika – “Knock Knock”
- Sibyl Vane – “Thousand Words”
- Stig Rästa – “Home”
- Vajé – “Laura (Walk With Me)”
- Elina Nechayeva – “La forza”
- Frankie Animal – “(Can’t Keep Calling) Misty”
- Iiris & Agoh – “Drop That Boogie”
- Evestus – “Welcome to my world”
Koit Toome & Laura won Eesti Laul 2017, but failed to advance from their semi-final. Their ballad “Verona” came close, and would have qualified if voting was based on televoting alone, but a subpar score from the jury knocked them out of contention.
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Photo: Andres Putting