It could make or break Estonia’s chances at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. But hope is fading fast for Elina Nechayeva‘s projection dress performance.
That’s because the performance will cost ERR at least €65,000, which the broadcaster does not have in the bank. And it’s now been revealed further attempts to find funding have failed.
Speaking on talkshow Ringvaates Head of Delegation Mart Normet and Elina said they’re in “a state of despair“.
The main hope had been funding from the Estonian government, since Eurovision can be seen as a national project. Unfortunately ministers don’t see it that way and have ruled out additional funding for the stage show.
Additional appeals to Enterprise Estonia (EAS), which aims to promote business in Estonia, and the e-residency program have also fallen on deaf ears.
That leaves the Estonian delegation back where they started in terms of finding a solution to filling the five-figure gap in their budget for Eurovision.
Recent fan commentary on social media has suggested Elina’s partner, businessman David Pärnametsa could sponsor the staging, but Normet ruled that out:
“We are talking about a five-figure amount. “La Forza” is not Elina and David’s family project, it’s the representation of the Estonian people! We can’t go to someone’s wallet. There is no plan yet, but all sorts of thoughts are in hand.”
Despite the worsening situation, preparations continue for the contest.
Kristina Viirpalu has been named as Elina’s dress designer, after she designed Laura’s dress for Kyiv last year. The duo have collaborated together extensively before. ERR has also continued preparations for the performance. New projections have been designed and Elina has revealed they’ve increased the size of the podium she’ll stand on by 20 centimetres.
Elina for her part remains optimistic:
“I still really hope we’ll get the money for the performance. I want to do my best representing Estonia.”
She also revealed that despite betting hype, she has a less lofty ambition:
“Getting to the final would be a very good achievement.”
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