Estonian opera princess Elina Nechayeva shined on the Eurovision stage in 2018 with her song “La Forza”. And more recently she was one of the stars of the Netflix comedy Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga.
Meeting her fellow Eurovision friends again upped her nostalgia for the contest. That’s one of the big takeaways in her interview on “Letnyaya Studiya”, a Russian-language talkshow on Estonian public broadcaster ERR.
Would Elina Nechayeva consider a Eurovision comeback?
On the question of whether she’s interested in returning to the song contest, Elina said:
“To be honest, I watched that film and I remembered all those details, all those feelings when you participate in Eurovision… Oh my god, it was that great, that interesting… There were such interesting friendships and possibilities. And in that moment I thought, ‘if they write me a song this year… (laughs)”
She then told the host that she’s currently busy writing new songs and working on albums. However, if the right song were to come at the right moment, she would not rule out sending it to Eesti Laul — the Estonian national selection.
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Elina’s appearance in the film almost didn’t happen. She revealed that she thought for some time that she was being fooled when she received the invitation.
“I received an email on my professional email address, in which they invited me to play in a film in which Will Ferrell [would also play]. They told me succinctly what the film was about. (…) I thought it was a practical joke, needed to Google the production company to see what they are doing. Where are they contacting me from? I saw on Google that they did serious things and they also worked with Hollywood. So I thought it might be true. When I inquired, they told me everything in more detail and in the email there was not just not one person, but also the director who was added. Then I realised it is an actual thing, not a joke!”
“I was honestly surprised that they invited me there. I thought they would invite all sorts of Eurovision winners. Apparently Will Ferrell liked my performance at Eurovision and so did the director of that film.”
The filming was very special for Elina and she really enjoyed the shoot in London. On top of that, she thinks that the film gives a realistic sense of the contest. She explained:
“My emotions were like ‘AH! Exactly! That’s exactly how it is!’ There are many moments which are very accurate that they emphasised, especially as for the fear that their country might win and the government representatives go ‘oh, a nightmare to our government’, like ‘our government will go bankrupt’, those kinds of jokes. As for everything that happens behind and on the stage, it’s of course a happy celebration. Eurovision, we say, it is so serious but on the stage you rarely see that. In that film, there are many jokes and it is laughing at Eurovision with good intentions.”
Did you like Elina Nechayeva’s appearance in Netflix’s Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga? Would you like to see her back at Eurovision in the future? Let us know in the comments below!