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Elina Nechayeva

Elina Nechayeva will represent Estonia at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest with the song 'La Forza'.

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Elina Nechayeva was born in 1991 and graduated from the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre in 2016 where she studied classical singing. As a child, she dreamed of becoming an astronaut, flying between the stars and planets. It is this same drive that inspired La Forza

On the Eurovision stage Elina will fly between the stars to spread her message that love heals and lifts us. The melody of La Forza was written especially for her voice and shining personality.

Elina is a hardworking professional and aims to 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. Perhaps the most important part of her health regiment is that she always stays happy and positive!

When she has a moment to relax Elina likes to indulge her passion for animation. She 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. She enjoys the clear structure of Mozart’s music and the passion and rich soul of Tchaikovsky. This shows also the two sides of her vivid personality – playful, yet formidable.

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.

Less than three months after the 100th anniversary of Estonian Independence, Elina is hoping to give her beloved homeland another reason to be proud and celebrate.

About the song writers and composers 

Elina Nechayeva 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. 

Both Mattisen and Vendt have written previous Estonian Eurovision entries. Mattisen co-wrote Et Uus Saaks Alguse in 2013 while Vendt co-wrote Amazing in 2014.

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Live performance

Lyrics of La Forza

Sai nella notte per me
Una stella c'Ă©
Lei mi rischiara la via
Per l'eternitá
É mia guida
Che non mi lascia mai'

La forza del destino
Volteggiar mi fa
L'ora é vicina di felicitá
É sogno o realtá
Nostra affinita
Sull'ali dell'amore rose

Quando m'en vo per la via
Sempre libera
Vorrei che intorno a noi sia una favola
Nostro amore
Guida a noi sará
Per l'eternitá
You know in the night for me
There is a star
It lights up my way
It is my guide
in the immensity
And will never leave me

Destiny's force
Makes me fly near
to the hour of happiness
Is it a dream or is it real
Our closeness
That rises us on the wings of love

When I walk the path of life
Always carefree
I would like it to be a fairy tale around us
Our love
Will be a guide to us
Always and forever