Elina Nechayeva

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Elina Nechayeva
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Nechayeva at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018
Background information
Birth nameElina Netšajeva
Born (1991-11-10) 10 November 1991 (age 27)
Tallinn, Estonia
Years active2009–present

Elina Nechayeva (Estonian: Elina Netšajeva; born 10 November 1991) is an Estonian soprano. She represented Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal, with the song "La forza".


In 2009, she made her public debut in the third season of Eesti otsib superstaari, where she participated, but was eliminated in the preliminary girls' round. She graduated from Tallinn French School in 2011.[1] She participated in the ETV competition Klassikatähed 2014 and was one of the three finalists.[1] In 2016, she graduated from the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre with a master's degree in classical singing.[2] Nechayeva was one of the hosts for the semi-finals of Eesti Laul 2017, along with Marko Reikop. On 3 March 2018, Nechayeva won Eesti Laul 2018 with the Italian-language song "La forza", and she represented Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 and came in 8th in the Grand Final.[3][4]

Personal life[edit]

In December 2017, she anglicized her stage name changing its spelling from Netšajeva to Nechayeva, with the same pronunciation.[5]

She is of mixed Russian, Chuvash, and Estonian ancestry, notably becoming the first Eurovision participant of Chuvash descent.[6][7]



Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"La forza" 2018 115 Non-album single


  1. ^ a b "Elina Nechayeva". Eda Zahharova Music Agency. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
  2. ^ "La forza". ERR, January 2018
  3. ^ "Räppi, poppi ja klassikat: Eesti Laul 2018 poolfinalistid on selgunud!". menu.err.ee (in Estonian). Eesti Laul. 10 November 2017. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
  4. ^ Mercereau, Damien (7 March 2018). "Eurovision 2018 : Elina Nechayeva, une chanteuse d'opéra pour l'Estonie" (in French). Le Figaro. Retrieved 9 March 2018.
  5. ^ "Eesti Laulu poolfinalist Elina Netšajeva muutis nime". delfi.ee. Retrieved 6 May 2018.
  6. ^ https://www.vokrug.tv/person/show/elina_nechaeva/
  7. ^ http://stuki-druki.com/authors/Nechayeva-Elina.php
  8. ^ "Discographie Elina Nechayeva". lescharts.com. Retrieved 20 May 2018.