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Elina Nechayeva
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Nechayeva at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018
Background information
Birth name Elina Netšajeva
Born 10 November 1991 (1991-11-10) (age 29)
Tallinn, Estonia
Genres
Occupation(s) Soprano
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2009–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".

Career

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. She participated in the ETV competition Klassikatähed 2014 and was one of the three finalists. In 2016, she graduated from the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre with a master's degree in classical singing. 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.

She also made an appearance in the 2020 American musical comedy film Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga.

Personal life

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

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

Discography

Singles

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
EST
FRA
"La forza" 2018 19 115 Non-album single
"La voce dell'alba" 2019 1 87 0TBA
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