|Estonia - Elina Nechayevat
| Elina Nechayeva was born on November 10, 1991 in Tallinn, Estonia.She has graduated the French Lyceum in Tallinn and participated in the preparations in classic singing by Georg Ots. Tallinn Music School. She was a member of the choir "Raduga" for fifteen years.
She studied in Tallinn for her Bachelor’s degree in music from 2011 to 2014 and from 2014 to 2016 completed her Master’s degree at the Estonian Music and Theatre Academy under Eva Märtson.
In 2011 won the third prize in the International Voice Competition for Young Singers in Kohtla-Järvel. The year 2013 in Tallinn she won the Competition for Singers "Laulusild". She also participated in the studio opera at the Milan Conservatoire. In 2014 she won the Second Prize at the Music Competition "Klassikatähed" and Second Prize, Tiit Kuusik International Competition for Opera Singers.
In 2015 the coloratura soprano made her debut at the Estonian National Opera as Giannetta in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore. In the same year Elina became a member of the LTL opera studio at the Teatro del Giglio in Lucca, where she sang the role of Valencienne in Lehár’s The Merry Widow. The same period (2015-2016), she played as a guest at the Estonian Drama Theater "Kaart ja territoorium".
In addition to EZMA Music Agency, Elina collaborated with "Eesti Kontserdiga" and Professor Helina Kapten, Estonian Academy of Music and Theater, and performed in concerts in Estonia and abroad.
Elina was with Marko Reikop the hosts of the semi-finals of Eesti Laul 2017. This year she decided to participate in the National Selection, Eesti Laul 2018, with the song “La Forza”. The song is written by Mihkel Mattisen, Timo Vendt, Ksenia Kuchukova and Elina Nechayeva.
Elina won the Eesti Laul 2018 and will perform on the stage of Eurovision during the first half of the First Semi-Final at 8 May.