The full results of Eesti Laul 2018 have been revealed. It turns out that Elina Nechayeva managed an absolute landslide in the final of the Estonian format to select their Eurovision entrant, by scoring 70% of the vote in the superfinal.
Doubling the rest
Even in the first round of the final, Elina Nechayeva more than doubled her competitors. Her “La Forza” received 37,628 televotes. The other nine acts combined scored 33,127 votes. Percentage wise, that means Elina scored 53.18% of the entire vote, even when competing with nine other acts.
Add to that that she also had a 27 point lead in the jury vote and it pretty much made the superfinal superfluous. A good sign for Elina Nechayeva is that three out of four international jurors awarded her the top score. Only Bulgaria’s Joana Levieva-Sawyer gave her a lower score of eight points. Below you can see the table of results during Saturday’s Eesti Laul final.
|Elina Nechayeva||“La Forza”||113||12||37,628||12||24||1|
|Vajé||“Laura (Walk with Me)”||51||5||5,995||10||15||2|
|Sibyl Vane||“Thousand Words”||86||10||2,898||4||14||4|
|Iiris & Agoh||“Drop That Boogie”||52||6||3,427||6||12||5|
|Karl Kristjan & Karl Killing feat. Wateva||“Young”||47||3||5,786||8||11||6|
|Frankie Animal||“(Can’t Keep Calling) Misty”||85||8||2,031||2||10||7|
|Evestus||“Welcome to My World”||41||2||2,977||5||7||8|
|Eliis Pärna & Gerli Padar||“Taevas”||34||1||2,308||3||4||10|
To highlight how huge Elina Nechayeva’s televoting margin was, we’ve made following graph for you. Here you can see that no one even came slightly close to what had already been deemed the runaway favourite.
That margin didn’t disappear in the superfinal. There, Elina Nechayeva received 43,445 votes. That came down to 70% of the votes, with Stig Rästa coming in second. Vajé then finished in third.
Bookmakers had Estonia high up for Eurovision victory for a while. Even though bookmakers don’t say it all at this stage, it is interesting to take a look at what’s been happening since Saturday night.
From the bookmakers, checked at Oddschecker.com, Estonia are now the favourites to win the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. They are followed by Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Australia and Spain. Interestingly, two of those don’t even have a song for Lisbon yet.
Can Elina Nechayeva live up to the hype of being the favourite to win the Eurovision Song Contest? Will “La Forza” be the first opera winner in 62 years of Eurovision? Let us know what you think!