It’s the story that has gripped Eurovision fans and fashionistas alike – would the Estonian delegation be able to secure the funding for Elina Nechayeva’s stunning ‘projection dress’ so she’d be able to wear it at the Eurovision Song Contest in May?
Well, thanks to some frantic efforts behind the scenes, the Estonian delegation today announced that their original staging plans for Elina and her dress are back on track and she will be wearing the garment in Lisbon in a few weeks time!
Estonian Head of Delegation Mart Normet had approached both the Estonian government and the private sector to try and secure the necessary funds, and the sponsorship deal revealed today comes from a variety of sources. As well as Saku Suurhall, host venue of the 2002 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest and Eesti Laul, Elina’s gown will also be part-funded by Estravel, Carglass and River Island.
Normet said: “Eurovision can be a tough game when you are a small nation with big ideas, so we are thrilled that a solution was found,” – and so are we here at Eurovision Ireland! Big ideas are always welcome at Eurovision!
Elina herself said of today’s announcement: “I am so thankful to all the sponsors for their help, the Estonian team who have worked so hard to make this happen and to all the fans out there who have sent me messages of support. I cannot wait to go out there and make you all proud.”
We certainly can’t wait to see what is sure to be a show-stopping performance from Elina and the Estonian team in Lisbon – only a few weeks to go now!
What do you think? Are you happy Elina’s projection dress will make it to the stage in Lisbon? Do you think Estonia will make it back to the grand final for the first time since 2015?
Let us know what you think!
Author: James Scanlan