Elina Born
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Born during an interview in Beirut, Lebanon, in December 2013
Background information
Born (1994-06-29) 29 June 1994 (age 24)
Lehtse, Estonia
Genres Pop
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2012–present
Associated acts Stig Rästa

Elina Born (born 29 June 1994) is an Estonian singer who represented Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 along with Stig Rästa with the song "Goodbye to Yesterday". Born has previously attempted to represent Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2013 with the song "Enough". She was the runner-up of the fifth season of Eesti otsib superstaari.


Early life

Elina Born was born on 29 June 1994 in Lehtse, Estonia. Stig Rästa discovered Elina Born on YouTube, she was singing "Cruz" by Christina Aguilera, he said "I was completely charmed by her musicality". Elina was at school when a message from Stig appeared on her Facebook. On the experience, Born stated "To be honest, I started crying. It took me a couple of days to gather the courage to write back".


2012–13: Eesti otsib superstaari

In 2012 Elina Born took part on Estonian reality-competition gameshow Eesti otsib superstaari (Estonia is Searching for a Superstar). The program seeks to discover the best singer in Estonia through a series of nationwide auditions. She made it through the audition, theatre round, studio round and final. She reached the Super Final but finished runner-up to Rasmus Rändvee.

Eesti otsib superstaari performances and results
Show Song choice Theme Result
Auditions N/A N/A Through to Theatre rounds
Theatre rounds N/A N/A Through to Studio rounds
Studio rounds "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Judy Garland N/A Through to Finals
Week 1 "Nothing Compares 2 U" by Sinéad O'Connor Biggest hits of all time Safe
Week 2 "Cryin'" by Aerosmith Songs from their year of birth. Bottom two
Week 3 "Tule kui leebe tuul" by Seitsmes meel Estonians' favourite songs. Safe
Week 4 "Skyfall" from the film Skyfall Film's soundtracks Bottom three
Week 5 "Cry Me a River" by Julie London with Bel-Etage Swing Orchestra Safe
Week 6 "Nii kokku me ei saagi eal" Songs by Jaak Joala Safe
"Poison" by Alice Cooper Rock classics
Week 7 "Why Don't You Love Me" by Beyoncé Dance track from Power Hit Radio's playlist. Bottom two
"Cruz" by Christina Aguilera N/A
Week 8 "Jõuluöö" ("O Holy Night") Christmas song Safe
"Imagine" by John Lennon Celebrity duet
Week 9: Super Final "Nothing Compares To You" by Sinead O'Connor Favourite song Runner-up
"Meil aiaäärne tänavas" Estonian song

2014–15: Eurovision Song Contest

Elina Born took part on Eesti Laul 2015 with Stig Rästa, organised by the Estonian broadcaster Eesti Rahvusringhääling (ERR). They took part in Semi-final 2 of Eesti Laul 2015 with the song "Goodbye to Yesterday" which took place on 14 February 2015, they progressed to the Final which took place on 21 February 2015, they progressed to the Superfinal along with two other songs and were chosen to represent Estonia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2015. Elina and Stig took 7th place in the final with the total of 106 points.



Title Details
Elina Born
  • Released: 18 May 2015
  • Label: Star Management
  • Format: CD, digital download


Year Title Peak chart positions Album
2012 "Enough" 3 Elina Born
2013 "Miss Calculation" 1
2014 "Mystery" 5
2015 "Goodbye to Yesterday"
(with Stig Rästa)
1 8 71 32 42 73 56 68
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released in that territory.
Featured in
  • 2015: "The Otherside" (Tamar Kaprelian featuring Elhaida Dani, Elina Born, Maria-Elena Kyriakou & Stephanie Topalian)

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