Watch out Guy! 'Goodbye to Yesterday' is one of the hot favourites to win this year’s contest and there’s good reason. The Estonian duo of Elina Born & Stig Rästa broke all local records this year in winning their national selection, Eesti Laul, by a whopping 79 per cent. Their act is not dissimilar to last year’s successful Dutch entry, which placed second overall, where the duo has traded Nashville sensibility for moody hipster. 'Goodbye to Yesterday' is a sixties style jangly duet about miscommunication between a forlorn couple. This act will appeal to a broad cross section of voters and the agonisingly hip entry could have us saying “hello” to one of Europe’s prettiest capitals Tallinn in 2016.
4 Questions with Elina Born & Stig Rästa
What are three interesting aspects about your entry?
- Stig discovered Elina on YouTube.
- Stig himself rarely sings. Usually he just writes songs for other artists or for the band where he plays guitar.
- Goodbye to Yesterday is Stig's fifth attempt to get to Eurovision with a song he wrote himself. He has been runner-up twice before.
What are three impressive facts about you?
- 79 per cent of the votes cast in Estonia were for this song. No other song in the history of the Estonian song contest has ever won by such a wide margin.
- Stig is the hottest songwriter in Estonia today. Last year's biggest hits were produced by his team. Also, Stig's production house is responsible for the managing and writing music for the EstonianPop Idol finalists.
- Elina is also a surprisingly skillful rapper, though the public isn't really aware of it. Yet...
Do you have a (lucky) routine before you go on stage?
Elina needs a few minutes of complete silence before going on stage and Stig thinks about the first note.
Why is the Eurovision Song Contest important for you?
180 million viewers is a dream audience for every artist and a songwriter. We are extremely proud and happy to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest.