On Sunday night, the 26th of February, Latvia will select their participant for the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Kyiv this May. In total, twenty-two artists were in the running to represent the country at this year’s contest, including a few familiar faces such as Markus Riva and My Radiant You. Five shows have taken place prior to this weekend’s final in order to cut down the list of twenty-two to just four.
- Triana Park – Line
- My Radiant You – All I Know
- The Ludvig – I’m In Love With You
- Santa Daņeļeviča – Your Breath
Kaspars Roga, Guntars Račs and Intars Busulis will make up the three-piece ‘jury’ (commenting panel), and while the comments given by the three are likely to sway public opinion, it is worth noting that none of the three will actually have a say in the final result. This year marks the third year of the ‘Supernova’ format, which has so far seen two successful years of qualification for Latvia in the Eurovision Song Contest, with Aminata in 2015 and Justs in 2016. Prior to this, they had not qualified for the grand final since 2008. The final result of Sunday’s show will be generated as a combined result of televoting, online voting, and for the first time in any national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest – Spotify streaming.
WATCH THE SELECTION LIVE FROM 20:25 CET ON SUNDAY – HERE
During Sunday’s show, Marie N (the winner of the 2002 Eurovision Song Contest) will perform as a guest – as will jury member Intars Busulis. Last year’s selection winner Justs will return to the selection to perform his new single ‘Message to You’.
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Latvia debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2000, being the last of the Baltic nations to join the contest. On their debut Brainstorm finished 3rd overall with the song “My Star”. It was in 2002 that Latvia won the contest, with Marie N taking a surprise victory with the song “I Wanna”. Latvia onl participated in 2002 thanks to the withdrawal of Portugal from that year’s contest. Latvia struggled in to the contest after 2002 failing to qualify for the final for six years between 2009 and 2014. In the past two years Latvia has finished 6th in the final and 15th in the final.