In a recent interview, Agnese Rakovska, the lead singer of Triana Park, this year’s Latvian representatives, stated that she feels disappointed with the group’s placement in the contest.
Agnese admitted that she finds it difficult to come to terms with the group’s failure to reach the final, after having had high expectations in the lead up to the contest. However, she has not given up her dream to conquer foreign countries and continues to work on new compositions.
Rakovska admits that taking part in the Eurovision Song Contest was a dream came true, and it proves that nothing is impossible.
“My goal is much greater than making it to Eurovision. In any event, I am satisfied with my performance. I’m not ruling out global fame, but I’m looking at things realistically,” said the singer to the Latvian tabloid newspaper “Vakara Ziņas”.
“It was a huge responsibility and you do not want to disappoint the people of Latvia, who voted for you. The feeling is not the most pleasant,” says Rakovska.
The singer stated that Triana Park are to continue working in the studio and in the late summer plans to issue new songs in both Latvian and English. The group’s ambitions are high after the Eurovision and they are aiming for wider recognition outside their home country.
Triana Park represented Latvia in this year’s contest with the song “Line”. They finished last in semi-final 1, scoring 21 points. This gave Latvia its fourth overall last-place finish in a semi-final.
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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 in 3rd place with the song “My Star”. Latvia won the contest for the first and only time in 2002, with Marie N’s “I Wanna”. Latvia only participated in 2002 thanks to the withdrawal of Portugal from the contest, as Latvia’s poor result in 2001 had relegated them from the 2002 contest. Latvia struggled in to the contest after 2002, failing to qualify for the final for six years between 2009 and 2014. In 2015 and 2016 Latvia has finished 6th and 15th in the final respectively.