LTV has confirmed to Eurovoix.com that Latvia will be participating in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Portugal.
Latvia has become the latest country to confirm their participation in the Eurovision Song Contest, with the Latvian national broadcaster, LTV confirming to Eurovoix.com that they participate in the contest in 2018. Next year will mark the nineteenth time that Latvia has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest since they debut at the 2000 Contest in Stockholm, Sweden. The broadcaster did not confirm how they will select their participant for the contest in Portugal.
To date the following countries have confirmed that they will be participating in Eurovision 2018:
- Portugal – Host country
Latvia was represented by Triana Park at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 with their song “Line”. Despite expectations of a third consecutive qualification to the final, Triana Park were knocked out of the first semi-final. Scoring a total of 21 points they finished last in the semi-final, receiving 1 point from the juries and 20 points from the televote. Latvia’s highest marks came in the form of 7 points from the televote in the United Kingdom. Agnese Rakovska, the lead singer of Triana Park, stated in a recent interview that she feels disappointed with the group’s placement in the contest.
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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.