The fifth artist in our Who Is series for the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 is Samanta Tīna from Latvia.
Samanta Poļakova, better known as Samanta Tīna, was born on March 31 1989 in Tukums in western Latvia. She first came to public attention after winning the music show O!Kartes akadēmija, which allowed her to study in the Tech Music School in London. In 2012, she competed in the Slavianski Bazaar in Belarus and finished second overall. In 2016, she reached the top 8 of the third season of Lietuvos balsas (The Voice of Lithuania).
Samanta has attempted to compete at Eurovision on a number of occasions. In 2012, she finished second in Eirodziesma, performing the song “I Want You Back” along with Dāvids Kalandija. In 2013, she finished second as solo artist with the song “I Need a Hero”. The same year, she took part in the Lithuanian national selection with Vudis performing “Hey Chiki – Mama”, which did not advance from the first heat.
In 2016, Samanta participated in Supernova with two songs. “We Live for Love” did not advance from the first heat. “The Love Is Forever” advanced to the semi-final from the second heat. After performing in the semi-final, Samanta decided to withdraw. In 2017, she participated in the Lithuanian national selection with Tadas Rimgaila. Their song “Tavo oda” did not advance from the first heat. Last year, Samanta finished 7th in the final of Supernova with “Cutting the Wire”.
The song that Samanta will sing in Rotterdam is called “Still Breathing”. The song was written and composed by Aminata Savadogo and Samanta herself. Aminata represented Latvia in 2015 with “Love Injected” and finished sixth in the Grand Final. She also wrote “Heartbeat”, the Latvian entry the following year. Samanta won the right to represent Latvia in Rotterdam after winning Supernova 2020. She placed first in the online vote and second in the phone vote.
Samanta will perform in the second half of the second semi-final on May 14.