LTV will not make a decision on whether to participate in the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest until after Covid-19 has passed.
The Latvian national broadcaster has stated that it will not be making any decisions regarding the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 until after Covid-19 has passed. Rita Ruduša, LTV program director explained:
The decision to participate in next year’s Eurovision has to be taken carefully, taking into account many factors, including the consequences of Covid-19. That is why we have decided to postpone a focused discussion on this topic until the acute situation is over.
To date eleven countries have decided to send the artist that they selected for Eurovision 2020 to the contest, while Finland, Estonia and Norway have announced they will be holding new selections for 2021.
Samanta Tīna had been due to represent Latvia at the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest. The song that Samanta has been due to sing at Eurovision 2020 was “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.
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.