Samanta Tīna has dismissed a legal threat in the past week for being a threat to Latvian values.
The Latvian representative has responded for the first time to the news that there is a campaign and legal threat against her for promoting “anti-Latvian values”.
Delfi reports that the singer dismissed that there is any erotic content in her music video. She also joked that she could sue the people threatening legal action for homophobic comments in response to a transgender woman and lesbians appearing in her video.
Samanta is one of a number of acts in this year’s contest that have come under pressure to change their entry or withdraw from the contest due to response from individuals. The Cypriot broadcaster was threatened by religious groups to change its entry “El Diablo”, while Manizha from Russia has been threatened by groups for promoting anti-Russian values.
Who Is Samanta Tīna?
Samanta Poļakova, better known as Samanta Tīna, was born on March 31 1989 in Tukums in western Latvia. Samanta has attempted to compete at Eurovision on a number of occasions.
Before its cancellation, Samanta was selected to represent her country at the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest after winning Supernova. She was due to sing “Still Breathing”, written and composed by Aminata Savadogo and Samanta herself.
Image Source: LTV / Arturs Martinovs | Source: Delfi
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.