Aminata Savadogo will be the spokesperson for Latvia in the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2021.
LTV revealed to Eurovoix.com that Aminata Savadogo will present the jury points from Latvia during the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2021. This will not be the first time that Aminata will be the Latvian spokesperson, as she previously revealed the points of the Latvian jury at Eurovision 2017.
Aminata represented Latvia at Eurovision 2015 with “Love Injected”. She brought Latvia to the final for the first time since 2008 and finished sixth in the final, Latvia’s best result since 2005 and their last top ten placing to date. A year later, she wrote “Heartbeat”, the Latvian entry for Eurovision 2016, which was performed by Justs. She also co-wrote this year’s Latvian entry “The Moon is Rising” which will be performed by Samanta Tīna in the second semi-final of this year’s contest.
Who Is Samanta Tīna?
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.
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. In 2019, Samanta finished 7th in the final of Supernova with “Cutting the Wire”.
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Latvia in the Eurovision Song Contest
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.