Latvia in the Eurovision Song Contest
|National selection events||Eirodziesma|
|Appearances||14 (8 finals)|
|Best result||1st: 2002|
|Worst result||Last: 2009 SF, 2010 SF, 2013 SF|
|Latvia's page at Eurovision.tv|
Latvia has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 14 times, debuting at the 2000 contest, where Brainstorm came 3rd with the song "My Star". The country's first, and so far, only win came in 2002 when Marie N and her song "I Wanna" beat favourite's Malta by 12 points, receiving 176 points. Latvia is the second former USSR country to win the Contest and the third country of eastern Europe after Yugoslavia and Estonia. Because of her win, the 2003 contest was held in the Latvian capital Riga.
Latvia initially planned to withdraw from the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time in 2009. Latvijas Televīzija (LTV), the Latvian broadcaster, originally announced its withdrawal from the contest after the Latvian government imposed budget cuts on the broadcaster that hindered it from paying the participation fee. At the time LTV said, however, that they hoped to compete in the 2010 contest.
Latvia has had fourteen Eurovision entries since its debut. All of Latvia's entries have been performed in English, except for three entries: in 2004, Fomins & Kleins performed "Dziesma par laimi" for Latvia in Latvian; In 2007 when Bonaparti.lv performed Questa Notte in Italian and in 2009, Intars Busulis, having won Eirodzeisma 2009 with "Sastrēgums" in Latvian, performed the song in Russian as "Probka" (Пробка).
- Second place
- Third place
- Last place
- Automatically qualified to the final
- Did not qualify for the final
|2001||Arnis Mednis||English||"Too Much"||18||16|
|2002||Marie N||English||"I Wanna"||1||176|
|2003||F.L.Y.||English||"Hello From Mars"||24||5|
|2004||Fomins and Kleins||Latvian||"Dziesma par laimi"||
|2005||Walters and Kazha||English||"The War Is Not Over"||5||153||10||85|
|2006||Vocal Group Cosmos||English||"I Hear Your Heart"||16||30||
|2008||Pirates of the Sea||English||"Wolves of the Sea"||12||83||6||86|
|2009||Intars Busulis||Russian||"Probka" (Пробка)||
|2011||Musiqq||English||"Angel in Disguise"||
|2013||PeR||English||"Here We Go"||
|2014||Aarzemnieki||English||"Cake to Bake"|
NOTE: If a country had won the previous year, they did not have to compete in the semi-finals the following year. In addition from 2004-2007, the top ten countries who were not members of the big four did not have to compete in the semi-finals the following year. If, for example, Germany and France placed inside the top ten, the countries who placed 11th and 12th were advanced to the following year's grand final along with the rest of the top ten countries.
As of 2013, Latvia's voting history is as follows:
- Winner - Latvia gave 12 points to a winning song / Latvia won the contest.
- Second place - Latvia gave 12 points to a runner-up song / Latvia was runner-up in the contest.
- Third place - Latvia gave 12 points to a third place song / Latvia came third in the contest.
- Qualified - Latvia gave 12 points to a song that qualified to the Grand Finals / Latvia qualified to the Grand Finals.
- Non-qualified - Latvia gave 12 points to a song that did not qualify to the Grand Finals / Latvia did not qualify to the Grand Finals.
|2000||Denmark||No semi-finals|| Belgium
|2004||Ukraine||Estonia||Did not Qualify||
||Did not Compete|
|2009||Norway||Estonia||Did not Qualify||
|2010||Germany||Estonia||Did not Qualify||
|2011||Italy||Denmark||Did not Qualify||
|2012||Sweden||Denmark||Did not Qualify||
|2013||Russia||Norway||Did not Qualify||
|2003||Riga||Skonto Hall||Marija Naumova and Renārs Kaupers|
- Konstantopoulos, Fotis (2008-12-20). "Latvia: LTV officially out and confirmed". Oikotimes. Retrieved 2008-12-20.
- Viniker, Barry (2008-12-20). "Latvia Eurovision withdrawal accepted". ESCToday. Retrieved 2008-12-20.
- "Latvia will participate in 2009". Eurovision.tv. Retrieved 2009-01-12.
- Floras, Stella (2009-03-01). "Latvia: Sastregums to be performed in Russian". ESCToday. Retrieved 2009-03-01.
- Points to and from Latvia eurovisioncovers.co.uk