Latvia in the Eurovision Song Contest

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Latvia
Flag
Member station LTV
National selection events Eirodziesma
Appearances
Appearances 14 (8 finals)
First appearance 2000
Best result 1st: 2002
Worst result Last: 2009 SF, 2010 SF, 2013 SF
External links
LTV page
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.[1][2]

In the event, Latvia decided to compete, and the EBU confirmed that Latvia would indeed participate in 2009.[3]

Pirates of the Sea performing "Wolves of the Sea" at Belgrade (2008)


PeR performing "Here We Go" at Malmö (2013)

Contestants[edit]

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).[4]

Table key

     Winner
     Second place
     Third place
     Last place
     Automatically qualified to the final
     Did not qualify for the final
Year Artist Language Title Final Points Semi Points
2000 Brainstorm English "My Star" 3 136
No Semi-Finals
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"
Failed to qualify
17 23
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
Top 11 Previous Year
2007 Bonaparti.lv Italian "Questa notte" 16 54 5 168
2008 Pirates of the Sea English "Wolves of the Sea" 12 83 6 86
2009 Intars Busulis Russian "Probka" (Пробка)
Failed to qualify
19 7
2010 Aisha English "What For?"
Failed to qualify
17 11
2011 Musiqq English "Angel in Disguise"
Failed to qualify
17 25
2012 Anmary English "Beautiful Song"
Failed to qualify
16 17
2013 PeR English "Here We Go"
Failed to qualify
17 13
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.

Voting history[edit]

As of 2013, Latvia's voting history is as follows:

Table key

     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.
Year Given Received
Final Semi Final Semi
2000  Denmark No semi-finals  Belgium
 Estonia
 Finland
 Norway
No semi-finals
2001  Estonia
None
2002  Estonia  Estonia
 Germany
 Israel
 Lithuania
 Spain
2003  Russia
None
2004  Ukraine  Estonia Did not Qualify
None
2005   Switzerland  Estonia  Ireland
 Lithuania
 Moldova
 Lithuania
 Malta
2006  Russia  Russia
None
Did not Compete
2007  Ukraine  Estonia
None
 Estonia
 Ireland
 Lithuania
 Malta
 Poland
2008  Russia  Lithuania  Ireland  Lithuania
2009  Norway  Estonia Did not Qualify
None
2010  Germany  Estonia Did not Qualify
None
2011  Italy  Denmark Did not Qualify
None
2012  Sweden  Denmark Did not Qualify
None
2013  Russia  Norway Did not Qualify
None

Hostings[edit]

Year Location Venue Presenters
2003 Latvia Riga Skonto Hall Marija Naumova and Renārs Kaupers

References[edit]

  1. ^ Konstantopoulos, Fotis (2008-12-20). "Latvia: LTV officially out and confirmed". Oikotimes. Retrieved 2008-12-20. 
  2. ^ Viniker, Barry (2008-12-20). "Latvia Eurovision withdrawal accepted". ESCToday. Retrieved 2008-12-20. 
  3. ^ "Latvia will participate in 2009". Eurovision.tv. Retrieved 2009-01-12. 
  4. ^ Floras, Stella (2009-03-01). "Latvia: Sastregums to be performed in Russian". ESCToday. Retrieved 2009-03-01. 

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