Latvia in the Eurovision Song Contest
|National selection events||Eirodziesma (2000–2014)
|Appearances||15 (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 15 times since making its debut at the contest in 2000,
Latvia's debut at the contest in 2000 was a successful one, when Brainstorm finished third with the song "My Star". The country's only Eurovision victory was in 2002, when Marie N won with the song "I Wanna", defeating Malta by 12 points. Latvia is the second former Soviet country to win the contest and the third eastern European country to win, after Yugoslavia and Estonia. The 2003 contest was held in the Latvian capital Riga. The country's only other top ten result came in 2005, when Walters and Kazha finished fifth with "The War Is Not Over".
As of 2014, Latvia has not participated in the final since 2008, having failed to qualify from the semi-finals for six consecutive years (2009-2014), including finishing last on three occasions, in 2009, 2010 and 2013.
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).
- Table key
|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|
|2008||Pirates of the Sea||English||"Wolves of the Sea"||12||83||6||86|
|Failed to qualify||19||7|
|2011||Musiqq||English||"Angel in Disguise"||17||25|
|2013||PeR||English||"Here We Go"||17||13|
|2014||Aarzemnieki||English1||"Cake to Bake"||13||33|
- 1. ^ The song is in English; however, there are some phrases in Latvian.
- 2. 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 2014, Latvia's voting history is as follows:
|2003||Riga||Skonto Hall||Marija Naumova and Renārs Kaupers|
Commentators and spokespersons
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|2000||Kārlis Streips||Lauris Reiniks|
|2011||Valters Frīdenbergs and Kārlis Būmeisters||Aisha|
- "Eurovision Song Contest 2009 Semi-Final (2)". Eurovision.tv. Retrieved 22 May 2014.
- "Eurovision Song Contest Semi-Final 2013 (2)". Eurovision.tv. Retrieved 22 May 2014.
- Floras, Stella (2009-03-01). "Latvia: Sastregums to be performed in Russian". ESCToday. Retrieved 2009-03-01.
- Eurovision.tv. "Cake to bake, original lyrics". eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 24 June 2014.
- Points to and from Latvia eurovisioncovers.co.uk