Justs Sirmais

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Justs
ESC2016 - Latvia Meet & Greet 15.jpg
Sirmais in 2016
Background information
Birth nameJusts Sirmais
Born (1995-02-06) 6 February 1995 (age 24)
Ķekava, Latvia
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • television presenter
InstrumentsVocals
Associated acts

Justs Sirmais (born 6 February 1995), also known as simply Justs, is a Latvian singer and television presenter. He represented Latvia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 with the song "Heartbeat".

Life and career[edit]

Early life[edit]

Justs was born on 6 February 1995 in Ķekava. He attended Riga State Gymnasium No.1.[1] He began his musical journey as a street musician in Riga.

2015–present: Eurovision Song Contest 2016[edit]

On 31 January 2016, Justs was announced as one of the 20 competing acts in the second season of Supernova, the show used to select Latvia's representative to the Eurovision Song Contest.[2][3] He was competing with the song "Heartbeat", written by Latvia's 2015 entrant Aminata Savadogo. In the first heat on 7 February, Sirmais advanced to the semi-final after winning over 40% of the televote.[4] He competed in the semi-final on 21 February and advanced to the final through televoting.[5] On 28 February, he won the national final and then represented Latvia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden.[6] He made it through the semi-final and placed 15th in the final. Justs earned his country's sixth best placing ever.[7] On 17 May 2016 he released the EP To Be Heard.[8] On 23 May 2016 he released the single "Ko Tu Dari?" (English: "What Are You Doing").[9]

In January 2018, it was announced that he will cohost Supernova 2018.[10] In April 2018, Justs released his debut studio album, Here I Am.

In September 2018, Sirmais announced on Instagram that he would be studying Music Production at university in Bristol, United Kingdom.[11]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Details
Here I Am

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details
To Be Heard
  • Released: 17 May 2016[13]
  • Label: Justs Entertainment
  • Format: Digital download

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
RUS
[14]
SWE
[15]
"Heartbeat" 2016 252 80 Non-album singles
"Ko Tu Dari?" (What Are You Doing)
"Kaut Mazliet" (A Little Something)
"Message to You" [16] 2017
"Are You There" [17] Here I Am
"Uz Palodzes" [18] 2018
"Position in Here" (Makree featuring Justs) [19] Non-album singles
"Anything Above" (Makree featuring Justs) [20]
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Justs Sirmais". Retrieved 8 Feb 2016.
  2. ^ Laufer, Gil (24 January 2016). "Latvia: Supernova 2016 acts to be revealed on 31 January". esctoday.com. ESCToday.com. Archived from the original on 26 January 2016. Retrieved 24 January 2016. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ Roxburgh, Gordon (31 January 2016). "20 songs in Latvian line up revealed". eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 31 January 2016.
  4. ^ Brey, Marco (7 February 2016). "Latvia: First set of Supernova semi-finalists chosen". eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 7 February 2016.
  5. ^ Roxburgh, Gordon (21 February 2016). "Latvia: The four songs through to the Supernova final". eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 21 February 2016.
  6. ^ Roxburgh, Gordon (28 Feb 2016). "Justs to represent Latvia in 2016 with Heartbeat". EBU.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Justs finishes fifteenth in Eurovision". LSM.lv. eng.lsm.lv. 15 May 2016. Retrieved 16 May 2016.
  8. ^ "To Be Heard - Single by Justs". iTunes Store.
  9. ^ "Ko Tu Dari? - Single by Justs". iTunes Store.
  10. ^ Balins, Edgars (25 January 2018). "Latvia: Justs and Dagmara Legante announced as hosts of Supernova 2018". Wiwibloggs.
  11. ^ Instagram
  12. ^ "Here I Am by Justs". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 29 August 2018.
  13. ^ "To Be Heard". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 29 August 2018.
  14. ^ "Search > Justs". Tophit. Russia: tophit.ru.
  15. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discography Justs". Swedish Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung).
  16. ^ "Message to You (single)". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 20 December 2017.
  17. ^ "Are You There (single)". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 20 December 2017.
  18. ^ "Uz Palodzes (single)". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 29 August 2018.
  19. ^ "Position in Here (single)". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 29 August 2018.
  20. ^ "Anything Above (single)". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 29 August 2018.
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Aminata
with "Love Injected"
Latvia in the Eurovision Song Contest
2016
Succeeded by
Triana Park
with "Line"