Latvia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2008

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Eurovision Song Contest 2008
Country Latvia
National selection
Selection processEirodziesma 2008
Selection date(s)March 1, 2008
Selected entrantPirates of the Sea
Selected song"Wolves of the Sea"
Finals performance
Semi-final resultQualified (6th, 86 points)
Final result12th, 83 points
Latvia in the Eurovision Song Contest
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On March 1, 2008, the band Pirates of the Sea was chosen to represent Latvia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2008 with the song Wolves of the Sea.[1] It was placed 12th. It was the last time Latvia had made it to the ESC final until 7 years later, when they finally qualified for the final in 2015 with the song "Love Injected" by Aminata.

Before Eurovision[edit]

Eirodziesma 2008[edit]

The final was held on 1 March 2008 at the Olympic Center in Ventspils, hosted by Ugis Joksts and Kristine Virsnite. The winner was chosen in two rounds of televoting - the first to select the top 3 and the second to select the winner.

First Round – 1 March 2008
Draw Artist Song Televote Place
1 Deja vu "I’m A Part Of You" 1,485 7
2 Kristīna Zaharova feat. Julian "Until You Find A Friend" 862 9
3 Sabīne Berezina "If I Only Knew" 5,142 5
4 Pirates of the Sea "Wolves of the Sea" 16,818 1
5 Peter Garden & Juris Vizbulis "Memory Lane" 1,932 6
6 Funky Drivers "Summertime" 1,245 8
7 Triānas Parks "Bye Bye" 5,656 4
8 Elizabete Zagorska "Take Me Home" 599 10
9 Aisha "You Really Got Me Going" 8,021 3
10 Andris Ērglis "Broken Lullaby" 10,751 2
Second Round – 1 March 2008
Draw Artist Song Televote Place
1 Pirates of the Sea "Wolves of the Sea" 29,228 (40%) 1
2 Aisha "You Really Got Me Going" 22,721 (31%) 2
3 Andris Ērglis "Broken Lullaby" 21,580 (29%) 3

Spokespersons[edit]

For the 2008 contest the spokesperson for Latvia was Kristīne Virsnīte.[2]

At Eurovision[edit]

Since Latvia had come in 16th in the final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2007, Pirates of the Sea were obliged to perform their song in one of the two semi-finals of the 2008 contest.[3] The EBU split up countries with a friendly voting history into the two different semi-finals, to give a better chance to other countries to win. On 28 January 2008, the EBU held a special draw which determined that Latvia would be in the second semi-final, held on 22 May 2008.[4] performed 10th, on 22 May 2008, following Belarus and preceding Croatia.Latvia qualified to the final, placing 6th in the semi-final and scoring 86 points.

In the final they performed 14th following Portugal and preceding Sweden. They finished 12th with 83 points (including a maximum 12 from Ireland).

Points Awarded by Latvia[5][edit]

Points Awarded to Latvia (Semi-Final 2)
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point
Points Awarded to Latvia (Final)
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Latvia decided: The Pirates to Eurovision". ESCtoday.com. 2008-03-01. Retrieved 2009-03-01.
  2. ^ "AKTUALITĀTES > Eirovīzijā triumfē Dima Bilans no Krievijas, Pirāti – vienpadsmitie / divpadsmitie". eirovizija.lv. Archived from the original on 2008-06-12. Retrieved 2008-05-26.
  3. ^ Viniker, Barry (2007-09-28). "Eurovision: 2 semi finals confirmed!". ESCToday. Retrieved 2008-09-25.
  4. ^ Viniker, Barry (2008-01-28). "The Eurovision Song Contest semi final draw". ESCToday. Retrieved 2008-09-25.
  5. ^ Eurovision Song Contest 2008

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