Markus Riva

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Markus Riva
Markus Riva photoshooting at Laima Rendez Vous Jurmala 2017.jpg
Riva in July 2017
Background information
Birth nameMiķelis Ļaksa
Born (1986-10-02) 2 October 1986 (age 32)
Talsi, Latvia
Years active2009–present

Miķelis Ļaksa (born 2 October 1986), known professionally as Markus Riva, is a Latvian singer and producer. He has released several albums, including the debut album Ticu (2009).

Riva worked at Capital FM as a DJ, and has composed music for various television shows. He has competed repeatedly in Latvia's national selection for the entrant to the Eurovision Song Contest.[1] Since 2017, Riva hosts the TV3 show X Faktors, Latvia's version of The X Factor.[2]


Among creative inspirations, he mentions artists such as Beyoncé, Robyn and Woody Allen.

In 2015 Markus released his first single in Russian language with title “Taty”; video for the single was made by the director Alan Badoev. The English version of this single is called “Take Me Down” and it was one of the finalist songs for the Latvian national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest.


Markus Riva is well known for his attempts to represent Latvia in the Eurovision Song Contest. He has entered the national selection for the past six years in a row, from 2014 to 2019.

In 2014, Riva entered the Latvian selection with his song "Lights On", which came eleventh in the final of the selection.

In 2015, he returned with his song "Take Me Down", which went on to place second in the final, behind the eventual winner Aminata's song Love Injected. This has been Riva's most successful entry so far, along with 2019.

In 2016, Riva entered with his song "I Can", and came third in the final, however since he was in neither the top two in the jury voting or the televote, he did not reach the superfinal.

In 2017, Riva sent his song "Dynamite", however he failed to qualify from Heat 2, finishing in sixth place.

In 2018, Riva entered again with the song "This Time". Originally, he was said to have failed to qualify from his semi final, however due to technical errors in the voting he would have qualified over Ritvars' song "Who's Counting", so both songs were sent through to the final. In the final, Riva placed fifth out of eight entries.

Riva's most recent attempt was in 2019, in which he participated in Supernova 2019 with his song "You Make Me So Crazy". Having qualified from the semi final, he placed second out of 8 entries, behind the eventual winner Carousel's song That Night. Along with his 2015 attempt, this is Riva's most successful entry so far.


Studio album[edit]

  • Ticu (2009)
  • Songs from NYC (2010)
  • How It Feels (2013)
  • MR (2015)
  • I CAN (2018)


  • "Fire" (2013)
  • "We Dance for Reason" (2014)
  • "Lights On" (2014)
  • "Forever" (2014)
  • "Take Me Down" (2014)
  • "Taty" (2015)
  • "Красива Сильно" (feat. Arthur Dennys) (2015)
  • "Take Me Away" (2015)
  • "I Can" (2016)
  • "Love Me Harder" (2016)
  • "Laika Upe" (2016)
  • "Ты Влюблена" (2016)
  • "Saucu Tevi Vēl" (2016)
  • "Река любви" (2016)
  • "Dynamite" (2017)
  • "Девушка с Глянца" (2017)
  • "Ko sirds mana jūt" (2017)
  • "Южные ветра" (feat. Arthur Dennys) (2017)
  • "Не зови" (2017)
  • "Kā būs, tā būs" (2017)
  • "This Time" (2017)
  • "Ziemassvētkos" (2017)
  • "Куда ночь заведёт" (2018)
  • "Не відпускай" (with Мята) (2018)
  • "Nevaru Tā" (2018)
  • "Свадхистхана" (2018)
  • "Last Dance" (with Aminata) (2018)
  • "По венам алкоголь" / "You Make Me So Crazy" (2018)


  1. ^ "Markus Riva <<Supernova 2018>> dalībnieks" (in Latvian). LSM. 6 December 2017. Retrieved 25 February 2018.
  2. ^ "Latvijas 'X Faktoru' vadīs Markus Riva" (in Latvian). DELFI. 8 May 2017. Retrieved 25 February 2018.

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