Latvia in the Eurovision Song Contest

Latvia
Latvia
Member station LTV
National selection events
National final
Internal selection
  • 2021
Participation summary
Appearances 20 (10 finals)
First appearance 2000
Best result 1st: 2002
External links
LTV page
Latvia's page at Eurovision.tv
Song contest current event.png For the most recent participation see
Latvia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2021

Latvia has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 20 times since making its debut at the contest in 2000, where the group Brainstorm finished third with the song "My Star". Latvia won the contest in 2002, with Marie N and the song "I Wanna", defeating Malta by 12 points. Latvia is the second former Soviet country to win the contest. The 2003 contest was held in the Latvian capital Riga. The country achieved its third top 10 result in 2005, when Walters and Kazha finished fifth with "The War Is Not Over".

Latvia did not participate in the final from 2009 to 2014, when they failed to qualify from the semi-finals for six consecutive years, including finishing last on three occasions, in 2009, 2010 and 2013.[1][2] Latvia qualified for the final for the first time since 2008 at the 2015 contest with Aminata and the song "Love Injected". Her sixth place in the final is Latvia's fourth top 10 finish and best result in the contest since 2005. Latvia made its 10th appearance in the final in 2016.

Contestants

Latvia has had seventeen 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" in Latvian, in 2007 Bonaparti.lv performed "Questa Notte" in Italian and in 2009 Intars Busulis, having won Eirodziesma 2009 with "Sastrēgums" in Latvian, performed the song in Russian as "Probka" (Пробка).[3] With the exception of "The Moon Is Rising" by Samanta Tīna in 2021, all Latvian Eurovision entries have been chosen through a national final.[a]

To select the 2017 Latvian Eurovision entry, Spotify data was included in national Eurovision vote.[4]

Table key
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Winner
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Second place
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Third place
Last place
X
Entry selected but did not compete
Year Artist Title Language Final Points Semi Points
Brainstorm "My Star" English 3 136 No semi-finals
Arnis Mednis "Too Much" English 18 16
Marie N "I Wanna" English 1 176
F.L.Y. "Hello From Mars" English 24 5
Fomins and Kleins "Dziesma par laimi" Latvian Failed to qualify 17 23
Walters and Kazha "The War Is Not Over" English 5 153 10 85
Vocal Group Cosmos "I Hear Your Heart" English 16 30 Top 11 previous year[b]
Bonaparti.lv "Questa notte" Italian 16 54 5 168
Pirates of the Sea "Wolves of the Sea" English 12 83 6 86
Intars Busulis "Probka" (Пробка) Russian Failed to qualify 19 ◁ 7
Aisha "What For?" English 17 ◁ 11
Musiqq "Angel in Disguise" English 17 25
Anmary "Beautiful Song" English 16 17
PeR "Here We Go" English 17 ◁ 13
Aarzemnieki "Cake to Bake" English[c] 13 33
Aminata "Love Injected" English 6 186 2 155
Justs "Heartbeat" English 15 132 8 132
Triana Park "Line" English Failed to qualify 18 ◁ 21
Laura Rizzotto "Funny Girl" English 12 106
Carousel "That Night" English 15 50
Samanta Tīna "Still Breathing" English Contest cancelled[d] X
Samanta Tīna "The Moon Is Rising" English

Hostings

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

Related involvement

Heads of delegation

Year Head of delegation Ref.
2018 Zita Kaminska
[6]

Commentators and spokespersons

Year Commentator Spokesperson Ref.
1998 Unknown Did not participate
[7]
1999
[7]
2000 Kārlis Streips Lauris Reiniks
2001 Renārs Kaupers
2002 Ēriks Niedra
2003 Ģirts Līcis
[8]
2004 Lauris Reiniks
[9]
2005 Marie N
2006 Mārtiņš Freimanis
2007 Janis Šipkevics
2008 Kristīne Virsnīte
2009 Roberto Meloni
2010 Kārlis Būmeisters
2011 Valters Frīdenbergs, Uģis Joksts Aisha
2012 Valters Frīdenbergs (all), Kārlis Būmeisters (final) Valters Frīdenbergs
2013 Anmary
2014 Valters and Kaža Ralfs Eilands
2015 Valters Frīdenbergs (all), Toms Grēviņš (final) Markus Riva
2016 Toms Grēviņš
2017 Aminata Savadogo
2018 Toms Grēviņš (all), Magnuss Eriņš (final) Dagmāra Legante
2019 Toms Grēviņš, Ketija Šēnberga Laura Rizzotto

Photogallery

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