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Latvia
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Broadcaster(s) LTV
Capital city Riga
Population 2,291,000
Area 64,589 km²
Internet TLD lv
Member station LTV
National selection events Eirodziesma
Appearances
Appearances 13
First appearance 2000
Best result 1st: 2002
Worst result Last: 2009sf, 2010 sf

 

History 

Latvia has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 13 times, debuting at the 2000 contest, where Brainstorm came 3rd with the song “My Star”. The country’s first, and so far, only win came in 2002 when Marie N and her song “I Wanna” beat favourite’s Malta by 12 points, receiving 176 points. Because of her win, the 2003 contest was held in the Latvian capital Riga.

Latvia has had twelve 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”

2000


Latvia was represented by Brainstorm, with the song ‘”My Star”, at the 2000 Eurovision Song Contest which took place on 13 May in Stockholm. “My Star” was chosen as the Latvian entry at the national final, Eirodziesma, on 26 February and marked Latvia’s Eurovision debut, some years after fellow Baltic nations Estonia and Lithuania had first joined the fold.
“My Star” was widely praised for its indie style, which at the time brought a fresh, new and previously unheard type of song to Eurovision. The song went on to bring Latvia one of the most successful Eurovision debuts ever, and remains very well regarded.
Lead singer Renārs Kaupers gave an energetic and memorable performance, and at the close of voting “My Star” had picked up 136 points (including maximum 12s from Belgium, Estonia, Finland and Norway), placing Latvia third of the 24 entries, a placement as a debuting country bettered only by Poland in 1994. The 12 points from the Latvian televote were awarded to contest winners Denmark.

lyrics

My star

My friends gonna call me: “Hey dreamer, the stars you are watching are so far”
Tonight, I know, I will get there by plane or by bus – right to my star
Pretend there are things you just don’t know in spite someone’s told you are so cute
You have to ask and I will show the snow in the summer or so, so

If my star would fall or disappear at all
I will follow my star till the end of my days
And my heart’s gonna lead me through so many ways
And if you’re gonna join me, I’ll be your guide
Baby, never say never, be my runaway-bride

My friends gonna tell me: “Just calm down, the clouds you are walking are so high”
This is my chance, and I’ll invite all the dreamers and lovers to fly, fly
I’m back from the future, life goes on, but still, I remember my promise
You have to ask and I will show the snow in the summer or so, so

If my star would fall or disappear at all
I will follow my star till the end of my days
And my heart’s gonna lead me through so many ways
And if you’re gonna join me, I’ll be your guide
Baby, never say never, be my runaway-bride, yeah

My runaway-bride, hey hey hey… hey yeah…

If my star would fall or disappear at all
I will follow my star till the end of my days
And my heart’s gonna lead me through so many ways
And if you’re gonna join me, I’ll be your guide
Baby, never say never, be my runaway-bride

Ah… hey… my runaway…

2001


Latvia was represented by Arnis Mednis, with the song “Too Much”, at the 2001 Eurovision Song Contest which took place on 12 May in Copenhagen, Denmark.

lyrics

Too much
The day before marriage, I was out so long in the night
My lovely fiancée no more is feelin’ my sight
Why do I feel this way? – Dunno, last night was great
But something’s screwin’ me up, I swear to God I will stop

Too much, too much, too much, I say
My life – it looks like a cabaret
Too much, too much, too much, enough
I swear I’ll never use that stuff

Oo… baby, take me back (Okay)
Oh…. give me one more smile (All right)
You’re mine and only one (We’ll see)
Why, darling, you don’t come?

The day after marriage, I went in the streets with my bride
She wanted coffee – oh no, I’m voting for beer
You see how good is she – my caring, lovely fiancée
We walked into the bar through light
Oh God – there’s girls from last night

Too much, too much, too much, I say
My life – it looks like a cabaret
Too much, too much, too much, enough
I swear I’ll never use that stuff

Oo… baby, take me back (Okay)
Oh…. give me one more smile (All right)
You’re mine and only one (We’ll see)
Why, darling, you don’t come? (Too much)

Oo… baby, take me back (Okay)
Oh…. give me one more smile (All right)
You’re mine and only one (We’ll see)
Why, darling, you don’t come? (Too much)

2002


Latvia was represented by Marie N, with the song ‘”I Wanna”, at the 2002 Eurovision Song Contest which took place on 25 May in Tallinn, Estonia. “I Wanna” was chosen as the Latvian entry at the national final, Eirodziesma, on 2 March and went on to bring Latvia victory in only their third Eurovision participation. This was at the time the shortest time lapse between first participation and first victory of any country not present at the inaugural contest of 1956; however it was bettered in 2004 when Ukraine won the contest at their second attempt.
“I Wanna” is generally classed as one of Eurovision’s weakest winners, with consensus being that the 2002 contest was won by an outstanding stage presentation rather than an outstanding song.Rather than the song itself, the exceptionally slick and memorable stage presentation and choreography of Marie N and her backers, combined with the advantageous late performance draw, is largely credited for the victory.

lyrics
I wanna
I’d like to go away, but it’s easier to say
That you know all the tricks that make… that make me stay
I’m ready to support this artful game you always play
‘Cause you don’t know the fee that you will later, later pay

Today you think you are the winner, today you think you are the king
You make me sweat in my emotions under your fly-away, fly-away wing

I wanna be the sunshine in your arms, I wanna be the light from shooting stars
I wanna be the queen in your sweet lies, I wanna be the love-spark in your eyes
I wanna be the sunshine in your arms, I wanna be the light from shooting stars
I wanna be the queen in your sweet lies, I wanna be the love-spark in your eyes

Ay ay ay ay ay ay…

I like a simple game, but it’s just easier to say
That you own all that rules your crazy, crazy way
And even though you’ll go on doing whatever… whatever you may
Just remember – it’s me who find you when… when you was stray

Today you think you are the winner, today you think you are the king
You make me sweat in my emotions under your fly-away, fly-away wing

I wanna be the sunshine in your arms, I wanna be the light from shooting stars
I wanna be the queen in your sweet lies, I wanna be the love-spark in your eyes
I wanna be the sunshine in your arms, I wanna be the light from shooting stars
I wanna be the queen in your sweet lies, I wanna be the love-spark in your eyes

I wanna be the sunshine in your arms, I wanna be the light from shooting stars
I wanna be the queen in your sweet lies, I wanna be the love-spark in your eyes
I wanna be the sunshine in your arms, I wanna be the light from shooting stars
I wanna be the queen in your sweet lies, I wanna be the love-spark in your eyes

Ay ay ay ay ay ay…

2003


Latvia was represented by F.L.Y. with the song “Hello From Mars” at the 2003 Eurovision Song Contest which took place on 24 May in Riga, Latvia. “Hello From Mars” was chosen as the Latvian entry at the national final, Eirodziesma, on 1 February.

lyrics
Hello from Mars
Time would pass me by if I
Had never asked you why
Your eyes were open wide
That day you saw me cry

I’m not that kind of girl
Who only dreams of pearls
Just give me wings of love
And make it real

Cause I’m not afraid of a blade
That we need to cross today
But I’m scared to be shared
By someone else

Cause this is gonna be
The day that we will meet
When heaven comes so down to earth
To say hello from Mars

My emotions take me high
They seem to reach the sky
I still believe we try
To hit the ground or fly

I’m not afraid of a blade
That we need to cross today
But I’m scared to be shared
By someone else

Cause this is gonna be
The day that we will meet
When heaven comes so down to earth
To say hello from Mars

Cause this is gonna be
The day that we will meet
When heaven comes so down to earth
To say hello from Mars

Life is a mystery
Like a perfect harmony
No one knows the day when love
Will come and set you free

Cause this is gonna be
The day that we will meet
When heaven comes so down to earth
To say hello from Mars

Cause this is gonna be
The day that we will meet
When heaven comes so down to earth
To say hello from Mars

2004


Latvia was represented by Fomins and Kleins with the song “Dziesma par laimi” at the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest semi-final which took place on 12 May in Istanbul, Turkey.

lyrics
A song about happiness
Nana, nana nanana
Nana nanana nana

When there is nothing else, I think that
I still have a song I can sing to you
About happiness we feel, about a road that goes
Like a train on metal rails

To faraway stations on the North Pole
Where freedom lives, and nothing else
Each time when I feel miracles in the distance
I want to be closer to you

Nothing, when there is nothing else
I want to sing you a song about happiness
That comes, that comes unexpectedly
And takes us by the hand
A song about happiness to come

When there is nothing else, I think that
I still have the wind that runs up to the sky
And the sun that rises, faraway roads that cross
Seven mountains and nine seas

To warmer lands like birds of passage
There everything is just like in a dream, but you are not there
Each time when I feel miracles in the distance
I want to be closer to you

Nothing, when there is nothing else
I want to sing you a song about happiness
That comes, that comes unexpectedly
And takes us by the hand
A song about happiness to come

Hey…

Nana, nana nanana
Nana nanana nana
Nana nanana nana
Nanana nana, nanana nana nana

Nothing, when there is nothing else
I want to sing you a song about happiness
That comes, that comes unexpectedly
And takes us by the hand
A song about happiness to come

Nothing, when there is nothing else
I want to sing you a song about happiness
That comes, that comes unexpectedly
And takes us by the hand
A song to come
A song about happiness to come

2005


On February 26, 2005, the Latvian public, along with an expert jury, chose Valters & Kaža with “The War Is Not Over” as the 2005 entry. It placed tenth in the semi-final and fifth at the Eurovision Final.

lyrics
The war is not over
Ta na na na… na na…
Na na na… na na…

I slowly walk into the night around
To see how dreams of people die
They gently fall from windows all around
And crash against the ground like glass
And I’m so sorry I’m so helpless in this angry world
If only I could change it for one day

The war is not over, everyone knows it
It’s just a reason to make us believe
That someone’s the loser, someone’s the winner
To make us believe that’s the way it should be
But I don’t wanna believe

In the story they all tell this fairy tale has gone too far
I take a step and dare myself to be free
To see how beautiful we are, that everyone can be a star
If only we would start believe in dreams
Believe in who we are

The war is not over, everyone knows it
It’s just a reason to make us believe
That someone’s the loser, someone’s the winner
To make us believe that’s the way it should be
But I don’t wanna believe

But I don’t wanna believe
No, no, no, but I don’t wanna believe

2006


Latvia’s entry to the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 was chosen in a final called Eirodziesma, which was held on March 11 following 2 semi-finals in February. The winning entry was the song I Hear Your Heart by the group Cosmos. Gimmicks employed by the band on the night (aside from the unusual a cappella) included a rudimentary automaton who danced with the group and a heart-shaped helium balloon that was released from one of the singers’ pockets at the end.
Cosmos is a group of six young Latvian performers who sing a cappella.Latvia automatically qualified for the final due to the 2005 performance of Valters and Kazha, and finished 16th with 30 points.

lyrics
I hear your heart
In a world that is beeping and blaring
Growing louder every day
I cover my ears
But none of the noise will go away (Away)

Sirens, barking dogs
Thank God for the one and only sound
That turns around and makes it right

I hear your heart whisper to me
No matter where I may happen to be, yeah
Sending me love and shining it through
I hear your heart
Can you hear mine too?

I hear your heart whisper to me
No matter where I may happen to be, yeah
Sending me love and shining it through
I hear your heart
Can you hear mine too?

Oh… as sensitive people we’re trampled
Almost everywhere we go
There are days (when we will die) when we’ll die
If one more stranger tells us no

So I hope your shadows melt away
As you say they’ve done before
Just like the one and only sound
That turns around for me once more

I hear your heart whisper to me
No matter where I may happen to be
Sending me love and shining it through
I hear your heart
Can you hear mine too?

I hear your heart (I hear your heart)
Whisper to me (Whisper to me)
No matter where I may (Where I may)
Happen to be (Happen to be)
Sending me love (Sending me love)
And shining it through (And shining it through)
I hear your heart
Can you hear mine too?

I hear your heart
Mine too
I hear your heart

A violin on a summer night
On a full moon mountaintop
Couldn’t sound as sweet as you do
Don’t stop, don’t stop

I hear your heart (I hear your heart)
Whisper to me (Whisper to me)
No matter where I may (Where I may)
Happen to be (Happen to be)
Sending me love (Sending me love)
And shining it through (And shining it through)
I hear your heart (Your heart)
Can you hear mine too?

I hear your heart (I hear your heart)
Whisper to me (Whisper to me)
No matter where I may (Where I may)
Happen to be (Happen to be)
Sending me love (Sending me love)
And shining it through (And shining it through)
I hear your heart
Can you hear mine too?

2007


Latvia selected their entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2007 using the Eirodziesma 2007 format, on 24 February 2007.The opera group, Bonaparti.lv won the competition with a convincing amount of televotes. “Questa Notte” is a song in the Italian language, which finished sixteenth in the final competition, with 54 points.

lyrics
This night
It’s the sweet smile of the girl who enchants me
And makes my heart tremble
It’s the sea in your green eyes that calls me
And makes me feel love

When it seems dark, you make me see the sun
I want to stay here with you
Live for you, only for you

This night will be the immensity
The love between us will never end again
Now and then, and forever more
This night will be forever

The perfume of your skin invites me
To discover what I don’t know
Between all the stars, you make me look at the moon
And make me sing love

When I lose hope, you give me your hand
I want to stay here with you
Live for you, only for you

This night will be the immensity
The love between us will never end again
Now and then, and forever more
For the reason that only you know
Only you know

This night will be the immensity
The love between us will never end again
Now and then, and forever more
This night will be forever
This night will be forever

2008


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.

lyrics
Wolves of the sea
With a hi hi ho and a hi hi hey
We’re hoisting the flag to be free
We will steal the show, Jolly Rogers go
We are wolves of the sea

Don’t try to run, it’s all set and done
There’s a treasure in sight
We are robbing you blind
I hope you don’t mind
We are taking it all tonight

Just walk away, we will conquer it all
Pirates will stand and the loser will fall

With a hi hi ho and a hi hi hey
We’re bound to be close to the sea
Our captain will stand on the bridge and sing:
Pirates are all we can be

With a hi hi ho and a hi hi hey
We’re hoisting the flag to be free
We will steal the show, Jolly Rogers go
We are wolves of the sea

Down to the core, we’re coming for more
With a sword close at hand
We are scary and bold, a chest full of gold
We get sealegs when sighting land

The hook of our captain is looking at you
There’s no Peter Pan, so what can you do?

With a hi hi ho and a hi hi hey
We’re bound to be close to the sea
Our captain will stand on the bridge and sing:
Pirates are all we can be

With a hi hi ho and a hi hi hey
We’re hoisting the flag to be free
We will steal the show, Jolly Rogers go
We are wolves of the sea

If you cry out to storm
We pirates will stand tall
A skull and crossbone flag is closing in
To see you fall

(Hum, hi ho, hi hum, hi hey)
(Hum, hi ho, hi hey)
(Hum, hi ho, hi hum, hi hey)

With a hi hi ho and a hi hi hey
We’re hoisting the flag to be free
We will steal the show, Jolly Rogers go
We are wolves of the sea

With a hi hi ho and a hi hi hey
We’re bound to be close to the sea
Our captain will stand on the bridge and sing:
Pirates are all we can be

With a hi hi ho and a hi hi hey
We’re hoisting the flag to be free
We will steal the show, Jolly Rogers go
We are wolves of the sea
We are wolves of the sea

2009


Latvia participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2009, marking its tenth entrance to Eurovision.Eirodziesma 2009, the Latvian national final, was held on 27 and 28 February. The ultimate winner of the contest was Intars Busulis with “Sastrēgums” (Traffic jam). The song was performed at Eurovision in Russian as “Probka”.
Shortly after the 2008 South Ossetia war in Georgia, the Estonian Minister of Culture suggested a possible boycott of the Baltic states of Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania of the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest, held in Russia. However, a different opinion arose in Latvia, with many calling for Latvia’s continued participation in the contest including Latvian composer Raimonds Pauls.
Latvia competed in the second semi-final on 14 May where Intars performed “Probka”, the Russian version of “Sastrēgums”. He failed to qualify to the final, relegating Latvia for the first time since 2004.
The postcard for Latvia contained the word “Borsch”(beetroot soup) at the end.

lyrics
Traffic jam
Traffic jam – everyone’s tired of this
Gloomy faces, nerves, I have to be the first to get through
And steel boxes appearing everywhere
Suddenly I see a girl above, jumping on the roofs

Jumping straight ahead
From a Mercedes to a Volvo
I rub my eyes, it could be a mirage
But my eyes already hurt

Hey, take me up there with you
I’m tired of giving up
I want to walk on bumpers
In fact, nothing is holding me back

Only, I don’t know who you are
But I just want to be near you
To see how below the wind is bending bushes
At the side of a packed ring road

I see a fist out of a window
“Damn you!”
And I do a jump-hop, shredding my pants
I left, let it pass, going on like crazy
The air is pure CO2 – my head is spinning

This is no easy fun
From a Mercedes to a Volvo
And rushing to your silhouette
Very far away

Hey, take me with you forever
I’m tired of giving up
I want to walk on bumpers
In fact, nothing is holding me back

Hey, take me up there with you
I’m tired of giving up
I want to walk on bumpers
In fact, nothing is holding me back

Hey, take me with you forever
I’m tired of giving up
I want to walk on bumpers
In fact, nothing is holding me back

2010


Latvia and Latvijas Televīzija (LTV) has confirmed participation at the Eurovision Song Contest 2010, to be held in Oslo, Norway in May 2010. The Latvian entry will be decided through the Eirodziesma, which will be held in February 2010.
Latvia competed in the first semi-final of the contest, on 25 May. However it was eliminated at the semi final stage. Ending up last with 11 points.

lyrics
What for?
I’ve asked my angels why, but they don’t know
What for do mothers cry and rivers flow?
Why are the skies so blue and mountains high?
What for is your love always passing by?

I’ve asked my uncle Joe, but he can’t speak
Why does the wind still blow and blood still leaks?
So many questions now with no reply
What for do people live until they die?

What for are we living?
What for are we crying?
What for are we dying?
Only Mr God knows why

What for are we living?
What for are we dreaming?
What for are we losing?
Only Mr God knows why

But his phone today is out of range

The sun in colour black is rising high
The time is turning back, I wonder why
So many questions now with no reply
What for do people live until they die?

What for are we living?
What for are we crying?
What for are we dying?
Only Mr God knows why

What for are we living?
What for are we dreaming?
What for are we losing?
Only Mr God knows why

(What for are we living?) What for we’re living?
(What for are we crying?) Crying
(What for are we dying?) Dying
(Only Mr God knows why) Mr God knows why

(What for are we living?)
(What for are we dreaming?) Dreaming
(What for are we losing?)
(Only Mr God knows why) Only God knows why

(Why)
(Only God knows who we are)

2011


Latvia participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 in Düsseldorf, Germany, selecting their entry through the national selection Eirodziesma 2011, organised by the Latvian broadcaster Latvijas Televīzija (LTV).
Latvia competed in the second half of the second semi-final of the contest, on 12 May. However it was eliminated at the semi final stage ending at 17th place with 25 points.

lyrics
Angel in disguise
Woke up tonight, looked at the moon
Blinding light filled up my room
Looked to my right – my better half
And it’s alright, if it’s all I have
I let it ride, I’m satisfied, just be mine

Kill me with killer kiss, kill me with tempting lips
Stare me with candy eyes, love me with luscious thighs
Kill me with killer kiss, kill me with tempting lips
Stare me with candy eyes, love me with luscious thighs
Angel in disguise, angel in disguise, angel

Not a day goes by, not without you
Crossing my mind, if you only knew
Keep hope alive, I have faith in you
Two worlds collide, honest and true
You’re my lullaby, passion for life, my starlit night

Kill me with killer kiss, kill me with tempting lips
Stare me with candy eyes, love me with luscious thighs
Kill me with killer kiss, kill me with tempting lips
Stare me with candy eyes, love me with luscious thighs
Angel in disguise, angel in disguise, ooh angel

It’s simple, like you and I, just spread your wings and learn to fly
I must be one lucky guy with a girl like you right by my side
No sweat, am I doing this right? Bring the moon to the moonless sky
Yeah, I see – the stakes are high, but this story ends with no goodbye
Girl, I’m qualified, I get what I see, no need to try
I’ll make sure your dreams will never die

Kill me with killer kiss, kill me with tempting lips
Stare me with candy eyes, love me with luscious thighs
Kill me with killer kiss, kill me with tempting lips
Stare me with candy eyes, love me with luscious thighs

Angel in disguise, angel in disguise
I said spread your wings and fly, spread your wings and fly
Angel in disguise, ooh angel in disguise
Spread your wings and fly

2012


Latvia will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 and will select their entry through a national selection, consisting of a web selection, two semi-finals and a final, organised by the Latvian broadcaster LTV.
t was announced Latvia were scheduled to compete in the first half of the first semi-final on 22 May. On 20 March 2012 the Running Order draw was held, which determined the order of which the participants performed. Latvia is set to perform 4th in the first semi-final.
Latvia ended in 16th place with only 17 points

lyrics

Beautiful song

I was born in distant nineteen-eighty
The year that Irish Johnny Logan won
Thirty years or more, they still remember
So dream away, today’s the day, I’m singing my song

When I join this grand parade of winners
And we’ve made this song a worldwide hit
I will buy oh my own mike to sing in
And all the jobs I’ve had before I’m surely gonna quit

Beautiful song is on the radio, is in the TV shows and plays on and on
Beautiful song that everybody hums and everybody loves
Beautiful song is on the radio, is in the TV shows and plays on and on
Beautiful song that everybody hums and everybody loves

My mamma said to grow and be a singer
Dad just smiled and gave me my guitar
I did my best and I’ll be so much better
Brightest of the highest and the farthest of the stars

And on the day when Sir Mick Jagger phones me
Tell him please that I am very busy
Writing brand new songs with Paul McCartney
“So sorry, Mick, I’ll call you back, one day I’ll call you back”

Beautiful song is on the radio, is in the TV shows and plays on and on
Beautiful song that everybody hums and everybody loves
Beautiful song is on the radio, is in the TV shows and plays on and on
Beautiful song that everybody hums and everybody loves

Beautiful song is on the radio, is in the TV shows
Beautiful song that everybody hums and everybody loves

Beautiful song is on the radio, is in the TV shows and plays on and on
Beautiful song that everybody hums and everybody loves
(Beautiful song is on the radio, is in the TV shows and plays on and on)
Beautiful song that everybody hums and everybody loves

Flagthe real results

Latvia 2000 Brainstorm My Star 136 3
Latvia 2001 Arnis Mednis Too Much 16 18
Latvia 2002 Marija Naumova I Wanna 176 1
Latvia 2003 F.L.Y Hello from mars 5 24
Latvia 2004 Fomins & Kleins Dziesma Par Laimi 23 31
Latvia 2005 Walters & Kaža The War Is Not Over 153 5
Latvia 2006 Cosmos I Hear Your Heart 30 16
Latvia 2007 Bonaparti.lv Questa Notte 54 16
Latvia 2008 Pirates Of The Sea Wolves Of The Sea 83 11
Latvia 2009 Intars Busulis Probka 7 39
Latvia 2010 Aisha What for? 11 37
Latvia 2011 Musiqq Angel in disguise 25 39
Latvia 2012 Anmary Beautiful song 17 40

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