Latvia: it's Musiqq for Düsseldorf!

The winner was chosen in two rounds of voting - the first to  select the  top 3 and the second to select the winner. The voting was  a mixture of  televoting (50%) and a specially formed jury (50%).

The participants

The running order of the Latvian final looked like this:

  • Evija Sloka - Don't Stop The Dance 
  • Elīna Krastiņa - Look Back At Me Again
  • Ivo Grīsniņš-Grīslis - Cinderella 
  • The Secretz - Summer Night
  • Pieneņu Vīns - You Are
  • Jānis Stībelis - Let It Be Me
  • Oksana Ļepska - Live On!
  • Musiqq - Angel In Disguise 
  • Blitze - Hop
  • D-family - Daylight
  • Lauris Reiniks - Banjo Laura

The three songs reaching the so-called "superfinal" were the following:

  • Lauris Reiniks - Banjo Laura 
  • Pieneņu Vīns - You Are 
  • Musiqq - Angel In Disguise  

Blitze's song was composed by Mārtiņš Freimanis - member of the group   F.L.Y which participated for Latvia in the 2003 Eurovision Song  Contest -  who died on the 27th of January, being only 33 years old.

Lauris Reiniks was another member of F.L.Y who represented the country on home soil in 2003.

The procedure

Prior to the final, two semi-finals and a "second chance" round decided about the  twelve songs in the Latvian final this year. In the first two  semi-finals, five  songs out of ten qualified for the final, three chosen by  televote while  the other two were selected by a specially-formed  expert jury. There  was another chance for the losers of the first two semi-finals in  the "second-chance" round where two more songs reached the final, one   selected by televote and the other by the expert jury. Unfortunately, the song by Trianas Parks couldn't be performed in tonight's final due to an illness of the group's lead singer, so in the end, there were just 11 songs present in the final.

If you have missed the Latvian final or if you would like to watch it again, you can do this here at this site.

Latvia didn't reach the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest last year when Aisha's What For missed out on a final spot. Will the country be more successful this year?




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