A record 122 songs were submitted to LTV for the 2013 running of Eirodziesma. In a change to previous years, the two semi finals will be staged live from the Palladium Concert Hall in Riga on 8th and 9th February respectively.
The semi finalists are as follows (Running order in semi finals still to be determined) :-
Semi final 1 - 8th February
Pieneņu Vīns - Better Than You
Ivo Grīsniņš Grīslis - Give Me A Try
Dominic Okolue - Good Woman
Liene Candy - Higher And Higher
Samanta Tīna - I Need A Hero
Headline - Love
Liene Matveja & Baiba Reine - Love Responder
Olafs Bergmanis & The Random People - Never Let Me Go
Grupa Per - Sad Trumpet
Fox Lima - Tirpini
Sabīne Berezina - Upside Down
Antra Stafecka - When You Are With Me
Semi final 2 - 9th February
Ieva Sutugova - Cold Heart
Dāvids Kalandija & Dināra - Fool In Love
Rūta Dūduma - Here I Am
Grupa Per - Here We Go
Andris Kivičs - Hey! Hey!
Marta Ritova - I Am Who I Am
Mārtiņš Ruskis & 4 Vēji - Joey
Framest - Let The Night Belong To The Lovers
Aiwink - Now Or Never
Niko - One
Kristīne Šomase - Phoenix Fly
Pieneņu Vīns - The One
The producer of the show Zita Kaminska explained the reasons for the changes in 2013 saying "Eirodziesma 2013 has all of the prerequisites to become a positive event in the Latvian music scene as well as to provide an adventurous experience to the audience. The quality of the songs is remarkable as well as the preparations for the semi finals and final concerts are going successfully. Previously, we have focused entirely on the televoting audience but this year we have put an effort in making the audience present at the semi finals so that they feel part of the show.”
Estonia's Ott Lepland and last year's Latvian representative Anmary are amongst the names announced as guests for the 2013 shows.
The final of Eirodziesma 2013 will take place in the Juras Varti Theatre in Ventspils on 16th February where the Latvian entry for Malmö will be chosen.