Twenty songs were still in the running a day earlier in Ventspils, but for the final of Eirovizija, the Latvian national selection, they were whittled down to ten. From these, a professional jury and televote chose three superfinalists: Natālija Tumševica, Intars Busulis and Kristīna Zaharova & Annija Putniņa.
The final outcome was solely in the hands of the Latvian TV watching audence, though: they decided that Intars Busulis should represent the country in Moscow with the song Sastrēgums, meaning a traffic jam!
Just after the final he announced his decision to change the language of the song to... no, not English but Russian! You can see Probka below.
Huge success in Latvia
Intars Busulis is one of the most popular and professional artists and entertainers in Latvia.
In 2008, Intars along with composer Kārlis Lācis released his first solo album with original songs in Russian and Latvian. He performed songs from the album in concerts across Latvia. For months, one of his songs, Brīvdiena topped radio and TV charts. In 2009, he’s already received several important Latvian musical awards and is working on a new solo album in English.
Intars eclectic musical odyssey is an ongoing endeavour. He’s performed in jazz festivals in Lithuania, Estonia and France (MIDEM) and in 2005, he joined Danish bass guitarist Erik Mosuholm’s project, E.Y.J.O., as a vocalist and trombonist and performed in Finland (Pori Jazz), Latvia (Sony Jazz Stage) and Ottawa Jazz in Canada etc.
His album Kino was one of the biggest-selling records of 2008.