It was Latvia's turn to take on their first rehearsal in Tel Aviv earlier this morning with the four-piece band, Carousel. The group's performance gave the relaxed feel of an evening performance at a country club. When 'That Night' is over, the night actually comes to an end and sunrise appears in the back of the stage, an image of hope even in the worst of circumstances.
Carousel will take to the stage 5th in the second Semi-Final on Thursday 16 May at Expo Tel Aviv in Israel.
Starting originally as a duo, Singer Sabine Zuga and Marcis Vasilevskis on guitar dared to dream in 2019 when they took part in Supernova, Latvia's national Eurovision Song Contest selection. With their vintage, stripped back, romantic track That Night Sabine's gentle warm vocals blends with Marcis' musical artistry and they won the competition and the ticket to Eurovision in Tel Aviv. The duo has since become a quartet with the addition of Stanislav Judins on double bass and Mareks Logins on drums, bringing a distinctive vibe to their original sound.
READ MORE: Carousel's participant profile
What happens on stage?
Carousel creates an intimate setting for Latvia's song That Night with members arranged on stage like a country band at a live performance. Sabine is wearing a white dress and a green hat, Marcis is sitting on a bar chair playing his guitar, Mareks is on drums and Stanislavs is behind them on the double bass. The backdrop starts with dark tones, matching the song's lyrics - it was a lonely night, no stars were shining, there was no light - but transitions slowly into lighter hues as daylight appears on the LED screens.