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Latvia
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Member station LTV
National selection events Eirodziesma
Appearances
Appearances 10
First appearance 2000
Best result 1st: 2002
Worst result Last: SF 2009
External links
LTV page
Latvia's page at Eurovision.tv
Bonaparti.lv at Helsinki (2007)
Pirates of the Sea at Belgrade (2008)

Latvia has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 10 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.

British comedian Justin-Lee Collins has stated his interest of representing Latvia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2010.

Latvia initially planned to withdraw from the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time in 2009. Latvijas Televīzija (LTV), the Latvian broadcaster, originally announced its withdrawal from the contest after the Latvian government imposed budget cuts on the broadcaster that hindered it from paying the participation fee. At the time LTV said, however, that they hoped to compete in the 2010 contest.[1][2]

In the event, Latvia decided to compete, and the EBU confirmed that Latvia will indeed participate in 2009.[3]

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Contestants

Latvia has had nine Eurovision entries since its debut, and will make its tenth entry in 2009. 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 on Italian and in 2009, Intars Busulis, having won Eirodzeisma 2009 with "Sastrēgums" in Latvian, performed the song in Russian as "Probka" (Пробка).[4]

Year Artist Title Final Points Semi Points
2000 Brainstorm "My Star" 3 136
2001 Arnis Mednis "Too Much" 18 16
2002 Marie N "I Wanna" 1 176
2003 F.L.Y. "Hello From Mars" 24 5
2004 Fomins and Kleins "Dziesma par laimi" X X 17 23
2005 Walters and Kazha "The War Is Not Over" 5 153 10 85
2006 Vocal Group Cosmos "I Hear Your Heart" 16 30 X X
2007 Bonaparti.lv "Questa notte" 16 54 5 168
2008 Pirates of the Sea "Wolves of the Sea" 12 83 6 86
2009 Intars Busulis "Probka" (Пробка) X X 19 7
2010 Aisha[5][6] "What For?"[5][6]

Voting history (2000-2009)

Latvia has given the most points to...

Rank Country Points
1  Russia 77
2  Ukraine 44
=  Estonia 44
3  Norway 43
4  Lithuania 38
5  Denmark 36

Latvia has received the most points from...

Rank Country Points
1  Estonia 67
2  Lithuania 60
3  Ireland 46
4  United Kingdom 37
5  Germany 26

NOTE: The totals in the above tables include only points awarded in Eurovision finals, and not the semi-finals since 2004.

Hostings

Year Location Venue Presenter
2003 Latvia Riga Skonto Hall Marija Naumova and Renārs Kaupers

References

  1. ^ Konstantopoulos, Fotis (2008-12-20). "Latvia: LTV officially out and confirmed". Oikotimes. http://www.oikotimes.com/v2/index.php?file=articles&id=4629. Retrieved 2008-12-20. 
  2. ^ Viniker, Barry (2008-12-20). "Latvia Eurovision withdrawal accepted". ESCToday. http://www.esctoday.com/news/read/12758. Retrieved 2008-12-20. 
  3. ^ "Latvia will participate in 2009". Eurovision.tv. http://www.eurovision.tv/page/news?id=1673. Retrieved 2009-01-12. 
  4. ^ Floras, Stella (2009-03-01). "Latvia: Sastregums to be performed in Russian". ESCToday. http://www.esctoday.com/news/read/13406. Retrieved 2009-03-01. 
  5. ^ a b Medinika, Aija (2010-02-27). "Latvia has decided - Aisha to Oslo!". ESCToday. http://www.esctoday.com/news/read/15240. Retrieved 27 February 2010. 
  6. ^ a b Dahlander, Gustav (2010-02-27). "Aisha to represent the Latvian flag in Oslo". European Broadcasting Union. http://www.eurovision.tv/page/news?id=9653&_t=Aisha+to+represent+the+Latvian+flag+in+Oslo. Retrieved 27 February 2010. 

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