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Latvia "My Star"
Eurovision Song Contest 2000 entry
Country Latvia
Artist(s) Renārs Kaupers,
Jānis Jubalts,
Kaspars Roga,
Gundars Mauševics,
Māris Mihelsons
As Brainstorm
Language English
Composer(s) Renārs Kaupers
Lyricist(s) Renārs Kaupers
Finals performance
Final result 3rd
Final points 136
Appearance chronology
Too Much (2001) ►

"My Star" was the Latvian entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 2000, performed in English by Brainstorm. This was Latvia's debut entry, making them the last of the Baltic states to debut at the Contest.

The song is compared by at least one author on the Contest to the work of Oasis, in that it is a pop song written in something close to the britpop style. Lyrically, the song deals with lead singer Renārs Kaupers (who wrote and composed the song under the pseudonym Reynard Cowper) and his feelings for his lover. He tells her that "I will follow my star till the end of my days/And my heart's gonna lead me through so many ways" before asking her to "be my runaway-bride".

The band's performance is also memorable. Kaupers danced in a relatively eccentric manner, provoking cheers from the audience. In late 2005, as part of his hosting duties at the Congratulations special, he was asked about his dancing abilities by co-host Katrina Leskanich. Kaupers' response that he danced very well prompted further cheers from the live audience as well as a repeat of his moves.

The song was performed twenty-first on the night, following Finland's Nina Åström with "A Little Bit" and preceding Turkey's Pınar Ayhan & The SOS with "Yorgunum anla". At the close of voting, it had received 136 points, placing 3rd in a field of 24. Kaupers would later characterise this result as "we were beaten by two brothers", a joking reference to Denmark's Olsen Brothers, who won that year with Fly on the Wings of Love.

The song has become something of a fan favourite in Contest history, appearing on the CD and DVD compilations produced to coincide with the "Congratulations" special.

It was succeeded as Latvian representative at the 2001 Contest by Arnis Mednis with Too Much.


Chart (2000) Peak
Belgium Singles Chart[1] 8
Swedish Singles Chart[2] 22





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