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Latvia: The parliament voted against the withdrawal from Eurovision!

The parliament of the Republic of Latvia voted today against the withdrawal of this Baltic country from the Eurovision Song Contest!

Taking things from the beginning, a month ago an online petition took place through the ManaBalss platform in which citizens asked the withdrawal of the country from the pan-European song contest, (despite the fact that Latvia managed to qualify for the grand final for the first time since in 2016) gathering 11,300 signatures, surpassing the threshold of 10,000 signatures required for a petition to reach the Saeima, the country’s legislature. You can read more about the relevant petition in our previous article below.

In the vote that took place today with 87 members present out of 100 members of the parliament, 32 members voted for the resolution, 24 against and 31 abstained. The resolution was therefore rejected.

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Source: Eurowizja.org

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Latvia: The country’s parliament will discuss a potential withdrawal from Eurovision!

Latvia managed to qualify for the Grand Final of Eurovision this year, for the first time since 2016, but even that wasn’t enough for a large amount of citizens, that are calling for the country’s withdrawal from the Contest! Read more

Latvia: Dons is considering adding Latvian to the Eurovision final!

Dons is considering changing a part of “Hollow” to Latvian for the 2024 Eurovision Song Contest.

Latvia qualified for the Eurovision Grand Final for the first time since 2016 thanks to Dons and the participation of “Hollow” . The singer, speaking this morning to the Latvian TV station, said:

Well, we have nothing to lose. We’ve already come this far, let’s show what we can do! Go and just enjoy!

While discussing the final with LTV , he explained that he is considering performing part of his entry in Latvian. The singer will review the competition rules to see if adjustments can be made between the semi-final and final.

He also added about his appearance in the semi-final that:

I tried really hard to control my emotions, I would cry even more – this is how I am, what can I do.

Latvia with Dons and Hollow  will appear in the 11th place Grand Final on Saturday 11th of May.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1YvDgwszn8

Source: LSM

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Eurovision 2024: See in which half each of the 10 qualifiers of the Second Semi-Final will perform!

The Press Conference of the Second Semi-Final is now live in the Press Center, with the 10 qualifiers interviewing and selecting from the pot in which half they perform.

This year there is an extra choice for them. Producer’s choice is added for the qualifiers.

The detailed results are:

  • Greece (First Half)
  • Switzerland (Producer’s Choice)
  • Austria (Second Half)
  • Armenia (Producer’s Choice)
  • Latvia (Producer’s Choice)
  • Georgia (Producer’s Choice)
  • Estonia (Producer’s Choice)
  • Israel (Producer’s Choice)
  • Norway (Second Half)
  • The Netherlands (Producer’s Choice)

Source: Eurovision Reddit

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Eurovision 2024: Latvia’s First Rehearsal!

Welcome back Eurovision fans! It is the fourth day of the very first rehearsals of Eurovision Song Contest 2024 in Malmö, in Sweden and all of the artists are trying to give the best of themselves, once they step on the stage. Today, the rest entries of the Second Semi-Final staged their performances and gave audience a hint of what is going to be presented in Sweden. The very first artist who stepped on the cross-like stage was Dons from Latvia, who performed his song, “Hollow“.

Who is Dons?

Dons is one of Latvia’s most famous singers and songwriters. His real name is Artūrs Šingirejs, and he was born in 1984, the year when Sweden marked its second win in the Contest. Dons has also won Latvian Music Recording Awards’ “Top Hit” not once, but eight times for the most played song on the radio. However, the records for him do not stop there.

He has also released eight solo albums, he has won “Best Pop Album” twice and “Best Rock Album” once, while he has also won numerous awards, including Latvijas Radio’s Muzikālās Banka “Song of the Year” five times.

Moreover, Dons began his carrer back in 2003 through the Latvian reality show “Talantu Fabrika“. Since then, he has also released a duet album, while his debut album, “Lights On” (2006), was mostly in English.

Let’s remember here that although Dons won the National Final of Latvia, Supernova 2024, hence he is a member of our Eurovision 2024 community, he had also tried to represent Latvia twice in the past, in 2010 with his song “My Religion Is Freedom“, and in 2014 with “Pēdējā Vēstule“, both finishing in second place.

The rehearsal:

First up today is Latvia’s Dons – he’s a musical icon in his home country, so he’s no stranger to a big stage. His soulful power-ballad Hollow swept up both jury and public votes at Supernova, and its position in the running order (sandwiched between an Armenian folkbop and a San Marino rock anthem) feels like a soul-stirring vocal masterclass.

The staging for this features a huge circular prop (maybe three or four metres in diameter), that Dons stands in at the start of the song. It doesn’t move or spin or light up, but it does create a really powerful focal point on stage.

Dons is wearing his trademark royal blue sleeveless pantsuit , and he’s backed by an LED wall of gently pulsing lights and circles. The lighting effects are actually really clever – lots of slow-moving blue spotlights in the verses that kick into much brighter, whiter lights in the chorus. They feel like searchlights, and it gives this whole performance a MOOD.

Below you can take a look on a snippet from Dons’ first rehearsal for Latvia on TikTok:

https://www.tiktok.com/@eurovision/video/7363634790756551968?is_from_webapp=1&sender_device=pc&web_id=7345954161927734816

Latvia’s second rehearsal has been set to take place on Thursday the 2nd of May, when we will get an even better idea of what Dons, along with his team, have in mind to stage in Malmö.

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Watch the performances of Ukraine, Austria, Latvia and Estonia in “A Little Bit More”!

Just like last year, some time before the first rehearsals of the countries, the show called “A Little Bit More” aired on the official Eurovision YouTube channel.Advertisement

So, for all this time before the rehearsals, Eurovision TV will upload different performances of the artists, like different versions of their songs, or covers of songs from other artists.

In today’s videos, we have three covers of songs representing the countries this year:
  • Austria’s Kaleen, singing an acoustic version of her song “We Will Rave”
  • Ukraine’s alyona alyona & Jerry Heil, singing their song “Teresa & Maria” live accompanied by a Choir

Last video of the day, is the Latvian representative, Dons, singing a cover of “Over the Rainbow”, by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole:

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Listen to Latvia’s Hollow (Live from the Basement) in A Little Bit More!

Just like last year, some time before the first rehearsals of the countries, the show called “A Little Bit More” aired on the official Eurovision YouTube channel.

So, for all this time before the rehearsals, Eurovision TV will upload different performances of the artists, like different versions of their songs, or covers of songs from other artists.

In the video below, you can listen Dons sing Hollow live from the basement:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLSCSQwxvfg&t=61s

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OGAE Poll 2024: The results from Latvia!

Every year since 2007, OGAE International conducts the OGAE Poll, which includes the votes of its members from 42 different countries. After six countries submitted their votes, it is now Latvia’s turn to cast its votes.

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Latvia: The running order of the Grand Final of Supernova 2024!

Today, the national broadcaster of Latvia LTV revealed the running order of the Grand Final of Supernova 2024 that will take place this Saturday, 10th of February.

 

The running order of the ten artists that will compete to claim a ticket for Eurovision 2024 in Malmö‎‎ is:

  1. Vēstulēs – “Kur?”
  2. Avéi – “Mine”
  3. Papīra Lidmašīnas – “Mind Breaker”
  4. Katrīna Gupalo – “The Cat’s Song”
  5. Ecto – “Outsider”
  6. Dons – “Hollow”
  7. St Levića – “Tick Tock”
  8. Edvards Strazdiņš – “Rock n’ Roll Supernova”
  9. Funkinbiz – Na Chystu Vodu
  10. Alekss Silvers – “For the Show”

Special Guests for the Latvian National Final will be the Estonian representative in Eurovision 2023 Alika and Gabrieļus Vagelis who tried many attempts to represent Lithuania to the contest.

 

The winner of Supernova 2024 will be decided by a combination of the Latvian viewers‘ vote and the vote of the jury appointed by the Latvian Public Broadcaster.

Latvia will compete at the second half of the second semi-final in 9th of May.

The previous winners of Supernova and Latvia’s representatives in Eurovision 2023, were Sudden Lights, with the song “Aijā”, who ended up in 11th place of the First Semi-Final. Will Latvia manage to get a place in the Final after six years?

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Latvia: The results of the semi-final of Supernova 2024!

The semi-final of Latvia’s national final, Supernova 2024, was completed a few minutes ago and the ten finalists were decided. After six consecutive non-qualifications and after last year’s 11th place in the semi-final, Latvia will once again try to advance to the Grand Final, and get a great result, after many years.

A total of fifteen contestants competed in the semi-final, claiming the ten tickets for next Saturday’s Grand Final. Ketija Šēnberga and Lauris Reiniks were the hosts of the evening.

Ketija Šēnberga and Lauris Reiniks

Ketija Šēnberga and Lauris Reiniks, Hosts of Supernova 2024

The participants of the Semi-Final:

Below you can see the names of the artists who took part in the semi-final and their performances:

  1. Agnese Rakovska – “AI” 
  2. Patrīcija Spale – “Heaven’s Raining Down on Me”
  3. B/H – “Amsterdam”
  4. Alekss Silvers – “For the Show”
  5. Jar of kings – “Wildfire”
  6. St Levića – “Tick Tock”
  7. Sasha Sil – “Love is a Language”
  8. Papīra Lidmašīnas – “Mind Breaker”
  9. Avéi – “Mine”
  10. Ecto – “Outsider”
  11. Dons – “Hollow”
  12. Katrīna Gupalo – “The Cat’s Song”
  13. Funkinbiz – “Na Chystu Vodu”
  14. Vēstulēs – “Kur?” 
  15. Edvards Strazdiņš – “Rock n’ Roll Supernova”

After the end of the competitive place of the semi-final, the hosts announced that it’s time for the Latvian public to start voting, while in the meantime, they interviewed the contestants, live on stage.

The qualifiers:

The results were once again decided by public and jury vote, at a rate of 50% each. After the performances, the votes were counted and the ten qualifiers are:

  • Funkinbiz – “Na Chystu Vodu”
  • Alekss Silvers – “For the Show”
  • Vēstulēs – “Kur?”
  • Papīra Lidmašīnas – “Mind Breaker”
  • Avéi – “Mine”
  • St Levića – “Tick Tock”
  • Dons – “Hollow”
  • Ecto – “Outsider”
  • Katrīna Gupalo – “The Cat’s Song”
  • Edvards Strazdiņš – “Rock n’ Roll Supernova”

This time, the betting odds managed to predict nine out of ten qualifiers!

The Grand Final of Supenova 2024, will take place on Saturday, February 10 when Latvia’s representative for Eurovision Song Contest 2024 will be decided, among the ten qualifiers!

The previous winners of Supernova and Latvia’s representatives in Eurovision 2023, were Sudden Lights, with the song “Aijā”, who ended up in 11th place of the First Semi-Final. Will Latvia manage to get a place in the Final after six years?

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