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Latvia confirms participation. The search for Eurovision 2024 begins!

Latvia has joined the list of countries confirming their participation for Eurovision 2024.  The first details for their selection process have been revealed today.  First of all, Latvia will start their search for their new Eurovision representative through their national final Supernova.  The country has renewed for another year Supernova as their national final for Eurovision.

Supernova 2024

Starting from tomorrow until December 1st, 2023, the applications are open.  Artists can send their proposals via public broadcaster’s LTV website.  LTV will announce the final list of participants for Supernova 2024 on January 2024.  Following the first announcement of the songs, the wishful representatives will compete in a semi-final and a grand final that will take place in February.  A split vote from the audience and a jury will decide the winner of Supernova which will represent Latvia in Malmö.

This will be Latvia’s 24th Eurovision representative.  The Baltic country won the contest in 2002 with Marie N’s I Wanna.  Unfortunately, Latvia has struggled to qualify for the final in recent times. Last time we watched Latvia in the final was in 2016.

Who will represent Latvia in 2024?  Will they break the non-qualification streak?

Source: LTV

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Latvia: Supernova 2023 jury members have been revealed!

Latvian broadcaster LTV has revealed the jury members who voted in Supernova, the country’s national final, determining 50% of the result to select the Baltic country’s representatives for Eurovision 2023.

The eight-member jury consisted of the following six Latvians and two international jurors :

  • Anna Platpīre – LTV content editor
  • Arvīds Babris – Director of LTV
  • Aija Auškāpa – Director of the Prāta vētra record label
  • Karīna Tropa – Singer and vocal coach
  • Maija Sējāne – Singer and music producer
  • Magnuss Eriņš – Radio personality and DJ
  • Gediminas Jaunius (Lithuania) – TV director and producer
  • Edward van de Vendel (Netherlands) – Journalist

The jury awarded its 12 points to the band Sudden Lights, who won Supernova 2023 representing Latvia in Liverpool with the song Aijā.

Latvia narrowly missed out on qualifying for the Eurovision 2023 Grand Final by finishing 11th in the First Semi-Final with 34 points, just 3 points behind Serbia. It is worth noting that Sudden Lights received 8 points from the “rest of the world” vote in the First Semi-Final.

Source: LTV

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Eurovision 2023: Latvia’s Second Rehearsal!

The time for Latvia just came. Sudden Lights are here to claim that indie rock is not dead. Their atmospheric rehearsal is about to begin. Fasten your seatbelts. 

 

“Sing you lullabies”

 

Sudden Lights

Sudden Lights, an indie rock band from Latvia, was established in 2012 in Riga and consists of Andrejs Reinis Zitmanis (vocalist), Mārtiņš Matīss Zemītis (drummer), Kārlis Matīss Zitmanis (guitarist), and Kārlis Vārtiņš (bassist). They won Supernova 2023 in February 2023 with their song “Aijā” and will represent Latvia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2023. The song was written in English to offer solace to a broader audience, but the title is in Latvian, a language that has not been heard at Eurovision since 2004. The title contains a word that the band claims is untranslatable but evokes the mood of a Latvian folk song. The band claims: ‘Witnessing the dark events in the world and people’s lives ruined by evil, we could not remain indifferent.’ Sudden Lights is among the most-streamed performers in Latvia and has released three studio albums since their formation in 2012 as music school students.

The second rehearsal

During their performance, Sudden Lights are dressed in sharp suits that add to their stage presence. Their performance features the same type of atmospheric lighting that we saw during their Supernova appearance, and it’s precisely the kind of show that is perfect for a large arena stage.

 

Chloe Hashemi / EBU

 

Furthermore, lead vocalist Andrejs Reinis Zitmanis’ melancholic lyrics sound fantastic, and the ending has a beautiful moment of serene stillness that elicits many emotions.

 

Sarah Louise Bennett / EBU

 

In the afternoon, after the completion of all the rehearsals, a video will be released with short excerpts from the television footage of all the second rehearsals!

 

Source: eurovision.tv

 


You can also take a look, not only at the reaction video of EurovisionFun on “Aija”:

 

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..but also at the reaction video on the First Semi-Final’s running order:

 

 


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Latvia: Watch extra footage from the First Rehearsal of Sudden Lights!

Sudden Lights, this year’s represetatives of Latvia in the Eurovision Song Contest, performed their First Rehearsal yesterday, leaving generally positive impressions about their staging

You can read more details about the Latvia’s first rehearal here:

 

Of course, the band is also accompanied by the delegation from country’s National Broadcaster LTV, to whom they gave an interview shortly after their first rehearsal. As part of the report aired on the state channel of the Baltic country, we had the opportunity to see new images and footage from their rehearsal yesterday.

Down bellow you can watch LTV’s coverage of the Sudden Lights:

The second rehearsal of Latvia will take place on Wednesday May 3 so we will get a better idea of what we will see from Sudden Lights on stage.

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Image Source: Sarah Louise Bennett / EBU

Eurovision 2023: Latvia’s First Rehearsal!

The fourth act to take the stage today for their first rehearsal are Sudden Lights. The indie rock band represents Latvia at the 67th Eurovision Song Contest, after winning Supernova 2023 with their song “Aijā”!

Who are the Sudden Lights?

Sudden Lights are a Latvian indie rock band, founded in 2012 in Riga. The band consists of vocalist Andrejs Reinis Zitmanis, drummer Mārtiņš Matīss Zemītis, guitarist Kārlis Matīss Zitmanis, and bassist Kārlis Vārtiņš. The band took part in Supernova 2018 with their song “Just Fine” and placed second. In February 2023, the group won Supernova 2023 with the song “Aijā” and will represent Latvia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2023, bringing the Latvian language on the Eurovision stage for the first time since 2004.

The rehearsal

Sudden Lights’s luggage with their stage outfits haven’t yet arrived in Liverpool but there is no reason to worry as they will arrive today.

This performance uses the same style of atmospheric/sudden lighting as we saw at Supernova – it’s exactly the kind of performance that lends itself to a big arena stage. Also lead singer Andrejs Reinis Zitmanis’ melancholy lyrics sound great – there’s a lovely moment of quiet stillness at the end that’s evoking many emotions.

Below you can watch a small clip from Latvia’s first rehearsal from Tik Tok:

@eurovision Lights! Camera! Latvia! 🎸🇱🇻 #Eurovision2023 #Eurovision @suddenlights ♬ original sound – Eurovision

Sarah Louise Bennett / EBU

Sarah Louise Bennett / EBU

The second rehearsal of Latvia will take place on Wednesday May 3 so we will get a better idea of what we will see from Sudden Lights on stage.

Source: eurovision.tv


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Latvia: Sudden Lights win Fifth Estonian Eurovision Preview Show

Sudden Lights have won the fifth episode of the Estonian preview show Eurovisiooni laulud 2023.

The four jury panel consisting of Grete Kuld and Tõnis Niinemets and two guests continued evaluating the competing songs for Eurovision 2023.  This week Piret Krumm and Silver Laas joined the panel.

During the fifth show we watched the six following songs:

  • Belgium – Gustaph – “Because of You”
  • Latvia – Sudden Lights – “Aijā”
  • Portugal – Mimicat – “Ai coração”
  • Armenia – Brunette – “Future Lover”
  • Azerbaijan – TuralTuranX -“Tell Me More”
  • Romania – Theodor Andrei – “D.G.T. (Off and On)”

At the end of the night Latvian representatives Sudden Lights and their song Aijā were the favourites.  Eurovisiooni laulud 2023 will continue reviewing the competing songs next thursday evening.

Meanwhile you can watch our reaction to the Latvian entry Aijā by the Eurovisionfun team in the video embedded below:

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The Netherlands: All the performances of “Eurovision in Concert 2023”!

Eurovision in Concert 2023 took place in AFAS Live in Amsterdam, last night, with 29 of this year’s entrants performing live.

The concert was hosted by Cornald Maas and Hila Noorzai. Cornald has been the Dutch Eurovision commentator since 2006. Hila is a radio DJ and member of the committee that selected this year’s Dutch representatives (Mia Nicolai & Dion Cooper). She also hosted the Eurovision 2021 press conference in Rotterdam.

The artists that performed last night were the following:

Albania – Albina & Kelmendi Familija

Balcan sounds and consistent vocals is what we got from Albina and the Kelmendi Family! Might be the suprise entry of this year.

Armenia – Brunette

Brunette singing about her Future Lover with ethereal vocals and the crowds singing along. Beautiful performance!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KspC8I7MXl0

Australia – Voyager

Voyager give what they promise! Rock and electronic sounds, so 2025! What is concerning though, is that even though their song is supposed to be very uplifting, the crowd was too static. Also falsetto was not always on point.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cx73Q68eWwU

Austria – Teya & Salena

That’s not a song where you can show off some unreal vocals, however it’s the song that will definitely make you dance! And Teya & Salena deliver, solid vocals and much much fun! One of my personal favourites and if you ask me, a finalist and highly likely a Top5 entry!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zdh6cFfcfKo

Azerbaijan – TuralTuranX

TuralTuranX “tell us more” about their entry this year, however I’m still not getting it. A song that I could listen to the radio without complaining, but wouldn’t catch my eye/ear at the contest.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2XiT0RvJPn0

Belgium – Gustaph

The queerest entry of the year! His vocals are as good as the studio version! He is a fun guy! This is the kind of entries that I would like to qualify, even though that’s not the style of songs that I normally listen to!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgx-CPHRx5A

Czechia – Vesna

I can only comment on their vocals. They were okay. However, this entry started off as a potential winner, but I’m not getting that vibe, at least not yet. But hey! It’s just a party performance! Let’s wait for their contest rehearsals!

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

Denmark – Reiley

Danish heart-throb Reiley, had his best performance to date. Some minor vocal issues, but overall a nice performance!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nuT–QEIyag

Estonia – Alika

Nice song and great vocals! But for me, it’s no more than just that. I wouldn’t be surprised if Estonia got disqualified.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2UKYFFFWjgU

Finland – Käärijä

Normally, that’s a song that I can’t stand listening to for more than 10 seconds. Strangely, combined to his eccentric looks and his super nice personality, I could now handle listening to his entire Amsterdam performance! Personal opinion aside, I can totally see why this is a contender for the win.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xd0n_sNDiAo

France – La Zarra

Unfortunately, after a statement in her personal Twitter account, La Zarra announced that she has to cancel her appearance in Amsterdam, due to personal circumstances.

Germany – Lord of the Lost

I can’t be objective, I don’t like this style of music. I can only be objective about their vocal abilities, which are on point I must admit!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AmPSRnNpd0A

Iceland – Diljá

That’s a song that I would add to my daily playlist, however, this song lacks something that I still don’t know what it is! Diljá’s voice is great admitedly!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjjsWy1R93k

Ireland – Wild Youth

Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall” x “Ritmo De La Noche” x “We Are One” would be a great mashup! I low-key like this song and I loved their Amsterdam performance. But something tells me that they will struggle to qualify this year. Let’s see what happens!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2NY6OODALZU

Latvia – Sudden Lights

Another performance that sounds exactly like the recorded version of their song! I didn’t see the love from the AFAS Live crowd.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1qFm5Wtkgg

Lithuania – Monika Linkytė

Monika definitely sounds even better than the studio version of the song. She will try to claim a high placement in the rankings of the jury voting in this year’s contest! In the beginning I didn’t quite like “Stay“, I can now say that I love her vocals on this track!

Malta – The Busker

They were not bad, not at all sounding bad live, but were they as good as it needs to be to qualify to the final show of Eurovision Song Contest? Song-wise I think not.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIswu3YrrfU

Moldova – Pasha Parfeni

Despite the technical issues with his Madrid performance, Pasha, the Moldovan 2012 representative and returning artist of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, managed to pull off his performance. Great vocals and energy overall!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7LsW-dA_0U

Netherlands – Mia Nicolai & Dion Cooper

It’s really sad to see my 2nd place to perform questionably in their own country’s party concert. Their vocals sound a bit off at times and as a duo their vocals don’t seem to connect on their live performance. I hope they fix it till their semi-final, I don’t want to see them become the shocking non-qualifier of the year.

Norway – Alessandra

Very much improved vocally, Alessandra, gets carried away by the strength of her song and her fans are absolutely loving it! The whistle note was so-so. She will improve, I am sure!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F97_a4eMpK0

Romania – Theodor Andrei

Theodor has a nice voice, but this song is totally “Off and On” so one would either like it or not. I don’t.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gyin57pzpcc

San Marino – Piqued Jacks

Their are very very good vocally. Their lead vocalist sounds like Klaus Meine, frontman of Scorpions band. Their song is not at all bad after all.

Slovenia – Joker Out

I simply love this band and this song! One of my favourites! I love how they sound in each and every appearance they make before the contest. I hope they continue delivering up until the Eurovision finals!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7brJYVqqgZc

Spain – Blanca Paloma

A blend of flamenco and modern sounds, bringing Spanish tradition to 2023. Her vocals are absolutely amazing. I just don’t get the hype around this entry, it is a great entry for Spain, but definitely not a top 3 entry as many fans are claiming over at social media!

Sweden – Loreen

Her vocals are out of this world! Another amazing performance of the former Eurovision 2012 winner and potential 2023 winner! And for those that claim that she sings with the assistance of an Auto-Tune device, I can assure you that even when she rehearsed in the corridors of Malmö Arena or Friends Arena during the Melodifestivalen season, she sounded exactly the same, or even better than the studio version! My winner for sure!

Switzerland – Remo Forrer

I absolutely love his Amsterdam (and every single one of his) live performance! I can’t wait to see this song complete and staged and Remo joined by his four dancers! I think he will qualify! But let’s wait and see!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGsRTZ5sPcA

Ukraine – TVORCHI

I love TVORCHI and their song and their Amsterdam performance. They sounded really really good, I am a fan of their style of music, but I don’t see this entry winning. Let’s see another country winning this year!

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

United Kingdom – Mae Muller

Come on, she doesn’t sound as atrocious as most of the Twitter people claim. And at least she enjoys it and the crowd loves her! I hope she will do much better in Liverpool!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4EMepsNxZUU

 

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Netherlands: Eurovision in Concert 2023 takes place tonight in Amsterdam!

Eurovision in Concert 2023 takes place in The Netherlands tonight , with 29 of this year’s entrants performing live.

The concert will be hosted by Cornald Maas and Hila Noorzai. Cornald has been the Dutch Eurovision commentator since 2006. Hila is a radio DJ and member of the committee that selected this year’s Dutch representatives (Mia Nicolai & Dion Cooper). She also hosted the Eurovision 2021 press conference in Rotterdam.

The full line-up is as follows:

  1. Albania – Albina & Kelmendi Familija
  2. Armenia – Brunette
  3. Australia – Voyager
  4. Austria – Teya & Salena
  5. Azerbaijan – TuralTuranX
  6. Belgium – Gustaph
  7. Czechia – Vesna
  8. Denmark – Reiley
  9. Estonia – Alika
  10. Finland – Käärijä
  11. France – La Zarra
  12. Germany – Lord of the Lost
  13. Iceland – Diljá
  14. Ireland – Wild Youth
  15. Latvia – Sudden Lights
  16. Lithuania – Monika Linkytė
  17. Malta – The Busker
  18. Moldova – Pasha Parfeni
  19. The Netherlands – Mia Nicolai & Dion Cooper
  20. Norway – Alessandra
  21. Romania – Theodor Andrei
  22. San Marino – Piqued Jacks
  23. Slovenia – Joker Out
  24. Spain – Blanca Paloma
  25. Sweden – Loreen
  26. Switzerland – Remo Forrer
  27. Ukraine – TVORCHI
  28. United Kingdom – Mae Muller

In addition, Katrina Leskanich (Eurovision 1997, UK, winner, “Love Shine a Light“) will  appear as a special guest.

Stay tuned to Eurovisionfun for all the news about the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 in Liverpool!

Latvia: Sudden Lights film postcard for Eurovision 2023!

Supernova 2023 grand winners “Sudden Lights” will represent Latvia in Liverpool for the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 with the song “Aijā”.

Through a tweet from the BBC‘s official Eurovision account, we learn information about what we will see on the postcard, while we also see some backstage of the filming with all the band members enjoying the sea in a very snowy landscape of their country.

 

Δείτε αυτή τη δημοσίευση στο Instagram.

 

Η δημοσίευση κοινοποιήθηκε από το χρήστη BBC Eurovision (@bbceurovision)

The band also gave us an exclusive interview on our YouTube channel:

Below you can enjoy the reaction video about Latvia in Eurovision 2023:

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Poland: The Polish Eurovision Party 2023 is today!

Today, for the second year in a row, the Polish Eurovision Party 2023 will take place in Warsaw. The hosts of the evening will be Poli Genova (Bulgaria 2011 & 2016) and Konrad Zemlik (the organizer of the event).

At this year’s Polish pre-party, twenty-five artists will appear, who are participating in this year’s Eurovision or have participated in the past.

The Eurovision 2023 entrants who will perform tonight are:

  • Albina & Familija Kelmendi – Albania
  • Alika – Estonia
  • Diljá – Iceland
  • Joker Out – Slovenia
  • Let 3 – Croatia
  • Mae Muller – United Kingdom
  • Monika Linkytė – Lithuania
  • Pasha Parfeni – Moldova
  • Piqued Jacks – San Marino
  • Reiley – Denmark
  • Sudden Lights – Latvia
  • The Busker – Malta
  • Vesna – Czechia
  • Wild Youth – Ireland

The remaining sixteen artists who will accompany this year’s participants are:

  • Anne-Marie David – Winner of Eurovision 1973 with Luxembourg
  • Eye Cue – North Macedonia 2018
  • Felivers – Tu bije serce Europy 2023 (Polish National Final)
  • Filip Baloš – Pesma za Evroviziju ’23 (Serbian National Final)
  • Gromee – Poland 2018
  • Inis Neziri – Festivali i Këngës 56 & 59 (Albanian National Final)
  • Krystian Ochman – Poland 2022
  • Kuba Szmajkowski – Tu bije serce Europy 2022 & 2023
  • Lindsay Dracass – United Kingdom 2001
  • Melovin – Ukraine 2018
  • Oceana – Unser Song für Dänemark
  • Poli Genova – Bulgaria 2011 & 2016
  • Senhit – San Marino 2011, 2020 & 2021
  • Slavko – Montenegro 2017
  • Sunstroke Project – Moldova 2010, 2017
  • Viki Gabor – Winner of Junior Eurovision 2019 with Poland

 

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