Latvia: LTV confirms Eurovision 2023 participation
Latvia's national broadcaster, LTV, will be taking part in the 67th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest in the United Kingdom.
LTV has confirmed to ESCToday that they will be participating in the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest marking the country's 22nd time in the competition.
Latvia traditionally selects its Eurovision representative via the show of Supernova which seems to be the most likely option for next year Eurovision selection also. However, more details of the next Latvian selection will be revealed in the coming weeks.
Latvia in Eurovision
Latvia participated in Eurovision first time back in 2000. The country on its debut participation, with Brainstorm finished in 3rd place with the song My Star. It didn’t take long for Latvia to win the contest, since in 2002, with Marie N’s I Wanna the Baltic country was crowned winner.
Latvia only participated in 2002 thanks to the withdrawal of Portugal from the contest, as Latvia’s poor result in 2001 had relegated them from the 2002 contest. From 2009 to 2014 Latvia met disappointing results as it failed to qualify to the Grand final. In 2015 achieved its best results the latest year with Animata and her Love Injected which ended in 6th place.
Samanta Tīna won the Latvian Eurovision national selection, Supernova 2020, with her song “Still Breathing” last . However her Eurovision journey never reached its destination in Rotterdam as the contest was cancelled due to the covid-19 pandemic. Nevertheless the Latvian act was selected internally to compete in Rotterdam in 2021 with her entry 'The Moon is Rising' which competed in the second semi final show but unfortunately didn't qualify to the final.
This year Supernova 2022 winners, Citi Zeni, represented the nation with their song 'Eat your salad' by competing in the first semi final where they failed to qualify finishing in the 14th place.
News Source: ESCToday
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