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Latvia announces Dziesma participants

The Latvian broadcaster LTV revealed the 24 participants that will compete next February to become the next representative of Latvia for the Eurovision Song Contest. Just like last year, the songwriters and song titles have been revealed and you can listen to the Demo version on the broadcasters website HERE The 24 entries are:   Is it possible, composer: Edgars …

Latvia sticks to old formula & announces dates

LTV, the Latvian national broadcaster, has announced that they will be keeping the old Dziesma competition format for their national final selection for 2014. Just like last year, there will be a total of 24 songs selected to compete in the two semi-finals – a setup similar to Eurovision. The six songs with the lowest score (juries in Latvia give the …

2014: Which countries have confirmed participation?

The 2013 Eurovision Song Contest eason ended three days ago and the focus immediately shifted to 2014. Since Denmark won the contest we will be heading to Copenhagen, Herning or any Danish city that will join the bidding war to host the most popular music event in the world. While several countries left Malmo disappointed with the outcome, a lot …

Rehearsals – Day 3 Interviews

ESC United talked to the acts that had their first rehearsals today. They will be performing in the first half of Semi Final 2 at the Eurovision Song Contest in Malmo, Sweden. The Semi Final will take place exactly next Thursday so let’s get to know them a little better. Unfortunately we were unable to talk to Valentina from San …

The 2013 “Expert” Panel – LATVIA

Every year our “Expert” Panel comes together to judge all entries for the Eurovision Song Contest and they’re back to take apart the 2013 entries and rank them accordingly. While their characters and comments may be wacky, the scores are dead serious. All 13 panelists will comment on the song and rank them accordingly giving it points using a scale …

Interview with Guntars Racs, Latvian artist, songwriter, producer extraordinaire

Guntars Racs is an artist, songwriter, and producer from Latvia and has worked with MicRec Records.  This year, MicRec had a number of their artists perform at the Latvian National Selection Dziesma 2013.  Five of them performed in the finals (Liene Candy,  Marta Ritova, Sabine Berezina, and Antra Stafecka).  ESC United had the opportunity to chat with Guntars. —————————————— ESCUnited: …

The Road to Malmo: Latvia – Interview with PeR

If you saw the finals of Dziesma 2013, you know that the winners, PeR, really wanted this win.  The emotion after they were announced winners was huge!  One thing is for sure is that with all that emotion, PeR will be ready to bring it to the stage in Malmo.  ESC United was lucky enough to chat with the boys …

Latvia says “Here We Go” with PER!

PER and “Here We Go” won Dziesma 2013 tonight.  With two songs in the finals, both of which were fan favorites, it seemed almost a sure shot that PER had the best chance of representing Latvia at Malmo.  Still, many are shocked that early favorite Samanta Tina and “I Need A Hero” will not be representing Latvia. PER was one …

Latvia: ESC UNITED voters like Samanta Tina the best

The Latvian National Final is tonight and if it were up to the ESCUNITED readers, Samanta Tina would become the next Latvian representative. 35% of the votes went to “I need a hero” securing Samanta a healthy lead over Grupa PeR’s “Here we go” which received 17% of the votes, so a significant difference there. The only other song that …

Latvia – Who should win? Cast your vote

    In a few days Latvia is going to choose their 2013 entry. Six songs from two Semi Finals will meet again on Saturday, February 16th and only one of them can be crowned the winner. The last time Latvia qualified for the Finals was in 2008 and since then were constantly placed in the Bottom Three of the …

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