Latvia in the Eurovision Song Contest

This article deals with the history of Latvia as a participant in the Euro Vision Song Contest.

Latvia is his first participation in 2000 one of the younger members of the Euro Vision family. 2002 won Marie N for Latvia and took the event in 2003 to Riga.

List of posts

Color legend: - Victories. - A tie to the last place. - Contributions finals.

Success in competition

For its first participation in 2000 Latvia reached with the band Brainstorm third place, while it was one of the most successful debuts in the competition. Two years later, Marie N was despite poor odds surprise winner with the self-penned title I want. The following year the competition was held in Riga, hosted by last year's winner and Brainstorm singer Reynars Cowper. In 2003, Latvia is one of the worst results of a host: the group FLY reached with only five points - all from Estonia - the third last place.

2005 Valters & Kaža reached fifth place in the final. In the semifinals, the duo had just qualified in tenth place for the final, where it then among the semi-finalists, however, was the dritterfolreichste country and led during the long time score. Had only 15 countries voted, who were eliminated in the semi-finals, Latvia had won.

2007 Latvia reached again for the final round with the band Between finals and semi finals it was rumored, the group had won the semi-finals. In fact, the group only reached fifth place and even only the sixteenth in the finals and was the least successful semi-final qualifier.

2009 and 2010, Latvia became the first country to last in his semi-final after another was twice. This fate befell the country in 2011 and 2012 again, but only in the jury voting. 2013 it was again in the semifinals and also total Last, after the introduction of the two semi-finals by far the worst country.


Most Latvian contributions were sung in English, as well as the three most successful contributions in 2000, 2002 and 2005. The precipitated in the semifinals in 2004 Post Dziesma pa Laimi the duo Fomin & Klein was the only Latvian Post, which was presented in the local language. This track was recorded by the original artists in nine other languages, namely English, Finnish, Russian, Polish, Dutch, Ukrainian, Estonian, Lithuanian and Belarusian. This is a record among Euro Vision Song Contest contributions dar.

The contribution Questa notte from 2007 was sung completely in Italian. Cyprus's contribution in 2000 and 2006 the Romanian contribution Already other non- Italian-speaking countries have used this language after the withdrawal of Italy, so were partially sung in this language. This track was recorded in Spanish.

The contribution Probka in 2009 was presented completely in Russian.

National preliminaries

All previous Latvian participants were selected in a national qualifying round. In the first two years of telephone voting already was included for the decision, but it was one of 2000, only 1/15 and 2001 1/5. Since 2002 is matched only by phone. As of 2005, the preliminary decision has been extended by two semi-final rounds with 10 participants in the final step since in each case the top five.

Commercial success

The group Brainstorm is, like Marie N, to be very successful in Latvia. However, the winning song I wanna was a minor success and was released only in Latvia, according to which the title was the least commercially successful winner title of all time.


  • It was a coincidence that in 2002 Latvia ever attended. Actually, the country would not have been eligible because of the poor performance in 2001, by the withdrawal of Portugal closed on Latvia.
  • Latvia has received the most points in the competition of Lithuania, on average, 10.0. Has the most points given Latvia 's Baltic neighbors Estonia others: 9.6.
  • 2001, Latvia received exactly 16 points, eight of them from Estonia and eight from Lithuania.
  • I wanna was the decider yet I wonna, all text as the title but were revised for the studio version again.


Active members: Albania | Armenia | Azerbaijan | Belgium | Denmark | Germany | Estonia | Finland | France | Georgia | Greece | Ireland | Iceland | Israel | Italy | Latvia | Lithuania | Macedonia | Malta | Moldova | Montenegro | Netherlands | Norway | Austria | Poland | Portugal | Romania | Russia | San Marino | Sweden | Switzerland | Slovenia | Spain | Ukraine | Hungary | United Kingdom | Belarus |

Inactive participating countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina | Bulgaria | Croatia | Luxembourg | Morocco | Monaco | Serbia | Slovakia | Czech Republic | Turkey | Cyprus

Former Participating countries: Andorra | Yugoslavia | Serbia and Montenegro

Redeemed participations or futile efforts: Lebanon | Liechtenstein

  • Latvia at the Euro Vision Song Contest