The Latvian national broadcaster, LTV, has confirmed that the Baltic country will be represented by Samanta Tina at the 65th edition of Eurovision Song Contest. 

Good news for the Latvian Eurovision 2020 act, Samanta Tina who saw today the national broadcaster confirm, as the show “Eurovision: Europe Shine A Light’ was unwinding on our screens, that she will be the country’s hopeful for Eurovision 2021.

Samanta Tīna won the Latvian Eurovision national final, Supernova 2020,  with her entry “Still Breathing” last February. Notable that  Samanta had made in the past seven attempt to reach the Eurovision stage by taking part in Latvian and Lithuanian national selections. Her  song was composed by Samanta Tīna herself while behind the lyrics is  Aminata Savadogo, who has represented Latvia in 2015 as singer and in 2016 as songwriter.

This is the first time that the Latvian broadcaster went internal as it has been selecting Latvia’s Eurovision acts via national selection since its debut in the contest.

THE EUROVISION STORY SO FAR

Latvia joined the Eurovision family 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.  In 2018  the country was represented by Laura Rizzotto with her song Funny girl which finished 12th in the semi final failing to qualify to the final .

In 2019 Supernova winner Carousel represented the countey in Tel Aviv with their entry That night. The song didn’t make it to the final marking Latvia’s third successive failure to qualify to the final.