Previewing the Entrants of Eurovision 2019 – Part Twenty-Three: Latvia

Hello everyone and welcome to another post on The Blogging DJ. Today is the twenty-third part of this series, where we look in-depth at all of the entrants for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. For this post, we will be looking at the act representing Latvia, Carousel, and their song “That Night”. Will it be one to remember in Tel Aviv? Here is my summary.

Selection Process

Ever since they joined the Eurovision Song Contest the Latvian broadcaster, LTV, have run a national selection to decide their entry for the competition. For the 2019 edition of Supernova, thirty-three songs were shortlisted and cut down to sixteen for the semi-final stage. After topping the jury vote and coming second in the televoting to fan favourite Markus Riva, Carousel won the right to represent Latvia in Tel Aviv.

Music Video

The Blogging DJ’s Review

To do well at Eurovision, you don’t have to use fancy backdrops, pyrotechnics or dance moves. Sometimes, creating a particular mood is all you need to do, with Salvador Sobral and The Common Linnets highlighting that. Latvia has decided to go down the minimalistic route this year and I must admit that it’s a pleasant listen. The use of black and white filters on the cameras helps to grab that mood and hand it back to the audience. It is sweet, but lacks the emotional touch for me that really makes an understated song special (see Lithuania’s entry last year as an example). It all just feels a bit flat, despite the pleasant listen, but I wish them luck in Tel Aviv. 7

Live Performance Video

Odds

According to Oddschecker, you can currently get odds ranging from 100/1 to a massive 350/1 on Latvia winning the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. This suggests that bookmakers and betters see this entry as an almost certain non-qualifier, but might be worth a small punt if you believe in the song enough.

Record at Eurovision

Latvia have competed in the Eurovision Song Contest nineteen times since making their debut in 2000, performing in the Grand Final on ten occasions. They have won the contest once, in 2002, where some novelty staging at the time from Marie N helped “I Wanna” succeed. Last year, a sultry performance from Laura Rizzotto was not enough to stop “Funny Girl” from missing out on qualifying for the Grand Final by two places.

So what are your thoughts on the Latvian entry? Will the Grand Final be their night? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below, and stay tuned for more Eurovision preview posts being published in the coming weeks!

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