Eurovision 2019 previews countdown: #31 LATVIA – Carousel – “That Night”

So straight after the first Scandinavian country, we now have the first Baltic country. Former winners Latvia mark their 20th appearance in the contest this year, though have had a patchy recent history, with just two qualifications for the grand final since 2009. An uphill struggle for Carousel then – can they make the semi-final “that night” Latvia qualify again?

Carousel are a duo (though not a duet) that caused a bit of a surprise by winning Supernova 2019, the Latvian national final. They saw off other early favourites, including perennial contestant Markus Riva (who I really thought would win this year!). It’s a dreamy sort of song, with a distinct country vibe. It’s relaxing and reflective I’d say, although not an awful lot happens or changes during the three minutes.

I have to say, I don’t see this improving Latvia’s qualification record much – it’s got a relatively early slot in the running order (not a benefit) and plenty of songs that are almost certain to qualify or are strong contenders to qualify. It’s not a song that I dislike, but one has to be honest about their chances!

(One curious fact – Latvia were #31 in my countdown last year as well!)

National final performance:

My preview video:

Latvia in the Eurovision Song Contest

Flag of Latvia

First entered: 2000

Appearances (excluding this year): 19

Best result: Winner 2002

Last year’s result: 12th in semi-final (did not qualify)

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