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
First entered: 2000
Appearances (excluding this year): 19
Best result: Winner 2002
Last year’s result: 12th in semi-final (did not qualify)