Latvia in the Eurovision Song Contest

Member station LTV
National selection events
Participation summary
Appearances 19 (10 finals)
First appearance 2000
Best result 1st: 2002
Worst result Last: 2009 SF, 2010 SF, 2013 SF, 2017 SF
External links
LTV page
Latvia's page at
For the most recent participation see
Latvia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018

Latvia has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 19 times since making its debut at the contest in 2000, where the group Brainstorm finished third with the song "My Star". Latvia won the contest in 2002, with Marie N and the song "I Wanna", defeating Malta by 12 points. Latvia is the second former Soviet country to win the contest. The 2003 contest was held in the Latvian capital Riga. The country achieved its third top 10 result in 2005, when Walters and Kazha finished fifth with "The War Is Not Over".

Latvia did not participate in the final from 2009 to 2014, when they failed to qualify from the semi-finals for six consecutive years, including finishing last on three occasions, in 2009, 2010 and 2013.[1][2] Latvia qualified for the final for the first time since 2008 at the 2015 contest with Aminata and the song "Love Injected". Her sixth place in the final is Latvia's fourth top 10 finish and best result in the contest since 2005. Latvia made its 10th appearance in the final in 2016.


Latvia has had seventeen Eurovision entries since its debut. All of Latvia's entries have been performed in English, except for three entries: in 2004, Fomins & Kleins performed "Dziesma par laimi" for Latvia in Latvian; In 2007 when performed Questa Notte in Italian and in 2009, Intars Busulis, having won Eirodziesma 2009 with "Sastrēgums" in Latvian, performed the song in Russian as "Probka" (Пробка).[3]

To select the 2017 Latvian Eurovision entry, Spotify data was included in national Eurovision vote.[4]

Table key
  Second place
  Third place
  Last place
Year Artist Language Title Final Points Semi Points
2000 Brainstorm English "My Star" 3 136 No semi-finals
2001 Arnis Mednis English "Too Much" 18 16
2002 Marie N English "I Wanna" 1 176
2003 F.L.Y. English "Hello From Mars" 24 5
2004 Fomins and Kleins Latvian "Dziesma par laimi" Failed to qualify 17 23
2005 Walters and Kazha English "The War Is Not Over" 5 153 10 85
2006 Vocal Group Cosmos English "I Hear Your Heart" 16 30 Top 11 Previous Year
2007 Italian "Questa notte" 16 54 5 168
2008 Pirates of the Sea English "Wolves of the Sea" 12 83 6 86
2009 Intars Busulis Russian "Probka" (Пробка) Failed to qualify 19 7
2010 Aisha English "What For?" 17 11
2011 Musiqq English "Angel in Disguise" 17 25
2012 Anmary English "Beautiful Song" 16 17
2013 PeR English "Here We Go" 17 13
2014 Aarzemnieki English1 "Cake to Bake" 13 33
2015 Aminata English "Love Injected" 6 186 2 155
2016 Justs English "Heartbeat" 15 132 8 132
2017 Triana Park English "Line" Failed to qualify 18 21
2018 Laura Rizzotto English "Funny Girl" 12 106
1. ^ The song is in English; however, there are some phrases in Latvian.[5]
2. If a country had won the previous year, they did not have to compete in the semi-finals the following year. In addition from 2004-2007, the top ten countries who were not members of the big four did not have to compete in the semi-finals the following year. If, for example, Germany and France placed inside the top ten, the countries who placed 11th and 12th were advanced to the following year's grand final along with the rest of the top ten countries.

Voting history

As of 2017, Latvia's voting history is as follows:


Year Location Venue Presenters
2003 Riga Skonto Hall Marija Naumova and Renārs Kaupers

Commentators and spokespersons

Year(s) Commentator Spokesperson
2000Kārlis StreipsLauris Reiniks
2001Renārs Kaupers
2002Ēriks Niedra
2003Ģirts Līcis
2004Lauris Reiniks
2005Marie N
2006Mārtiņš Freimanis
2007Janis Šipkevics
2008Kristīne Virsnīte
2009Roberto Meloni
2010Kārlis Būmeisters
2011Valters Frīdenbergs and Kārlis BūmeistersAisha
2012Valters Frīdenbergs
2014Ralfs Eilands
2015Valters Frīdenbergs and Toms GrēviņšMarkus Riva
2016Toms Grēviņš
2018Toms Grēviņš and Magnuss EriņšDagmāra Legante


  1. "Eurovision Song Contest 2009 Semi-Final (2)". Retrieved 22 May 2014.
  2. "Eurovision Song Contest Semi-Final 2013 (2)". Retrieved 22 May 2014.
  3. Floras, Stella (2009-03-01). "Latvia: Sastregums to be performed in Russian". ESCToday. Retrieved 2009-03-01.
  4. "Latvia to include Spotify data in national Eurovision vote". 24 October 2016. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  5. "Cake to bake, original lyrics". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 24 June 2014.
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