Latvia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014

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Eurovision Song Contest 2014
Country Latvia
National selection
Selection processDziesma 2014
Selection date(s)Semi-finals:
1 February 2014
2 February 2014
Final:
22 February 2014
Selected entrantAarzemnieki
Selected song"Cake to Bake"
Selected songwriter(s)
  • Guntis Veilands
Finals performance
Semi-final resultFailed to qualify
(13th, 33 points)
Latvia in the Eurovision Song Contest
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Latvia participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The Latvian entry was selected through Dziesma 2014, a national final format that consisted of two semi-finals and a final, organised by the Latvian broadcaster Latvijas Televīzija (LTV). Aarzemnieki represented Latvia with the song "Cake to Bake" written by Guntis Veilands, which failed to qualify from the first semi-final, placing 13th with 33 points. This is the sixth year in a row that the nation has failed to qualify for the final.

Before Eurovision[edit]

Dziesma 2014[edit]

Dziesma 2014 was the second edition of Dziesma, the music competition that selects Latvia's entries for the Eurovision Song Contest. The competition commenced on 1 February 2014 and concluded with a final on 22 February 2014.[1] All shows in the competition were broadcast on LTV1 as well as online via the broadcaster's official website ltv.lsm.lv, while the final was also streamed online at the official Eurovision Song Contest website euroision.tv.[2]

Format[edit]

The format of the competition consisted of three shows: two semi-finals and a final. The semi-finals took place at Palladium Concert Hall in Riga and the final took place at the Jūras vārti Theatre in Ventspils. The three shows were hosted by Ēriks Loks and Nauris Brikmanis.[3] The two semi-finals, held on 1 and 2 February 2014, each featured twelve competing entries from which six advanced to the final from each show. The final, held on 22 February 2014, selected the Latvian entry for Copenhagen from the remaining twelve entries over two rounds of voting: the first round selected the top three entries and the second round selected the winner.[4]

Results during the semi-final and final shows were determined by the 50/50 combination of votes from a jury panel and a public vote. The jury vote was calculated by having each juror assign points from 1 to 12 based on individual ranking, with the first place receiving one point and last place receiving twelve points. The public vote also assigned points from 1 to 12 based on the number of votes each entry received, with the first place receiving one point and last place receiving twelve points. In the second round of the final, both the jury and public assigned points from 1 to 3 for the top three entries, with the first place receiving one point and last place receiving three points. Viewers were able to vote via telephone up to five times, SMS with a single SMS counting as five votes or via online through the broadcaster's official website. The online vote allowed users to vote once per each accepted social network account: Draugiem.lv, Facebook and Twitter.[5][6]

Competing entries[edit]

Songwriters were able to submit their entries to the broadcaster between 1 October 2013 and 20 November 2013. LTV adopted the slogan "Made in Latvia" for the competition, meaning that all songwriters were required to have Latvian citizenship or residency unlike in previous years. 73 songs (60 in English, 11 in Latvian, 1 in Russian and 1 in French) were submitted for the competition at the conclusion of the submission period.[7] Local and international jury panels appointed by LTV evaluated the submitted songs and selected twenty-four entries.[5] The international jury panel consisted of Adam Klein (British music manager), John Ballard (Swedish composer and producer) and Maja Keuc (2011 Slovenian Eurovision entrant). The local jury consisted of Aija Strazdiņa (director), Aija Vītoliņa (singer), Ģirts Lūsis ("Labvēlīgais tips" producer and composer), Kārlis Auzāns (producer and composer) and Kristaps Krievkalns (musician and composer). The twenty-four selected songs were announced during a press conference on 2 December 2013 and the selected songwriters had until 7 January 2014 to nominate the performers for their songs.[8] The twenty-four competing artists were announced on 8 January 2014.[9]

Artist Song (English translation) Composer(s)
Aarzemnieki "Cake to Bake" Guntis Veilands
Aminata Savadogo "I Can Breathe" Aminata Savadogo
Andris Kivičs "Pa vidu tu" (You in the middle) Andris Kivičs
Anete Volmane "Breathe Slow" Edgars Viļums, Anete Volmane
Crazy Dolls "Bučas" (Kisses) Aldis Zaļūksnis, Mārtiņs Poļakovskis
DJ Dween & Sabīne Berezina "Dejo tā" (Dance like that) Kaspars Dvinskis, Sabīne Berezina
Dons "Pēdējā vēstule" (The last letter) Artūrs Šingirejs, Ingus Bērziņš
Dāvis Matskins "I Need More" Alise Ketnere
Eirošmits "If I Could (Get Away)" Miks Žagars, Raitis Aušmuksts
Ivo Grīsniņš Grīslis "I've Got" Ivo Grīsniņš Grīslis
Katrine Lukins "You Are the Reason" Katrine Lukins, Kārlis Indrišonoks
Katrīna Bindere "Moment and Tomorrow" Edgars Beļickis, Kārlis Auziņš, Mikus Frišvelds
Mad Show Boys "I Need a Soul-Twin" Garijs Poļskis
Markus Riva "Lights On" Gaitis Lazdāns, Markus Riva
MyRadiantU "Going All the Way" Janis Driksna
Niko "Here I Am Again" Vladimirs Koževņikovs
Olga & Līgo "Saule riet" (Sunset) Tomass Kleins, Guntars Račs
Oskars Deigelis "Just Stop" Oskars Deigelis, Ruslans Kuksinovičs
Ralfs Eilands & Valters Pūce "Revelation" Ralfs Eilands, Valters Pūce, Ansis Grūbe
Sabīne Berezina "Pressure" Žanna Berezina
Sabīne Vidriķe "Is It Possible" Edgard Kokorevičs, Sabīne Vidriķe
Samanta Tīna "Stay" Ingars Viļums
Tamāra Rutkovska "I'm Happy" Tamāra Rutkovska
U.K. "What If It Was" Rolands Ūdris

Semi-final 1[edit]

The first semi-final took place on 1 February 2014. Twelve entries competed and the top six songs qualified to the final via a 50/50 combination of votes from a jury panel and the Latvian public.[6] The jury panel that voted in the first semi-final consisted of Kristaps Krievkalns (musician, composer and arranger), Jegors Jerohomovičs (music critic and cultural journalist), Aija Strazdiņa (director), Ģirts Lūsis (musician, composer, producer and manager), Uldis Cīrulis aka DJ Monsta (radio DJ), Gabriel Broggini (member of 2012 Swiss Eurovision entrants Sinplus), Ivan Broggini (member of 2012 Swiss Eurovision entrants Sinplus), Vineta Elksne (singer, vocal coach, conductor and songwriter) and Jānis Palkavnieks (spokesman for Draugiem.lv).[10]

In addition to the performances of the competing entries, the show featured guest performances by rock group Dzelzs Vilks, ensemble Gapoljeri, folk duo Dimantas, hip-hop performer Pikaso and 2012 Swiss Eurovision entrants Sinplus.[11]

Semi-final 1 – 1 February 2014
Draw Artist Song Jury Public Vote Result
Internet Televote
1 DJ Dween & Sabīne Berezina "Dejo tā" 9 7 10 Eliminated
2 Crazy Dolls "Bučas" 8 11 12 Eliminated
3 Tamara Rutkovska "I'm Happy" 11 12 9 Eliminated
4 Niko "Here I Am Again" 7 4 2 Advanced
5 Ivo Grīsniņš Grīslis "I've Got" 5 10 11 Eliminated
6 Aarzemnieki "Cake to Bake" 6 2 3 Advanced
7 Oskars Deigelis "Just Stop" 10 9 8 Eliminated
8 Samanta Tīna "Stay" 1 5 5 Advanced
9 MyRadiantU "Going All the Way" 3 6 7 Advanced
10 Aminata Savadogo "I Can Breathe" 4 3 4 Advanced
11 Dāvis Matskins "I Need More" 12 8 6 Eliminated
12 Olga & Līgo "Saule riet" 2 1 1 Advanced

Semi-final 2[edit]

The second semi-final took place on 2 February 2014. Twelve entries competed and the top six songs qualified to the final via a 50/50 combination of votes from a jury panel and the Latvian public.[12] The jury panel that voted in the second semi-final consisted of Kristaps Krievkalns (musician, composer and arranger), Jegors Jerohomovičs (music critic and cultural journalist), Aija Strazdiņa (director), Ģirts Lūsis (musician, composer, producer and manager), Uldis Cīrulis aka DJ Monsta (radio DJ), Gabriel Broggini (member of 2012 Swiss Eurovision entrants Sinplus), Ivan Broggini (member of 2012 Swiss Eurovision entrants Sinplus), Zita Lunde (TVNET web portal editor in chief) and Artūrs Ancāns (Emīls Dārziņš mixed choir artistic director and chairman of the board of the Latvian Choir Conductors Association).[13]

In addition to the performances of the competing entries, the show featured guest performances by 2012 World Choir Games champions Latvian Voices, 2010 Latvian Eurovision entrant Aija Andrejeva, group Headline, Latvian Song and Dance Festival choir wars winner Latvian Academy of Culture mixed choir Sõla and 2012 Swiss Eurovision entrants Sinplus.[11]

Semi-final 2 – 2 February 2014
Draw Artist Song Jury Public Vote Result
Internet Televote
1 Ralfs Eilands & Valters Pūce "Revelation" 2 4 4 Advanced
2 Katrine Lukins "You Are The Reason" 4 3 7 Advanced
3 Mad Show Boys "I Need a Soul-Twin" 10 9 6 Eliminated
4 Markus Riva "Lights On" 3 10 5 Advanced
5 Anete Volmane "Breathe Slow" 12 5 11 Eliminated
6 U.K. "What If It Was" 5 6 10 Eliminated
7 Katrīna Bindere "Moment and tomorrow" 7 8 1 Advanced
8 Andris Kivičs "Pa vidu tu" 9 12 12 Eliminated
9 Dons "Pēdējā vēstule" 1 1 2 Advanced
10 Sabīne Vidriķe "Is It Possible" 11 11 3 Eliminated
11 Sabīne Berezina "Pressure" 6 7 8 Eliminated
12 Eirošmits "If I Could (Get Away)" 8 2 9 Advanced

Final[edit]

The final took place on 22 February 2014. The twelve entries that qualified from the preceding two semi-finals competed and the winner was selected over two rounds of voting. In the first round, the top three songs advanced to the second round, the superfinal: "Pēdējā vēstule" performed by Dons, "Stay" performed by Samanta Tīna and "Cake to Bake" performed by Aarzemnieki. In the superfinal, the song with the highest number of votes from the jury and the public, "Cake to Bake" performed by Aarzemnieki, was declared the winner. The jury panel that voted in the final consisted of Kristaps Krievkalns (musician, composer and arranger), Sandris Vanzovičs (journalist), Ģirts Lūsis ("Labvēlīgais tips" producer and composer), Uldis Cīrulis aka DJ Monsta (radio DJ), Ieva Rozentāle (producer of music and culture programs at LTV), Agnese Cimuška (general manager of the Latvian Music Development Society), Andres Kõpper (member of Estonian band Tenfold Rabbit) and Rihards Zaļupe (composer and percussionist).[14]

In addition to the performances of the competing songs, the show featured guest performances by 2003 Latvian Eurovision entrant (as part of F.L.Y.) Lauris Reiniks, Normunds Rutulis, 2004 Latvian Eurovision entrants Fomins and Kleins, 2013 Latvian Eurovision entrants PeR performing together with Lithuanian singer Jurga and Tenfold Rabbit.[15]

Final – 22 February 2014
Draw Artist Song Jury Televote Total Place
1 Ralfs Eilands & Valters Pūce "Revelation" 1 905 8 9 4
2 Markus Riva "Lights On" 10 632 10 20 11
3 Katrīna Bindere "Moment and Tomorrow" 7 1,298 5 12 7
4 Dons "Pēdējā vēstule" 2 2,426 1 3 1
5 Samanta Tīna "Stay" 5 1,302 4 9 3
6 Niko "Here I Am Again" 11 1,269 6 17 9
7 MyRadiantU "Going All the Way" 6 686 9 15 8
8 Olga & Līgo "Saule riet" 9 1,960 3 12 6
9 Aminata Savadogo "I Can Breathe" 3 948 7 10 5
10 Aarzemnieki "Cake to Bake" 4 2,398 2 6 2
11 Eirošmits "If I Could (Get Away)" 8 541 11 19 10
12 Katrine Lukins "You Are The Reason" 12 380 12 24 12
Superfinal – 22 February 2014
Draw Artist Song Jury Public Vote Total Place
Internet Televote Total Points
1 Dons "Pēdējā vēstule" 1 1,551 3,830 5,381 2 3 2
2 Samanta Tīna "Stay" 3 797 1,979 2,776 3 6 3
3 Aarzemnieki "Cake to Bake" 2 1,529 3,949 5,478 1 3 1

At Eurovision[edit]

Aarzemnieki at the first semi-final dress rehearsal

During the semi-final allocation draw on 20 January 2014 at the Copenhagen City Hall, Latvia was drawn to compete in the first half of the first semi-final on 6 May 2014.[16] In the first semi-final, the producers of the show decided that Latvia would perform 2nd, following Armenia and preceding Estonia.[17] Latvia failed to qualify from the first semi-final, placing 13th in a field of 16 songs and scoring 33 points.

The Latvian performance featured the four members of Aarzemnieki playing instruments. The LED screens projected a tree lined park decorated with lights.[18]

In Latvia, both the semi-finals and the final were broadcast on LTV1 with commentary by Valters Frīdenbergs and Kārlis Būmeisters.[19] The Latvian spokesperson revealing the result of the Latvian vote in the final was Ralfs Eilands.[20]

Points awarded to Latvia[edit]

Points awarded to Latvia (semi-final 1)
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point

Points awarded by Latvia[edit]

Split voting results[edit]

The following five members comprise the Latvian jury:[21]

  • Harijs Zarins – Chairperson – guitarist, composer, lyricist
  • Marta Ritova – singer, composer
  • Edgars Beļickis – composer, music producer, transcriber
  • Igeta Gaike – singer, vocal teacher, composer, musical producer
  • Kaspars Ansons – composer, transcriber

Semi-final 1[edit]

The Latvian votes in the first semi-final were based on 50% jury voting and 50% televoting results.[22]

Semi-final 1 – Latvian Results
Draw Country H. Zarins M. Ritova E. Beļickis I. Gaike K. Ansons Average Jury Rank Televote Rank Combined Rank Scoreboard (Points)
01  Armenia 2 1 1 3 2 1 10 5 6
02  Latvia
03  Estonia 7 8 7 5 8 6 2 2 10
04  Sweden 4 4 3 1 5 3 5 3 8
05  Iceland 9 5 5 7 4 5 8 6 5
06  Albania 6 9 8 6 9 7 14 11
07  Russia 12 12 12 11 14 11 4 7 4
08  Azerbaijan 8 2 4 2 6 4 12 9 2
09  Ukraine 3 7 13 9 7 8 3 4 7
10  Belgium 15 13 10 13 13 13 9 12
11  Moldova 13 14 11 14 11 12 15 15
12  San Marino 14 10 15 10 15 14 7 10 1
13  Portugal 11 15 14 15 12 15 11 14
14  Netherlands 1 3 2 4 1 2 1 1 12
15  Montenegro 10 6 6 8 10 9 13 13
16  Hungary 5 11 9 12 3 10 6 8 3

Final[edit]

The Latvian votes in the first grand final were based on 50% jury voting and 50% televoting results.[23]

Final – Latvian Results
Draw Country H. Zarins M. Ritova E. Beļickis I. Gaike K. Ansons Average Jury Rank Televote Rank Combined Rank Scoreboard (Points)
01  Ukraine 8 10 21 10 12 11 3 4 7
02  Belarus 21 23 18 24 21 22 4 12
03  Azerbaijan 7 4 6 3 2 4 21 11
04  Iceland 16 8 12 16 11 12 15 13
05  Norway 4 1 11 4 6 5 11 6 5
06  Romania 15 22 10 20 15 17 20 20
07  Armenia 2 2 2 5 3 2 6 2 10
08  Montenegro 18 11 15 9 24 16 26 23
09  Poland 23 25 25 25 13 24 10 19
10  Greece 26 26 20 26 26 26 17 24
11  Austria 17 12 13 11 7 10 5 5 6
12  Germany 13 6 16 12 10 9 19 14
13  Sweden 5 7 4 1 4 3 7 3 8
14  France 25 21 26 21 16 23 24 26
15  Russia 22 19 22 17 23 21 1 9 2
16  Italy 10 18 23 22 18 19 25 25
17  Slovenia 19 20 17 13 20 18 23 22
18  Finland 6 5 9 8 5 6 14 8 3
19  Spain 3 15 7 7 9 7 12 7 4
20   Switzerland 20 17 19 15 22 20 9 15
21  Hungary 9 14 14 19 8 14 8 10 1
22  Malta 11 16 3 6 14 8 22 16
23  Denmark 14 13 5 14 19 15 16 17
24  Netherlands 1 3 1 2 1 1 2 1 12
25  San Marino 24 24 24 23 25 25 13 21
26  United Kingdom 12 9 8 18 17 13 18 18

See also[edit]

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