Participant(s): Anmary Song:Beautiful Song Writer(s): Rolands Ūdris Composer(s): Ivars Makstnieks
The Latvian song is called “Beautiful Song” and will be sung by Anmary. The song has been selected in the national final; there were 10 songs in that show. Listening to the “Beautiful Song” there can be heard some harmonies of the typical 80’s ethno sound snippets like songs from Mike Oldfield or Enya. This is definitely a catchy tune which doesn’t go out of your head once listened. The lyrics seem to be a bit strange as Johnny Logan and Mick Jagger are mentioned in it as a kind of role model for Anmary, singing about her musical career.
Latvia starts in the first Semi Final; this has not been a lucky position recently. Let’s cross the fingers that Latvia will be in the final with this earthy, warm-hearted melody.
In the short history of Latvia in the Eurovision Song Contest, the biggest success came in the third year after the debut. In 2002 Marie N. could convince the juries and televoters with „I wanna“. Latvia describes itself as “the land that sings” which origins in the long singing tradition which takes place in singing festivals all over the country. This can also be said from the neighbour country Estonia. The best ranks could be reached by “My star” by Brainstorm in 2000 (3rd) and “The war is not over” by Walter & Kleins in 2005 (5th).
In the last three years Latvia could not reach the grand final anymore, even if the Latvian songs seem to be contemporary. Compared to the more successful neighbour Estonia, Latvia has not found it’s clear successful line, all Latvian entries are totally different from each other, even if the Latvians love to sing, but obviously don’t hit the European taste unfortunately.