Latvia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022

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Eurovision Song Contest 2022
Country Latvia
National selection
Selection processSupernova 2022
Selection date(s)Online vote:
10–14 January 2022
Semi-final:
5 February 2022
Final:
12 February 2022
Selected entrantCiti Zēni
Selected song"Eat Your Salad"
Selected songwriter(s)
  • Roberts Memmēns
  • Jānis Pētersons
  • Dagnis Roziņš
  • Jānis Jačmenkins
Finals performance
Semi-final resultFailed to qualify (14th)
Latvia in the Eurovision Song Contest
◄2021 2022

Latvia participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Turin, Italy, with "Eat Your Salad" performed by Citi Zēni. The Latvian broadcaster Latvijas Televīzija (LTV) organised the national final Supernova 2022 in order to select the Latvian entry for the contest.

Latvia was drawn to compete in the first semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest which took place on 10 May 2022. Performing during the show in position 2, "Eat Your Salad" was not announced among the top 10 entries of the first semi-final and therefore did not qualify to compete in the final. It was later revealed that Latvia placed 14th out of the 17 participating countries in the semi-final with 55 points.

Background

Prior to the 2022 contest, Latvia has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest twenty-one times since its first entry in 2000.[1] Latvia won the contest once in 2002 with the song "I Wanna" performed by Marie N. Following the introduction of semi-finals for the 2004, Latvia was able to qualify to compete in the final between 2005 and 2008. Between 2009 and 2014, the nation failed to qualify to the final for six consecutive years. In the 2015 contest, Latvia managed to qualify to the final with the song "Love Injected" performed by Aminata, which placed 6th in the final, scoring 186 points, giving them their best placing since 2005. In 2021, Latvia was represented by Samanta Tīna and the song "The Moon Is Rising", but the country did not qualify for the final and finished last in the second semi-final with 14 points.

Before Eurovision

Supernova 2022

Supernova 2022 was the seventh edition of the Latvian national selection Supernova, which selected Latvia's entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2022. The competition consisted of 17 entries, of which 10 took part in a final that took place on 12 February 2022.[2] The jury panel consisted of five Latvian music experts and two international experts: Anna Platpīre (LTV content creator), Māris Mihelsons (musician), Laura Jēkabsone (composer and singer), Toms Grēviņš (Radio and TV host, DJ, Latvian commentator at the Eurovision Song Contest), Iļja Lagutenko (musician), Nicolau Tudela (Portuguese artistic director of TV) and Julian Guiterrez (French TV director).[3]

Competing entries

On 7 October 2021, LTV opened a two-month submission period for interested singers and songwriters to enter the audition process for Supernova 2022.[4] All entries were required to be by a singer-songwriter that was aged at least sixteen and a citizen of Latvia, with foreign writers allowed only if they contributed to one third or less of the entry. After all submissions were received, a jury formed of representatives of the main radio stations in Latvia assessed the songs, only being informed of the song title (not the singer). 16 acts were selected by the jury to take part in the competition.[2] The selected entries were announced on 5 January 2022.[5] In addition to the initial sixteen competing artists, LTV held an online vote between 10 and 14 January 2022 to determine a seventeenth act.[6]

Online vote – 10–14 January 2022
Artist Song Songwriter(s)
Antra Stafecka [lv] and Atis Ieviņš "Call the Lights" Antra Stafecka, Atis Ieviņš, Oskars Deigelis
Dārta Stepanova "Brīnumzeme" Valters Pūce, Patrīcija Ksenija Cuprijanoviča [lv]
Edvards Strazdiņš "Open Road" Edvards Strazdiņš, Kerija Hauptmane
Katrīna Dimanta [lv] "My Voice" Katrīna Dimanta, Reinis Briģis
Marta Ritova [lv] "Let Me Go" Marta Ritova, Armands Varslavāns
Mārtiņš Strods "One More Time" Mārtiņš Strods, Evija Smagare
Miks Galvanovskis [lv] "I'm Just a Sinner" Miks Galvanovskis, Reinis Briģis
Rihards Bērziņš "1+1" Rihards Bērziņš
Tētis "Labākie vārdi" Nauris Brikmanis [lv], Valters Osis
Toms Kalderauskis "Naked Smile" Liene Stūrmane, Kaspars Ansons, Toms Kalderauskis
Artist Song Songwriter(s)
Aminata "I'm Letting You Go" Aminata Savadogo
Beatrise Heislere "On the Way Home" Edvards Grieze, Beatrise Heislere
Bermudu Divstūris [lv] "Bad" Marats Ogļezņevs
Bujāns "He, She, You & Me" Intars Busulis, Reinis Sējāns [lv], Marts Pujāts [lv], Jānis Šipkēvics [lv]
Citi Zēni "Eat Your Salad" Roberts Memmēns, Jānis Pētersons, Dagnis Roziņš, Jānis Jačmenkins
Elīna Gluzunova "Es pabiju tur" Jānis Šipkēvics, Marts Pujāts
Inspo "A Happy Place" Nadīna Stirniniece, Aivars Lietaunieks
Katō [lv] "Promises" Kaspars Ansons, Anna Zankovska
Linda Rušeniece "Pay My Own Bills" Ralfs Eilands, Rūdolfs Ozols, Valters Sprūdžs
Markus Riva "If You're Gonna Love Me" Markus Riva
Mēs Jūs Mīlam "Rich Itch" Rūdolfs Ozols, Valters Sprūdžs, Ralfs Eilands [lv]
Miks Dukurs [lv] "First Love" Miks Dukurs
Miks Galvanovskis [lv] "I'm Just a Sinner" Miks Galvanovskis, Reinis Briģis
Patriks Peterson [lv] "Can't Get You Outta My Head" Elviss Pētersons
Raum "Plans" Daniel Levi Viinalass [et], Reinis Straume [lv], Arnis Račinskis [lv]
The Coco'nuts "In and Out of the Dark" Marija Valmiera, Pēteris Narubins, Toms Valmiers, Monta Kurme, Benijs Zeltkalis, Artūrs Strautmanis
Zelma "How" Arturs Liede, Andrjus Jaņuns, Arta Zelma Jēgere

Semi-final

The semi-final took place on 5 February 2022. Ten entries were selected by a professional jury and a televote in a 50/50 split vote. On February 10th it was announced that LTV assigned Miks Dukurs a wildcard for the Supernova final, citing technical issues that impacted his semi-final performance.[7]

  Jury and public vote qualifier   Wildcard

Semi-final – 5 February 2022
Draw Artist Song Result
1 Citi Zēni "Eat Your Salad" Advanced
2 Miks Dukurs "First Love" Advanced
3 Linda Rušeniece "Pay My Own Bills" Advanced
4 Elīna Gluzunova "Es pabiju tur" Advanced
5 Raum "Plans" Advanced
6 Patriks Peterson "Can't Get You Outta My Head" Eliminated
7 Mēs Jūs Mīlam "Rich Itch" Advanced
8 Katō "Promises" Eliminated
9 Miks Galvanovskis "I'm Just a Sinner" Advanced
10 Markus Riva "If You're Gonna Love Me" Eliminated
11 The Coco'nuts "In and Out of the Dark" Eliminated
12 Aminata "I'm Letting You Go" Advanced
13 Bermudu Divstūris "Bad" Advanced
14 Beatrise Heislere "On the Way Home" Eliminated
15 Zelma "How" Eliminated
16 Bujāns "He, She, You & Me" Advanced
17 Inspo "A Happy Place" Advanced

Final

The final took place on 12 February 2022. The winner was determined by a professional jury and a televote in a 50/50 split vote.[8] In addition to the competing entries, the final also featured Uku Suviste and the Roop (respectively Estonian and Lithuanian representatives at the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 and 2021) as guest performers.[8] The combination of jury and televoting crowned Citi Zēni as the winners of the national selection with the song "Eat Your Salad" and hence the chance to represent Latvia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2022.

Final – 12 February 2022[3][9][10]
Draw Artist Song Jury Televote Total Place
Votes Points
1 Miks Dukurs "First Love" 0 2,116 0 0 11
2 Raum "Plans" 5 3,486 2 7 9
3 Linda Rušeniece "Pay My Own Bills" 6 3,394 1 7 10
4 Bermudu Divstūris "Bad" 2 24,216 6 8 7
5 Miks Galvanovskis "I'm Just a Sinner" 7 16,060 5 12 4
6 Bujāns "He, She, You & Me" 3 38,924 10 13 3
7 Elīna Gluzunova "Es pabiju tur" 8 3,572 3 11 5
8 Citi Zēni "Eat Your Salad" 12 50,566 12 24 1
9 Inspo "A Happy Place" 4 6,432 4 8 8
10 Mēs Jūs Mīlam "Rich Itch" 1 26,692 7 8 6
11 Aminata "I'm Letting You Go" 10 30,983 8 18 2

At Eurovision

Merano in Trentino-South Tyrol was the location of Ronela Hajati's postcard.
A video postcard introduced Citi Zēni's performance in the first semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2022. The postcard was filmed in Merano
in Trentino-South Tyrol and featured virtual projections of the band across the location.

According to Eurovision rules, all nations with the exceptions of the host country and the "Big Five" (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) are required to qualify from one of two semi-finals in order to compete for the final; the top ten countries from each semi-final progress to the final. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) split up the competing countries into six different pots based on voting patterns from previous contests, with countries with favourable voting histories put into the same pot. On 25 January 2022, an allocation draw was held which placed each country into one of the two semi-finals, as well as which half of the show they would perform in. Latvia was placed into the first semi-final, which was held on 10 May 2022, and was scheduled to perform in the first half of the show.[11]

Once all the competing songs for the 2022 contest had been released, the running order for the semi-finals was decided by the shows' producers rather than through another draw, so that similar songs were not placed next to each other. Latvia was set to perform in position 2 following the entry from Albania and after the entry from Lithuania.[12]

In Latvia, all shows were broadcast on LTV1, with commentary by Toms Grēviņš [lv] and Lauris Reiniks.[13][14] The Latvian spokesperson, who announced the top 12-point score awarded by the Latvian jury during the final, was Samanta Tīna, who previously represented Latvia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2021.[15][16][17]

Semi-final

Citi Zēni took part in technical rehearsals on 30 April and 4 May, followed by dress rehearsals on 9 and 10 May. This included the jury show on 9 May where the professional juries of each country watched and voted on the competing entries.

The Latvian performance featured the entire band on stage dressed in brightly coloured suits in a retro fashion to match the style of the song. The performance was fast paced and featured audience interaction and brightly coloured LED lights in the background. The performance ended with the lead singer of the band performing the split and the use of pyrotechnics concluded the entry.[18]

At the end of the show, Latvia was not announced among the top 10 entries in the first semi-final and therefore failed to qualify to compete in the final. This was Latvia's fifth consecutive non-qualification to the grand final having last appeared in 2016. It was later revealed that Latvia placed fourteenth in the semi-final, receiving a total of 55 points: 16 points from the televoting and 39 points from the juries.

Voting

Below is a breakdown of points awarded to Latvia during the first semi-final. Voting during the three shows involved each country awarding two sets of points from 1-8, 10 and 12: one from their professional jury and the other from televoting.[19] The exact composition of the professional jury, and the results of each country's jury and televoting were released after the final; the individual results from each jury member were also released in an anonymised form.[20][21] The Latvian jury consisted of Anna Platpire, Ģirts Lūsis, Ikars Ruņģis, Kaspars Ansons, and Laura Jēkabsone.[20][21] In the first semi-final, Latvia finished in fourteenth place out of seventeen entries, marking Latvia's fifth consecutive non-qualification from the semi-finals. The first semi-final saw Latvia receive twelve points from Portugal in the jury vote. Over the course of the contest, Latvia awarded its 12 points to Ukraine in both the jury and televote in the first semi-final and the final.[22][23]

Points awarded to Latvia