Oh Latvia, what are we going to do with you? Responsible for some of the most disasterously awful entries in recent years, Latvia’s unsinkable spirit has seen it attend every Eurovision since its debut, and come bottom 3 in every semi-final of the last 5 years, coming last three times.
Despite this, Latvia have proven themselves capable. On an admittedly iffy 2002 final, they incredibly managed to win Eurovision, and brought the contest to Riga for the first time. It remains to be seen if they can ever scale those heights again, but having not seen a grand final since 2008, hopes are not high.
And yet they continue – selection show Dziesma selected Aarzemnieki to represent Latvia, and the song is a typically (if that word even applies) oddball effort, sounding perhaps like it should be soundtracking a self-consciously hipster mobile phone commercial.
But despite this, there’s something disarming and charming about it. Perhaps it’s supposed to be ironic, but I really can’t believe it. It’s just a lovely, stupid little acoustic singalong that I can see bringing enjoyment to many people. And if that’s not the point of all this, what is? (only Mr God knows why)
So I don’t expect it to win, but even qualifying would be great given their recent record. I might be rooting for nearly every song this year, but definitely for this one.
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