Justs Sirmais known as Justs, is a Latvian singer and television presenter. He represented Latvia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 with the song "Heartbeat". Justs was born on 6 February 1995 in Ķekava, he attended Riga State Gymnasium No.1. He began his musical journey as a street musician in Riga. On 31 January 2016, Justs was announced as one of the 20 competing acts in the second season of Supernova, the show used to select Latvia's representative to the Eurovision Song Contest, he was competing with the song "Heartbeat". In the first heat on 7 February, Sirmais advanced to the semi-final after winning over 40% of the televote, he advanced to the final through televoting. On 28 February, he won the national final and represented Latvia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden, he placed 15th in the final. Justs earned his country's sixth best placing ever. On 17 May 2016 he released the EP To Be Heard. On 23 May 2016 he released the single "Ko Tu Dari?". In January 2018, it was announced that he will cohost Supernova 2018.
In April 2018, Justs released his debut studio album, Here I Am. In September 2018, Sirmais announced on Instagram that he would be studying Music Production at university in Bristol, United Kingdom
Latvia in the Eurovision Song Contest
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 with Marie N and the song "I Wan na", 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. 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. To select the 2017 Latvian Eurovision entry, Spotify data was included in national Eurovision vote. Table key NOTES: 1. ^ The song is in English. 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 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; as of 2018, Latvia's voting history is as follows: Points to and from Latvia eurovisioncovers.co.uk
Eurovision Song Contest 2014
The Eurovision Song Contest 2014 was the 59th edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Copenhagen, following Emmelie de Forest's win at the 2013 contest in Malmö, Sweden with the song "Only Teardrops"; this was the third time that Denmark hosted the contest, the most recent previous occasion being in 2001. The two semi-finals took place on 6 and 8 May 2014, the final on 10 May 2014; the shows were presented by Nikolaj Koppel and Pilou Asbæk. The show organisers from Copenhagen all in all spent 112 million Danish kroner on the contest; the host broadcaster, DR, chose the B&W Hallerne as the host venue after considering several bids from cities and venues across Denmark. Thirty-seven countries participated. Overall, there were two fewer countries competing compared to the previous year, making thirty-seven participants, the smallest number since 2006. Bulgaria, Croatia and Serbia announced their withdrawal from the 2014 Contest. San Marino and Montenegro both qualified for the final for the first time.
The winner was Conchita Wurst with the song "Rise Like a Phoenix", written by Charley Mason, Joey Patulka, Ali Zuckowski, Julian Maas for Austria. This was Austria's first win in the competition since 1966. Jokes made about Wurst had sparked controversy, whilst Russia were booed several times during the contest. Netherlands and Sweden finished second and third with the former achieving their best result since their victory in the 1975 Contest. Armenia finished fourth, which equals their best result to date, while Hungary finished fifth, achieving its best result since its fourth place in 1994. Of the "Big Five", only Ruth Lorenzo of Spain achieved a place in the top ten, while Italy got its worst result ending at 21st place. A new record of 195 million viewers for the Eurovision Song Contest was reported; the official compilation album of the 2014 Contest was released by Universal Music Group on 14 April 2014, featured all 37 songs from the contest, including the official #JoinUs theme performed during the interval act of the grand final.
The host broadcaster, DR, the EBU won the International TV Award at the Ondas Awards for their production of the contest. On 2 September 2013, Danish public broadcaster DR announced that it had chosen Copenhagen as the host city for the 2014 contest; the contest was held at the former shipyard Refshaleøen, in the B&W Hallerne, with the social networking hashtag "#JoinUs" as the motto. The location had been refurbished to accommodate the event, with the surrounding area transformed into "Eurovision Island"—an Olympic Park-inspired complex housing the event venue, press centre, other amenities; the mayor of Copenhagen, Frank Jensen, declared in late August that the city would contribute to the budget with 40 million. He announced that the aim was to make the Eurovision 2014 into the greenest contest to date since Copenhagen had been elected European Green Capital for 2014. Five cities had been considered as host city of the contest, including Herning and Copenhagen, both favourites to be the next host.
The Parken Stadium, located in Copenhagen, which hosted the 2001 contest and Jyske Bank Boxen in Herning, which hosted the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2013 final, were the first venues to join the bidding phase. Fredericia and Aalborg entered the phase with the Messe C and Gigantium venues, respectively; the fifth city to join the phase was Horsens, with the venue being the courtyard of the former Horsens State Prison. In the event that Horsens had been chosen to host the contest, the courtyard would have been covered by a permanent glass roof; the contest was provisionally set to take place on 13, 15 and 17 May 2014, the dates were brought forward a week in order to accommodate the candidate cities. On 17 June 2013, the municipality executive of Aalborg decided not to bid for hosting the contest due to the city's lack of sufficient hotel capacity. While DR required the host city to have at least 3,000 hotel rooms, the city of Aalborg had only 1,600 hotel rooms, more than half of, booked for other events taking place at the same time as the Eurovision Song Contest.
On 18 June 2013, DR announced that formal bids on hosting the contest had been received by the municipalities of Copenhagen and Horsens, that the Municipality of Fredericia had confirmed its intention to place a formal bid, too. On 19 June 2013, the deadline for placing bids on hosting the contest, it was reported that Wonderful Copenhagen, the official convention and visitors bureau of the Greater Copenhagen area, had proposed three different venues in its bid on hosting the contest: The Parken Stadium, a large tent on the grounds of DR Byen and the B&W Hallerne. On 25 June 2013, the Municipality of Fredericia announced that the Triangle Region had withdrawn its bid on hosting the contest, due to the lack of a suitable venue. DR required the hosting venue to have no pillars blocking any views and an interior height of at least 16 metres. However, no venues in the region met those requirements and, Fredericia was no longer in the running for becoming host city of the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest.
On 28 June 2013, Anders Hørsholt, CEO of Parken Sport & Entertainment, stated that the Parken Stadium was no longer in the running for hosting the contest due to several football matches having been scheduled to take place at the stadium in the weeks leading up to the contest. Key Host venue The competition consisted of two semi-finals and a final, a format, in use since 2008
Supernova (Latvian TV series)
Supernova is a Latvian music entertainment show created by the Latvian broadcaster, LTV. It is used as the Latvian national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest. Supernova began airing in 2015, replacing the previous short-lived Latvian national selection Dziesma, its first winner, Aminata Savadogo went on to bring Latvia to the finals for the first time since 2008, earning Latvia their best placing since 2005, their fourth best placing ever. Supernova 2015 consisted of two introduction shows, two heats, a semi-final, a final; the introduction shows took place on 18 and 25 January 2015, the heats on 1 and 8 February 2015, the semi-final on 15 February 2015, the final on 22 February 2015. The season started out with twenty competitors. A mix of jury voting and voting from the public decided the qualifiers of the semi-finals. Supernova 2016 consisted of two introduction shows, two heats, a semi-final, a final; the introduction shows took place on 24 and 31 January 2016, the heats on 7 and 14 February 2016, the semi-final on 21 February 2016, the final on 28 February 2016.
The competing artists and their songs were revealed during the second introduction show. The season started out with twenty competitors. A mix of jury voting and voting from the public decided the qualifiers of the semi-finals. Supernova 2017 consisted of two introduction shows, two heats, a semi-final, a final; the introduction shows took place on 22 and 29 January 2017, the heats on 5 and 12 February 2017, the semi-final on 19 February 2017, the final on 26 February 2017. The competing artists and their songs were revealed on 13 January 2017; the season started out with twenty-two competitors. A mix of jury voting and voting from the public decided the qualifiers of the semi-finals. Supernova 2018 consisted of four competition shows. Twenty-one artists competed in this season, which consisted of a final; the first semifinal took place on 3 February, the second and third semifinals took place on 10 February and 17 February, respectively. Technical voting errors were encountered during the second semifinal.
In the final, held on 24 February, Laura Rizzotto was declared the winner of the competition after her song Funny Girl scored the highest number of votes from the public. Supernova 2019 consisted of three shows: two semi-finals and a final; the two semi-finals featured eight competing entries each, from which four were selected to advance to the final from each show. Results during the semi-final and final shows were determined by a jury panel and votes from the public. Official website
Intars Busulis is a Latvian singer and musician in a Musical Union Intars Busulis & Abonementa orķestris. Wider recognition came from participation in a band called "Caffe", in 2001, he has been the winner of several music competitions, as well as, he represented Latvia in Eurovision Song Contest 2009. He was a contestant in the 3rd season of Russian reality television singing competition The Voice, based on The Voice series. Intars Busulis got his education in Primary School, in Pastende, but musical education received by completing Talsi Children's Music School and by finishing Ventspils Music College, where he played trombone in "Ventspils big-band" led by Ziedonis Zaikovskis. Musical career started, together with sister performing the song “Ūsainā puķe”. During his childhood, played in a children's ensemble "Talsu Sprīdīši”; the singer's career began in Raimonds Tiguls project - musical group “Caffe”. The band took part in Eurosong 2002. “Caffe" lasted for four years. In parallel, he played in the NAF Headquarters brass orchestra and jazz group "Wet Point”, along with Vilnis Kundrāts.
The spring of 2005 he took part in Erik Moseholms' project E. Y. J. O.. Intars Busulis represented Latvia in 2005 in the international contest "New Wave” and won a Grand Prix, he performed three songs - "Kiss", "Ты Ветер", "Изчезли солнечние дни”. In collaboration with composer Kārlis Lācis recorded several solo albums in Latvian, participated in K. Lācis musical "Oņegins" in Daile theater performances and participated in the recording of a musical album "Lāču tēta dziesmas”. In "Musical Bank” 2008, which took place in January 2009 in Ventspils, Intars Busulis won with the song “Brīvdiena". In 2008 LNT music show "Fight Club" finals in February 2009 Intars Busulis won with the song “Davai, Davai”. In Music Record Awards concert ceremony "Golden Microphone” received an award in nomination - Concert-recording, for Intars Busulis, Abonementa orchesta and Liepāja Symphony Orchestra concert. A few months after the release of album Nāmakā pietura, it received Golden Disc Status. In Music Record Awards concert ceremony "Golden Microphone” album "Nākamā pietura" won in two nominations - Best Pop album and Album of the year.
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Aminata Savadogo known as Aminata, is a singer, record producer, model. She represented Latvia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 with the song "Love Injected", she released her debut studio album, Inner Voice, in April 2015. Savadogo was born in Riga on 9 January 1993 to a mother of Latvian and Russian descent, a father from Burkina Faso, she considers herself Latvian. She started singing at the age of 13 with private tutor Nadezhda Buharova, graduated from the Bolderaja Music and Art School and secondary school with specialisation in flute. At age 15, she took part in the Latvian television show Krodziņā pie Paula and also competed in Muzikālā banka at age 17, she took part in Koru kari 3, the Latvian version of Clash of the Choirs as a part of the choir Golden. Savadogo achieved international attention when she competed in Dziesma 2014, the Latvian national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 with the song "I Can Breathe", she qualified from the first semi-final and placed fifth in the final.
Savadogo won the Latvian television show Jaunā talantu fabrika. In 2015, Savadogo returned to the Latvian Eurovision national selection and was announced as a competitor in Supernova 2015 with the song "Love Injected", she qualified through the televote in both the semi-final. In the final held on 22 February 2015, she was announced as the winner and represented Latvia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015. Savadogo released her début studio album Inner Voice on 8 April 2015. Savadogo performed tenth in the second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2015, after Israel and before Azerbaijan, she qualified to the final after placing second with 155 points, becoming Latvia's first qualification in seven years. In the final, she performed nineteenth, before Romania, she finished in sixth place out of twenty-seven, placing 2nd in the rankings of the national juries, earning a total of 186 points and three sets of the maximum twelve points a country can award. With her placing, she earned Latvia their best placing since 2005 and their fourth best placing ever.
She wrote the song "Heartbeat", performed by Justs who represented Latvia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016. On 28 February 2016, Savadogo performed her new song "Fighter" during the final of Supernova 2016; the single's music video was released on 13 April. She revealed her second studio album, titled Red Moon, would be released in October 2016, she competed on the fifth season of Golos, the Russian version of The Voice, but was eliminated in the knockout round. During her blind audition, she joined Polina Gagarina's team, who competed in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015. Savadogo wrote the song "I'm Like a Wolf", for Lithuanian singer Aistė Pilvelytė, who competed to represent Lithuania in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 but lost to Fusedmarc and came second
Eurovision Song Contest
The Eurovision Song Contest simply called Eurovision, is an international song competition held among the member countries of the European Broadcasting Union. Each participating country submits an original song to be performed on live television and radio casts votes for the other countries' songs to determine the winner. At least 50 countries are eligible to compete as of 2018, since 2015, Australia has been allowed as a guest entrant. Winning the Eurovision Song Contest provides a short-term career boost for artists, but results in long-term success. Exceptions include ABBA, Bucks Fizz, Celine Dion, all of whom launched successful careers. Based on the Sanremo Music Festival held in Italy since 1951, Eurovision has been broadcast every year since its inauguration in 1956, making it the longest-running annual international television contest and one of the world's longest-running television programmes, it is one of the most watched non-sporting events, with audience figures of between 100 million and 600 million internationally.
It has been broadcast in several countries that do not compete, such as the United States, New Zealand, China. Since 2000, it has been broadcast online via the Eurovision website. Ireland holds the record for most victories, with seven wins, including four times in five years in 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996. Under the current voting system, in place since 2016, the highest-scoring winner is Salvador Sobral of Portugal who won the 2017 contest in Kiev, with 758 points; as a war-torn Europe was rebuilding itself in the 1950s, the European Broadcasting Union —based in Switzerland—set up an ad hoc committee to search for ways of bringing together the countries of the EBU around a "light entertainment programme". At a committee meeting held in Monaco in January 1955 with Marcel Bezençon of the Swiss television as chairman, the committee conceived the idea of an international song contest where countries would participate in one television programme to be transmitted across all countries of the union; the competition was based upon the existing Sanremo Music Festival held in Italy and was seen as a technological experiment in live television.
In those days it was a ambitious project to join many countries together in a wide-area international network. Satellite television did not exist and the Eurovision Network comprised a terrestrial microwave network; the concept known as "Eurovision Grand Prix", was approved by the EBU General Assembly in a meeting held in Rome on 19 October 1955, it was decided that the first contest would take place in spring 1956 in Lugano, Switzerland. The name "Eurovision" was first used in relation to the EBU's network by British journalist George Campey in the London Evening Standard in 1951; the first contest was held in the town of Lugano, Switzerland, on 24 May 1956. Seven countries participated—each submitting two songs, for a total of 14; this was the only contest in which more than one song per country was performed: since 1957, all contests have allowed one entry per country. The 1956 contest was won by Switzerland; the programme was first known as the "Eurovision Grand Prix". This "Grand Prix" name was adopted by Germany, Denmark and the Francophone countries, with the French designation being Le Grand-Prix Eurovision de la Chanson Européenne.
The "Grand Prix" was dropped in 1973 and replaced with Concours in French and in 2001 with the English name in German, but not in Danish or Norwegian. The Eurovision network is used to carry many news and sports programmes internationally, among other specialised events organised by the EBU. However, in the minds of the public, the name "Eurovision" is most associated with the Song Contest; the format of the contest has changed over the years, though the basic tenets have always been thus: participant countries submit original songs, performed live on a television programme broadcast across the Eurovision Network by the EBU to all countries. A "country" as a participant is represented by one television broadcaster from that country: but not always, that country's national public broadcasting organisation; the programme is hosted by one of the participant countries, the programme is broadcast from the auditorium in the host city. During this programme, after all the songs have been performed, the countries proceed to cast votes for the other countries' songs: nations are not allowed to vote for their own song.
At the end of the programme, the song with the most points is declared as the winner. The winner receives the prestige of having won—although it is usual for a trophy to be awarded to the winning songwriters, the winning country is formally invited to host the event the following year; the programme is invariably opened by one or more presenters. Between the songs and the announcement of the voting, an interval act is performed; these acts can be any form of entertainment. Interval entertainment has included such acts as the Wombles and the first international performance of Riverdance; as national broadcasters join and leave the Eurovision feed transmitted by the EBU, the EBU/Eurovision network logo ident is displayed. The accompanying theme music is the prelude to Marc-Antoine Charpentier's Te Deum; the same logo was used for both