LIVE: LATVIA DECIDES 2014
VENTSPILS, LATVIA – Welcome to the Latvian national final, Dziesma 2014, the show through which Latvia will decide its participant and song for the 59th Eurovision Song Contest.
HOW TO WATCH
20:25 CET: It’s time for the Dziesma final in Latvia! 12 songs are still in the running. We will broadcast the show live on Eurovision.tv.
Ralfs Eilands and Valters Pūce – “Revelation”
We start with a political statement as Ralfs has a Ukrainian flag painted on his hand. This has rap elements to it. The vocals are generally ok although he does shout some parts of the song.
Markus Riva -“Lights On”
A little bit off key at the beginning. Typical Eurovision pop song. The leather pants worn by Markus probably not the best fashion decision. The singer is accompanied by four singers wearing all black with hats. Overall an average performance.
Katrīna Bindere – “Moment and Tomorrow”
Katrina is wearing a pleasant dress and is accompanied by four backing vocalists. This a power ballad. The vocals are very good, however, this song could easily get lost amongst other Eurovision entries. Wind machines at full force for this performance.
Dons – “Pēdējā vēstule”
This is another power ballad with instrumental elements. Thankfully, it is not in English! Finally, a song in Latvian and the only one in this final. The vocals are good though the singer has a bit of a husky voice. The backing vocalists create a very nice soft background as an alternative. This gets a big applause from the audience.
Samanta Tīna – “Stay”
This is quite a contrast from the previous entry. A lively techno pop song. Samanta is a bit off key in some parts but holds the long notes excellently. Her choice of dress is not the best in my opinion. The song is a bit repetitive and probably would easily get lost in the sea of similar Eurovision songs.
Niko – “Here I Am Again”
The stage performance is just bad. The Daft Punk robot backing dancers just make this look bad. Niko is off key in many parts of the song. The rhythm and the techno vibe is very similar to the previous entry. I am just going to say that a lot of the singers have thick Latvian accents and should have sung in Latvian instead, it would sound much better.
MyRadiantU – “Going All the Way”
This song is a break from the techno pop we have heard in the previous two songs. The lead singer is a bit off key in some parts. There is nothing wrong with the song but it’s just another forgettable entry, which, if it makes it to Copenhagen, will be lost amongst the others.
Olga and Līgo – “Saule riet”
This is an ethno – folk song with some modern beats thrown in. Olga along with the backing dancers is wearing national dress. The vocals are good. The song does stand out from the rest since it is completely different from what we have heard all night. The audience seems to like it and clap along. It gets the biggest applause of the night.
Aminata Savadogo – “I Can Breathe”
“I Can Breathe” has a jazzy feel to it. The clothing chosen by both Aminata and her backing dancers looks horrible but her vocals are excellent, amongst the best of the night. She is wearing some sort of a crown.
Aarzemnieki – “Cake To Bake”
The chorus of the song goes “And today I’ve got a cake to bake” (repeated continually). The song is performed well but is very weak and I am not sure many would remember after hearing it once. At least they added a sentence in Latvian.
Eirošmits – “If I Could (Get Away)”
Think many will see this as a joke entry with the singers wearing bizarre fake beards and playing air guitars. The vocals are good and it does stand a bit out since it is completely different from the other entries with a rock – punk feel to it. At the end they play the flute and jump around. Well… they are Latvia’s answer to Aerosmith.
Katrine Lukins – “You Are The Reason”
The last performance of the night. This a western pop song. Katrine’s vocals are quite off. She is also drowned out by the music and at points doesn’t seem to be able to keep up with the tempo of the song as the chorus starts. Once again… needs to work on the vocals, they were bad throughout the performance.