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A Sweet Surprise in Latvia: Aarzemnieki

Aarzemnieki This weekend saw the finale of 2014’s Dziesma, the Latvian national final for Copenhagen.  Held once again in the Baltic coastal town of Ventspils, this year’s theme was “Made in Latvia”, with the stipulation that only residents of the country were permitted to send songs to the contest.  A dozen songs duked it out for the chance to go to Denmark, and hopefully bring the country its first ticket to the Finals since “Wolves of the Sea” in 2008. Read the rest of this entry

Preview: Dziesma 2014 Finals in Latvia

dziesma-2014After two semifinals whittled down the competition from 24 entrants to 12, Latvia will host the Final of Dziesma 2014 this Saturday live from the Juras Varti Theatre in Ventspils.  Latvia has had a run of hard luck, failing to make it out of the Eurovision Semifinals every year since “Wolves of the Sea” in 2008, and coming in last place in their semifinal three out of the past five years.  That being said, this year’s National Final actually contains a number of talented and interesting contenders, many of whom have the potential to bring the country their first Top Ten placement since Walters and Kazha in 2005.

Let’s take a look at the roster, shall we? Read the rest of this entry