Latvia changes selection format for 2013

Latvia changes selection format for 2013
Latvia was represented by Anmary in Baku but she failed to qualify for the Final. Photo: Aigars Altenbergs
Riga, Latvia -

Latvian Television (LTV) calls for songs for the Latvian national selection for the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest. The submission deadline is the 30th of November.

"In numerous countries the national selections have a set up where the singing and getting together in a way takes over the competition. Latvia has an incredible experience in singing festivals and events, and, to my mind, it is about the time to transfer this feeling of togetherness and enthusiasm to popular music events as well. That is the main reason to change the format." Zita Kaminska, the Producer of the event, says.

The songs can be submitted from the 19th of October to the 30th of November. No more than two songs are allowed to be handed in by a songwriter. The national selection welcomes the songs penned by foreign authors although the performer must be from Latvia.

The authors entering the Latvian national selection are not allowed to submit the very same song to the national selections in other countries.

Two semi-finals this year

The jury of experts made up by LTV will select 24 songs in the pre-selection round to compete in two semi-finals. Those songs will be announced at LTV press conference on the 11th of December.

The semi-finals are scheduled on the 8th and 9th of February as live shows with audience. Six songs from each semi-final will proceed to the final.

Jury and the televote have equal power and right to decide. The final of the national selection is taking place on the 16th of February in Ventspils.

The final winner will be picked through a 50:50 vote between a professional jury and the viewers.

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  • Posted on 21 October 2012 at 23:28
    Anmary was robbed!
    Beautiful song deserved top 10!
    It's true that the performance was not the best. But is a SONG contest!!! Don't remember report to the moderator
  • Posted on 20 October 2012 at 01:45
    I enjoyed listening to all the songs (although most of them were bad) last year.
    But I found it annoying that you were never to be told the artist names unless they reached the finals.
    Thank God for Shazam or I would never have known the artist JUSSENDO... Heaven= best Latvia song EVER!!!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 19 October 2012 at 18:15
    ohh :( I loved listening to all the songs on the website last year.. and the ones that the juries chose were AWFUL, even though there were some amazing ones! report to the moderator