Latvia chooses PeR for Malmö

Latvia chooses PeR for Malmö
PeR. Photo: LTV
Ventspils, Latvia -

It has already become a tradition that the Latvian national final takes place in the city of Ventspils, and this year has been no exception. LTV broadcast an exciting show tonight with a diverse range of songs and stage performances. In the end, PeR took the ticket to Malmö with the song Here We Go.

In a long but very entertaining Saturday evening show, the group PeR have been picked as the Latvian representatives for the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest.

PeR is actually an abbreviation that stands for "Please explain the Rhythm". The group was founded in 2007 and has been famous for their vocal and beatbox music. Last year, they came second in the Latvian Eurovision selection with Disco Superfly. This year they took part with two songs, and both of them qualified for tonight's final! In the end, PeR went on to take the trophy with Here We Go.

The suspense in the hall had already built up once Marta Ritova, Grupa PeR and Samanta Tina had been chosen as super-finalists out of the 12 participating entries by a joint decision of the TV public and the jury.

If you missed the Latvian final, you can watch it again in our WebTV Player.

The line-up

This is the running order of the Dziesma 2013 final (super-finalists in bold):

  1. One - Niko
  2. Fool In Love - Dāvids Kalandija & Dināra
  3. When You Are With Me - Antra Stafecka
  4. Sad Trumpet - Grupa PeR
  5. The One - Pieneņu Vīns
  6. I Am Who I Am - Marta Ritova
  7. Higher And Higher - Liene Candy
  8. I Need A Hero - Samanta Tina
  9. Cold Heart - Ieva Sutugova
  10. Love - Headline
  11. Upside Down - Sabīne Berezina
  12. Here We Go - Grupa PeR

The Latvian final boasted some truly exceptional stage acts, from an almost hyperactive dance performance of Niko's backing dancers to an amazing combination of singing and artistic dancing by Antra Stafecka in her cabaret-like act, from painted faces in Pieneņu Vīns' act to Liene Candy's and Samanta TIna's grand ballads. It was an entertaining evening for sure!

A 50/50 mix of televoting and an expert jury voted on all the acts, selecting the three super-finalists. After ten more minutes of voting, the winning act and Latvian Eurovision representative was chosen.

The show

Mārtiņš Meiers, Madara Botmane and Anta Aizupe hosted tonight's final of Dziesma 2013. The show was kicked off with a synthesis of folk music and modern DJ sounds performed on stage.

As guest acts, two 2012 Eurovision Song Contest representatives sang during the interval: Anmary from Latvia, and Ott Lepland from neighbouring Estonia. Apart from them, the popular Latvian band Labvēlīgais Tips also sang for the public in Ventspils, followed by DaGamba, Vineta Elksne, Dons and Jānis Stībelis followed suite.

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  • Posted on 29 April 2013 at 14:27
    Why people don't like this song? It's because most of them are off from kindergartens and primary schools. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 18 April 2013 at 23:15
  • Posted on 6 April 2013 at 17:04
    I vote for Marta. Deeply convinced she would be better entry for Latvia report to the moderator
  • Posted on 22 March 2013 at 18:35
    I don't think that this song will win because mostly in this song contest the main role plays "friend country - I need to vote for it because it's my neighbour" or new and unseen performance, even if it looks and sounds terrible.
    However, I like this song very much because it's full of energy, it just makes me smile and be happy.
    I agree that this song is very similar to other songs but nowadays all songs are similar to each other because almost all is already sung.
    Finally, I hope that PeR will not stay in last places like previous singers and groups from Latvia in Eurovision song contest.
    So good luck Latvia! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 18 March 2013 at 13:57
    Can it win-No
    Should it win-No report to the moderator
  • Posted on 28 February 2013 at 20:37
    This kind of songs we have hear many, too many times! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 23 February 2013 at 08:15
    I like this song. It deserves to do well in the competition. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 20 February 2013 at 20:33
    good choice! i only think that the perfomance seems cheap idk but i do like this song :) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 20 February 2013 at 18:41
    this is so bad
    don't like this at all report to the moderator
  • Posted on 20 February 2013 at 17:04
    Why people don't like this song? Because they country song is bad? Latvia song is best song which is sent to the Eurovision. + Ralf and Edmund is sexy!! ;D report to the moderator
  • Posted on 18 February 2013 at 14:08
    Nico and ONE?
    Where are they??????????????? report to the moderator
  • Posted on 18 February 2013 at 13:42
    I don't know why so many people dislike this song! It's different and full of energy!

    There are few outstanding songs this year and so far this and Germany are my favourites!

    Good luck Latvia :) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 18 February 2013 at 09:00
    I guess, the jury will vote for Latvia report to the moderator
  • Posted on 18 February 2013 at 00:15
    Positive and happy song, but Latvia could choose better ;) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 17 February 2013 at 17:14
    I love them. Very good choice Latvia :D report to the moderator