Latvia: Line up and songs released for Eirodziesma 2013

Latvia: Line up and songs released for Eirodziesma 2013
Anmary who represented Latvia in 2012 in Baku will be one of the special guests in Eirodziesma 2013.Photo: Andres Putting (EBU)
Riga, Latvia -

Latvian broadcaster LTV has revealed the names of the 24 acts which will battle it out in the semi finals and ultimately the final of Eirodziesma 2013. You can also hear all of the competing entries vying for the honour of representing Latvia in the Eurovision Song Contest.

A record 122 songs were submitted to LTV for the 2013 running of Eirodziesma. In a change to previous years, the two semi finals will be staged live from the Palladium Concert Hall in Riga on 8th and 9th February respectively.

The semi finalists are as follows (Running order in semi finals still to be determined) :-

Semi final 1 - 8th February

  • Pieneņu Vīns - Better Than You
  • Ivo Grīsniņš Grīslis - Give Me A Try
  • Dominic Okolue - Good Woman
  • Liene Candy - Higher And Higher
  • Samanta Tīna - I Need A Hero
  • Headline - Love
  • Liene Matveja & Baiba Reine - Love Responder
  • Olafs Bergmanis & The Random People - Never Let Me Go
  • Grupa Per - Sad Trumpet
  • Fox Lima - Tirpini
  • Sabīne Berezina - Upside Down
  • Antra Stafecka - When You Are With Me

Semi final 2 - 9th February

  • Ieva Sutugova - Cold Heart
  • Dāvids Kalandija & Dināra - Fool In Love
  • Rūta Dūduma - Here I Am
  • Grupa Per - Here We Go
  • Andris Kivičs - Hey! Hey!
  • Marta Ritova - I Am Who I Am
  • Mārtiņš Ruskis & 4 Vēji - Joey
  • Framest - Let The Night Belong To The Lovers
  • Aiwink - Now Or Never
  • Niko - One
  • Kristīne Šomase - Phoenix Fly
  • Pieneņu Vīns - The One

You can listen to all of the entries here on LTV's official Eirodziesma 2013 website. A total of six songs will qualify from each semi final.

The producer of the show Zita Kaminska explained the reasons for the changes in 2013 saying "Eirodziesma 2013 has all of the prerequisites to become a positive event in the Latvian music scene as well as to provide an adventurous experience to the audience. The quality of the songs is remarkable as well as the preparations for the semi finals and final concerts are going successfully. Previously, we have focused entirely on the televoting audience but this year we have put an effort in making the audience present at the semi finals so that they feel part of the show.”

Estonia's Ott Lepland and last year's Latvian representative Anmary are amongst the names announced as guests for the 2013 shows.

The final of Eirodziesma 2013 will take place in the Juras Varti Theatre in Ventspils on 16th February where the Latvian entry for Malmö will be chosen.


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  • Posted on 24/January 2013 at 15:32
    Only Fox Lima, only hardcore :D
    Also, i like Niko's song.
    I think the song of Sabīne Berezina is very nice :) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 18/January 2013 at 23:55
    I'm very impressed with the overall quality of the songs from Latvia this year! Never Let Me Go and Cold Heart are my personal favourites, though most of these have a decent chance of winning! I'm thinking my vote may be heading in Latvia's direction this year, though time will tell! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 17/January 2013 at 10:08
    Massive improvements to Eirodziesma 2013. After the names of the artists and songs have been revealed. My favourites are still:

    Niko – One
    Sabīne Berezina - Upside Down
    Liene Candy - Higher and Higher
    Ivo Grīsniņš Grīslis - Give Me a Try
    Kristīne Šomase - Phoenix Fly

    Latvia will be a strong contender at Eurovision 2013. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 17/January 2013 at 02:53
    why not sing in latvian????:(:( report to the moderator
  • Posted on 17/January 2013 at 00:38
    Well, like I said my favs are One & I need a hero. And the others I like are Higher and higher (nice & catchy), Phoenix Fly (would be a nice option for Esc), Upside down, I am who I am, Let me go: repetitive and catchy! (I don't remember I listened to this one! :/ ). Love responder (love their voices!). Cold heart: sounds like a Charleston song, and I ♥ her voice!. Now or never: pretty nice and I like her voice!. When you're with me: not bad but not sure for Esc...
    I hope one of them get the golden ticket to Malmö!! =O
    And about Tirpini, I don't know if like it or not, I've got to admit that is very different from rest! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 16/January 2013 at 23:07
    I love Liene Candy with Higher and Higher report to the moderator
  • Posted on 16/January 2013 at 22:31
    Certainly Liene Candy - very powerful song. If I could vote in Latvia I would for it to go to Malmo .. but then again I could vote for Latvia when this song takes part at the ESC ... hm ... report to the moderator
  • Posted on 16/January 2013 at 18:48
    Thumbs up for latvia this year.... Really good songs ......

    My favorites to win is :

    Liene Candy - Higher And Higher

    Sabīne Berezina - Upside Down report to the moderator
  • Posted on 16/January 2013 at 03:03
    Stunning Samanta Tina, has a magnificent voice and combines perfectly with that song, for my favorite with Liene Candy report to the moderator
  • Posted on 16/January 2013 at 02:55
    Samanta Tīna and Liene Candy are two of the best songs I've heard report to the moderator
  • Posted on 15/January 2013 at 21:19
    Well, well, well.... Thumbs up to Latvia! Congratulations on putting together a superb bunch of high-quality entries. It is clear that Latvia means business this year. So many good songs, I'm actually finding it very difficult to decide which songs I like best.

    Here's my top 3 favorites:

    * Ivo Grisnins-Grislis - Give me a try
    * Marta Ritova - I am who I am
    * Grupa Per - Here we go >> (Love the dubstep)

    Other songs that are just as good and equally deserving are:

    * Niko - One
    * Liene Candy - Higher and Higher
    * Aiwink - Now or never
    * Pienenu Vins - The One
    * Samanta Tina - I need a hero report to the moderator
  • Posted on 15/January 2013 at 20:38
    Well I LOVE Samanta Tina, but I haven't listened to any of the songs... I just hope Latvia doesn't make the national selection too cheap this year (quirky is ok... but not quite as wierd as last year please :) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 15/January 2013 at 20:08
    Tirpini by Fox Lima is a very interesting song, I like the mysterious feel it has! I hope it wins, if not her than Liene Candy! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 15/January 2013 at 20:02
    I Need A Hero isn't one of my favourites anymore,because Samanta Tīna sings it.
    Now I'm starting to like Tirpini-it sounds really original and it would get a place in the final.

    So excited for the semi finals and I'm happy Ott will be a guest-I really loved his song in 2012 contest! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 15/January 2013 at 19:44
    My two potential favs are Niko - One & Samanta Tina - I need a hero, yes both are very different but are AWESOME. And I'm sure that they would reach the final.
    Other songs I remember and I like are Higher and higher, and I've got to listen the others, cause I don't remeber. But once a day I listen One & I need a hero! ♥
    The best of lucks of them! report to the moderator