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🇱🇻 Road To Malmö: Latvia

We can not wait for the Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö. Therefore, we have a closer look at one of the contestants every day. Today: Latvia.


Artūrs Šingirejs, famously known as Dons, is a celebrated Latvian singer and songwriter born on April 10, 1984. From his humble beginnings on a reality show in 2003, Dons quickly rose to fame, releasing eight solo albums and winning numerous awards. His music has captivated audiences, earning him five Song of the Year awards at the Latvijas Radio’s Muzikālās Banka and two Best Pop Album titles for his works “Varanasi” (2014) and “Tūrists” (2020). His album “Lelle” (2008) was acclaimed as the Best Rock Album, and “Signāls” (2013) was nominated for Best Pop-Rock Album. Dons has also made notable attempts to represent Latvia at the Eurovision Song Contest, finally securing his chance in 2024 with the English single “Hollow.” Beginning his career with a duet album after participating in Talantu Fabrikā, Dons has explored his musical talents in both English and Latvian, solidifying his place as a significant figure in Latvian music.


Since 2015, the national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest in Latvia is called Supernova. This year, it started with a semifinal. Out of 15 songs, 10 were chosen to participate in the final. A jury and televoters selected the song together; both had Dons as their favourite. Among the participants was one former Eurovision singer: Agnese Rakovska, who was the singer of Triana Park. The group represented Latvia in 2017.

Latvia in the Eurovision Song Contest

Latvia entered the Eurovision Song Contest in 2000. The band Brainstorm debuted with a 3rd place with the song “My star”. It didn’t take long before the country won. In 2002, Marie N took the trophy to Latvia with her song “I wanna”. In 2005, it was time for top-5 again with Walters & Kazha. The last few years, Latvia seems to have lost it. The last time, the country reached the final, was in 2016. No less than six entries didn’t make it to the final. Let’s hope Dons is gonna change that.


Marie N

The Bookmakers

Currently, Latvia is 22nd in the odds for winning the Eurovision Song Contest. Not bad! However, in the odds for surviving the 2nd semifinal, the country has a 12th place. Let’s hope for a place in the final for Latvia, finally.

The song

And this is the song:


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