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We Asked, They Answered: Latvia

Posted by Caroline on May 12, 2010

Will you do an interview with us, we asked Aisha from Latvia? What for, she said? Actually she didn’t really, we just wanted to get a cheap laugh out of the introduction. But she spoke to us anyway…..

Introduce yourself to our readers and tell us how you ended up being Latvia’s Eurovision representative this year!
Dear Eurovisionblog readers, I am Aisha from Latvia. I will represent my country at Eurovision Song Contest 2010 in Oslo with a song “What For? (Only Mr God Knows Why) penned by Guntars Racs and Janis Lusens. It was my third try to compete for the Eurovision ticket in Latvia, and seems to be really lucky.

What are you most looking forward to about taking part?
First of all, I am looking forward to giving the best performance I can during our semi-final on May 25. Also, I look forward to meet the fellow participants – some of them I already got to know during the Latvian final where, for instance, the Swiss singer Michael von der Heide was the guest, and as well from Eurovision in Concert where it was a great opportunity to meet the performers.

Latvia seems to have a track record of giving slightly quirky but memorable
performances at Eurovision (Cosmos, Pirates Of The Sea etc.) What can we
expect from your stage show at the contest?

Yeah, do not forget about F.L.Y., Brainstorn or even Intars Busulis! We have the slogan – Latvia, the land that sings, you know! Anyway, at the moment we are working on the stage performance – that much I can tell. The result is to be seen on the stage during the semi final.

Which is your favourite all time Eurovision song and your favourite from
your home country?

To be completely honest, I have not followed the course of Eurovision very much. My most impressive memory connected with the contest comes from the time when Lordi won thus proving that there is no recipe how a Eurovision song should be. No matter the quirkiness, Latvia has presented some really good songs to the European audience each an every of them had been special in their own way, so it is not that easy to pick only one pure favourite.

Which of the other entries this year do you rate?

Personally, I like both Sweden and Ukraine songs at the moment. I must admit, I have not listened to all of 39 songs yet.

Many Eurovision fans have said it isn’t a great year for songs, what do you
think about this?

To give a proper opinion about it, I would need to have listened to all the songs. Speaking generally, it might be the mood people have globally. Who knows?  But Eurovision fans still have a great chance to influence the situation by choosing the best song out of those 39.

Latvia hasn’t won Eurovision in a while, do you have a strategy to try and
reverse this trend and bring the contest back to Latvia?

My main aim is to sing as good as I can at the semi final and hopefully the final as well. Whether the contest would be brought back to Latvia depends on my performance, televote and jury’s decision.

Eurovision always suffers from accusations of political/neighbourly voting.
Do you think the new voting system with the re-introduction of juries has
gone some way to changing people’s minds?

I think it is hard to tell it yet if letting also the juries to decide the winner is changing people’s minds and keeping them from voting for their neighbours. It will be clearer on May 29 already when we see the results.

And finally….have you heard the UK entry this year and if so what do you
think of it? Any chance Latvia could give us some points (if we asked
nicely, since frankly we need all the help we can get……?)

It sounds good to me! 😉 I wish the best of luck to Josh and hope that Latvian voters would send some points his way, too!

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One Response to “We Asked, They Answered: Latvia”

  1. Reo said

    Latvia – wild horse of 2011.

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