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Just talk to us already: Latvia

Posted by Caroline on April 4, 2011

Every year about this time we set off on a mission to ask nosy questions to  as many Eurovision participants as we can in the hope of getting a few answers. And this year is no exception.  First out of the 2011 interview starting gate are those lovely lads from Latvia. Over to you, MUSIQQ…..

Introduce yourselves and tell us how you ended up representing Latvia in
Eurovision this year!
We are MUSIQQ from Latvia. Marats Ogleznevs – the author of the song and responsible for the
rapping part of the song, and Emils Balceris – the nightingale 😉 We have been on the Latvian musical stage for less than two years already, but managed to gain the popularity, different Latvian awards, so, Eurovision was like a natural next step. Marats penned ANGEL IN DISGUISE especially to enter the Latvian selection for Eurovision Song Contest… and the rest you know already! We are packing for Düsseldorf!

Are you looking forward to going to Dusseldorf? What can we expect from your stage show?
Of course, we are excited about the given chance to participate in Eurovision Song Contest! And
Düsseldorf, here we come! It is an incredible challenge and adventure!

What regards the stage show… well, we are not changing it much from the one you already know
from Eirodziesma. Our Latvian fans considered it as a powerful combination of a song and a stage performance, so, why not to trust their opinion? We respect and appreciate it!

Latvia failed to make it out of the semi-final last year, how do you plan to change that this year?
We believe in our song! We have put our hearts and work in it. In addition with Emils vocal capacity we think we should do well!

Which of this year’s other entries do you rate?
We like the Dutch, German, Swedish, Russian and, of course the British entries!

Which is your favourite Eurovision entry of all time and which is your favourite from your home country?
Emils’ all time favorite is ABBA, but Marats’ – Alexander Rybak. Latvian entries? Hmm… Well, we like Brainstorm, Marie N, Valters&Kaza.

Here in the UK Eurovision is regarded by many as a bit of a joke (something we are aiming to change this year with our entry). How is it regarded in Latvia?
Well, it might depend on a final result. If the song is good and does well in the Eurovision Song
Contest, then it is a respectable event, but when the song fails… oh well, you should know the rest as Latvia and the UK have been almost side by side in the last places recently.

Why do you think so many people still love it so much even after all this time?
We think that the contest we used to watch on TV is a nicely produced show, which is rather
entertaining and evokes patriotic feelings and as well as it is uniting Europe.

What will be the first thing you do if you win?
Well, believe us or not – we would rather sit somewhere in the silence to contemplate on what has just happened.

Have you heard the UK entry and what do you think of it? Is it a bit better than our recent entries or are we going to come last again?
It is among our favorites. I can is certainly better than other recent entries the UK has presented. And actually, Blue and Elton John are to be blamed or thanked for that we two started Musiqq. I, Marats, noticed Emils singing “Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word “ on TV. Each song is good in its own special way, but this year, well, let’s say, we think that the UK will be far away from the last place.

And finally, tell me why Latvia should have the chance to host Eurovision in 2012. (I have never been to Latvia so this is your chance to tell me how fabulous it is…..:))
Firstly, Latvia is the land that sings (it is one of our tourism promotion motos) – we bet you have noticed it in the course of those 12 years Latvia has participated in Eurovision. Secondly, people are beautiful, friendly and stylish in Latvia. Thirdly, Riga is a city offering almost everything your mind can think of – entertainment, history, good food, shopping… You can even try flying on your own, without wings in an Aerodium! You name it, we have it! And we would like to finish the list that could actually contain some more points, Latvia has already hosted Eurovision once and according to fans and officials, our creative and professional team did a really impressive work.

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