Last two acts chosen for Eirodziesma tonight in Latvia

Over the course of the past two weeks, 10 acts have managed to qualify from the preliminary rounds of Eirodziesma to make it to the Latvian final. Elīna Krastiņa-Grence and Ivo Grīsniņš-Grīslis tasted victory tonight, thus making the line up for next Saturday’s final from Ventspils complete.

Out of a total of 71 songs submitted to state broadcaster Latvijas Televizija, LTV, 20 were selected internally and allocated spots in both qualifying heats held on the 5th and 12th of February. The twist in this years voting system has been that half of the 10 acts presented in each round have advanced to the final, with three of the five acts being determined by public televoting while the remaining two acts have been selected by a professional jury.

From the first heat, Blitze, Grupa Pieneņu Vīns, Evija Sloka, Jānis Stībelis and D-Family were the acts lucky enough to make the grade. From the second heat, Triānas Parks, Oksana Ļepska, Musiqq, The Secretz and Lauris Reiniks were the ones to be awarded the coveted spots in the final.

Tonight’s songs:
Song 1: Dace UpīteMagnet (Kārlis Būmeisters/Dace Upīte)
Song 2: LieneCandyLove Is Like An Aeroplane (Gints Stankevičs/Guntars Račs)
Song 3: Grupa Crazy DollsPositively Thinking (Aldis Zaļūksnis/Mārtiņš Poļakovskis)
Song 4: Ģirts Zebuliņš & Atis ZviedrisRough Enough (Andris Barons/Atis Zviedris)
Song 5: Juris LudženieksBeautiful World (Juris Ludženieks)
Song 6: Sabīne BerezinaLet Me Be (Ingars Viļums)
Song 7: Elīna Krastiņa-GrenceLook Back At Me Again (Elīna Krastiņa-Grence)
Song 8: Ineta Rudzīte & Uldis TimmaWalking On My Tiptoes (Andris Riekstiņš/Krišs Riekstiņš)
Song 9: Ivo Grīsniņš-GrīslisCinderella (Ingars Viļums)
Song 10: Dace Upīte & Nikolajs PuzikovsIt’s Not Easy (Māris Elksnis/Līga Markova)

The show:
A slightly jazzed up version of the Eurovision theme tune Te Deum opened tonights show, with hosts Uģis Joksts and Valters Frīdenbergs welcomed us once again. Although having improved vastly over the last two weeks, the duo still possessed all the warmth of a pair of icicles in the no frills setting that viewers have become accustomed to over the past few weeks, with LTV clearly on an economy drive! This week’s music expert Ketija Dobrovska’s choice of outfit was, diplomatically speaking, interesting. 

The results:
With the jury having the possibility to save one of the acts tonight and keep them in the running for the grand prize of representing Latvia at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, their choice fell on Ivo Grīsniņš-Grīslis. The viewing public however, chose to lavish the majority of their votes on Elīna Krastiņa-Grence, thus giving us the chance to see them perform in Ventspils in a week’s time. Will the theory that being able to perform twice will help your chances of succeeding in wooing the televoters prove to be true? Well, there’s only one way to find out, join us at Eurovisionary as we bring you the full results and coverage next Saturday! At the same time, the running order for next week’s final was also determined by a live draw. The running order will be as follows:

Song 1: Evija SlokaDon’t Stop The Dance
Song 2: Elīna Krastiņa-GrenceLook Back At Me Again
Song 3: Ivo Grīsniņš-GrīslisCinderella
Song 4: Triānas ParksUpside Down
Song 5: The SecretzSummer Night
Song 6: Grupa Pieneņu VīnsYou Are
Song 7: Jānis StībelisLet It Be Me
Song 8: Oksana ĻepskaLive On!
Song 9: MusiqqAngel in Disguise
Song 10: BlitzeHop
Song 11: D-FamilyDaylight
Song 12: Lauris ReiniksBanjo Laura

Source: Eurovisionary
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