The Xtra Files: We Review Latvia’s ‘Line’ by Triana Park!

Welcome to The Xtra Files, our new series which will give you an insight into what the team at escXtra think of your favourite entries into this year’s contest! Today, we review Latvia.

Now that all the songs have been released, we are able to review each and every one of them. Our honest and brutal reviews will keep you entertained until the rehearsals start in May! We will also each give a score out of 10 for every entry, and create an escXtra leaderboard of the entries! You can see our preview reviews here.
Today, it is the turn of the Latvian entry, ‘Line’ by Triana Park, to be reviewed by Dimitris, Katarina, Nathan, Nick, Simon, and Wivian. Let’s get started!

The Reviews


Latvia has grown to become one of my big favorites this year. I love the electro-rock sound of the song, the visuals, as well as the vocals in the performance. I really hope the performance in Kiev is something similar to their Supernova performance.


I appreciate Latvia’s habit of always sending something different from the rest, but this song is simply not my cup of tea. I also don’t like the lead singer’s live vocals, however, I am sure this will be a nice break from all the ballads in semi one.


Latvia continues its alternative approach to the contest in style this year. This is an enjoyable electronic song with a catchy hook.


They ask where we draw a line. Well, with those visuals, I draw a huge line. I don’t do drugs, but these visuals make me feel as if I’ve taken acid or something worse. A decent entry, but a step back from the modern tracks they delivered in 2015 and 2016. Abysmal visuals for a decent song.


Oh hello. This is a welcome addition to the selection for 2017, contrasting with everything else. It could sink or soar depending on the staging, but I’ll cross my fingers for it.


I have liked Triana Park’s previous entries much more than this one, and based on the performance in the Latvian final this could be a proper mess live. I still like it, though, since it is very much my kind of music, and I hope I’m wrong about the disaster potential…


Dimitris 10 Rodrigo 9
Hlynur 4.5 Ryan 8
Katarina 5 Sagheer 3
Luke 7 Simon 6
Matteo 9 Sophie 2
Nathan 7.5 Wivian 5.5
Nick 6.5 Yassia  4

When we remove the top score of 10 and the lowest score of 2, the average score for Latvia is 6.25.
(Removing the top score and the lowest score helps to make the average score more reliable and less affected by outliers.)


Latvia reaches 5th place in our leaderboard with a score of 6.25.

  1. Australia – 7.25
  2. Hungary – 6.79
  3. Moldova – 6.58
  4. Norway – 6.33
  5. Latvia – 6.25
  6. United Kingdom – 6.00

Tomorrow, we will review Serbia.
Do you agree with our reviews of Latvia? What are your thoughts on ‘Line’? Let us know in the comments!

Luke Malam

I've watched Eurovision for as long as I can remember, but my interest really built in 2008, after I decided to watch the semifinals online, out of boredom, before the final...I was blown away by the quality of the show and have been hooked ever since! I'm a competitive trampolinist and I love baking. I've also just completed a master's degree in Research Methods in Psychology at University College London.

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