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ESCXTRA’s 2018 Hopefuls: Latvia

Welcome to our brand new weekly series, ‘ESCXTRA’s 2018 Hopefuls’, in which we will tell you who we would like to see in Eurovision next year! This series will keep you entertained with new music from across Europe every Monday until the national final season begins next year, and may give you somebody new to root for to represent your country!  Today, we look at who we want to see represent Latvia in Eurovision 2018. Let’s get started!

Brainstorm

Any Eurovision fan will know Brainstorm’s name; they represented Latvia previously in 2000 with My Star! Known in Latvia as Prāta Vētra, Brainstorm came 3rd in the contest, achieving Latvia’s best result until their win in 2002.
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Brainstorm have gone on to enjoy success through Latvia even until now. Their most recent album, 7 Steps of Fresh Air or 7 soļi svaiga gaisa in Latvian, was released in 2015. Through 2016 they toured through Europe, and even created a documentary which won a National cinematography award in Latvia! Brainstorm seem to release new albums every 3 years or so, so they may release a new album next year, just in time for Eurovision!

My Radiant You

My Radiant You were formed in 2011. Their début single, Mysterious Lover, was played on many Latvian radio stations and did particularly well. In 2016, they entered into the Latvian national final with We Will Be Stars and finished in 3rd place.

The next year, My Radiant You took part in the Latvian national final again with All I Know. Once again, they finished third, despite being my own personal favourite of Supernova 2017! My Radiant You is extremely charming and has its own unique feeling. They could be something a bit different for Latvia in Eurovision, and could bring them back to the final in 2018!

Jenny May

Maija Stuģe, better known as Jenny May, rose to fame in Latvia after the release of her album Purple Skies and Yellow Flowers in 2005. In 2006, she competed to represent Latvia in Eurovision with I’m Alone and finished in third place. Since then, Jenny has released three more albums and has enjoyed success throughout Latvia.

In 2011, Jenny launched a new Latin project. One of her singles created from this project, Es gribu vēl mīlēt, enjoyed great success in Latvia! With the current success of Latin-influenced music in the charts, perhaps Jenny May could be a smart choice for Latvia in Eurovision? Her music is definitely extremely catchy and could get Latvia many points!

Carnival Youth

Carnival Youth are in an indie rock group from Riga, made up of twins Edgars and Emīls Kaupers, as well as Roberts Vanags and Aleksis Luriņš. They released their first EP, Never Have Enough, in 2014, followed by their first LP, and then a full-length album in 2016. They’ve played at many festivals, and are very popular in their genre in Latvia!

Carnival Youth have played concerts in many European countries, and their album No Clouds Allowed received awards in Latvia. The band themselves was awarded the European Border Breakers Award in 2016, and also won the EBBA public choice award! Carnival Youth know how to perform and interact with the crowd, so they could really get the party going in Lisbon next year!

Next week, we will look at who we want to see represent Israel!
What do you think of our hopefuls? Is there anybody else you’d like to see for Latvia in Eurovision? Do the idea of any of these artists excite you? Tell us in the comments below!

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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