Latvia to bring intimacy with plenty of close ups and simplicity in Tel Aviv

Carousel's Marcis Vasilevskis hints at staging for Tel Aviv, and shares thoughts on Eurovision.

Carousel’s Marcis Vasilevskis hints at staging for Tel Aviv, and shares thoughts on Eurovision.

In an interview with the Latvian, an entertainment and news portal, Marcis revealed that Carousel will keep things simple. “We agreed from the onset that we are who we are, and we don’t need any dancers or burning elephants, or extravagant outfits” says Marcis. He adds that the band is not a project for Eurovision, but the experience is merely a step in their long term future.

The band is expecting to retain their performance largely untouched.
Carousel will aim to recreate a narrative of a starry night , placing emphasis on close shots to stir intimacy. Long shots will be largely absent.

Marcis affirms that Carousel is ready for Tel Aviv, managing things well as they come. Team work appears to play a key role in the band, and together with Sabine they’re able to finish sentences for one another, as they did at the London Eurovision Party.

Bookies are of no concern.

Asked whether Marcis is worried about the bookies predictions (hint, Latvia is not expected to do well), he responds that no one in the band is actually following the betting. “You cannot predict such things!” he says. “You cannot determine the opinion of 200 million viewers. I don’t know how they calculate it [odds], you cannot simply judge music like that. Music is food for soul”.

Marcis definitely echoes the 2017 winner Salvador Sobral’s feelings regarding good music. Talking about songs made purely for Eurovision, he says that “the juice is there for all, for all songs that are different and cool. I am not a fan of techno, I simply like good music”.

An album to be released soon.

Marcis also spoke about EP containing 5 songs, including “That Night”. Although the release date is not mentioned, he does comment that Supernova and Eurovision are just pit stops for the band in their journey.

Latvia in the Eurovision Song Contest

Latvia made its Eurovision debut back in 2000. Their first representative was pop/rock band Brainstorm with the song “My Star“, finishing in an excellent third place with 136 points. Latvia didn’t have to wait too long to score its first victory as they won the contest in 2002 with Marie N and “I wanna”. 

Since the introduction of the semi-finals, however, Latvia has struggled to achieve good results. In fact, they only managed to reach the top 10 twice (in 2005 and 2015) and missed out on qualifying for the grand final every year from 2009 to 2014 and in 2017 and 2018.

Carousel will represent Latvia in Tel Aviv with the song “That Night”, and will perform 4th on 16th May 2019 to qualify for the grand final on 18th May.

Aivis Indāns

Traumatized by Latvia's result in 2003, Aivis has returned to follow the contest closely year after year. He thoroughly enjoys the complexity and excitement that surrounds the contest, and currently resides in London, UK.
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