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BROADCASTER
SONG   "Beautiful Song"
SINGER   Anmary
MUSIC Ivars Makstnieks  LYRICS Rolans Ūdris
DRAW   #4 in the first semi-final

 

THIS YEAR'S ENTRY

Latvia hasn't reached the final of the Eurovision Song Contest since 2008, but LTV were quick out of the blocks for 2012, opening their selection back in September and giving local artists six weeks to submit their entries. However a rather disappointing 71 songs were received, before the deadline on October 15th. A non-binding internet vote followed in late October, which guided the jury in selecting the 20 songs that competed in two semi-finals, staged in early January, which in turn reduced the field to ten finalists.

Eirodziesma, the Latvian national final was held on February 18th at the Juras Varti Theatre in Ventspils and was hosted by Kristine Virsnite, Jolanta Strikaite and Valters Fridenbergs. The winner was chosen over two rounds of voting. In the first, a jury and televote selected the Top three, which qualified for the second round. In that second round, there was a split vote, between the public and the jury and the televote winner, which came second with the jury, won the right to represent Latvia at Eurovision and "Beautiful Song" sung by Anmary won the ticket to Baku.

 

BIOGRAPHY

She was born in a distant 1980, in the year that Johnny Logan won.... We are of course talking about Anmary, quoting the first line of the 2012 Latvian entry Beautiful Song.

Anmary begins singing her life story during Beautiful Song, it tells the story of a girl who dreams about walking on to the world stage, but allowing herself some humble pride while imagining life as a superstar.

She was born in the rural town of Gulbene. She admits that music has been a part of her world since childhood. Her father would sing lullabies and play the guitar for her, and her mother encouraged her to enrol in music school, where she learned to play the piano. She started her stage career in the televised reality show TheTalent Factory, where she earned the runners up spot.

In the past Anmary has taken part in a variety of musical projects, has performed in the musical West Side Story, and been the lead vocalist for the groups Sunny Sense and Mash Mash. She has demonstrated her vocal skills to listeners elsewhere in Europe too. Dr. Christoph Schönherr, composer and professor at the Hamburg College of Music and Theatre, chose Anmary to sing solo in his work Magnificat, which toured with the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra around Germany, Spain, France and Belgium.

Anmary continued to develop her vocal skills while studying and today works as a vocal coach and singer. Her greatest fan is her two-year-old son Marts Gabriels. A number of Latvian music professionals have acknowledged her vocal mastery, while listeners are drawn to the quality of her voice, her always pleasant demeanour, and the sincerity of her emotional range,which can be heard throughout her performance.

"Music is my oxygen. Singing is a delight, and I get that indescribable feeling of goosebumps before any stage performance. And then this overwhelming sense of satisfaction and pleasure that somebody may be enjoying those same goosebumps while listening to my songs.” says Anmary.

 

REACTION

"Beautiful Song" was something of a surprise winner and certainly gained more than its fair share of attention following its selection for Baku. The namedropping lyrics tend to be the focus of much of the discussion and are tending to divide opinions on the merits of the song. With very limited international publicity, most of the Latvian effort has gone into remixing the song for Eurovision and the recording of the preview video.

With an early draw in the running order, the bookmakers odds suggest that this is not likely to qualify for the final and at 150/1, Latvia looks very unlikely to score a second Eurovision victory in 2012. The song is only doing marginally better in internet polls.

 

REHEARSAL SCHEDULE (BAKU TIME)*
Date Rehearsal Press Conference
Sunday May 13th 13:15 - 13:55 14:40 - 15:20
Thursday May 17th 13:00 - 13:30 14:15 - 14:45
*Baku is four hours ahead of Ireland and the schedule has still to be confirmed officially

 

 

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OVERALL RATING

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LATVIA AT EUROVISION

  • First entry: 2000
  • Number of previous entries: 12
  • Best result: Winner (2002) 
  • Worst result: 24th (2003), failed to qualify (4 times)
  • Qualification record: 3/7 (43% success)

TEN YEAR FORM GUIDE

 

WEBMASTER REVIEW

"To paraphrase Dustin, "Latvia, where did it all go wrong?" An amazing debut, victory with their third entry, but it's been downhill for the last five years as a string of ill-conceived novelties and badly performed bland songs, produced increasingly poor results. I really don't know what to make of this song. The lyrics are beyond awful, the performance is annoying and its off the scale of bad kitsch. Thankfully an early draw has probably killed any chance of it making the final." - Keith Mills

YOUR REVIEWS

"I have second thoughts on this song. On first hearing I hated it, but it has grown in me after three or five takes. If it is better polished on the ESC stage it could bring Latvia to the final." - Athan (Greece)

"Now if there is an award for the song that disappoints the most – this is it. On first listen I had high hopes, but it does not go where you expect it to go. You expect it to climax, a big finish and it just fizzles out with a whimper. So close to being brilliant with that retro disco feel, I’m afraid it’s closer to obscurity." - Chris Church (U.K.)

"I don't rate this at all. Zany performance and stupid lyrics, I'm sorry but I can't beyond the life of me understand why people would have this in their Top 10." - Leendert-Jan (Netherlands)

"A beautiful song with intriguing lyrics. Playing too heavily on the Eurovision theme though. Won't go anywhere in or out of the contest, though I kind of like it”. - David Berlinger (Israel)

"If this qualifies, it only shows that no matter what crap you send, if it's in English it doesn't matter how bad the lyrics are." - Sean P. Casey (U.S.A.)