The three Baltic states have been fairly successful in the Eurovision Song Contest. Estonia, of course, became the first former Soviet state to take home the trophy in 2001 with Latvia following suit the following year. Lithuania is still waiting to snatch the crown.
Last year saw mixed results for the Baltic nations. Estonia came out on top with the magical operatic performance of Elina Nechayeva earning a very respectable eighth place in the grand final. Lithuania, represented by Ieva Zasimauskaite, also managed to advance to Saturday’s final. Her intimate and touching stage show won over the entire arena and landed her a spot just outside of the top 10. Latvia drew the short straw for the second year in a row, failing to qualify for the final despite having plenty of goodwill among fans.
Interestingly, had the old voting method been in place, all three Baltic nations would have advanced to the final, which would have marked a repeat of 2015 when all three qualified for the first time ever. But that’s a topic for a different article. So, without further ado, let’s have a look at who the Baltic nations will be sending to Eurovision this year before voting for our favourites.
Estonia: Victor Crone — “Storm”
The first of the Baltics to select their entrant for Eurovision 2019 was Estonia, which used its ever popular national final Eesti Laul. Almost from the start it seemed that Swedish-born Victor Crone would be flying the Estonian flag in Tel Aviv. And while he was ultimately crowned the winner, he faced stiff competition from the likes of Uku Suviste and Stefan. Victor delivered a visually arresting stage show coupled with competent vocals. Despite not winning over the jury, he was able to earn the public’s vote, which was the deciding factor in the end. While this is Victor’s first time in the Eurovision bubble, he has the support and guidance of songwriter Stig Rästa, who has been a key figure in Estonia’s recent history in the competition.
Latvia: Carousel – “That Night”
Next up to choose was Latvia, who utilised their relatively new national selection process Supernova. Surviving an eclectic audition process and a tough semi-final that featured numerous Supernova veterans, the Latvian duo stunned the competition to win the right to represent their country at Eurovision. While many were debating whether Edgars or Markus would be the better choice for Latvia, the Latvian public and jury ultimately decided to go in a completely different direction — by passing both of their delicious pop numbers. Carousel bring a quaint sophistication and don’t need explosions or an LED screen to stand out.
Lithuania: Jurij Veklenko — “Run With The Lions”
Last up to determine their Eurovision act was Lithuania. Once again they used their marathon of a selection — in both length and in name — Eurovizijos dainų konkurso nacionalinė atranka 2019. Jurij delivered a charismatic performance of his song “Running With The Lions” and earned the support of both the public and the jury. This of course is not the first time that Jurij has been involved in the contest. Jurij was actually a participant in the iconic on-stage kiss during Monika and Vaidas’ Eurovision 2015 performance and also provided vocals for the effervescent Lolita Zero during her 2017 campaign. With all this experience, we’ve no doubt he’ll deliver a solid performance this May.
Vote in our poll
Those are the three acts representing the Baltics this year at Eurovision 2019, but only one can emerge as your favourite. Be sure to have a listen through all the songs and cast your vote in our poll below! You can vote for as many acts as you like, but you can only vote ONE time. Tick the box next to each act you want to support before pressing submit.