Eurovision 2020’s cancellation has seen a raft of delegations rush to either reselect their current acts or commit to national selections for 2021. However, Latvia is going to let the dust settle until the COVID-19 pandemic has passed.
Latvia will wait to announce Eurovision 2021 plans
It quotes Rita Ruduša, LTV’s programme director — “The decision to participate in next year’s Eurovision has to be taken carefully, taking into account many factors, including the consequences of Covid-19. That is why we have decided to postpone a focused discussion on this topic until the acute situation is over”.
The reason for the delay is understandable. Broadcasters throughout the world are feeling the pinch as the uncertainty around the coronavirus crisis chips away at advertising revenue. Furthermore, as virtually all major sporting and cultural events are put on hold, viewing figures are likely to decline. On top of that, shooting on many scripted and reality shows has also come to a halt.
Meanwhile, the need for current affairs and public service broadcasts is greater than ever. Much of this content is expensive to make.
So, for smaller delegations like Latvia, it might be more than just a question of whether they can organise a national final. The real worry could be whether they can afford to take part in Eurovision 2021 at all.
Since debuting in 2000, Latvia has never missed a contest. All of its acts have been selected through a national selection format.
Samanta Tīna and Eurovision 2021
For what it’s worth, Samanta Tīna — Latvia’s Eurovision 2020 act — appears to be open to a 2021 return. Her recent Instagram posts have been accompanied by the hashtag #SamantaTinaforEsc2021. The “Still Breathing” songstress previously wrote: “About 2021 we are still waiting news- how it’s gonna be! I will let you know!”.
After trying to get to Eurovision seven times for Latvia (2012 x2, 2013, 2014, 2016 x2 and 2019) and twice for Lithuania (2013 and 2017), Samanta finally secured her ESC ticket upon winning Supernova 2020 in February. Alas, it was not to be.
Is Latvia right to wait? Do you want to see Samanta again? Or would you rather a national selection? Let us know in the comments.