Music and geography combine together in Eurovision. Fans get to experience a wide breadth of musical genres from each region of Europe. One such little combination is the three Baltic nations — Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia.
The three Baltic states have been fairly successful in the Eurovision Song Contest. Estonia, 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 was the only country to qualify, with Victor Crone’s “Storm” ultimately placing twentieth in the final. Latvia and Lithuania, unfortunately, were not able to progress from their semi-finals. This marked the third year in a row that Latvia had been unable to advance.
However, we are here to talk about the three Baltic entrants of 2020. So, without further ado, take a look at who the Baltic nations were set to send to Eurovision this year before voting for your favourite in our poll.
Eurovision 2020: Baltic entries
Latvia: Samanta Tīna – “Still Breathing”
The first of the Baltics to select their entrant for Eurovision 2020 was Latvia, who utilised their national selection show Supernova. Surviving an eclectic audition process that featured numerous Supernova veterans, Samanta Tīna stunned the competition to win the right to represent Latvia at Eurovision 2020 with her song “Still Breathing”.
Samanta had previously attempted to represent Latvia a total of five times, as well as her neighbour to the south, Lithuania, twice. However, 2020 marked her year, as she finally managed to convince her nation to let her fly the Latvian flag at Eurovision. At the time of writing, it is unknown whether or not Samanta will continue to be Latvia’s representative at Eurovision 2021 following the cancellation of this year’s show.
Lithuania: The Roop — “On Fire”
Next up to determine their Eurovision act was Lithuania. Despite receiving a revised name (Pabandom iš naujo!), the Lithuanian national final was pretty much the same format, and length, as previous years. Arguably one of the strongest selection processes of the Eurovision calendar, The Roop had to battle off threats from numerous heavyweights in the Lithuanian music scene en route to being crowned the winner with their song “On Fire”. To say that the group simply “won” the competition is somewhat of an understatement, as in the final they accumulated more televotes than all the other acts combined – on top of winning the jury vote.
This was the second time that The Roop were competing to represent Lithuania at Eurovision. They previously entered the national selection in 2018, where they ultimately placed third. Lithuanian national broadcaster LRT has offered The Roop a direct pass to the grand final of Pabandom iš naujo 2021, which they must then win in order to represent their country at Eurovision 2021. The group have not yet stated whether they will accept this offer.
Estonia: Uku Suviste — “What Love Is”
Last up to choose was the northernmost Baltic nation, Estonia. They used their ever popular national final Eesti Laul. Almost from the start, the competition seemed to be a two horse race between Uku Suviste and fellow Eesti Laul participant, Jaagup Tuisk. Ultimately, Uku managed to steamroll the competition, amassing just short of 70% of the final televote in the superfinal for his song “What Love Is”.
This was the third time that Uku had participated in the Estonian national selection. His first attempt was in 2016, and last year he placed second. Estonian broadcaster ERR has offered Suviste a direct pass to the semi-finals of Estei Laul 2021, where he will have to compete again in order to represent Estonia at Eurovision.
Poll: Which is your favourite Baltic entry of Eurovision 2020?
Those are the three acts that would have represented the Baltics this year at Eurovision 2020, but only one can emerge as your favourite. Be sure to have a listen through all the songs and then 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.
What do you make of this Baltic trio? Which one is your favourite? Sound off in the comments below!