Since being reconfirmed in May as Latvia‘s act for Eurovision 2021, Samanta Tīna has been hard at work creating her entry for Rotterdam. And soon the fruits of her labour will be revealed. Samanta will release her Eurovision 2021 entry on 12 March. This will follow a five-week documentary series that will show the creation of her Eurovision entry.
Broadcaster LTV confirmed details of the new series, titled Kā uzvarēt Eirovīzijā? Samantas Tīnas ceļš uz Roterdamu or How to Win Eurovision? Samanta Tīna’s Road to Rotterdam.
The series will debut on Friday 12 February and will continue on Friday nights until 12 March. The five-part series will document the creation of Samanta Tīna’s new Eurovision entry, with each episode focusing on a different aspect of the creative process.
With Latvia’s regular national final Supernova on pause for 2021, the news series fills that gap and provides five weeks of local music content.
Samanta Tīna’s Road to Rotterdam series
Episode one will start with the songwriting camp held in October. There Samanta worked with leading Latvian musical creatives — including Aminata Savadogo — and worked on potential Eurovision entries.
The second episode will focus on costume design for the entry. Samanta Tīna has always served very fashion-forward looks with her Supernova entries. Last year she wore an unforgettable bodysuit made of crimson fringing.
Experts and former Eurovision stars will feature in the third episode. They’ll offer up their advice on what makes a winning Eurovision entry.
In the fourth episode, Samanta will take the viewer inside the process of creating the staging for her Eurovision entry. And in the fifth and final episode, we’ll see the creation of the music video for the song.
With the final episode on March 12, we’ll also get to see the finished product. The episode will also include the debut of Samanta’s completed entry for Eurovision 2021.
Samanta has also given a few clues about the direction her Eurovision 2021 song has taken. She told LTV, “I’m not looking for a standard Eurovision classic! I want to stay with that surprise, that crazy.”
She explained, “I want the song to have something glorifying, a cult, traditions, when everyone knows that Latvia is coming out! I’m not talking about [traditional Latvian folk styles]; I’m talking about something in modern colours.”
Samanta Tīna originally won Supernova 2020 with her song “Still Breathing”. After Eurovision 2020 was cancelled, she was internally selected as Latvia’s act for 2021.
What do you think? What sort of song do you think Samanta will take to Rotterdam? Can she top the red fringed bodysuit of 2020? Tell us your thoughts below!