She was reconfirmed as Latvia’s representative for Eurovision after winning Supernova in 2020 with “Still Breathing”, and now, the Latvian diva that is Samanta Tīna has released her much anticipated 2021 entry, “The Moon is Rising”. The song and its music video was premiered live this evening on Youtube.

Samanta Tīna – “The Moon is Rising”

Speaking to Eurovision.tv, Samanta described “The Moon Is Rising” as being about “powerful and admirable women, about every single one of us.”

She explained:

“I invite women to not be afraid of ourselves and of being different. My song encourages women to make a crown with their own hands and put it on the head to be the ruler of life. To love and believe in ourselves. Then we will be loved by the people around us.

“I believe that your attitude towards yourself changes the way people treat you, but it is not enough. And for this reason the most important line in my song is: if you have something to say, say it to my face. Let’s accept and love ourselves, let’s be proud of what God has given us, let’s accept our differences and stand for equality!”

Samanta showcases the big blast of sound and energy she offered last year and puts it to a rousing cause. “The Moon is Rising” is all about being a loud and proud woman. She invites all to walk alongside her to feel powerful and independent, for all women need to support each other. “I am here to remind / You’re in the right place”

If there’s one thing for sure, is that the Latvian powerhouse is not taking any prisoners. She is in charge! “My rules, your rules / I’m a woman, I’m a ruler / You got something to say / Say it to my face”

Samanta has also brought all the elements that made her popular last year. A big part of this being her composers, which she is one. Aminata Savadogo, fan favourite from Eurovision 2015 and co-writer of “Still Breathing”, returns to contribute again. Joining anew is music producer Oskars “SKVR” Uhaņs.

Eurovision 2021 – Latvia – Samanta Tīna – “The Moon is Rising” lyrics

Composers: Samanta Tīna, Aminata Savadogo, Oskars “SKVR” Uhaņs

The queen of the night is coming
The blood moon is rising

When I walk in like this
With and attitude
You should know that
I’m coming after you
You can run, you can hide
But you’re mesmerized
In your mind I am
Already idolized

Playing dirty –
Not my case!
Giving up hopes –
Not my case!
Being envious –
Not my case!
If you got something to say,
Say it to my face!

The queen of the night is coming
The blood moon is rising

(Get ready for a)

Pa ra ra
Pa ra ra
Pa ra ra pa
Pa ra ra pa pa-rade

I will glow, I will burn
Illuminate
Bring the passion inside,
Let me touch your fate
I will lead, I will guide you
On your way
I am here to remind
You’re in the right place

My rules, your rules
I’m a woman, I’m a ruler
My rules, your rules
I’m accepting only true love
My rules, your rules
I’m a woman, I’m a ruler
You got something to say,
Say it to my face

My rules, your rules
Getting ready for the parade
My rules, your rules
No excuses, if it’s too late
My rules, your rules
Everybody follow my way
You got something to say,
Say it to my face!

The queen of the night is coming
The blood moon is rising

(Get ready for a)

Pa ra ra
Pa ra ra
Pa ra ra pa
Pa ra ra pa pa-rade

What do you think? Has Samanta risen to the expectations? Do you want to see “The Moon is Rising” qualify for the grand final? Let us know in the comments below!

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Andrew Trasas
Andrew Trasas
1 month ago

The queen of Eurovision is coming…

Last edited 1 month ago by Andrew Trasas
Euromess
Euromess
1 month ago

“You got something to say, say it to my face!” Okay, if you say so.
I’m sorry because Aminata has proven she can do so much better than this hybrid. There is a big difference between a song that makes you feel empowered and proud of yourself, and a song that is aggressive, arrogant, and overbearing. It will get a well-deserved flop.

ffs
ffs
1 month ago

LOL

lasse braun
lasse braun
1 month ago

this is true pop avantgarde art my friends!
i dont care about how far it goes at the ESC – it is vitamin C,D and E for the ESC!

Nils
Nils
1 month ago
Reply to  lasse braun

you’re right. whether you like them or not – it’s songs like this one or ‘telemoveis’ that give the competition the artistic credibility it needs.

Dia
Dia
1 month ago

I prefer last year’s song and she has had better entries in the past, but it will be interesting to see how it does on the night!

Davidinho
Davidinho
1 month ago

I am a dancer and I included last year’s song in my playlist. This year it is very chaotic even for me. But still I like it. As long as it is not a 3-chord song, I like it.

Tom
Tom
1 month ago

My ears hurt

Aquitaine
Aquitaine
1 month ago

They have to remove that “fart noise” in the background, it’s horrendous and annoying. The song would be so much better without this sound.

Honesty
Honesty
1 month ago

It’s a mess, not the feminist anthem.

Berco
Berco
1 month ago

I appreciate the message, effort and delivery. However the idea is obsolete, video clip is unpolished and song is unbearable! She has an amazing voice and power, but will become the victim of wrong strategy imo.

Nils
Nils
1 month ago

i urgently wanted to turn it off a few seconds in … glad i didn’t. while it still isn’t my thing, this gets better with every second. pretty brave and risky choice from latvia, but i have a strong feeling it will pay off and qualify for the grand final. looks like aminata never fails to deliver.

Someone11
Someone11
1 month ago

Can we stop accepting terrible songs just because they are “feministic”? That’s simply not how it actually works, feminism ain’t a product for a Eurovision song to get points.

Darren
Darren
1 month ago
Reply to  Someone11

YESSS
I’m so glad someone finally said it.

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
1 month ago
Reply to  Someone11

It’s ridiculous to claim that noise is femenistic just because it uses one or two phrases that have been used countless of times before in countless contexts. Like, get real. Like, I have no problem saying to your face that I think your music sucks, honey. lol

Whisker
Whisker
1 month ago
Reply to  Someone11

There is NOTHING feministic in those lyrics! I wish they learnt what feminism is before they wrote the lyrics. That should me mandatory! And who would ever make a crown with their hands? I don’t know if I should laugh or cry.

T.J.
T.J.
1 month ago
Reply to  Someone11

Exactly! She‘s using feminism to sell her image. There‘s nothing substantial in these lyrics. She‘s the caricature of a fashion victim. Call that an emanicpated woman?!?!

Héctor
Héctor
1 month ago

Her attempt last year was far better in my opinion. In fact it was in my top 10. It had impact and had “those” interesting moments. I agree this is more all over the place, screaming all the way through, pretentious… and the lyrics are a bit meh.

Robert
Robert
1 month ago

I love all of you music experts that can’t even hit 2 notes but this is shouting for your tender ears. Good god get a grip girl.

Moonstar
Moonstar
1 month ago
Reply to  Robert

Let’s wait until May, shall we?

Franck
Franck
1 month ago
Reply to  Robert

Since when does one need to be able to sing to judge a song?

AMAAN STORM
AMAAN STORM
1 month ago

For me, last years effort was miles ahead in terms of production, styling, musicality and videography. This one doesn’t even impact on me the same way. It’s as if they’re trying too hard for her to be noticed in the competition so she’s got to scream the lyrics at you than sing them for you to listen to comfortably. I can see they’re trying to recapture the freshness of their efforts last year, but its so off the mark for me. Currently somewhere bottom 5-10 for me personally. (Sorry Latvia, I usually love your efforts, but as respectfully as I… Read more »

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
1 month ago

i honestly love her chaotic style ! i’ll be rooting for her

Jinbeizaki
Jinbeizaki
1 month ago

If it’s not your cup of tea, just say so, no need to say this is making your ears bleed or that it’s lousy/shouting. It’s Eurovision, we welcome diversity and this right here is bringing more diversity than another 80s bop/catholic church songs, etc. I was not a big fan of her song last year, the beat being too much for me but damn this year she slays! Her vocal is a lot more present than in “Still breathing” and the beat in this year’s entry is a lot more satisfying to me and my ear. I’m enjoying how both… Read more »

Vytautas
Vytautas
1 month ago

I don’t like her singing style as if she’s screaming at my face: “YOU SEE?! THE MOON IS RISING!!! CAN’T YOU SEE DUMMY – THE MOON IS RISING OOOOH?! THE MOON! IS! RISING! PA PA PA RA PA PA PA PA RA! MOON IS RISING!!!”

Sorry, I’ll put it in my top somewhere around 25th-30th at best.

RennyWest
RennyWest
1 month ago

While I think it’s better than the last year’s entry, it’s still not my cup of tea.

Marc
Marc
1 month ago

This is easily better than last year’s entry. I think the performance will be memorable for televoters and get it through the semis. I’m not sure juries will like it as it is chaotic in arrangement and shouty.

Stephanie
Stephanie
1 month ago

The moon is rising… And the dogs and cats are howling… of misery..

Alo
Alo
1 month ago

It’s interesting let’s say.
I think the live performance will be the key here.

Richard Hochuli
Richard Hochuli
1 month ago

For me this is a stand out singer and song.
Performance will give it everything.
Top tune
Love it ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

Una
Una
1 month ago

*Interesting* song to say the least!! I was taken with it during a few moments. I think it will qualify. It’s very out-of-the-box but “serious” at the same time. Samanta has her own identity and it shows. I will root for the song come May 2021!!

Stian F
Stian F
1 month ago

I really like the song actually, but i just cant stand the way Samanta Tina sings her songs… It is just too contrived, and what is actually a good song sounds still quite bad to me. I still prefer this song more than “Still Breathing”, but this song wont qualify at all.

lasse braun
lasse braun
1 month ago

if strong voices still have any impact,it should deliver very well in rotterdam – the song is very modern,dominated by the strong voice and the deep bass.
maybe this song is a little bit too good for the ESC like blanche/city lights a few years ago but it will be also on stage an absolutely eyecatcher – aminata has made a very good job, especially if the hard bass is from her.
this is more fresh air at the ESC and it is a real grower too!
so think progressive and have some fun. 🙂

Nils
Nils
1 month ago
Reply to  lasse braun

While I too think ‘City Lights’ should have won, it still finished 4th or something like that. Nowadays no song is ‘too good’ for Eurovision.

Erik
Erik
1 month ago

Song is nice. But it’s very surreal for me to see so many people in these clips with 0 distance. It’s hard for me to enjoy a good performance like this when I know it could possibly spread the virus a lot

sam
sam
1 month ago

i’m relistening to this on spotify as we speak and this is such a grower… it’s so psychedelic, empowering, and has AMAZING staging potential. i think it’s very realistic that we see samanta and latvia in the grand final this year <3 <3

eurana
eurana
1 month ago

Annoying. That’s it.

Robert
Robert
1 month ago
Reply to  eurana

So is your lack of taste and yet here we are.

Dia
Dia
1 month ago
Reply to  Robert

Eurana is entitled to their opinion! Not everybody has to agree with you!

Anita Mann
Anita Mann
1 month ago

Just because you can reach a high note, doesn’t mean you can sing. Literally “like nails on a chalkboard” her screeching; and Samanta seems completely oblivious to the discomfort she’s causing us sufferers!

Polliu
Polliu
1 month ago

Kpop in a messy way.

ANDREW BROWN
ANDREW BROWN
1 month ago

One listen and its in my head. pa ra ra pa ra ra pa ra ra.

Poet
Poet
1 month ago

Great entry and energy.

I hope Samanta builds the energy over the song during the live show instead of giving it all at the beginning.

I suspect this will be impressive piece live.

Amadeus
Amadeus
1 month ago

Life is music. She is a composer.

Anita Mann
Anita Mann
1 month ago
Reply to  Amadeus

Stop copy/paste comments from YouTube all the time! Goodlord, it’s annoying.

Kirby
Kirby
1 month ago
Reply to  Anita Mann

@Anita : A big round of applause for you

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
1 month ago

I’m sure this will be at least interesting on stage but, personally, I like my music to be something I actually enjoy listening to.

Moonstar
Moonstar
1 month ago

There is a difference between singing and screaming. Samanta does not seem to know that. I am upset… it took them 1 year to come up with this? This is unacceptable! Mark my words, this will be last in its semifinal with null points. Let me copy the link to my comment…

Last edited 1 month ago by Moonstar
Kris
Kris
1 month ago
Reply to  Moonstar

You’re definitely going to be proven wrong .The nul points part for sure is wrong

Moonstar
Moonstar
1 month ago
Reply to  Kris

Let’s wait and see… If I am wrong, I will gracefully admit I was wrong, but after a second listen to the song, I still think it will be last with null points.

Mr Martin Owens
Mr Martin Owens
1 month ago
Reply to  Moonstar

Sorry but this is actually a genuinely good song it’s definitely her own doing unlike 80 percent of the competition.

Anita Mann
Anita Mann
1 month ago
Reply to  Moonstar

Yay! I agree with you 100%… that screeching is utterly repulsive.

Teddy
Teddy
1 month ago

Both this and Switzerland are in my top 3 and I’m so confused as to how people will compliment Gjon but drag Samanta for screaming? The musical content can be debated and everyone can have diverging tastes. However, Samanta sounds objectively on point here. Maybe it’s her vocals on top of the heavy production? But it’s well mixed and might be more appealing in a weaker semi

Mr Martin Owens
Mr Martin Owens
1 month ago
Reply to  Teddy

She is not screaming. That is a belt and I know one when I hear one. Not once have I heard that girl scream a note.

AMAAN STORM
AMAAN STORM
1 month ago
Reply to  Teddy

There is a huge difference between Gjon’s singing and Samanta’s singing. Gjon sings in falsetto….its a style that has been used for a very long time in singing from the Bee Gees and beyond.
Samanta is showing off her ‘range by shouting/screaming her lyrics. Yes it shows she had power in her voice, but its the wrong way to showcase the power. There aren’t any levels to her vocal……just shilling. It hurts me to say it because I really do love what Latvia produce and I’m a huge fan of Aminata. But this song is not it for me personally.

Mr Martin Owens
Mr Martin Owens
1 month ago

I am getting Rihanna’s Anti album. I love this she is a performer also we know we are getting a treat at the semi. And if I had a choice, the final!!!!

Anita Mann
Anita Mann
1 month ago

Come again? You’re getting Rihanna’s “Anti” vibes?!
Hahahahahahaha!! LOLOL! Please, just stop!

Grft
Grft
1 month ago

This is such a mess but I think I like it

Mr Martin Owens
Mr Martin Owens
1 month ago
Reply to  Grft

It’s everything

Anita Mann
Anita Mann
1 month ago

Correct, everything a song shouldn’t be!

Denis
Denis
1 month ago

The marmite entry of 2021: You either like it or you don’t. PersonallyI find it just a bit to aggressive but still listenable.

eha
eha
1 month ago

Sounds too angry in a bad way and unpleasant like a messy noise.

And this comes from a person who listens to metal, so anger is not the issue…..but its the delivery that hurts my ears.

Frysk
Frysk
1 month ago

Horrible as expected, but a little bit better than last year, and better than Australia this time.

Colin
Colin
1 month ago

I am just confused on what to think… Do I like this? Do I dislike this? I need time. But in any case, I respect Samanta Tina’s energy and determination and I wish her all the best in the contest.

Darren
Darren
1 month ago

Off topic:
This might sound stupid..
But on the Eurovision Scoreboard app, how do you see the overall ranking of countries by members of the app? I can only see my own ranking.

Anne Marie
Anne Marie
1 month ago
Reply to  Darren

hahaha, I have just recently asked this question here under one of the articles and got a very helpful answer. when you are there were you see your own score, you can see very on the bottom right corner a blue symbol with numbers, when you click there you can see the overall scoring. hope this was helpful.

Darren
Darren
1 month ago
Reply to  Anne Marie

Thank you so much!
You are a lifesaver lol I was pulling my hair out trying to find that.
I thought that was just part of the design of the app lol omg

Teo
Teo
1 month ago
Reply to  Darren

Bottom right corner, if you press it you can see the overall ranking and points. 🙂

Mr Martin Owens
Mr Martin Owens
1 month ago
Reply to  Darren

I am reeling that Latvia is so high!!! She deserve!! But Cyprus? Why is that song so hyped? Taco tamale anyone?

Lola
Lola
1 month ago

Well, it’s different, but I’m not sure I like it. Didn’t like her song from last year either and I can’t picture this working out well on stage. I do wish her all the best, since she wanted to participate so badly! She looks like a great performer so I might be surprised in May, who knows?

someone111
someone111
1 month ago

Well, just as I thought, trash…

Anita Mann
Anita Mann
1 month ago
Reply to  someone111

I voted this UP! 😀

Trocatroc
Trocatroc
1 month ago

I really like it. It’s different and I think it will stand out!

Kris
Kris
1 month ago

Musically , I appreciated Still breathing more. But maybe the feminism is more apparent in this one , leading to possibly some jury points. In my opinion , this will not do as well with the televote as Still breathing would have done .

@ivanmckenziemx
@ivanmckenziemx
1 month ago

Uhm…and thats all? Honestly I LOVE some Samanta Tina and love the fact she will join ESC after years of trying so I was really happy for her when ESC20 was cancelled and she was re-chosen cause she had the chance to create the banger she and her voice deserve and Still Breathing was not. But she did not and here we are again. Seriously this is the best some one can do in one year of preparing?…

Jimmy Smit
Jimmy Smit
1 month ago

It’s unusual, experimental, and alternative—I appreciate the entry and I’m sure Samanta will rock the stage in Rotterdam. Her song may be the most ‘marmite’ of 2021 but Samanta fiercely marches to the beat of her own drum. I think she’ll qualify.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 month ago
Reply to  Jimmy Smit

Oh no. This might be our “first fight.” 🙁

Jimmy Smit
Jimmy Smit
1 month ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

Life’s too short 🙂

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 month ago
Reply to  Jimmy Smit

It’s longer than this edition of the contest though. This will not qualify.

Jimmy Smit
Jimmy Smit
1 month ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

Do you feel strongly about it not qualifying?

(I meant life’s too short to ‘fight’ about Samanta Tina 😉 )