Last week she released her Eurovision 2021 entry “The Moon is Rising”. Now Latvian diva Samanta Tīna has delivered the first live performance of her song, giving clues as to how it might be presented in Rotterdam this May.
Samanta Tīna delivered the debut performance at the 2021 Zelta Mikrofons (the Golden Microphone Awards) — Latvia’s annual music honours. As well as honouring the finest in Latvia’s music industry, the show was also the perfect opportunity for Samanta Tīna to bring her song for Rotterdam to the live stage.
Samanta Tīna performs “The Moon Is Rising” live
Samanta Tīna took to the Golden Microphone stage with a posse of strong women. She was joined by a dozen dancers, who delivered similar choreography to what is seen in the song’s music video.
One of Samanta’s outfits from the music video also made an appearance on the live stage. Samanta Tīna wore a regal taupe jacket with puffy sleeves. Underneath that she wore an oversize white shirt. From the waist down, Samanta wore only white cowgirl boots — but when you’ve got the moves, why should more clothes get in your way?
The song’s minimalist musical arrangement meant that there was little room for vocal mistake. Samanta has to deliver — and she did. The Latvian star was joined by three backing singer who mostly provided atmosphere and contrast, rather than needing to beef up Samanta’s vocal.
But with 16 performers on stage, Team Latvia will have to ditch at least ten for the Eurovision performance. One option would be to use pre-recorded backing vocals and have five dancers join Samanta, but her backing vocalists have always been a strong part of her live performances.
Samanta Tīna’s journey to Eurovision
It’s been a long road for Samanta Tīna to make it to Eurovision. She made five previous attempts at Latvia’s national final — and two attempts in neighbouring Lithuania — before finally winning Supernova 2020 with “Still Breathing”.
After Eurovision 2020 was cancelled, there was initial uncertainty if Samanta would get a return ticket to Rotterdam. But in a special show ahead of Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light, Samanta was surprised with the good news that she had been internally selected for Eurovision 2021.
She will finally have the chance to take her musical eleganza to Rotterdam in May 2021
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