Valters & Kaža have won the Latvian national final tonight. With the song The war is not over they will represent Latvia at the semifinal of the 50th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest in Kiev. Agnese & Intars finished second, Ksenija third.
Ten artists competed in tonight's final of Eirodziesma 2005. The show was divided into two parts. After the initial performance of all the entries the lines went open for televoting for 30 minutes. After a break the broadcast continued with a superfinal. The three songs receiving most of the televotes were presented one by one. A second televoting round then started and decided the Latvian entry for the 2005 Eurovision Song Contest.
These are the results of the second round of Eirodziesma 2005:
01 – 28 214 votes| Valters & Kaža – The war is not over
02 – 20 318 votes | Agnese & Intars – Sing it! Swing it!
03 – 8308 votes | Ksenija – In the heat of the night
Did not proceed to the second voting round:
04 – 6977 votes | Marta – Loving, missing, crying
05 – 2344 votes | Iedomu spārni – No way back
06 – 1844 votes | Prego – We are one
07 – 1790 votes | Ella & Marizo – Sing with me
08 – 1546 votes | Nicol – A woman to love
09 – 622 votes | Flash – In your arms
10 – 486 votes | Amber – Dance together
Lithuanian artist Amberlife opened the show with a performance. The rest of the evening was a show celebrating Latvian music as well as the 50th anniversary of the Eurovision Song Contest. A big showcase of many well-known Latvian artists entertained during the second part of the show.
The audience saw all former Latvian Eurovision Song Contest representatives: Fomins & Kleins, F.L.Y. and Arnis Mednis performed. Marie N, (winner of the Eurovision Song Contest in 2002) and the group Brainstorm sent special greetings to the audience. The Latvian final took place at the Ventspils Olympic Center. Hosts tonight were Elvis Jansons, Ija Timkevica and Ugis Joksts.
Valters & Kaža
Valters and Kaža's have been friends since they were two years old. They have been playing music together for more than fifteen years. First they played in the group Dzeguzīte. Two years ago they started the group Putnu Balle. Their successes have already given them the opportunity to perform at a concert in the famous Madison Square Garden in New York.
The song The war is not over is written by Martins Freimanis, one of the members of the group F.L.Y. that represented Latvia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2003. Videos of all the songs participating in the final of the Latvian final Eirodziesma 2005 can be found here.
Due to Latvia's bad result in last year's Eurovision Song Contest, Valters & Kaža will appear in the semifinal of the Eurovision Song Contest on 19th May in Kiev.