Singer/songwriter Rob Reynolds from the United Kingdom has won the Baltic Song Contest 2005. The Latvian group Putnu Balle, featuring Walters & Kazha, who sucessfully represented Latvia at the Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv, ended up second. The Italian duo Jalisse, also part of the Eurovision Song Contest history as 1997 participants with Fiumi di parole, were third.
Walters & Kazha, as members of the group Putnu Balle, performed their Eurovision Song Contest entry The war is not over and the song It�s just a joke at the Baltic Song Contest. Apart from the second place, Putnu Balle became the public's favourite. At the Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv, Walters & Kazha finished 5th.
The Baltic Song Contest has taken place each summer since 1987 in Karlshamn, Sweden. When it first started, it was seen as a way of bringing the people in the Baltic area together. However, with the participation of, for example, the United Kingdom and Italy, the contest became a more European event.
Last year, Sandra Dahlberg, one of the Melodifestivalen 2004 finalists, won the contest. Several Eurovision Song Contest participants have won the Baltic Song Contest throughout the years. In 1995, Justyna Steczkowska from Poland, in 1998 Brainstorm from Latvia and in 2001 it was Ich Troje from Poland. F.L.Y., Piasek, Arnis Mednis and Edyta Górniak have all reached the top three of the festival.