Latvian Broadcaster (LTV) and Intars Busulis, the Latvian entrant to Eurovision Song Contest 2009, held a press conference at an extraordinary location – a tram which is said to be one of the few means of transportation not affected by “Probka” or traffic jam.
Off we go! The Eurovision tram will cruise the streets of Riga until and a bit after the Eurovision final on 16th May to remind people of Latvian entry at the contest. During the initial stage of the press conference the media representatives were introduced with the possibilities to follow the course of the preparation to the contest. LTV is going to have three shows called “Fingers crossed for Latvia” on the Eurovision semi-final and final days. Meanwhile Latvians can preview the other entries on the Eirodziesma website.
First stop: Intars Busulis & Co get on the tram. Intars Busulis revealed that he and his group have already hadtwo rehearsals with the third one planned at the end of the month. The director of the performance is Viktors Runtulis who is in charge to carry out the message of the song to the audience. The stage outfits are in the process of being made in Germany.The author of the lyrics, Sergejs Timofejevs told that Probka is a logic follow up of the song Gonki Intars Busulis performed at Eirodziesma 2008. “The traffic jams happen not only on the streets, but in our hearts and heads as well. Sometimes we must stop and look from a different perspective to see how to make that traffic jam disolve” says Timofejevs.
Second stop: Coffee break. As announced earlier, the Latvian participation at ESC 2009 is supported by Latvijas Krajbanka, the oldest Latvian commercial bank, and store chain Narvesens which where present at the conference. Narvesens representatives entered the tram offering the journalists and musicians coffee and hot chocolate while Latvijas Krajbanka made the deal sweeter with candies.
Third stop: Ticket control enters. All participants of the press conference were issued special tickets with the Eurovision logo on it. Unfortunatelly, Intars Busulis could not present his ticket, so he was asked to bail himself out by singing his Eurovision entry.
Final stop: The Latvian delegation heads to Moscow by a train on 3rd May 2009. Probka will be performed on the Eurovision stage at the second semi-final on 14th May.