Eurovision 2019: Latvia

Hello welcome to my series of quick takes designed to get you ready for Eurovision 2019. Just some quick thoughts / my take on each of the 41 songs this year. The countries are in alphabetical order so without further ado: Latvia.

Country: Latvia
Singer: Carousel
Song: That Night
Personal Score: 14 out of 41
My Prediction: Q

When I ranked all the songs the first time I was actually really surprised how high this song was for me but it is certainty a “grower” of a song. There’s not going to be a flashy stage show along with this piece but it has a beautiful folk quality that is as easy going as it is unstated. The piece feels finished in a way that Eurovision songs often don’t. The lyrics are surprisingly nice as well and don’t lean too far into cringe.

I think this was qualify because its in the easier of the two semi finals but it might be an edge case and if it does I wouldn’t be shocked to see it get stuck around 20th. There’s just not enough bells and whistles. A subdued stage preformance is likely, the vocals are polished but also quiet, and the mood is an even keel the entire time with no big moments or shocks. What I like about this song is the same thing I liked about “Calm Before the Storm”. It knows what it is and where it’s going and it’s just going to stay the course and give you the exact performance they want to put out. There’s something really appealing in a song that isn’t trying to be plastic to fit better into the mold. I don’t know if this is anyone’s #1 per se, but it’s easy to listen to if nothing else.

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