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ESC Reporter | November 23, 2017

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Latvia continues "Dziesma" format

Latvia continues “Dziesma” format
Eric Nocito

The national broadcaster of Latvia, LTV, announced the selection process for their entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark.  The channel plans to retain the popular “Dziesma” format in deciding their submission.

The entries for the contest can be submitted now through November 20.  The only difference this year is that the entries must be in the Latvian language.

Once the initial entries are gone through, 24 songs will be invited to participate in one of two semi-finals.  These 24 songs will be revealed at a LTV press conference on December 2.  Though the dates of the shows haven’t been set in stone yet, there are some expected dates announced.

Each semi-final will feature 12 songs.  The semi-finals will probably be on the back-to-back nights, in the venue “Sapnu fabrika” in Riga.

The scoring system will consist of 50% from televote of television audience and 50% from a LTV jury.  The top six songs from each semi-final will proceed to the final, taking place in the venue “Juras varti” in Ventspils.


Dates for the shows have been set,  The two semi-finals will be on February 1 and 2.  The final will take place on February 22, 2014.


The final will feature the same 50/50 (televote and LTV jury) scoring system.  Once the scores come in, the top three songs will proceed to a “superfinal,” where the three artists will perform and be voted upon once again.

The winner of the superfinal will be the representative of Latvia in the 59th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The semi-finals and final will all be broadcast on LTV1 and an online live stream at

The full set of rules (in Latvian) can be read here.



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