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  • Writer's pictureFleur Menezes

Sudden Lights will represent Latvia at Eurovision 2023 with 'Aijā'

Sudden Lights / Photo credit: Andris Barbans

Sudden Lights have won Supernova and will represent Latvia at Eurovision 2023. They were chosen out of a field of 10 entries, which qualified from the semi-final held last week.

The winner was determined from a fifty-fifty split vote, with 50% votes from the public and the remaining 50% from a jury. It was a special night for Latvia as this year marks the 20th anniversary of when the Baltic country hosted the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time in Riga in 2003 after Marie N won the Contest in 2002 with 'I Wanna'.

Hosts Ketija Šēnberga and Lauris Reiniks returned for the hosting duties. Lauris Reiniks represented Latvia as part of the group F L Y in 2003. 2019 Eurovision winner, Duncan Laurence was a special guest. He performed his winning song ‘Arcade’.

Final results to come...

Sudden Lights are an alternative pop-rock band formed in 2012. The band is made up of Andrejs Reinis Zitmanis, Kārlis Matīss Zitmanis, Kārlis Vārtiņš and Mārtiņš Matīss Zemītis. All of whom are multi-instrumentalists. They released their debut album in 2017 and were nominated for ‘Debut of the Year’ in their country’s 2018 music awards.

Sudden Lights are no strangers to Supernova, placing second in 2018 with their song ‘Just Fine’. They lost to Laura Rizzotto with her song ‘Funny Girl’. ‘Just Fine’ went on to become the most streamed song of the month in Latvia.

Latvia has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 22 times since making its debut at the Contest in 2000. Their best result was in 2002 with Marie N winning with her song ‘I Wanna’. Last year they were represented by Citi Zēni with ‘Eat Your Salad’ which didn't qualify for the Eurovision Grand Final.

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