Latvia In The Eurovision Song Contest
Latvia has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 13 times, debuting at the 2000 contest, where Brainstorm came 3rd with the song "My Star". The country's first, and so far, only win came in 2002 when Marie N and her song "I Wanna" beat favourite's Malta by 12 points, receiving 176 points. Because of her win, the 2003 contest was held in the Latvian capital Riga.
Latvia initially planned to withdraw from the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time in 2009. Latvijas Televīzija (LTV), the Latvian broadcaster, originally announced its withdrawal from the contest after the Latvian government imposed budget cuts on the broadcaster that hindered it from paying the participation fee. At the time LTV said, however, that they hoped to compete in the 2010 contest.
In the event, Latvia decided to compete, and the EBU confirmed that Latvia would indeed participate in 2009. Since 2009 Latvia has not qualified to the Eurovision final with a best result of 16th in the semifinal.
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