2000 and Whatever – Latvia

We may not get to see our 2020 favourites take to the stage, but that doesn’t mean we can’t reminisce on our Eurovision favourites. This series is aimed to discover the team’s favourite entries from the 21st century, from 2001 to 2019.

In collaboration with ESCDaily, we will be reviewing some of their 21st Century favourites, while over on their site, you will find their reviews of our favourites!

Below our reviews, you will find a poll where you can vote for your favourite Eurovision entry from the 21st Century.


Anita Reviews Dennis’ 21st Century Favourite

Justs – Heartbeat | 15th place, 132 points (Final)

In recent years, Lavia has really struggled to reach the Eurovision final. Enter Aminata, Latvia’s Eurovision saviour in 2015, breaking the lengthy non-qualification streak. The following year, Justs was selected to represent Latvia with a song penned by Aminata. Although I don’t think that it was as good as Love Injected, it was still a very solid effort from Latvia.

What I do enjoy about this song is how Justs really commits to the performance. His voice is raw and powerful, mixed with the contemporary style of beat that we enjoyed the previous year with Love Injected. The other great part about this performance was the visuals. The staging was so simple, but yet it looked great, especially on the 2016 stage. In the scheme of things, it finished in a justified position on the results table.

Joshua Reviews Brandon’s 21st Century Favourite

Aminata – Love Injected | 6th place, 186 points (Final)

Here comes one of my most unpopular opinions: I really do not enjoy this entry. It appears to be a fan favourite, but there is something about it that just does not click for me. Maybe it’s because I enjoy songs with charming melodies, and this entry comes across as jarring. I can see why many people love it, though. It’s a big ‘moment’ song, and is very dramatic and edgy.  Fair to say that Brandon and I don’t see eye to eye when it comes to Latvian entries …

What does the ESCDaily team think of our 21st Century favourites? Make sure to head over to escdaily.com to find out!

Vote for your favourite entry from Latvia below: