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Latvia: Carousel – That Night

Latvia's Supernova selection show saw Carousel win the ticket to Tel Aviv with the song That Night. There's a certain authentic folk appeal to That Night. Juries might like it. The public will forget it. Being in semi-final 2 won't help Carousel much either. Nor will the fact that Latvia has one of the worst qualification records. There are some allies, but Carousel will be far down the ranking orders in those nations. The only redeeming feature is the arty steady-cam production that might give Latvia a small USP in Tel Aviv... that's if people are still watching after 30-seconds.
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Juries might like it. The public will forget it.

User Rating: 3.02 ( 31 votes)

Latvia’s Supernova selection show saw Carousel win the ticket to Tel Aviv with the song That Night.

There’s a certain authentic folk appeal to That Night. Juries might like it. The public will forget it. Being in semi-final 2 won’t help Carousel much either. Nor will the fact that Latvia has one of the worst qualification records. There are some allies, but Carousel will be far down the ranking orders in those nations. The only redeeming feature is the arty steady-cam production that might give Latvia a small USP in Tel Aviv… that’s if people are still watching after 30-seconds.

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4 comments

  1. It’s nice that they are trying to make a non-standard song, but it never really delivers. That way the three minutes get really long. This should normally be a non-qualifier.

  2. Often in National Final Selections we hear audio versions of songs that get us excited only to be left deflated when we finally get to see the live performance.

    Happily ‘That Night’ is the converse of this. A somewhat plodding (albeit tasteful little number) is transformed by clever ‘framing’ and camera angles and a strong live performance by Carousel.

    Does this mean I think it will qualify? Despite some jury support it will be touch and go at best. But if they keep the current intimate staging concept, Latvia are at least in with a chance, which is probably the best they could have hoped for given the lack of quality in this year’s Supernova selection.

  3. Seems a very harsh review. I think this will qualify in the jury vote. To my ears it’s a very enjoyable, relaxing (but strangely intense) song that absolutely nails it’s staging. This will surprise a lot of people in May when Latvia is read out as one of the 10 qualifiers.

    • Not a chance. This will be used as filler in the semi, probably next to Sweden, or will be put in the death slot so it’s likely going to tank in the televote. If a just votes for this it will be marginal at best like 8-10 which won’t be enough.

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