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Eurovision Contestants 2015: Latvia

Latvia ran in 15 editions of the Eurovision Song Contest since its first participation at the turn of the millennium. The former Soviet satellite failed only to qualify in 2004 with expand=1] this song — we have no idea why it didn’t work, people probably forgot what real rock’n’roll was at the time.

But Latvia also failed to qualify for the finals in the last 6 editions, despite most of the songs being in English. This year, the 22-year-old singer Aminata will attempt to qualify with her song “Love Injected.”

Aminata was born in Riga, but her mother is of Latvian and Russian descent, and her father comes from Burkina Faso. This diversity, the young woman says, is what makes her strength.

Before stepping on stage, Aminata likes to listen to music in a dark corner, alone, speaking to no one.

Our vote:

Does it make you want to visit that country? 0.5/10

Was there enough glitter? 2.5/10

Ok to quit your day job? 1.25/10

OVERALL AVERAGE: 1.42/10

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