Latvia: Selects For Slavianski Bazaar 2018 on February 17

Latvia’s selection process for Slavianski Bazaar 2018, “Slāvu Bazārs Rīgā – 2018” will take place on February 17 in Riga.

Latvia has launched their search for their participants in the 2018 edition of Slavianski Bazaar, this July in Vitebsk, Belarus. Singers aged between 7 and 12 years, as well as those aged between 18 and 31 years old are invited to take part in the selection process for the Children’s and International Pop Song Performers Contest.

As part of the final at the Splendid Palace in Riga, singers will have to perform two songs, the rules for the songs are as follows:

  • One song must be written and composed by a Latvian composer
  • The other song can be in any language and written by any nationality

Singers wishing to take part in the Latvian selection process have until February 7 to submit their application to the following address;

Last year over 200 singers applied to represent Latvia at both the International Pop Song Performers Contest and the Children’s Contest in Belarus. In total 90 people made it through to the live final in Riga, which lasted for over seven hours.

Latvia has a mixed record at the contest having finished within the top five of the International Pop Song Performer’s competition just once. Samanta Tina finished second in the competition in 2012, since participating in Slavianski Bazaar, Samanta has tried to represent Latvia and Lithuania at the Eurovision Song Contest. In 2017 Latvia failed to qualify from the semi-finals for the final of the International Pop Song Performer’s Contest.

Source: Slāvu Bazārs Rīgā

Slavianski Bazaar has been held annually in Vibetsk, Belarus since 1992. The event consists of two competitive contests, the International Pop Song Performers Contest for singers age 18 to 31, and the Children’s Contest for those age between 7 and 12. The competition is popular in the former Soviet Union, Baltic States and the Balkans. Winners include Ruslana, Zeljko Joksimovic, Donny Montell and Alyona Lanskaya. The Children’s Contest has been held since 2003 and former winners include singers who have gone on to compete in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. This includes former winner Ksenia Sitnik who won for Belarus in 2005.
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