Pirates of the Sea, a costumed trio from Latvia singing “Wolves of the Sea,” took 12th place in the Eurovision Song Contest final May 24 in Belgrade, Serbia. Russia’s Dima Bilan, performing “Believe,” won the competition.
Pirates of the Sea includes Italian-born singer Roberto Meloni, radio and television moderator Jānis Vaišļa and dancer Aleksandra Kurusova. The song “Wolves of the Sea” was written by Jonas Liberg, Johan Sahlen, Claes Andreasson and Torbjörn Wassenius, all of Sweden.
Latvia received a total of 83 points. Russia earned 272. Ukraine, in the No. 2 spot, finished with 230 points, while No. 3 Greece had 218. The United Kingdom, with just 14 points, came in last in the field of 25 countries.
Points were based on the results of telephone and text-message voting in 45 nations, including almost all of Europe as well as Turkey and Israel. Each country awarded 12, 10 and then 8 through 1 points for its favorite songs. Voters are not allowed to pick their own country, but cultural, geographic and political ties often play a role in the results.
Latvia earned its only 12-point award from Ireland, where just like last year the tens of thousands of migrants from Latvia likely played a role in the results. Latvia also gained 10 points each from the United Kingdom and Baltic neighbor Lithuania.
Voters in Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania, meanwhile, gave their highest awards to Russia.
Bilan’s victory means next year’s Eurovision Song Contest will be hosted by Russia.
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