R&B duo Musiqq to represent Latvia in Eurovision Song Contest

The rhythm and blues duo Musiqq, perhaps best known for the hits “Abrakadabra” and “Dzimšanas diena,” will represent Latvia in this year’s Eurovision Song Festival in Germany.

The duo, consisting of Liepāja-based performers Marats Ogļezņevs and Emīls Balceris, won the Eirodziesma 2011 national contest Feb. 26 in Ventspils. They beat out popular singer Lauris Reiniks and nine other entries.

Musiqq’s entry in the contest was the song “Angel in Disguise.”

Ogļezņevs previously worked with the group Device, while Balceris has had success in both Latvian and international competitions, according to the duo’s profile on the website of recording company Platforma.lv.

Telephone voting and a jury’s evaluation gave the following results in the Eirodziesma final, according to Latvian State Television:

  1. Musiqq, “Angel in Disguise.”
  2. Lauris Reiniks, “Banjo Laura.”
  3. Pieneņu vīns, “You Are.”
  4. Evija Sloka, “Don’t Stop the Dance.
  5. D-Family, “Daylight.”
  6. Jāņa Stībeļa banda, “Let It Be Me.”
  7. Blitze, “Hop.”
  8. Elīna Krastiņa, “Look Back at Me Again.”
  9. Oksana Ļepska, “Live On!”
  10. Ivo Grīsniņš-Grīslis, “Cinderella.”
  11. The Secretz, “Summer Night.”

The group Triānas parks resigned from the final because lead singer Agnese Rakovska became ill, state television reported.

The Eurovision Song Contest, won last year by Germany’s Lena Meyer-Landrut with the song “Satellite,” is scheduled May 10-14 in Düsseldorf. Latvia has participated in the contest 12 times, winning in 2002 with Marija Naumova’s performance of “I Wanna.”

For more on Musiqq, visit the duo’s page on social network draugiem.lv.


The duo Musiqq will represent Latvia in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. (Publicity photo)

Andris Straumanis is a special correspondent for and a co-founder of Latvians Online. From 2000–2012 he was editor of the website.

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