LATVIA – Samanta Tīna has competed in the Latvian selection for the Eurovision Song Contest no less than 6 times, finishing second twice – in 2012 and more notably in 2013 with the fan-beloved song, I Need a Hero. Not one to give up, Samanta has also twice attempted to represent her second home, Lithuania, in 2015 and 2017.
A strong competitor in singing competitions, Samanta won a local TV show that allowed her to attend a music school in London in 2010. In 2012, she was runner up in Slavianski Bazaar in Belarus, and in 2014, she finished in the top 8 of the Lithuanian series of The Voice. Most recently, in 2016, Samanta was among the participants of the international contest New Wave Festival.
Samanta describes her voice as a god-given talent that needs to be heard on the big stage. She wants to show Europe and the world that Latvia is not a small country to be underestimated. Her love of Eurovision runs deep: in 2019, the singer wrote her graduating paper based on an analysis of the national selections for the Eurovision Song Contest in Latvia and Lithuania.