There’s plenty of buzz around the Latvian entry this year and with just cause. Scribed and composed by Aminata, who took Latvia to a stunning top 6 finish in 2015, “Heartbeat” is the kind of sparse contemporary pop that Eurovision audiences and voters have embraced in recent contests.
Latvia is also adding to the quota of seriously good looking young male soloists who’ll be performing in Sweden. 21 year old Justs will have a few heartbeats racing and, given a late run in the Grand Final, Latvia could again be troubling the top of the scoreboard. Keep your eyes on Latvia Australia even if it’s just for Justs.
Watch Justs' official video for 'Heartbeat':
Four Questions with Justs
What are the three most impressive facts about you?
- I have hitchhiked with my guitar from Latvia to Paris and back.
- I have worked as a musical teacher with mentally ill children.
- I have graduated best at high school in Latvia with highest marks in maths.
Everything I do, I do with all my heart and I do it well, whether it is sport, music, business, organizational task or anything else.
Do you have a (lucky) routine before you go on stage?
I always do this hand thing with musicians I perform with: we stand in a circle and put our hands together and scream something in the end.
Why is the Eurovision Song Contest important for you?
It is a big international platform for music, and my dream is to conquer the top of the music world, so this is a very important step to make to fulfill my dream.