Aminata hits the road to Vienna

Latvia’s Eurovision Song Contest entry Aminata is on track to Vienna, Austria, as the 22-year-old singer-songwriter told a press conference organized to send her off with lots of good will Tuesday.

Though the feeling of being 100% prepared never really comes, Aminata said she feels ready for the annual song contest, viewed around the world by millions of pop music fans.

She told national information agency LETA that as the author of the music and words to her own song “Love Injected”, she feels she is “on the right track.”

Performing with her in Vienna will be three backing vocalists, to whom Aminata attributes an important role. According to Latvian delegation head and LTV producer Zita Kaminska, the singer’s performance will be completely different from what she showed for the Supernova selection contest, as the huge stage demands a new approach. A new costume is also in the works for her.

"I believe you'll see it and say, 'Wow!'," said Kaminska.

Aminata has been working intensely since winning the Supernova contest. She said the Latvian Television Company has helped her get adjusted to the new demands of the big stage. “It’s important for me to feel secure taking this big step in my career, and the public television company has given me lots of support,” she said.

She added that several of her dreams have come true even since her victory in the national selection. “In the three months since I won, I’ve released my debut album, produced by Kaspars Ansons, as well as my first video clip,” explained the singer.

This year’s Eurovision is the 60th anniversary of the contest, with 40 countries participating. Aminata must first compete in the second semifinal on May 21 to see whether “Love Injected” will make it further to the final on May 23.

Both the semifinals and final will be broadcast live on LTV, as well as streamed live on the LTV and LSM homepages. Also for the first time ever, on LTV’s Channel 7 the Eurovision Song Contest will provide a synchronized sign-language translation.

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