Eat Your Salad

2022 single by Citi Zēni

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"Eat Your Salad"
The official cover for "Eat Your Salad"
Single by Citi Zēni
LanguageEnglish
Released13 January 2022
Length3:02
LabelTCLV Records
Songwriter(s)
  • Roberts Memmēns
  • Jānis Pētersons
  • Dagnis Roziņš
  • Jānis Jačmenkins
Eurovision Song Contest 2022 entry
Country
Artist(s)
Language
English
Composer(s)
Roberts Memmēns
Lyricist(s)
  • Jānis Pētersons
  • Dagnis Roziņš
  • Jānis Jačmenkins
Entry chronology
◄ "The Moon Is Rising" (2021)

"Eat Your Salad" is a song by Latvian rap-pop band Citi Zēni. The song represented Latvia in the first semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Turin, Italy.[1]

Background

According to the band, the song was created "to make a hard topic easy to digest and fun to listen to." Two main sources of inspiration were named for the song: one was a vegan friend of Jānis who wore a shirt that said "Instead of meat, I eat pussy", and the other was a contestant on a Latvian TV cooking show who convinced him to change Jānis' views on the environment, and at the end, challenged him to make a song based on that ideal and "develop this into a song that would not be depressing".[2]

The song talks about the attractiveness of being vegan and eco-friendly living. The first verse talks about eco-friendly things the group does. The second verse is filled with numerous sexual references, referring to an eco-friendly woman the group is attracted to. The chorus combines the messages of veganism and how the characteristic is sexually desirable.[3]

Censorship

During the semi-final of Eurovision 2022, the song was censored due to some of the explicit lyrics. The first line of the song was originally supposed to be "Instead of meat, I eat veggies and pussy"; however, the word "pussy" was not sung, although the crowd can be heard filling in the absent lyric.[4]

The word "fuck" was reportedly also censored.[4]

Eurovision Song Contest

Supernova 2022

On 7 October 2021, LTV opened a two-month submission period for interested singers and songwriters to enter the audition process for Supernova 2022.[5] All entries were required to be by a singer-songwriter that was aged at least sixteen and a citizen of Latvia, with foreign writers allowed only if they contributed to one third or less of the entry.

After all submissions were received, a jury formed of representatives of the main radio stations in Latvia assessed the songs, only being informed of the song title (not the singer). 16 acts were selected by the jury to take part in the competition.[6] The selected entries were announced on 5 January 2022.[7] In addition to the initial sixteen competing artists, LTV held an online vote between 10 and 14 January 2022 to determine a seventeenth act.[8]

The semi-final took place on 5 February 2022. Ten entries were selected by a professional jury and a televote in a 50/50 split vote. "Eat Your Salad" qualified, and moved onto the final.

The final took place on 12 February 2022. The winner was determined by a professional jury and a televote in a 50/50 split vote. "Eat Your Salad" won the final, and as a result, will represent Latvia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022.

At Eurovision

The 66th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Turin, Italy and will consist of two semi-finals on 10 May and 12 May 2022, and the grand final on 14 May 2022. According to Eurovision rules, all nations with the exceptions of the host country and the "Big Five" (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) are required to qualify from one of two semi-finals in order to compete for the final; the top ten countries from each semi-final progress to the final. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) split up the competing countries into six different pots based on voting patterns from previous contests, with countries with favourable voting histories put into the same pot.[9]

References

  1. ^ Adams, William Lee (12 February 2022). "Latvia Supernova 2022: Citi Zeni will sing "Eat Your Salad" at Eurovision in Torino". Wiwibloggs. Retrieved 12 February 2022.
  2. ^ Terry, Connor (4 February 2022). "Citi Zēni: "Our aim is to make a hard topic easy to digest & fun to listen to."". ESC United. Retrieved 12 February 2022.
  3. ^ Vautrey, Jonathan (19 January 2022). ""Being green is sexy as f***" - Citi Zeni's "Eat Your Salad" depicts being eco-friendly as sexually desirable". Wiwibloggs. Retrieved 12 February 2022.
  4. ^ a b "Why Latvia's Eurovision song is censored and Eat Your Salad lyrics in full". inews.co.uk. 10 May 2022. Retrieved 10 May 2022.
  5. ^ "Search for Latvia's Eurovision contender starts". lsm.lv. Latvijas Televīzija. 7 October 2021. Retrieved 22 January 2022.
  6. ^ Granger, Anthony (5 October 2021). "Latvia: Supernova 2022 Submissions Open on October 7". Eurovoix. Archived from the original on 5 October 2021. Retrieved 1 November 2021.
  7. ^ "Iepazīsties ar "Supernovas" 16 pusfinālistiem! Vēl vienu dalībnieku izvēlēsies interneta balsojumā". lsm.lv (in Latvian). Latvijas Televīzija. Archived from the original on 5 January 2022. Retrieved 5 January 2022.
  8. ^ Granger, Anthony (10 January 2022). "Latvia: Voting Commences for 17th Supernova 2022 Semi-Finalist". Eurovoix. Archived from the original on 10 January 2022. Retrieved 10 January 2022.
  9. ^ "Eurovision 2022: Which Semi-Final is your country performing in?". Eurovision.tv. EBU. 25 January 2022. Retrieved 25 January 2022.
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