Following the Estonian submissions record that was broken this year, the neighbours from Latvia show a similar trend, with a total of 168 songs submitted by 89 different artists to Supernova 2017, the Latvian national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest.
Supernova was launched in 2015, replacing the long-running Eurodziesma. Since its launch, Latvia has managed to qualify to the final in both times (2015 and 2016) following a row of non-qualifications (2009-2014) and last places in the semifinals. A total of 98 songs were submitted for the first edition in 2015, while 120 songs were submitted for 2016.
Justs performing Heartbeat in the final of Supernova 2016
Supernova 2017 Agenda
- 11/11 – The 168 entries will be shortlisted to 40-50
- 15/11, 22/11 – Live auditions at LTV’s studios
- 22/01, 29/01 – Announcement of the participants live on LTV (between 16-20 entries)
- 05/02 – Heat 1
- 12/02 – Heat 2
- 19/02 – Semifinal
- 26/02 – Final
Traditionally, the submitted demos were uploaded for public listening on SoundCloud. It is unknown if it will happen again this time, but the innovative use of social media and online streaming platforms will continue as the participating songs will be available on Spotify and their listening count will be used as a part of the voting phase.
Stay tuned to ESCToday for more news regarding Supernova and Latvia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017!