Latvia is in full preparations for their national selection procedure Supernova, which is taking place for the 5th consecutive time this year. While the Baltic state is ahead of the declaration of their 2019 Eurovision representative, important details regarding the show have been released.
Two semi-finals with 8 acts each; final on 16 February
Supernova 2019 event will be consisting of two semi-finals and the Grand Final. Dates for all three shows have been set, as the two semi-finals will be taking place on 26 January and 2 February, while the Grand Final will air live on the evening of 16 February. All shows will be hosted by Dagmar Legant and Ketija Schoenberg.
Except from the dates and hosts, the Latvian broadcaster LTV has also confirmed the distribution of the 16 qualified entries into the two semi-finals. Thus, here we go!
Semi-final 1 (26 January)
- Aivo Oskis – Somebody’s got my lover
- Alekss Silvērs – Fireworks
- Edgars Kreilis – Cherry Absinthe
- Elza Rozentāle – You came on tiptoe
- Kris & Oz – Midnight streets
- Laime Pilnīga – Awe
- Līga Rīdere – Būšu tepat
- Samanta Tīna – Cutting the wire
Semi-final 2 (2 February)
- Adriana Miglāne – Scared of love
- Carousel – That night
- Double Faced Eels – Fire
- Dziļi Violets feat. Kozmens – Tautasdziesma
- Kristiāna – Remedy
- Laika Upe – Listen to the way that I breathe
- Markus Riva – You make me so crazy
- Peress – Smaragdi un pelni
The event’s results will be emerging by a mixed televoting and jury voting delibaration. Viewers at home may cast their votes via phone, text message (SMS), but also through the official website of Supernova. Only one call can be counted from each phone number.
The winner of Supernova 2019, who will represent Latvia in Tel Aviv, is going to sign a contract with Universal Music Group, one of the leading record labels which will take over the promotion of both the artist and song outside the country, which is a big goal of LTV for yet another year.
The show’s producer Ilze Jansone states:
Supernova can open the door to Latvian musicians – 200 million viewers watch Eurovision on average across Europe and the world. I am delighted that every year more and more qualitative songs are applied for the contest and that there are authors, producers and performers in Latvia who dare to dream of conquering the bigger music market and are brave enough to realize it in this competition.
Latvia at Eurovision 2018
For the 4th time in a row, Latvia selected its 2018 Eurovision entry via their national competition Supernova, initially introduced in 2015. At the end of the Grand Final, the Latvian-Brazilian young artist Laura Rizzotto was announced as the event’s winner.
With her pop song Funny girl, Laura went on to represent the Latvian colours in Lisbon, performing 14th at the second semi-final evening. She finally didn’t manage to qualify to the Grand Final, ending up 12th with 106 points.
Here’s her performance at the second semi-final: