Latvia: LTV unveils the 16 semi-finalists of Superova 2019

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Who’s gonna be the one for Latvia? The national broadcaster of the country LTV is now disclosing the 16 acts that will fight for the honour to represent the Baltic country at the 64th Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv, Israel.

From 83 to 16 songs

Initially, 83 entries were submitted to the broadcaster for their 2019 national selection event Supernova 2019. Following a first evaluation round, a second round took place, with a total of 33 entries being evaluated and shortlisted to 16, by an expert jury panel and the people’s jury, through an open online voting.

The general opinion of the judges and Universal Music Group, the record company that is collaborating with the broadcaster for the Supernova project seems quite positive. DJ Rudd, who served as the jury’s head stated:

Every year we are getting closer to the main idea of ​​the competition – to create” Supernova “as a platform for the development of pop music in Latvia”, where the team gets the chance to show itself to a larger audience at the Eurovision Song Contest. Participation in Supernova can be one of the steps in the plan of conquering the world of musicians.

The 16 selected acts are (you may listen to them on YouTube by clicking to the respective link):

Carousel – That Night

Music: Mārcis Vasiļevskis
Lyrics: Sabine Žuga
Producer: Alexander Volks

Aivo Oskis – Somebody’s got my lover

Music: Ruslans Kuksinovičs
Lyrics: Aivis Oskis
Producer: Ruslans Kuksinovičs

Dzili Violets feat. Kozmens – Tautas dziesma

Music: Deep Purple
Lyrics: Nauris Brikmanis, John Skutelis, Martins Kozlovskis
Producer: Didzis Bardovskis

Laime Pilniga – Awe

Music: Erwin Ramiņš, Marcis Vasilevsky, Elvijs Mamedov, Janis Olekšs
Lyrics: Erwin Ramiņš, Marcis Vasilevsky, Elvijs Mamedov, Janis Olekšs
Producers: Alexanders Volks, Ervins Ramiņš, Marcis Vasilevsky

Samanta Tina – Cutting the wire

Music: Arnis Račinskis, Lisbee Stainton, Samanta Tina
Lyrics: Lisbee Stainton, Arne Račinskis, Samanta Tina
Producer: Arne Račinskis

Markus Riva – You make me so crazy

Music: Markus Riva, Roman Nepomiashchyi
Lyrics: Markus Riva
Producer: Roman Nepomiashchyi

Adriana Miglāne – Scared of love

Music: Janis Driksna, Monta Ķimene
Lyrics: Janis Driksna, Monta Ķimene
Producer: Kaspars Ansons

Double Faced Eels – Fire

Music: Mārtiņš Gailītis, Reinis Straume
Lyrics: Reinis Straume
Producer: Mārtiņš Gailītis

Elza Rozentāle – You came on tiptoe

Music: Mara Upmane – Holstein, Martins Gailītis, Janis Niedra, Elza Rozentāle
Lyrics: Mara Upmane – Holstein, Reinis Stream, Janis Niedra, Elza Rozentāle
Producer: Martin Gailītis

Edgars Kreilis – Fire

Music: Edgar Kreilis, July Melngailis, Arne Račinskis
Words: July Melngailis Arne Račinskis
Producer: Arne Račinskis

Kristiana Bumbiere – Remedy

Music: Kristiana Bumbiere
Lyrics: Kristiana Bumbiere
Producers: Kristaps Pear, Martins Gailītis

Laika Upe – Listen to the way that I breathe

Music: Armands Varslavans
Lyrics: Annemarija Linka
Producer: Rudolf Iļķens

Kristine Pastare (Peres) – Smaragdi un pelni

Music: Kristine Pastare
Lyrics: Kristine Pastare, Ieva Katkovska, Iluta Alsberga
Producer: Reinis Sejans

Alex Silver – Fireworks

Music: Aminata Savadogo
Lyrics: Aminata Savadogo
Producer: Kaspars Ansons

League Rider – Būšu tepat

Music: Arnis Ieviņš
Lyrics: Liga Riders
Producers: Vitholds Smolders, Ritvars Sreibers, Girts Laumanis

Kris & Oz – Midnight streets                                                                                                                    Music: Arturs Osipovs, Kristina Morins, Aleksandrs Solovyovs
Lyrics: Arturs Osipovs
Producer: Aleksandrs Solovjovs

It’s worth mentioning that the Latvian 2015 Eurovision entrant Aminata Savadogo is back again as a songwriter, as now she is behind Alex Silver’s song Fireworks. Furthermore, we have two homonymous entries, these called Fire by Double Faced Eels and Edgars Kreilis.

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 final night, the show’s winner was the Latvian-Brazilian young artist Laura Rizzotto.

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:

The 64th Eurovision Song Contest will be taking place on 14, 16 and 18 May at the EXPO Tel Aviv Convention Center in Tel Aviv, Israel. The contest’s slogan will be “Dare to Dream“.