Latvia: LTV opts for a new format for Eurovision

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LTV, the Latvian national broadcaster has confirmed to ESCToday that Latvia has opted for a brand new format in order to select its 2015 Eurovision entry and representative.

The former Dziesma Latvian national selection format will not be used in 2015. The Latvian broadcaster has decided to use a new mechanism in order to select its Eurovision act and song for Vienna. Supernova 2015 a LTV music talent show will determine the 2015 Latvian act and entry for Austria.

Supernova is an indepent LTV production and is not a Eurovision national selection. The winner of the show will be offered the golden ticket to Vienna if he/or she is agreeable. Hence the artist/act that will win Supernova 2015 will be eligible to represent Latvia at the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest.

LTV has confirmed to ESCTODAY that Supernova will consist of 4 live shows: 1 Introduction Show, 2 Semi-finals and 1 Final. There will be 2 competitions; 1 for the singer and 1 for the songs.  A number of songs ( yet to be determined) will be alloted to the 10 finalist singers. The winning act will be selected via a public deliberation, hereafter after the winner will be matched with a song during the final scheduled to be held at the LTV Studios in Riga, Latvia on 22 February.

Supernova Schedule

  • 10/12- Supernova submission deadline
  • 02/02- Supernova Show 1 – Introduction
  • 08/02- Supernova Show 2 – Semi-final 1
  • 15/02 -Supernova Show 3- Semi-final 2
  • 22/02- Supernova Show 4- Grand Final

Artists and composers wishing to enter the competition can do so by submitting their respective applications to LTV by 10 December. Only Latvian citizens are eligible to submit their entries/applications. Hence only Latvian artists and composers are allowed to enter the contest.

A special pannel of judges will be resposible to shorlist and select the songs and singers. They will play a key role in coaching the competing acts and will help them with the rehearsals, songs and preparations.

Latvia selected its 2014 Eurovision entry and representative via a national selection. Aarziemnieki won the golden ticket to Copenhagen at the 2014 Latvian national final Dziesma with their entry Bake a cake. Despite a fun loving performance the Latvian band failed to qualify to the grand final in the Danish capital. The method and mechanism Latvia will use to select its 2015 Eurovision entry and representative is yet to be determined. More details will be released in due course.

Latvia debuted at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2000 with Brainstorm‘s My star and has won the event once in 2002 with Marie N‘s I wanna.

The 2015 Eurovision Song Contest is scheduled to be held on 19, 21, 23 May at the Wiener Stadthalle, in Vienna.

Stay tuned to for the latest news on the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest.