Latvia’s national broadcaster, LTV , revealed that is has received a total of 83 songs to compete in Supernova 2019, the Latvian national selection format for Eurovision.

A total of 83 songs will be competing for the golden ticket that leads to the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel. The deadline for submission expired on October 21 finding the broadcaster with ten less submissions than last year.

The national broadcaster is introducing significant changes in Supernova 2019. The age limit for interested performers, songwriters and acts falls, as even aged 16 will be allowed to take part in the national selection. A second change to be introduced is the kind of song they are seeking this year. Objective of this year’s selection is to spot a “radio hit” for the next edition of Eurovision Song Contest . Therefore the evaluation of the submitted songs will be held by a jury formed by representatives of the most popular Latvian radio stations. Furthermore, the national broadcaster will implement more strict criteria during evaluating the songs.  All submitted songs must be professionally recorded and express the song writer’s philosophy.

While Latvian performers are in higher priority in the national selection, foreign producers, song writers and singers will still be able to take part in the selection. Especially for singers they must be part of a group formed of Latvian locals. Meanwhile Supernova will continue its collaboration with Universal Music Group in order to promote Latvian music internationally.

Latvia in Eurovision 

Latvia joined the Eurovision family back  in 2000. The country on its debut participation, with Brainstorm finished in 3rd place with the song My Star. It didn’t take long for Latvia to win the contest, since in  2002, with Marie N’s I Wanna the Baltic country was crowned winner. Latvia only participated in 2002 thanks to the withdrawal of Portugal from the contest, as Latvia’s poor result in 2001 had relegated them from the 2002 contest. From 2009 to 2014 Latvia met disappointing results as it failed to qualify to the Grand final. In 2015 achieved its best results the latest year with Animata and her Love Injected which ended in 6th place.  In the latest edition  the country was represented by Laura Rizzotto with her song Funny girl which finished 12th in the semi final failing to qualify to the final .

 Stay tuned on the INFE Network for more news on the Latvian national selection of Supernova 2019 and updates on the forthcoming Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv.