Latvia’s national briadcaster LTV revealed more details on the country’s national selection process of  Supernova 2019.

THE SEMI FINAL ALLOCATION

Specificaly, LTV announced in which semi final each act will perform. A total of 16 contestants will compete in the two semi final rounds claiming the right to win the golden ticket to Tel Aviv. But that’s go and see in which semi final will each hopeful perform:

1st Semi final (January 26):

  • Samanta Tina
  • Edgars Kreilis
  • Elza Rosenthal
  • Aivo Oskis
  • Alex Silvers
  • Līga Rīdere
  • Kris & Oz
  • Full happiness

2nd Semi final (February 2):

  • Adriana Miglane
  • Markus Riva
  • Deep purple feat. Cosmic,
  • The River of Time
  • Double Faced Eels
  • Christian Bumbee
  • Kristine Pastare (Peress)
  • Carousel

Host of this year’s edition will be the duo Dagmar Legant and Ketija Schoenberg. The contestants will be judged by a jury and the audience at home, which can cast its votes by telephone, messages and the official website of Supernova.

THIS YEAR’S CHANGES

The national broadcaster has introduced 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 64th Eurovision Song Contest . Therefore the evaluation of the submitted songs was held by a jury formed by representatives of the most popular Latvian radio stations. Furthermore, the national broadcaster this year implemented more strict criteria during evaluating the songs.  All submitted songs should be professionally recorded and expressing the song writer’s ideas and philosophy.

While Latvian performers are in higher priority in the national selection, foreign producers, song writers and singers are 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 .