Latvia: MADARA and Ritvars qualify from second heat of Supernova 2018


After a week of mourning the absence of the Riga Beaver, we were ready to face Latvia’s Supernova 2018 once again.

In tonight’s second semi-final, seven more acts faced the jury and public vote. With two automatic spots in the final available, it was always going to be a tough contest. In the end, MADARA and Ritvars qualify to the February 24 final.

Supernova 2018 — Qualifiers

MADARA — “Esamiba”

Ritvars — “Who’s Counting?”

MADARA’s success is no surprise given the results from our readers poll, or the Wiwi Jury. The cellist won our Jury convincingly, whilst she finished second in our poll.

It’s bad news for fans of Markus Riva, though. Although Markus won our readers poll, he does not make it through to the final. Will he return for a fifth time next year – or take the wildcard?

As always, results were decided by a 50/50 split of audience votes and the jury. The audience votes were made up of televotes, online voting and Spotify streams.


  • Hypnotic — “Pray”
  • MADARA — “Esamiba”
  • Markus Riva — “This Time”
  • In My Head — “Sunset”
  • Ritvars — “Who’s Counting”
  • Monta — “1000 Roses”
  • Riga Reggae — “Stop the War U2″

Tonight’s qualifiers join Edgars Kreilis and Liene Greifane in the final. Next week will see two more acts qualify, before the jury put through a wildcard from the remaining semi-finalists.

What do you think of tonight’s Supernova 2018 results? Do you think MADARA and Ritvars deserved to qualify? Let us know all your thoughts in the comments section below.

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