He was the winner of our pre-contest fan poll and his elimination from the second semi-final of Latvia’s Supernova left many fans furrowing their brows.

But today Supernova producers admitted that they experienced technical difficulties during the show, which they believe could have interfered with the results. So good news for all you fans of “This Time” — Markus will sing it in the final after all.

Organisers explain that there was misleading information about contestants in the online voting — a picture of Riga Reggae appeared above the link to Ritvars’ song, which may have led to extra votes for the bespectacled singer.

After discussing the situation, producers of Supernova decided to annul the online votes. They instead relied on the remaining components of the voting — votes by telephone and text messages, unique listens on Spotify, and the jury’s assessment.

In the name of fairness, Ritvars remains in the final, as well as Madara, who won the second semi-final of Supernova. They’ll all join Edgars Kreilis and Liene Greifane — the first semi-final qualifiers — in the national final showdown.

The next semi-final of Supernova takes place on Saturday.

Markus — a Supernova veteran and host of Latvia’s X Factor — has won over plenty of fans with his song.

Ahead of the semi-final, I was feeling the studio cut. As I wrote in our Wiwi Jury review:

“Throw on the tank top, grab some tissues and let’s cry together in the club! Markus may be emotionally torn, but he sounds so smooth, sexy and in control — I’m ready. The chorus is big enough to make this memorable but sufficiently reigned in so that it doesn’t lose its touch point with this ultimately tender dance song. Markus is moving from aspiring pop star to proper artist. It’s love.”

Are you happy that Markus will be in the final after all? Do you think producers were right to give him a place? Let us know in the comments box below. 

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Vero
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(cheering for Markus Riva)

Frifri
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Like i said, he qualified only because of Spotify, Markus will not win anyways. Top by listens:
Madara: 25,000
Sudden Lights: 20,000
Edgars Kreilis: 19,900
Markus Riva: 17,200
Liene Greifane:11,000
Laura Rizotto:9,700
Jenny May: 8,800
Katrine Lukins: 7,800
Mionia: 3,000
Ed Rallidae: 3,000
Kris & Oz: 2,900
Lauris Valters 1,700

Colin
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Madara first and Sudden Lights second? Seems like Spotify users have taste. B-)

Briekimchi
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Or they don’t get out much (depending on your perspective). 😉

Poet
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That sounds very random. Very. I respect the random behind Markus Riva back, yet can’t fully understand it. The Supernova songs he has performed over the last x amount of years seem similar and often they are bigger than Markus himself. Even if Markus goes through to the final, there is no chance for him to qualify for the big Eurovision final. No way. Markus, if you read this – you’ve got looks and voice – please try something that is 5 cm behind your routine sound. I would experiment a bit more. Public will vote for you when the… Read more »
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Jo
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lmao

Andis
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Admin!Please delete this entry!Sorry!

Andis
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Admin!Please delete this entry, error,error.

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Unofficial Månsters Association

Oh goodness XD

Jo
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Ritvars qualification was really a surprise. “My fingers are doing their best” lool
Anyway, no threat to Madara here or anywhere.

George
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In Latvia, writes that the song”Esam?ba” to play at funerals …So depressing song nowhere to send Lisabon.Madara singing live is very bad, compared to the record.

Jo
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Then lemme die in piece!!!

Briekimchi
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How many?

Jo
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loooool

Azente
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I spect Madara to win….. I think it is fake also. He has a lot of followers and audience. NOW he can make a better promo of the song and maybe win. I wish Madara for Lisboa.

Azente
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I espectacles Madara to win….. I think it is fake also. He has a lot of followers and audience. NOW he can make a better promo of the song and maybe win. I wish Madara for Lisboa.

Azente
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Spect.

Lady Gaga
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Oh Markus. You are a talented & act performer, but the song is just meh. Please have a better song next year 🙂

Lady Gaga
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I mean talented & hot performer. He really is, lol

Purple Mask
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Now I’m confused. Does this mean someone else (theoretically) will get the “wildcard vote)? Or am I thinking of another contest? Or am I going insane and nothing is real? :S

Marina
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I watched the semi-final and was shocked by the results. I could not believe that Markus was not in the final. I saw that even Raymond Pauls in the interview expressed bewilderment of this result !!
I am very glad that justice has triumphed now.
I’ll be happy if Markus Riva wins and goes to Lisbon !!!

beccaboo1212
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Phew! 🙂 I was so worried! 🙁

Colin
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I noticed the ‘glitch’, but I was fully convinced that will probably *kill* Ritvars’ chances to qualify, not the other way around. I mean, he wasn’t even presented as an option.

Davis
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So good news for all fans of “This Time” — Markus will sing it in the final after all.!!!
Super!!!Congratulation!

Sanda
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YES! He should represent Latvia at Eurovision ?? Vote for Markus Riva ??

beccaboo1212
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Hopefully Latina will qualify for the grand final. It’d be even better if Markus Riva represented them! 😀

Agris
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I’m happy! Markus – the best candidate. I wish him victory in the final of the selection! Good luck ???

Roelof Meesters
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Wow

His English is awfull

Hej
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Your English is awful as well or at least your spelling

Vanuatu
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This is Riga tbh

Polegend Godgarina
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Tragic excuse. Whatever, Esam?ba is the only thing Latvia can qualify with so this guy better sit.

Mark
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Doesn’t Markus have a history of bombing out?

Polyna
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Well, he was taken down by some black girl in Supernova 2015, couldn’t advance from the semi of Supernova 2016, and was dynamited out of Supernova 2017 (6th (!) place in Heat 2), so this time he probably wouldn’t be able to win either.

Joe
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Don’t jinx it!

Hai
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WHY, JUST WHY! Russians will try to push this guy no matter how bad he’ll sing. If he’s not gonna win the Supernova, i’m officially celebrating this.

Mark
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I hope Edgars wins

Lol
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Your avatar looks like a piece of sh*t with arms, legs and eyes.

beccaboo1212
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Relax! Markus’ voice is just fine! 😮

PredAnn
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The organizers canceled the internet voting results, so the overall result was made up from telephone votes + spotify + jury. After doing this, Markus moved to 2nd place and Ritvars to 3rd. Riga Reggae wouldn’t make it any way.

Polyna
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They instead relied on the remaining components of the voting — votes by telephone and text messages, unique listens on Spotify, the jury’s assessment, and the thick file of roubl…euros put into LTV’s pockets.

Kris
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I don’t understand! How did that help Ritvars! Riga reggae had worse song!

bulgariastan
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I remember hearing that a jury would pick seventh wildcard spot for the final. Is that still in place, with eight acts in the final or is that gone now?

Weißbrot
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I mean… It would be completely ridiclulous if none of the other contestants would get a wildcard now. Especially since they don’t even know if Riva would have qualified (I doubt it to be honest. Don’t see how this could have helped Ritvars.)

Hada
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“Organisers explain that there was misleading information about contestants in the online voting — a picture of Riga Reggae appeared above the link to Ritvars’ song, which may have led to extra votes for the bespectacled singer.”

Shouldn’t that give Riga Reggae the ticket?

Davis
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No!

Geo
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That’s fake, it seems the producers were desperate to have him in the final. He’s cute but he sings like a boot… Latvia will not pass the semifinal this year, no matter who will represent them.

No Name
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This is rigged tbh

esc freak
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This explains how Ritvars qualified. Monta was robbed. She should get the ticket, not Markus.

Weißbrot
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And I was already celebrating, that this horribly mediocore bland parody of a swedish song didn’t reach the final… Well, in the end he won’t win, so I’m gonna get over it.

Kocin
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Hooray for Markus! Show all the haters what you’re about!