Latvia isn’t just looking for a star for Eurovision 2015. It’s looking for a full-on “Supernova”. That’s right, people! Today Latvia—the long-suffering Eurovision nation that has not reached a final since 2008—announced that it’s doing away with its Dziesma Eurovision selection. It’s turning up the heat and rebranding the show, all with the hope of making the final in Vienna.
Last year’s contestants Aarzemnieki came 13th in their semi with 33 points.
Latvian selection: The rules for “Supernova”
You can check out the full rules in Latvian on the LTV web site, but here is the basic thrust of it.
1. Soloists and groups of up to six people may apply
2. Composers may only submit songs that have not been published before
3. A jury of music professionals will include people from Latvia and abroad.
4. The deadline is December 10
The Latvian selection will consist of three semi-finals on February 2, 8 and 15. The final will take place on February 22, and the winner will be determined by a 50-50 jury-televote split. Last year’s competition included an online voting component, and it’s unclear if they’ll be bringing that back this year.
Beyond the name of the show, we’re struggling to see how “Supernova” differs from “Dziesma”. But we wish Latvia the nest! You can check out our interviews from last year’s selection here.