When a Supernova explodes it burns bright and releases a lot of energy. Producers at LTV — Latvia’s state broadcaster — understand that and have done their best to make sure their national selection for Eurovision 2016 can live up to the billing.
Ahead of the first heat, which takes place on February 7, they’ve released all 20 artists and songs that will compete. As we already discerned from the Supernova 2016 trailer, heavy hitters Markus Riva and Samanta Tina are back. So are ElektroFolk, who cruised to the final last year, and MyRadiantU, who will be familiar to Eurofans. So will at least one of the composers: Eurovision 2015 starlet Aminata Savadogo composed “Heartbeat” from Justs.
Latvian luminaries Guntars Racs, Intars Busulis, Daumants Kalnins and DJ Rudd all helped to decide on the 20 participants, who were whittled down from 88 submissions.
Supernova 2016 Heat One
1. Paula Dukure – “Look In The Mirror”
Composer: Paula Dukure
2. Elektrofolk – “Miracle Drums”
Composers: Ainars Majors and D. Majore
3. Ruta Duduma – “Being A Friend”
Composers: Janis Kirsis, Annija Zahovska and Ginta Krievkalna
4. Ivo Grisninš Grislis – “We Are The Light”
Composer: Ingars Vilums
5. Sabine Berezina – “My Inspiration”
Composer: Sabine Berezina
6. Edvards Grieze – “New Day”
Composer: Pavels Fomkins
7. Marta Grigale – “Choices”
Composer: Marta Grigale
8. Catalepsia – “Damnation”
Composers: Erwin Franz and Juris Kreilis
9. Samanta Tina – “We Live For Love”
Composers: T. Kleins and K. Hauptmane
10. Justs – “Heartbeat”
Composer: Aminata Savadogo
Supernova 2016 Heat Two
1. Madara Gregere – “You And I”
Composer: Madara Gregere
2. Crow Mother – “Demons”
Composer: Janis Andžans
3. Samanta Tina – “This Love is Forever”
Composers: Samanta Polakova and V. Petrovs
4. Markus Riva – “I Can”
Composers: Mikelis Laksa and Edgars Jass
5. MyRadiantU – “We Will Be Stars”
Composer: Janis Driksna
6. Martinš Ruskis – “Still Holding Stars”
Composers: Martinš Ruskis and Annija Veide
7. Dvines – “Set It On Fire”
Composers: Martins Makreckis, Anastasija Drozdovica, Jekaterina Drozdovica
8. Marta Ritova – “Not From This World”
Composer: Marta Cipe
9. Miks Dukurs – “Paradise”
Composers: Miks Dukurs and Edmunds Rasmanis
10. Iluta Alsberga – “On Hold”
Composers: Janis Stibelis and Iluta Alsberga
The second heat of Supernova 2016 begins on 14 February. The semi-final takes place on 21 February with the final on 28 February.
A combination of televoting and a jury panel will be used on both heats and the semi-final. All the competing participants face the televoters and the top two entries qualify, then the juries decide another two qualifiers from the remaining participants. Only the televoting public will have their say in the final.
What do you think of the participants? Are there any early favourites? Let us know below!