After years of semi-final misery, Latvia’s Eurovision hopes have finally been revived thanks to Aminata’s 6th place finish and a new national selection era of Supernova. Now in its second year, Latvia is hoping to continue the momentum.

Tonight 10 participants competed in the first heat of Supernova 2016 and some of them really brought it. Once all the votes had been counted and verified, Justs and Catalepsia qualified as the top two on tonight’s show. They were joined by Ivo Grisninš Grislis and Marta Grigale after they were selected by the juries. Congratulations!

Supernova 2016 Heat One Participants

Paula Dukure – “Look in the Mirror”
ElectroFolk – “Miracle Drums”
Ruta Duduma – “Being a Friend”
Ivo Grisninš Grislis – “We Are the Light”
Sabine Berezina – “My Inspiration”
Edvards Grieze – “New Day”
Marta Grigale – “Choices”
Catalepsia – “Damnation”
Samanta Tina – “We Live For Love”
Justs – “Heartbeat

The voting process was unchanged from last year’s competition. All the participants faced the televoting public and international viewers via social media. And of course, it just wouldn’t be complete without the much anticipated return of Riga Beaver entertaining us all during the ad breaks, where he performed to last year’s Supernova finalist songs.

Next week’s second heat sees the other 10 participants sing it out for the remaining 4 semi-final places.

Do you agree with tonight’s results? Let us know below!

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Sanda
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Sanda

But , think about it, “Heartbeat” is you have to admit the fact that he sounds nearly identicalquite to last years winner Moons 1:1. Is that really what we would want to send and represent Latvia in 2016?No!!!!!!!Eurovision takes place in Sweden and we send to the song so similar that Swedish singer?No!!!
The result will not be!!!

Brian
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Brian

this guy’s just so pitchy it’s really difficult to know if it’s good or bad. He’s got an amazing tone to his voice but that’s about it for me

Milla
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Milla

Justs could be a winner in Stockholm? 😀 Okey…I think we haven’t heard or seen a potential winner yet. There are so many countries left! Or are my standards too high?

ct_greece
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ct_greece

Just calm your titties Latvia. Magic does not happen twice, and this is nothing like “Love injected”. It sounds more like an Adam Lambert b-side. Respectable but stale.

If he goes to Stockholm, I can see him going to the final – the vocals are quite good. But once there he will languish far away from the top-10.

Max
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Max

Remember MNTHA last year…I don’t really want the same situation this year when one of the favourites (JUSTS) wins the semi-final, but loses in the final. So, support Justs, please,

Shijie Yu
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Shijie Yu

Justs sooo good

LATVIA
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LATVIA

Perfect results! My top4 after hearing all songs live went trough which I am really happy about.

Typic
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Typic

@Adam Cannot agree more!

Adam
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Adam

Oh my god. I honestly think Justs can win in Stockholm! I mean like the song or not, but you have to admit the fact that he sounds nearly identical to the studio version is amazing!

Satine
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Satine

@Edd Keith Don’t worry, she will be back next week.)

Edd Keith
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SAMANTA TINA DIDNT QUALIFY!?!?? I am a broken man…

Typic
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Typic

GUYS! Justs with ‘Heartbeat’ is available on Spotify! 🙂

Héctor
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Héctor

Yasss! Ivo made it. I loved “We are the light”, thought he need to work the performance if he want to beat Justs. Also like “Miracle Drums”, a pity they didn’t make it to the final.

MGR
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MGR

For me Samanta Tina was clearly the best. Justs is paper tiger.

Satine
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Satine

For the people who watched the show, but had no clue what exactly judges said when choosing their two performers – they actually wanted to choose Samanta, but she has her second chance already as she is performing next week with her second song. So they decided to give her spot to someone else.

Edre
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Edre

Justs was great, nothing else to say. He really sounds to me like a possible winner, not only in Supernova, which look almost certain, but even in Stockholm. I’m also very happy for Ivo Grisninš Grislis, his song was also one of my favourite, but somehow I was sure he would have been eliminated.
Overall, I have to say this semifinal was quite strong, probably more than the next one. Anyway, after that huge amount of votes for Justs, there’s probably no competition anymore.

D
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D

Justs, Marta, and Catalepsia were my Top 3, so I’m pretty happy. It’s pretty obvious Justs will be sent to Stockholm, I anticipate another Top 10 for Latvia.

Danish-dude
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Danish-dude

Good choice Latvia!

Justs is my favorite to win!

Kristina
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Kristina

Justs was amazing! Been listening to his song on constant repeat since its official release as an Eurovision contender and even after millionth time it still gives me goosebumps! It’s a pure masterpiece! Live vocals were beyond my expectations! And Aminatas appearance backstage was like a cherry on the top! lovelovelove his tonight’s performance! Good luck and best wishes, Justs! Can’t wait to hear him sing in the finals!

@EugeneESCUK
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The producers in Latvia have not worked out yet that who the jury picks is totally irrelevant. The public choose the top 2 in each Heat and the winner will come from those 4. It’s basically a 100% televote really.

Poor old Samanta had a vocal nightmare, the song and performance were poor though, it had to go.

Catalepsia has not got a chance in Stockholm. The producers’ favourite will no doubt win…………..we just have to wait for it to be crowned.

mocosuburbian
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mocosuburbian

Samanta Tina and Elektrofolk are out
that’s kind of promising
looks like Latvia’s not really down for returning artists this year which is a really good thing considering a ton of other countries are doing so

Mendi
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Mendi

I could listen to Justs LIVE performance forever… Love his voice and heavy breathing at the end:)

AM Casablancas
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AM Casablancas

Justs will go to Stockholm, that’s obvious
Samanta tina cannot beat him, this isn’t a Justs against Samanta fight anymore, it was CLEARLY A LANDSLIDE!
I’m sooo f*cking happy

zoolander
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zoolander

I preferred Electrofolk over Catalepsia, but I am happy about the other three. Ivo G-G had the performance of his whole career and Marta was kinda ok despite a problematic song and makeup.

Don
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Don

It’s a great choice, especially for such a small Nordic country.

JUSTS to Stockholm! Glad the Latvian public appreciated the song.

Ruud
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Ruud

Justs his vocals (and song) were so good, he slayed THE PACK. Samanta Tina was really bad… Marta Grigale was also quite good

cheesecake
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cheesecake

Justs made a huge impression with his massive vocal performance. Brilliantly done! Straight to Stockholm.

Daniel
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Daniel

A-HA, now where’s your mouth to talk sh*t about Catalepsia, Wiwiblogs? They qualified second in the televoting, a very nice position and they have the chance to strengthen their place with the voters 😀

Justs and Ivo were awesome today as well. Marta… mm, I don’t know, I didn’t like her that much.

Samanta Tina flopped horribly. It was hurtful to see her fail her whole song. She had to be eliminated.

Robyn Gallagher
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I’m really happy that Catalepsia got through too! They delivered a really good metal ballad that just felt a lot more solid than a lot of the more edgy electronic acts. I like Supernova – 10 artists compete but only four go through to the semi. It’s brutal but necessary.

LV
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LV

Yaas . Justs and Catalepsia is my favorite. Also Elektrofolk but they didn’t make to final

Kirsten
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Kirsten

Justs to Stockholm!

AM Casablancas
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AM Casablancas

Justs will go to Stockholm, that’s obvious
Samanta tina cannot beat him, this isn’t a Justs against Samanta fight anymore, it was CLEARLY A LANDSLIDE!
I’m sooo fucking happy 😉

Freyah
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Freyah

Justs slayed the pack, he was amazing vocally, he looked great and the song is just fantastic. No wonder he had way over 1/3 of the votes.