Latvia kick off their selection process tonight with the first heat of Supernova 2016. In its debut year in 2015, Supernova made a huge impression on the Eurovision audience worldwide, quickly establishing itself as a strong national final. This year looks likely to be the same, with this first heat containing a mix of established acts and exciting newcomers.
Some of the acts featuring in the heat include ElectroFolk, who charmed many with their kooky “Sundance” last year. Also returning after a one-year absence from the Latvian selection is Samanta Tina, three-time super finalist in the Dziesma selections. Tonight, she’s bringing “We Live for Love”, one of her two songs in Supernova 2016.
There’s also a huge deal of excitement for Justs, who will be performing the final song of the night, “Heartbeat”. Whilst Justs is a great singer, that excitement might be more for the fact that “Heartbeat” was written and composed by last year’s entrant Aminata. Justs might not be serving Burkina Faso realness on stage, but you can certainly hear Aminata’s influence throughout “Heartbeat”.
Here’s the full lineup for the first heat. Only four acts will make it through to the semi-final in two weeks though, which means we’ll be losing over half the songs tonight. You can also see where each of the songs finished with our Wiwi Jury below too:
Supernova 2016: Heat One Lineup
- Paula Dukure – “Look in the Mirror” (Wiwi Jury: 7th, 5.53)
- ElectroFolk – “Miracle Drums” (Wiwi Jury: 6th, 5.7)
- Ruta Duduma – “Being a Friend” (Wiwi Jury: 8th, 4.53)
- Ivo Grisninš Grislis – “We are the Light” (Wiwi Jury: 5th, 5.83)
- Sabine Berezina – “My Inspiration” (Wiwi Jury: 3rd, 6.03)
- Edvards Grieze – “New Day” (Wiwi Jury: 9th, 4.23)
- Marta Grigale – “Choices” (Wiwi Jury: 4th, 5.97)
- Catalepsia – “Damnation” (Wiwi Jury: 10th, 3.87)
- Samanta Tina – “We Live for Love” (Wiwi Jury: 2nd, 7.0)
- Justs – “Heartbeat” (Wiwi Jury: 1st, 8.3)
Of course, there’s not just the songs to look forward too: everyone’s favourite Riga Beaver will be back this year too! You can watch Supernova (in HD!) on LTV’s website. Much like last year’s final, the audience will also be able to vote online. All you have to do is go to the Supernova portal once voting opens and log in with a social media account. Latvia are taking this seriously, y’all!