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

  1. Paula Dukure – “Look in the Mirror” (Wiwi Jury: 7th, 5.53)
  2. ElectroFolk – “Miracle Drums” (Wiwi Jury: 6th, 5.7)
  3. Ruta Duduma – “Being a Friend” (Wiwi Jury: 8th, 4.53)
  4. Ivo Grisninš Grislis – “We are the Light” (Wiwi Jury: 5th, 5.83)
  5. Sabine Berezina – “My Inspiration” (Wiwi Jury: 3rd, 6.03)
  6. Edvards Grieze – “New Day” (Wiwi Jury: 9th, 4.23)
  7. Marta Grigale – “Choices” (Wiwi Jury: 4th, 5.97)
  8. Catalepsia – “Damnation” (Wiwi Jury: 10th, 3.87)
  9. Samanta Tina – “We Live for Love” (Wiwi Jury: 2nd, 7.0)
  10. Justs – “Heartbeat” (Wiwi Jury: 1st, 8.3)

You can read our reviews of all the Supernova songs.

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!

Watch our picks for the Supernova 2016 top 3

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I will vote for Catalepsia. Best song.

Bart
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Bart

http://supernova.lsm.lv/daliibnieki/
The real versions wow i’m so impressed!!

RJ
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RJ

Just remember You can vote for your favourite songs in tonight’s first live show of #supernova 2016
Here http://supernova.lsm.lv/
Of course #voteforjusts

Bart
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Bart

Yeah, Justs is 2016 style of music, that can be an international hit so ! 🙂

@EugeneESCUK
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As i said before when the songs came out, the draw tells the whole story here.

4 songs go through to the final tonight. The public have to choose 2 songs first, does it really matter what 2 the jury choose tonight?

I’m not over keen on any of the songs in Latvia to be honest; “Heartbeat” by Aminata sung by Justs is good, but may not appeal to the wider ESC audience? Just hype? We shall see?

Freyah
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Freyah

COME ON JUSTS SLAY THE PACK

BB
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BB

“Heartbeat” and “We Are the Light” are the best <3

Jo
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Jo

Good luck to all contestants tonight! Hoping my two favorites, Heartbeat and We Are the Light go through. Thank you Latvia & #Supernova!

Don
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Don

This may be one of those times where wiwijury turns out to be absolutely correct about the winner! ????

Letto
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Letto

@Latvia! No dramas! It’s just their opinion. No need to take everything so serious. I also liked the song before I heard about the author. Not a biggie.

What matters is we support Justs.

LATVIA
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LATVIA

Why *cursing* you keep on saying that the *cursing* excitement about Heartbeats comes with the *cursing* fact that Aminata wrote it? At least 70% (including me) didn’t knew that Aminata *cursing* wrote it when listening to it for the *cursing* first time, this fact is based on youtube, twitter and Latvian news portal comments, but they liked it before they found out that Aminata is the author of the song. So stop repeatingly say it, that just comes out from your *cursing* mind. (I replaced all cursing words after I wrote it)

Olly
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Olly

Can’t wait to be honest! And, hey, Justs is performing the last in this heat. Concidence, lottery or Latvian winner of Supernova 2016? I feel it’s the last one!