It’s getting tense at Supernova 2016, with Latvia’s national selection now at the semi-final stage. Twelve songs have already been cast aside, with last year’s finalists ElectroFolk among the victims. With Markus Riva, Samanta Tina and Justs all still in the running, we could be in for a shock elimination as eight become four.

As per usual, the public will put through two acts whilst the jury will save a further two. So far the public has voted for Justs, Catalepsia, Markus Riva and MyRadiantU. Justs won the first televote with nearly 40% of the vote, but whether he
will be able to keep that up against another strong male performer in Markus remains to be seen.

The Wiwi Jury suggests that Justs, Markus, MyRadiantU and Marta Grigale should make it through. That leaves no place for Samanta Tina, but the Latvian jury has suggested they would save her two weeks in a row. Social media was fairly surprised by Samanta’s outfit choice – will she have toned it down by this week?

Update: LTV have now released the full running order for the semi-final. In an interesting note, the two favourites, Justs and Markus Riva, will open the show. You can find the full running order below, and you can also find the full Wiwi Jury rankings next to each song.

Supernova 2016: Semi Final Lineup

  • Justs – “Heartbeat” (Wiwi Jury: 1st, 8.3)
  • Markus Riva – “I Can” (Wiwi Jury: 2nd, 7.23)
  • Samanta Tina – “The Love is Forever” (Wiwi Jury: 6th, 4.7)
  • Catalepsia – “Damnation” (Wiwi Jury: 8th, 3.87)
  • Marta Grigale – “Choices” (Wiwi Jury: 4th, 5.97)
  • Ivo Grisninš Grislis – “We are the Light” (Wiwi Jury: 5th, 5.83)
  • MyRadiantU – “We Will Be Stars” (Wiwi Jury: 3rd, 6.8)
  • Marta Ritova – “Not From This World” (Wiwi Jury: 7th, 4.47)

You can read our reviews of all the Supernova songs.

You can watch Supernova on LTV’s website. Just as in the two heats, the online voting is open to international viewers too. Simply go to the Supernova portal once voting opens and log in with a social media account. Not only that, but you get to watch the Riga Beaver live too!

Watch our picks for the Supernova 2016 top 3

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SLY
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SLY

Samanta Tina has left the competition! She decided that the best song has to represent Latvia and her song is not the best this year! Respect!
@adam pressL tiešraide

Adam
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Adam

Btw I can’t read latvian, how do I navigate the Supernova website so I can watch the livestream?

Adam
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Adam

http://supernova.lsm.lv/aktualitate/107/markus-riva-vai-justs-supernovas-fani-lauzh-shkjepus-socialajos-tiiklos/

Hey MGR you’re famous. Maybe if I fanboy over Justs hard enough they’ll screenshot my comment too

Mendi
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Mendi

Yeah. If Markus will not be in top2 from votes then he is out. Jury revealed that they would not save Markus if the voters wouldn’t put him through in semis. So we’ll see. Should be interesting.

Andis
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Andis

Tonight vote for Smanta Tina in supernova.lsm.lv when votig starts. Love you

eve
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eve

@MGR your comments are always so weird and irrelevant, but keep them coming I really enjoy them

Bastian
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Bastian

This is not exciting at all, we all know Justs will win.

Héctor
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Héctor

I hope Ivo and MyRadiantU make it to the final. Markus and Tina’s songs are really bad. But we now that anyone could beat Justs in the televote so…

MGR
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MGR

Europe is going to hate Eurovision, because education of immigrants is more important.

@EugeneESCUK
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The public totally run this show. The Jury picks are not relevant at all.

Tonight the public choose the first 2 and then the jury choose 2 again for a final of 4 songs.

So it’s Justs (right?) And who? Will the Latvian public go for Catalepsia or Markus? No doubt the jury will choose the one that does not get through by the public, so my guess is these 3 are in the final. (It does not matter who the 4th song is really.)

The eventual winner will come from the 2 the public pick. Now I wonder who that might be?

MOSCOW
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MOSCOW

@MGR
Make up your mind, darling. Weren’t you the one who was previously raving about Markus Riva? And now you are cheering for Samanta Tina? OMG, you clearly don’t have any taste in music. 😀

MGR
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MGR

If millions of people will vote in May for Justs, this will mean that people collapsed at a rapid pace. Maybe just(s) so happens now?

MGR
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MGR

Justs is just similar crap to Barei or Nicky Byrne. Samanta Tina is the only option for Latvia.

Huh
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Huh

Justs is the majority’s winner but we are just waiting for the national finals to finish.

Freyah
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Freyah

Remember you can all vote online for Justs off the Supernova website (or the others but Justs is the hot favourite.
I hope that he, MyRadiantU, Ivo and Marta make it.

Supernova
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Supernova

Running order for Supernova semifinal:

1. Justs „Heartbeat”
2. Markus Riva “I Can”
3. Samanta T?na “The Love Is Forever”
4. Catalepsia „Damnation”
5. Marta Grigale „Choices”
6. Ivo Gr?sni?š-Gr?slis „We Are Te Light”
7. MyRadiantU “We Will Be Stars”
8. Marta Ritova “Not From This World”

Netherlandish
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Netherlandish

just has a great song, but won’t win in may. Choices is such a weird song in a good way…. but has a great meaning!

Ben Rafter
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Ben Rafter

Justs is a masterpiece, could win the whole ESC. If it doesn’t even qualify well, then Latvia will struggle to even qualify.

Olly
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Olly

Fingers crossed for Justs. In a short period of time I’ve turned into an unexpected, at times even young girl’s screaming fan. Ha ha.

Justs was the last act in his heat. I suspect you can put the same act last twice in a row. Being first is better than 2nd or 3rd.

Good luck to all Supernova semifinalists, especially Justs, MyRadiantU and Marta Grigale!

LATVIA
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LATVIA

So… I think I know more than Wiwibloggs…. Samanta will not change her outfit, as said by herself. Jury have said that Markus wasn’t in their TOP 4, which means he was saved by the public vote. Also, Markus Riva recieved less votes than Catelepsia, which means he may not qualify for the final, if Catelepsia keeps their popuparity. My prediction: Public votes: 1. Justs 2. Catelepsia 3. Markus Riva 4. Ivo Gr?sni?š Gr?slis 5. Samanta Tina 6. MyRadiantU 7. Marta Ritova 8. Marta Grigale Jury: 1. Justs 2. Ivo Gr?sni?š Gr?slis 3. Marta Ritova 4. MyRadiantU 5. Marta Grigale… Read more »

jacob
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jacob

Justs has to win! He is miles above all the rest. And please, no Samanta in the final – I’m so fed up with her 🙁

Adam
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Adam

If Justs doesn’t win, I will probably cry until the Grand Final where i will cry more because Justs should win that too

cheesecake
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cheesecake

If Justs doesn’t win the whole thing it would be a major crime.

SamLV
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SamLV

I’m really surprised by the fact that two main acts who seem to be battling it out for the chance to represent Latvia this year at Eurovision are set to sing first. But hey, who knows what is going on in jury’s minds. My number one remains unchanged – I believe that Justs has the best song in this years Latvian selection. And good luck to Markus as my runner up.