The submission period for Latvia’s Supernova 2018 closes on Sunday, October 15, kicking off the Latvian selection process for Eurovision 2018.
This cycle marks the fourth season of Supernova, Latvia’s rebooted effort to find a Eurovision star, which came to life after a very unsuccesful period where they missed the Eurovision final for six consecutive years.
The 2017 season was partly overshadowed by the newly introduced Spotify stream voting, which led to some suspicious voting data. This sparked an investigation by LTV just before the start of the first heat.
In the end fan favourite Triana Park won the third edition of the series with their song “Line”. They weren’t as succesful at the actual Eurovision, where they finished last in the first semi-final. It was the first year in three that Aminata hadn’t sung or written the country’s song…and also the first year in three they had to sit out on the final.
Supernova 2018 brings several changes, such as the jury. Three-time chairman Kaspars Roga, Brainstorm’s drummer, will leave the jury panel due to touring activities with his band in Russia. He will be replaced by producer and music editor DJ Rudd.
DJ Rudd, whose real name is Rudolfs Budze, has had a long career in music producing and house music. DJ Rudd was previously a jury member during the semi final of Supernova 2017. As he told the broadcaster, he thinks that the fourth edition has a lot of potential.
“I see the fourth season as the beginning of a new phase. Three years is enough time to objectively assess the achievements and mistakes of the past. I’m looking forward to listening to the songs… I look forward to good compositions and determined, able performers.”
After the closure of the submission period on October 15, the songs will be judged by Latvian and international experts. Then, on November 5, the songs will have to go through a selection panel who will decide which songs will be part of Supernova 2018. The show will consist of three semi-finals and one final.
The 2018 edition also marks the first year that LTV will allow foreign musicians to co-author or co-produce a song as long as they don’t make up more than 30% of the actual personel behind the song. LTV hopes that this will help improve the quality of the songs (and in this post-Aminata era). Music export Latvia also initiated a songwriter camp inspired by their neighbour’s Eesti Laul writing camp. Next to that, the minimum age requirement has been raised to 18, meaning that acts like The Ludvig won’t be able to participate in this year’s competition.
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