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Latvia’s Supernova 2018 continues to move on at a rapid pace. We’ve already had one public round and a jury preview (in a mall, no less). Now, the 21 semi-finalists for the show have been revealed a whole month early!

There’s a number of familiar faces in the list. Markus Riva returns for the fourth straight year, singing “This Time”. This makes him the only artist to participate in every edition of Supernova!

Katrine Lukins also qualifies with “Running Red Lights”, which won our longlist poll. And though it wasn’t as popular, the reggae-tinged “STOP THE WAR U2” by Riga Reggae makes it as well!

You can see all the 21 qualifiers below:

Supernova 2018 — Semi-Finalists

Other entries that stand out on the list include Jenny May with “Soledad”. Will the Spanish language song appeal to the Latvian voters?

The only other entry not in English is “Esamiba” by MADARA. The instrumental-heavy song was a big favourite when it was performed at the live jury preview. It certainly stands out amongst the pack, which could really help it as the competition continues.

There’s also a return to the contest for Aminata. Once again though, she’s taking a role behind the scenes. She’s the co-author of “What I Had With You”, performed by Ed Rallidae.

Supernova 2018: Live show format changes

We’ve already seen the Supernova format change slightly this year, but a further change was confirmed today. In previous years, we’ve seen four shows, consisting of two heats, a semi-final and the grand final of Supernova.

We’re still getting the same number of shows, but simply as three semi-finals. Two qualifiers from each will then move straight in to the grand final. All it means is that the fight to be Latvia’s representative in Lisbon just got that much harder!

What do you think of the semi-finalists for Supernova 2018? Who’s your favourite – and do you think any songs got missed out? Let us know all your thoughts in the comments section below!

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Ted
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Ted

My favorite is SOLEDAD – JENNY MAY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6FregkdWN4

Marc
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Marc

Madara with ‘Esamiba’ is the main stand-out song and performance. It goes beyond the typical melody and offers aspects that we rarely, if ever, see at Eurovision.

Sandis
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Sandis

Beautiful song, I hope Latvian fans will make the right choice and send to Eurovision 2018 Madaru Fogelmani

GRAHAM
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GRAHAM

Many have been removed from youtube now

CookyMonzta
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CookyMonzta

Yup. Copyright secret police at work, as usual. :-X

Fortunately some songs have been quickly restored, if you know where to look. Madara’s “Esamiba”, for one.

sam
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sam

i genuinely could see esamiba bringing latvia a top 5 placing in the grand final and possibly even take the contest back to riga

Colin
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Colin

Such a mixed bag here. Some of the songs are amazing, some are awful, some are in between. For me, Esamiba deserves to win. Just Fine, Funny Girl, Walk the Talk, You Are My World and Intoxicating Caramel are a nice alternative too. On the other hand, More Than Meets The Eye, Oh, Longriver, Lovers Bliss, Who’s Counting… seriously? I guess it’s an interesting selection because, depending on who they choose, Latvia might end-up VERY high or very low on my annual list.

X
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X

Soledad 4 the win!

AngieP
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AngieP

I feel this year’s national selection in Latvia is weak. There are some of the songs I like in the list, but most of them are average.

Siranush
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Siranush

I’m so glad that Funny Girl and Intoxicating Caramel made it, but no Flashbacks or Baltic?! 🙁

Agrael
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Agrael

I’m so happy Esamiba made it. I will be rooting for it to win. It’s my clear favourite in this year’s Supernova.

Laura Rizzotto
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Hi everyone! Here is the brand new Lyric video for Funny Girl: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6YLCVG-kg6w

Iain
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Iain

Where is Staccato on this list? Urgh. Thought it was a sure fire for the finals!

Héctor
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Héctor

The start of National Final season has me very busy as I try to listen all the songs when they are “released”. I said I would listen to them, when the official Supernova entries were revealed. Well, said and done. As yesterday with Albania’s FiK, these are my favs for the win (I like first songs the most, but there’s no specific order for now) MADARA — “Esamiba”: Some Latvian realness here. Such a peaceful song, I don’t understand anything, but I could listen her fragile voice and this peaceful music trought hours. This is going to work really well… Read more »

Lazarevfan95
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Lazarevfan95

I want This Time or Just Fine to win. Hope that crappy Despacito rip-off doesn’t win.

DenizNL
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DenizNL

I love Younger days and the rest isn’t that bad either. A good selection.

esc freak
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esc freak

WOW, I did not expect them so early! Monta – “1000 Roses” <3
And what a great surprise "Funny Girl" is back!

Rita
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Rita

I am so glad Esamiba made it! I am rooting for her to get to Eurovision.

Piotr
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Piotr

I don’t understand this “euphoria” over Esamiba – this song is boring and there is nothing special about it. There’s nothing surprising or developing in the song…

sam
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sam

people said that about salvador as well.

CookyMonzta
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CookyMonzta

@sam: You beat me to it. Like I said in April, sometimes a song stands out by NOT standing out. That is what made “Amar Pelos Dois” a dangerous contender from the start, and I even predicted that Portugal would finish in the top 5 for the first time.

It’ll be quite interesting to hear the studio version of “Esam?ba”. That is, if it isn’t circulating around YouTube now.

CookyMonzta
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CookyMonzta

My bad. I wrote that last paragraph BEFORE I saw that “Esamiba” had a YouTube link.

I must say this song reminds me of Carl Espen’s “Silent Storm”, and he finished 8th for Norway at ESC 2014.

If Madara wins at Supernova, I can imagine the work they will put into making the music video as appropriate as possible.

Erasmus
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Erasmus

I want Esamiba to win so badly! The other songs aren’t bad, like I really like Running Red Lights or This Time, Funny Girl.. But I’m not sure how far would they go in Eurovision

Zolipop
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Zolipop

That’s only FOUR of my top 21… I mean come on, how unlucky am I!? The songs’ order from worst to best according to the ranking I made roughly a mount ago : 63. – Oh Longriver // 60. – Who’s Counting // 57. – This Time // 54. – Just Fine (I like it more now – still, Eyes was my 2nd) // 51. – 1000 Roses // 41. – You Are My World // 40. – Sunset // 38. – Pray // 35. – Younger Days // 33. – What I Had With You // 31. – Running… Read more »

Zolipop
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Zolipop

I just realised your list missed Morning Flight – that’s make my Top21 having 5 representative, as it was 13th on it!
And I missed Lovers Bliss in addition to that, which would be 36th.

Zolipop
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Zolipop

One more mistake of mine I noticed, Soledad would be 53rd.

sam
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sam

if esamiba doesn’t win i will be so upset, the song leaves me speechess

West
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West

My winner is deffinitely Agnese Stengrevics with You Are My World. No doubt about it. But I also like Younger Days and Pray.

Trans Mermaid
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Trans Mermaid

ESAMIBA NEEDS TO WIN,the rest of the latvian selection is boring and unoriginal.

Jac
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Jac

Staccato?

Jac
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Jac

Staccato?

Takasa
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Takasa

I will miss Eyes and Baltic. But i like 1000 Roses, Esamiba and You.

thespb01
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thespb01

Thank god Funny Girl made it through – I thought it was eliminated from the long list.

KYLLITO
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KYLLITO

What happened with two of my favorites FUNNY GIRL and SUNSET had to be this…..they were so good, that they were automatically sent to SUPERNOVA and didn’t have to perform live in a shopping mall to further convince judges of their worthiness. YES!!!! Also, YOU ARE MY WORLD is one of my favorites.

Matthew ESC
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Matthew ESC

welp. most of my favs from the online voting are gone.

Esamiba or intoxicating Caramel for the win

mocosuburbian
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mocosuburbian

why choose Just Fine over Eyes :/// also wow Funny Girl made it back into the game alright

I don’t see any of these becoming my favorite Divi Cilveki was wronged

Datme
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Datme

Agree with Eyes! Was probably my favourite English language song in the selection.

Henning
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Henning

Can someone tell me who sang the song “Pilites” that was in Supernova this year???

Mark
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Mark

San Marino gets over a thousand submissions and Latvia can’t even get a hundred.

Jo
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Jo

Latvia probably removed the trolls before the voting part.

Alex
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Alex

Im Sanmarino they made that every country can submit their songs, but in Latvia it’s that only latvian can submit their song!

Robyn Gallagher
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Also important: San Marino didn’t require original songs as part of the entry. In fact, 1 In 360 preferred that singers audition with a cover performance.

If, like Latvia, San Marino had required an original song, they wouldn’t have received anywhere near as many entries. For comparison, Switzerland got 167 songs via its open platform in 2016.

Dimitri De Groodt
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Dimitri De Groodt

A little off topic, but did you guys ever find out who was behind the Supernova entries ‘Say My Name’ and ‘Baltic’? Would be superb to know who the artists were.

Colin
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Colin

Wondering the same. Baltic reminds me of the style of Estonian singer Sandra Nurmsalu, but I would be surprised if it was her due to language used. Also, I am wondering whether it’s sung by a compact band or two soloists in a duet. Or, perhaps a female version of Jacques?

Marco
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Marco

Esamiba FTW!!!!!

Calum Macleod
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Calum Macleod

Cannot believe that they chose Just Fine over Eyes for Sudden Lights! Eyes was so much better!

Great to see the return of Funny Girl. I’ll be rooting for that and Younger Days.

Calum Macleod
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Calum Macleod

Also can’t believe that Circles and Weekend Warriors were eliminated over the likes of Stop the War U2 and Who’s Counting.

JEFFERSON LAMAS
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JEFFERSON LAMAS

You!!!!!!!!!

Jo
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Jo

Esamiba FTW! ^^

Josie Russell
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Josie Russell

I’m still absolutely disappointed that Staccato didn’t get through! That song was by far the catchiest out of the lot (but yay for Soledad!)

Robyn Gallagher
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I am stoked that “STOP THE WAR U2” (all in capitals!) is in. It’s there for Latvia, not for Eurovision. And it will slay.