Latvia Supernova 2018 finalists poll

Supernova, the Latvian national grand final was held in Riga tonight. After an exciting competition, it was Laura Rizzotto who, after delivering a memorable and sultry performance, came, saw and took the trophy.

21 songs started their journey in hopes of becoming Triana Park’s successor. After a brutal cull in the semi-finals, only eight songs remained, including fan favourites MADARA, Marcus Riva and  the winner, Laura Rizzotto.

After all eight songs had finished performing, it was a combination of jury and public votes that decided the winner of Supernova 2018. As reported before, the public vote is a mix of web voting, Spotify streams and good ol’ televoting.

And the results were clear. Laura Rizzotto proudly raised the trophy and will represent Latvia in Lisbon come May with the song “Funny Girl”.

Wiwibloggs readers agree. Earlier in the week we asked readers who should win Supernova 2018. Laura placed 2nd in the poll, with 27.29% of the total vote.

Sudden Lights came second and the ultimate fan favorite from our poll, MADARA finished a respectable 3rd place.

Supernova 2018 – running order

  1. Sudden Lights – “Just Fine”
  2. Ritvars – “Who’s Counting?”
  3. MADARA – “Esamiba”
  4. Liene Greifane – “Walk the Talk”
  5. Lauris Valters – “Lovers Bliss”
  6. Edgars Kreilis – “Younger Days”
  7. Laura Rizzotto – “Funny Girl”
  8. Markus Riva – “This Time”

Are you happy with Latvia’s choice? Do you think that Laura Rizzotto will qualify from the semi-finals? What was your choice? Please let us know in the comments below!

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KRISTIAN GENOVA
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KRISTIAN GENOVA

Latvia would be my personal winner if they chose MADARA. They killed their chance of qualifying by choosing ‘Funny Girl’. The song is a total cliché and the second semi-final is full of overrated countries like Sweden and Russia and a total bloodbath.

Linde Rottiers
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Linde Rottiers

in Lisbon everyone is fed up with this. Latvia is still going to cry for Sudden Lights.?

Linde Rottiers
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Linde Rottiers

Iin Lisbon everyone is fed up with this. Latvia is still going to cry for Sudden Lights.?

Julia
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Julia

Am I the only one or does Laura really remind any of you of Eurus Holmes from Sherlock too?

jim
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jim

one more forgettable boring song for eurovision 2018

kitty
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kitty

ew

brunowskii
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brunowskii

Vai Brasil!!! hehe
Boa sorte Laura!!!

Calum Macleod
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Calum Macleod

Laura can slay it live!

I really hope she can qualify in May.

Leo M
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Leo M

It is one of the better entries chosen this year. I like her voice and the song is really good too. Latvia definitely has a chance at the final.Much better than that awful Triana Park.

Gobio
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Gobio

So I guess this is farewell from my beloved masterpiece Sudden Lights, hope to see you next year (crying emoji).

Marcelo
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Marcelo

I’m sorry. But I really can’t stop smiling after this overhype was for nothing. I have nothing against Madara and I actually liked Esamiba. However, I always like when these overhyped “winners” crash very hard, it’s a defect I think (I’m watching you “La Forza” LOL). Laura did a great performance and could become a qualifier in May, but not very sure with Latvia being in the second semi, but Latvia’s odds have been getting closer to the Top 20. So fingers crossed.

West
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West

I think it’s a natural reaction – when some song is praised too much it always pull some people who don’t think the song is that great into opposition and they start to like it even less, dislike it or even hate it. Or at least that’s my theory.
I also like seeing overhyped songs fail – unless it’s my favourite too.

Dew
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Dew

The camera angles really elevated the song! It looked like a Sasha Jean Baptiste staging.

Bjorn
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Bjorn

She’s nailing it.

It may be an early call, but I see some winner lights in the year of women!

Graph
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Graph

I don’t exactly like it, but it’s great at doing what it sets out to do.

Lloyd
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Lloyd

Sounds like Fifty Shades soundtrack. I am reminded of Never Give Up On You but this is more sultry and new to me.

Magpie
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Magpie

Not bad. It’s like Czech Republic 2017 but with more punch.

Visionary
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Visionary

This was a bad evening for Eurovision, Ukraine didn’t choose Tayanna and Madera didn’t win here. We could have gotten two great entries in different styles to Eurovision, but nope… Mediocrity won instead.

Marcelo
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Marcelo

Take a chill pill, dude.

Mark
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Mark

I’m more concerned about Hungary.

Matt
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Matt

The song is good and very memorable, as well as the music itself which isn’t true for plenty of entries. Laura’s charisma is how she’s going to nail this, she sells it really well on stage, but I think it’s a shame her vocals aren’t a bit more powerful, I really see the Bond connections mentioned, but she’s no Shirley Bassey or Adele! Obviously that’s a very high standard vocally, I just think more power would improve this song, but it’s still very near my top.

PP
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PP

Some chance for fnal for Latvia, if juries push them so hard in points like they did in 2015 with Aminata.

Mark
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Mark

Also, seeing as other countries are sending garbage. *Hungary*

SpirK
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SpirK

I feel like I should like this because of the performer and the well-thought lyrics, but I actually don’t enjoy it. The beat brings me an anxiety and by the time the bridge comes I’ve already not enjoyed this. Kinda monotonous I think. They should make it more melodic with guitars/pianos/violins than that beat.

Joe
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Joe

Alright, even though we’re finding out about two more countries tomorrow, I might as well revise my top. Now it’s: 1. Germany 2. Spain 3. France 4. Italy 5. Czech Republic 6. Greece 7. Albania 8. Moldova 9. Malta 10. Montenegro 11. Hungary 12. Serbia 13. United Kingdom 14. Latvia 15. Ukraine 16. Slovenia 17. Denmark 18. Belarus (Side note: I can’t remember the last time there was a year when four of the Big Five were good enough to be in my top five. And I don’t even dislike the UK’s entry, I’m just kinda withholding judgment until the… Read more »

PP
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PP

I think Belarus will all surprise us. I see Belarus in final (thank to good staging( and and in final in TOP 12 position (similar like Poland 2016, many points from televote and some points from juries)l.

Joe
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Joe

Better take some voice lessons first.

Also, I just realized I forgot to mention Switzerland. I’d put them right ahead of Serbia, but the fact that I keep forgetting Zibbz despite the fact that they were initially one of my favorites is a bad sign.

Mark
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Mark

Alekseev will pull a Kristian Kristov this year; seeing as Russia has no shot at making the final, Alekseev will gain all the points usually give to Russia.

Julia
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Julia

As a german it´s so weird seeing Germany in someone´s first place, thank you so much:)

Mandy
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Mandy

Funny girl & Esamiba were the only best options from Supernova to Lisbon. Sadly Madara has let anxiety to dominate her live performances and we almost lost the magic behind the song (I remember one of the juries has related Madara’s nerves after SF’s act). However, my Brazilian heart is jumping because of Laura’s flawless act. Portugal isn’t going to send Mallu Magalhães, but Latvia will do with Laura. Good move, Supernova. #TeamLaura #FunnyGirlPower
And congrats Madara for Esamiba. I hope she gives (and the audience too) a second chance in 2019.

eurovision6
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eurovision6

Laughing at all the Madara fans, glad it lost. Laura is a fine choice

Mark
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Mark

I’m happy too. That song was absolute garbage.

Alex
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Alex

Laura is my pick for sure. Good job Latvia. Esamiba is overrated

Denis
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Denis

It is a nice choice but feels longer than the 3 minutes. A bit monotone. But I’m sure it will do better than Triana Park?

Frifri
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Frifri

Sudden Lights and the group that won in Hungary are similar, i think they would ruin each others chances. Madara was one of my favs as well, but i don’t see many people voting for it,and we just can’t be sure she would give us amazing live performance in Lisbon. Laura will always deliver, because she is a pro! Funny Girl was the only song i liked when i listened to all 60 songs, then Esamiba hype started and i joined the party. When Sudden Lights performed in 1st semi i knew they would return as a wildcard and be… Read more »

Harlow
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Will not qualify .. how embarrassing to have a song so bland and generic, another song for this years snooze fest. Bring back aminata to write songs!!

Bumblebee
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Bumblebee

Aminata did write a song this year too for Ed Rallidae.

Max
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Max

Laura is very good in performing “Funny Girl”. She had control over her vocal expressions and body language like no one else in this final. In my eyes, the song only works because of her way presenting it. The song leaves me cold musically, but lyrically it touches me, because of its clear storytelling and the striking image of the “funny girl”. A solid choice with potential for a surprising result in Lisbon.

Carli
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Carli

Esamiba was my #1. Funny girl the #2. This one is good but boring overall. I felt like I had heard a thousand times before from the first notes. Props for Laura’s very confident performance. It’s the best performance I’ve seen so far. I expect an even more confident and powerful performance from Yianna from Greece. Greece is my most expected performance, that picture on the official video is not enough!

Amor
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Amor

You know what Esamiba was an absolute favorite of mine. One of the best songs to be entered in a national final selection ever! But Funny girl is a nice song performed very well. Laura sells it and I think she will qualify.

YoungsterJoey
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YoungsterJoey

First time my Supernova favorite didn’t win, but should’ve been obvious Madara wasn’t going to win since she was 2nd in juries and public vote in her semi.

Bastian
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Bastian

This song has a certain quality to it that i like, but overall i think its very boring, It feels longer than 3 minutes. 6,5/10

Titas
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Titas

I like Laura’s song, but I wanted Markus to win??

Antranig Shokayan
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She looks and sounds absolutely sexy live! Good luck Latvia, this is a promising choice!

AngieP
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AngieP

A good song and a good performer! I think Latvia did it right this year.
Wish them luck!

We have more and more entries, it’s so excited!

TheDrMistery
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TheDrMistery

“Wiwibloggs readers agree. (…) Laura placed 2nd in the poll.”

There’s a contradiction there. If Wiwibloggs readers would agree, she would be first in the poll, right?

It’s ok but I don’t see it qualifying from SF2, unless the staging will help it massively. Not many interesting things happen here and the song repeats itself. Still, nothing to be ashamed of.

It looks like Latvia needs Aminata to become their Kirkorov/Siegel.

Marc
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Marc

They had Sudden Lights who would have beat Aminata’s televote result easily

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

They had Aminata. Her song (What I had with you) crashed and burned in the semi-finals. The Aminata thing is over. No one person guarantees success!

Nyko
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Nyko

Off-topic: Czech Republic is now 2nd in the betting odds and still climbing. Impressive!

Marc
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Marc

Deserving 😀

Jo
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Jo

Day after day, new entry after new entry…I start thinking that Australia might be the one.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Haha, yes it is possible. I can imagine the Aussies wanting to host in UK in 2019 and tell endless jokes about Brexit. (Cough)

Sabrina
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Sabrina

I think 2015’s entry would do very well on the way 2018’s Eurovision is shaping up. I hope they go back that lane again.

Poet
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Poet

Excellent choice Latvia!
This is a song to watch out – visually, vocally and vibe-wise.
This goes straight to my Top 5.

Sabrina
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Sabrina

I really think “Esamiba” is a masterpiece. Since the day one, this was my favorite option for Latvia and I could see it getting first place on my personal ranking. But on the live shows, something was off. On the semifinal, I thought Madara was nervous. But tonight she gave a much more confident performance and it didn’t worked for me again. The impact from the studio version was partially lost. I believe it was something fixable, but it opened a door for the competition. And then came Laura with a flawless performance on the semi and a very good… Read more »

Lourdes
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Lourdes

I love your comments Sabrina and I relate to many of them. Now I’m curious about your updated ranking after tonight 🙂

Sabrina
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Sabrina

Thank you Lourdes! I like yours too by the way. 🙂 I can assure you that Latvia will place high and Moldova low, but I have no idea yet how to rank Hungary, Ukraine and Slovenia. With Armenia and Romania coming tomorrow, this will be the toughest update yet. I guess not just for me, but for everyone.

Lourdes
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Lourdes

That’s so true! It’s getting exciting 🙂

Colin
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Colin

You basically summed-up most of what I had to say, except that Esamiba did work for me perfectly in the live and I voted for it via Facebook. If it won it would have been my 1st. But, yeah, Laura was pretty much flawless in live and Funny Girl was my 5th favorite when all 63 songs came out anonymously. I know I should be happy, but I am also sad, cause Esamiba is in my heart. Anyway, good luck to Laura. PS. So glad that Sudden Lights were second. They were my 4th fav since the beginning (and 2nd… Read more »

Sabrina
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Sabrina

Colin, I wanted so much that “Esamiba” would work for me last night, but somehow it didn’t. Maybe my expectations were too high, I don’t know. But this is a song that I’ll want to hear again and again many years from now. I can’t imagine of a better compliment.

Bumblebee
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Bumblebee

Leave latvians alone! It’s not that bad. Laura is a sweet girl. Her performance was on point and vocally she was flawless. I had 3 favorites Madara, Laura and Sudden Lights. Any way someone would be disappointed in results so shut up. Maybe now latvians will wake up and will start writing song in latvian for ESC. By the way latvians are not very keen on songs in latvian at ESC and i don’t know why. Wish the best for Laura she deserves that!!

Reberto
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Reberto

I just hope Latvia gets in the final!

DragKvinna
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DragKvinna

Brazilian girl in Portugal
Boa sorte garota

Jo
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Jo

Muitcho lindiu, said the jury member.

EurovisionUK
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EurovisionUK

Everyone stop moaning! On the night, Laura slayed and madara failed! Simple as

EscGiannis
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Ben005
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Ben005

Haven’t heard other songs in the final, but her vocals are so damn on point. People will love it or hate it. James Bond theme song style.

Sabrina
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Sabrina

That’s how I would describe it too, an 007’s opening credits song.

toms
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toms

wasn’t also Estonia 2 yrs ago kind of Bond song? yes, it was male, but it had that vibe and obviously performance was Bond inspired. they finished last.

I like this song, but I loved Madara. I am dissappointed, but… at least it’s not Mr. Riva.

Sabrina
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Sabrina

Yes, the guy with the cards, isn’t it? That was very Bond also. I kinda liked him, but he wasn’t vey charismatic. I believe/hope Laura will have better luck.

I will miss Madara, that’s for sure. I hope she tries again. We need that cello on Eurovision someday.

L'oiseau
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Straight to my top 3 this year. This is brilliant. Well done Latvia!

Lourdes
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Lourdes

Nooooo…..Latvia what did you do? Madara would have been my number 1 :'((((((((

schuyler
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schuyler

Latvia has been on a roll since ’14 omg
YES I THOUGHT THE CAKE SONG WAS CUTE, SUE ME

DyGh
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DyGh

I always wanted Madara to win but Laura’s performance was just better

Edmund
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Edmund

Very happy for Laura. No one else in all honesty would have been a better choice. Perhaps Sudden Lights could have done bits but no Madara. I like the song but let’s be serious. It would have been another “Latvian entry that didn’t qualify but in all fans eyes would be ‘the most underrated song ever’”
Laura showed how it’s done today and no one was quite close to her.