Latvia has taken another step towards selecting the acts who will compete in Supernova 2019. Broadcaster LTV has revealed that yesterday its selection panel watched live performances from 33 shortlisted acts, all vying for a place in the Supernova semi-finals.
Unlike the 2018 live auditions which were held in public at a Riga shopping centre, this year’s performances were held privately at LTV. The 33 shortlisted groups auditioned in front of a four-person jury, headed by chairperson DJ Rudd.
The broadcaster shared news of the audition on Facebook, writing:
“Yesterday, November 22, Supernova 2019, the second round of selection took place at LTV, which included 33 singers and groups on stage. Which one of them will get a place in the semi-finals? You will know very soon!”
Vakar, 22. novembr?, LTV.lv norisin?j?s Supernova 2019 otr?s atlases k?rta, kur? uz skatuves st?j?s 33 dzied?t?ji un…
The broadcaster shared a few photos and videos of the auditioning acts. Among them was Supernova regular Markus Riva, who could be heard singing an upbeat song with the lyrics “I get high from your love.” Also spotted is Supernova 2016 alum Miks Dukurs, singer-songwriter Kristiāna Bumbiere, and the bands Dziļi Violets and Double Faced Eels.
From here, the jury will select the acts who will go on to compete in the semi-finals of Supernova 2019. While the exact number of semi-finalists has not been confirmed, based on previous years, it is likely to be around 20.
Despite winning Eurovision in 2002, Latvia has not enjoy much success in the past decade. It has qualified for the final twice, both with songs written by Aminata Savadogo. Her own song “Love Injected” placed in 2015, while Justs’ song “Heartbeat” placed 15th the the following year.
Since then, Latvia has missed making the grand final, including in 2017 when Triana Park placed last in its semi-final. In Lisbon, Laura Rizzotto narrowly missed making final, placing 12th in her semi.
Despite this, Supernova remains a favourite national final among Eurovision fans and there is hope that Supernova 2019 will get Latvia back in the grand final.
The competing acts for Supernova 2019 will be announced on December 5. The live shows will begin sometime in January.
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