He’s the hunky hitmaker that’s entered Latvia’s Eurovision selection every year since 2014. And, all going to plan, Markus Riva will make yet another appearance at Supernova 2020.
Markus Riva at Supernova 2020
While many spent 26 December digesting dinner from the day before, Markus took to Instagram for a Q&A with his fans. When asked about Supernova 2020, the X Factor Latvia host replied:
“I get asked a lot about this. So, thank you. Yes, I have submitted a song. So, fingers crossed and I hope it’s going to be all good”.
Riva doesn’t offer any further hints regarding the song title or the team behind it.
However, he was recently seen hanging out with Aminata Savadogo — Latvia’s most successful Eurovision artist and songwriter of recent years. She wrote and performed “Love Injected” in 2015, coming sixth. She also wrote “Heartbeat” in 2016, the last time the Baltic nation reached the final.
Could the pair be teaming up for Supernova? Perhaps Savadogo is just what Markus needs to finally get him over the winning line?
In all his attempts, Riva has reached the national final almost every time. However, his best results came in 2015 and 2019 when he came second with “Take Me Down” and “You Make Me So Crazy” respectively.
Samanta Tīna at Supernova 2020
If social media speculation is to be believed, Markus isn’t the only familiar name to submit an entry to the 2020 Latvian selection.
Following an interview with Sejas, Samanta Tīna is also being pegged as a Supernovacontender.
When asked about the last dream she could remember, Samanta glibly responds that she had a nightmare where someone else performed her new single “Still Breathing” at Eurovision. Reading between the lines, many have concluded that she plans to sing it herself.
Such speculation is fueled by the fact that the song is within Eurovision’s three-minute time limit and the lyrics are written by Aminata.
Tīna is also a regular in Latvia’s selection process. Between 2012 and 2014 she never finished outside the top three. She also took part in the 2016 edition of Supernova.
Latvia at Eurovision 2020
In early December, Latvia’s broadcaster LTV confirmed that the 126 entries submitted to Supernova 2020 have been whittled down to a shortlist of just 28 songs. This number is to be reduced again, with LTV saying that fans will be able to listen to the competing songs in January.
Presumably, both Markus Riva and Samanta Tīna are on the 28 song shortlist. Whether they make it further remains to be seen.
Are you excited to have Markus and Samanta back at Supernova? Who else would you like to see? let us know in the comments.