On the day after Christmas, Markus Riva confirmed that he had submitted a song to Supernova 2020 — Latvia’s Eurovision selection.
At the time, we wondered whether it could be a collaboration with Aminata — Latvia’s Eurovision 2015 representative and 2016 songwriter. Such speculation was fuelled by various social media posts featuring both artists together.
On Tuesday 7 January, at the stroke of midnight local time, Markus dropped “Impossible”. And, surprise, surprise, it’s written by Aminata and is exactly three minutes long.
Could this be Riva’s song for Supernova 2020?
Markus Riva “Impossible”
The official press release reads:
[“Impossible”] is a very personal story about self-belief and an unbreakable spirit, which unites both [Markus and Aminata], and invites everyone to listen to themselves more.
“Impossible” is an autobiographical story about my feelings and experience, but anyone who has ever faced obstacles in their way will connect to this song,” says Markus Riva. “We live in a very vulnerable era – crushing someone’s hopes and dreams, mocking and ridiculing somebody is very easy, but our way unfolds before our own eyes only. We must continue believing in ourselves and in our abilities – it is the only way to become unbreakable.”
The song’s co-author is Aminata Savadogo – both musicians are close friends with similar beliefs and life experience and have always supported each other professionally. Markus is extremely proud of Aminata’s Eurovision success, and he supported her in the national competition while being a competitor himself. The song “Impossible” is their second collaboration; previously, they worked together on the song “Last Dance”.
Work on “Impossible” began in the summer, and the song was recorded in October in a studio in Los Angeles. G’harah “PK” Degeddingseze with whom Markus has collaborated previously is the producer of the single, and some of the artists he works with include Chris Brown, Nicole Scherzinger, Paloma Faith and “2 Chainz”.
Markus Riva and Supernova
Markus has entered Latvia’s Eurovision selection every year since 2014. And, all going to plan, Markus Riva will make yet another appearance at Supernova 2020.
When asked about Supernova 2020, the X Factor Latvia host told his Instagram followers that:
“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 didn’t offer any further hints regarding the song title or the team behind it.
In all his attempts, Markus 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.
Supernova 2020 rumours
Another regular in the mix is Samanta Tīna. She too recently released a song written by Aminata.
In an interview with Sejas, Samanta was asked about the last dream she could remember. She glibly responded 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.
Furthermore, the track is within Eurovision’s three-minute time limit.
Between 2012 and 2014, Samanta never finished outside the top three in Latvia’s national final. She also took part in the 2016 edition of Supernova.
While Samanta and Markus are almost certainly in the mix, another regular might be out. Edgars Kreilis is participating in the current season of Lithuania’s The Voice.
His blind audition aired on 5 January and he convinced all four coaches to turn, including Eurovizijos atranka 2020 singer Moniqué and two-time Eurovision star Donny Montell. Kreilis opted to join Montell’s team.
Depending on how much further he progresses in the competition, Edgars’ The Voice commitments may rule him out of a Supernova 2020 appearance.
He previously took part in Latvia’s selection in 2018 and 2019, finishing sixth on both occasions.
What do you think of “Impossible”? Would you like to see it in Supernova? let us know in the comments.