The grand final of Supernova 2020 is one month away. Now Latvia broadcaster LTV has released videos of the live auditions of the 26 shortlisted acts. Among the 26 are Supernova regulars Markus Riva, Samanta Tīna and Edgars Kreilis, as well as 2018 fan favourite Madara.
The roster of shortlisted acts is a mix of Supernova regulars as well as newcomers. The list features Markus Riva, who has competed in the Latvian national final every year since 2014. He will compete with the song “Impossible”, cowritten with Latvian Eurovision star Aminata.
Also appearing is Samanta Tīna. This is her sixth appearance in the Latvian national final. However, “Still Breathing” is her eighth song after doubling up twice.
Rising star Edgars Kreilis also returns to Supernova. This time he has the song “Tridymite”. (In case you were wondering, tridymite is a high-temperature polymorph of silica. #science) Edgars is simultaneously competing in The Voice of Lithuania, coached by Donny Montell.
And fans of 2018 favourite Madara will be pleased that the cellist has returned to Supernova. She serves Earth Mother realness with “Māras zeme”.
Katrīna Dimanta may be familiar to Eurovision fans from her appearance in 2014. She was part of the Latvian folk group Aarzemnieki who had a “Cake to Bake” in Copenhagen.
What happens next with Supernova 2020?
From these 26 songs, just eight songs will be chosen by the jury to compete in the Supernova grand final. The jury will assess the songs and the live audition performances but they will also consider YouTube views.
The eight lucky finalists will be announced on 18 January.
This confirms that Supernova 2020 will not involve any semi-finals, with a slimmed-down national final focusing only on the grand final on 8 February.
Supernova 2020 received 126 entries. A selection committee whittled that down to 28 songs — though it appears that only 26 made it to the live audition phase.
The live auditions were filmed in mid-December and gave the jury a chance to see and hear the songs performed live with basic staging.
Supernova 2020 – Shortlisted entries
- Aivo Oskis – “Dive Deep”
- Alekss Silvers – “Again”
- Alise Haijama – “Me Me Song”
- Annemarija Moiseja – “Undo”
- ANNNA – “Polyester”
- Antra Stafecka & Atis Ieviņš – “Coming Over”
- Audiokvartāls – “Connection”
- Bad Habits – “Sail With You”
- DRIKSNA – “Stay”
- Edgars Kreilis – “Tridymite”
- Elizabete Gaile – “For You”
- Katrīna Bindere – “I Will Break Your Heart”
- Katrīna Dimanta – “Heart Beats”
- Laika Upe – “All My Roads”
- Līva – “Not That Important To You”
- Madara – “Māras zeme”
- Maia – “Make It Real”
- Markus Riva – “Impossible”
- Miks Dukurs – “I’m Falling For You”
- Rūta Ķergalve – “Izgaismots”
- Sabīne Blūma Blūmane – “Beauty Will Save the World”
- Samanta Tīna – “Still Breathing”
- Seleste – “Like Me”
- Shanti – “Voices In My Mind”
- Signe & Jānis – “Inner Light”
- Toms Kalderauskis – “Be My Truth”
What are your favourite performances from the Supernova 2020 live auditions?
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