Latvian broadcaster LTV has confirmed the nine acts who have been selected for the grand final of Supernova 2020. Among them are Supernova regulars Samanta Tīna and Edgars Kreilis. However, in a surprise to some fans, Supernova veteran Markus Riva and 2018 fan favourite Madara did not make the final this time.
The finalists include Samanta Tīna, who is making her sixth appearance in a Latvian national selection. Samanta will compete with her song “Still Breathing”.
Edgars Kreilis — another Supernova regular — has also made the list. He will compete with his song “Tridymite”. Edgars is also currently competing on The Voice of Lithuania.
Katrīna Dimanta could be making a return to Eurovision. After competing at Eurovision 2014 as part of folk band Aarzemnieki, she is now making a solo attempt with “Heart Beats”.
As well, new fan favourite ANNNA will compete with her song “Polyester”. She delivers a funky tune that examines the positives and negatives of fast fashion.
Rounding out the finalists are the folk-rock band Bad Habits with “Sail With You”, DRIKSNA with the sad boy song “Stay”, Katrīna Bindere with the edgy pop tune “I Will Break Your Heart” and Miks Dukurs with the romantic ballad “I’m Falling For You”.
The jury gave the ninth position via a wildcard to newcomer Seleste with her minimalist pop song “Like Me”. Supernova producer Ilze Jansone said, “It is important for the competition that there are young, capable and courageous artists who have a dream.”
But two fan favourites didn’t make the grand final. Supernova regular Markus Riva missed out with “Impossible”, co-written by Latvia’s Eurovision queen Aminata Savadogo. Madara, the fan favourite from 2018, also missed out with her earth ballad “Māras zeme”.
How the Supernova jury decided
The nine finalists of the competition were selected by an international jury, which included experts from the fields of music, media and the Supernova producers Latvian Television.
Supernova 2020 producers received 126 entries but a selection committee whittled that down to 26 songs. These shortlisted acts performed their songs at a live audition event.
The jury judged the shortlisted songs on several factors. These included originality and structure of the song, musical potential, the message of the song, the artist’s vocal skills and abilities, the potential to compete in the international marketplace and how a particular artist and song could look at on the big Eurovision stage.
YouTube views were also considered, giving a sign of how the songs were received by the general public over the past week.
This year, Supernova will not involve any heats or semi-finals. The nine acts will head straight to the grand final in just over three weeks’ time on 8 February.
Supernova 2020 – Finalists
- ANNNA – “Polyester”
- Bad Habits – “Sail With You”
- DRIKSNA – “Stay”
- Edgars Kreilis – “Tridymite”
- Katrīna Bindere – “I Will Break Your Heart”
- Katrīna Dimanta – “Heart Beats”
- Miks Dukurs – “I’m Falling For You”
- Samanta Tīna – “Still Breathing”
- Seleste – “Like Me”
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