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

What do you think? Are you happy with the Supernova 2020 lineup? Who should represent Latvia in Rotterdam? Tell us your thoughts below!

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Muharrem
Muharrem
5 months ago

I hope samanta win to supernova

Eurana
Eurana
5 months ago

Edgars to the victory

Renata
Renata
5 months ago

Samanta Tina no.1!?

jeicjsjf
jeicjsjf
5 months ago

to be fair markus’ song was quite lackluster.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
5 months ago
Reply to  jeicjsjf

Probably for the best that he didn’t make it in the final this time. It’s been a law of diminishing returns for Markus.

Alex
Alex
5 months ago

Amazing lineup! I am so happy I will break your heart made it through. I’d still say Samantha for the win though

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
5 months ago
Reply to  Alex

Samantha or Edgars would be my picks for Latvia’s entries. I wouldn’t either of them winning.

Héctor
Héctor
5 months ago

I really think the best got through. Madara was my 5th but as I said, I though this one was weaker. My top: 1. Samanta T?na – “Still Breathing” (7.25). The studio version with the video really grabed me but the live performance looks a bit empty, no concept just dancing like she’s crazy or something. Her vocals are on point and she delivers though. The act has potential, but she needs to up the live performance. 2. Miks Dukurs – “I’m Falling For You” (7.25). Wow! Such a great vocalist, he sounds and looks like an accomplished artist with… Read more »

uzhas
uzhas
5 months ago
Reply to  Héctor

those were auditions, the live performances will be different. Although Samanta was probably the closest to what it will be on Supernova final

Tom
Tom
5 months ago

These my favourites to win but still i wish first place to – Katrina Dimanta/Bad Habits or Samanta

ANNNA – “Polyester”
Bad Habits – “Sail With You”
Edgars Kreilis – “Tridymite”
Katr?na Dimanta – “Heart Beats”
Samanta T?na – “Still Breathing”

I am surprised that Marcus, Madara. Laika Upe, or Alise are out

Joe
Joe
5 months ago

You had ONE JOB. Pick Madara and get back to the final. There are still very solid options here, but I’m gutted that she didn’t get into the final.

Joe
Joe
5 months ago
Reply to  Joe

On the other hand: bye Markus! See you next year!

Tom
Tom
5 months ago
Reply to  Joe

He said he will not compete next year 🙁

George
George
5 months ago
Reply to  Tom

It took him that long to finally realize? jeez

Joe
Joe
5 months ago
Reply to  Tom

Ah well. Knowing him, he’ll ask about San Marino.

Madara
5 months ago

Hi Guys, it’s me MADARA, I just wanted to say Thank you for all the support You have gaved in these last days. Esamiba was my debut, but sincerely I think, that Maras Zeme wasn’t less strong, they were equal, atleast in the energy basis what I felt, if not even stronger. That is why I believed so much in this song to move it forward for Eurovision. Mara is – Mother Earth in our Latvian mithology and I wanted to show a part of our historic culture. Nevertheless I will release a video for this song, and I love… Read more »

Joe
Joe
5 months ago
Reply to  Madara

You are an absolute genius who was robbed blind in 2018 and now. You deserve a spot on the Eurovision stage and I hope you give it another go someday!

Madara
5 months ago
Reply to  Joe

Love is all we need <3

Joe
Joe
5 months ago
Reply to  Madara

Amen to that.

MeMySelf
MeMySelf
5 months ago
Reply to  Madara

I will wait for the video!
And I wishe that one day you will represent Latvia in Eurovision song contest!

Madara
5 months ago
Reply to  MeMySelf

<3

Skiwalko
Skiwalko
5 months ago
Reply to  Madara

Don’t give up 🙂 You’ve got a unique style and you beautifully showcase the Latvian culture. Your works create an unearthly mood that deeply moves me, even though I don’t understand a word; they’re not just songs – they’re spiritual experiences. I sincerely believe your time will come sooner or later – such a talent just cannot be wasted. Lots of love to you, cello queen!

Madara
5 months ago
Reply to  Skiwalko

You are right there with me! <3

Joe
Joe
5 months ago
Reply to  Madara

We all are. Hope you’re still eligible for the second-chance contest the fan clubs run each year. They’d be foolish not to pick your song to represent Latvia, and I’ll vote for it if they do!

Colin
Colin
5 months ago
Reply to  Madara

Thank you for two hauntingly beautiful songs, Madara! I would have voted for you in Eurovision and Maras zeme would be a guaranteed top ten entry. 🙂 I am looking forward to the video. Sending my love from Croatia to Latvia. 🙂

Madara
5 months ago
Reply to  Colin

I receive your love <3

Colin
Colin
5 months ago
Reply to  Madara

I means a lot to me too. Your music is magical and deeply emotional. 🙂

Kris
Kris
5 months ago
Reply to  Madara

Hi ma’am The Latvian jury clearly has a bias for songs not in English I would really love to hear your music in the future and see you taking it to a wider audience either through Eurovision or beyond Personally , I connected better with esamiba and it seemed more easier for me to sing along. However , I liked the step with adding a few lines in English . Maybe add a few more in English with a song which is similar to esamiba and then the stupid Latvian jury will make you win. Did they even consider the… Read more »

Melissa J
5 months ago
Reply to  Madara

Hi MADARA, just wanted the thank you for your beautiful music! I love your style, and started to introduce your songs to my friends here in America who love it too! I’m hoping someday you will bring the beautiful Latvian language to Eurovision!

Amor Amankwah
Amor Amankwah
5 months ago
Reply to  Madara

Hey Madara! So disappointed not to see you in the final. I have so much respect for the message of the song and showcasing your culture. Can’t wait to see the video!

Noah
Noah
5 months ago

Samantha has to win

Idksmth
Idksmth
5 months ago

Honestly, this result is just amazing. My top 3 is Samanta T?na, Katr?na Dimanta and ANNNA and they all made it through. I’m glad that the jury had balls to do this. Kicking Markus Riva out although DJ Rudd (the main judge) said that if Markus was competing he’d definitely win. His song and voice were two things that didn’t blend together and this act just wasn’t up to par with his previous attempts. Katr?na Bindere is the WTF qualifier. HOW THE HEKK????? It just- , this just- ,this just doesn’t sit right with me. She’s gained some recognition because… Read more »

T.J.
T.J.
5 months ago

cancel Latvia this year. Madara was the only authentic entry. So it will be this Tina – Samantha somebody… boring.

Rita
Rita
5 months ago

Aww, I am really sad about Madara not making it. I love her songs…it’s exactly my style. I am really hoping she keeps trying and hopefully we will see her back in the final next year with another strong entry. I thought Maras Zeme was really good…enough for me to want to buy it on itunes. I do have Esamiba downloaded and…I can see where people may think her last attempt was a little bit stronger and it probably was but, to me, this was a good song to try to enter it too. I don’t think I have been… Read more »

Sabrina
Sabrina
5 months ago

I’m very disappointed that Ruta and Madara won’t be in the final. There’s something wrong when juries are more scared than the audiences from what runs away from the obvious. At least, Miks made it and I would keep an eye on him, he could be a dark horse. Though I believe it’s Samanta time, which wouldn’t displease me at all. There are also other nice things in the final. Bad Habits may be divisive, but it’s interesting. One Katrina is very entertaining, the other has a style I dig. ANNNA’s song growns on you when you open to its… Read more »

Ingvarr
Ingvarr
5 months ago

I’m scared that Markus Riva weirdest fans will try to ruin the contest by voting for the worst performance and/or song.

xohxoh
xohxoh
5 months ago
Reply to  Ingvarr

They would’ve voted for the worst song either way, so nothing changes.

Edu
Edu
5 months ago

Is this Samanta’s year?? I hope!! 🙂

xohxoh
xohxoh
5 months ago
Reply to  Edu

I can see people voting for Katr?na Dimanta or someone random, tbh.

Edward
Edward
5 months ago

Samanta T?na winner of course! Madara in 2018 had better song than this year, sorry.

Thomas
Thomas
5 months ago

I echo a lot of the comments about Madara, she had a song that came from the heart an as an artists when you are pushed so harshly it hurts us. My thoughts go out to her.

As for Markus, he should have tried harder. We all know he has released BETTER TRACKS than what hes put forth for Supernova.

Overall like the top 8 they have selected, missing on my faves Ruta but also I am glad they are at least giving a platform for newcomers, kinda like Slovenia, in this case Seleste.

Kris
Kris
5 months ago

I’m disappointed for “For you ” to be left over much weaker songs. Anyone else expecting her to go through ?

Epix Eurovision Guy
Epix Eurovision Guy
5 months ago

Latvia has gone completely mad… To not select Madara and even leave her out of the final is a disgrace… Shame on Supernova.

jeva
jeva
5 months ago

the thing is Maras Zeme’s lyrics are super cheesy. I could not listen to the song without a cringe.

Pineaple
Pineaple
5 months ago

Eurovision fans being entitled as anything and throwing a tantrum when their favourite doesn’t get through… What else is new? Rooting for Miks or Edgars to win from this bunch. I personally really don’t like Samanta’s song, but I’ve made peace with the fact she could win.

Hyunwoo
Hyunwoo
5 months ago

Samanta, I Love U!!

Jill Wesenbeek
Jill Wesenbeek
5 months ago

Yes edgars!

KESC
KESC
5 months ago

You may not agree with me, but honestly, I just can not understand some countries’ persistence to keep using national finals as their selection methods. While it’s always exciting and interesting to follow them, and while I’m always up for diversity, some national finals just don’t work year by year. Unfortunately, Supernova is one of them. I don’t say that these singers are bad, but the songs are just meh. I can not imagine any of these going very far in Rotterdam. Btw, Latvia is not the only country. Some countries really have to set up the quality of the… Read more »

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
5 months ago
Reply to  KESC

tea upon tea. supernova keeps on going bc the inaugural edition in 2015 led to aminata’s great result, but her participation was clearly a fluke and no one has been able to get remotely close since then. latvia should consider going internal.

Colin
Colin
5 months ago

As if that would help in Latvia’s case. It’s just a matter of taste. They’d pick something like Awe or Sail With Me anyway and we wouldn’t even be able to hear (and playlist) all the good songs they ditch in the process. I still listen to several of the 2018 songs which didn’t even get to the stage of live audition.

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
5 months ago
Reply to  Colin

u better watch what u make grow <3

Colin
Colin
5 months ago

Funny reference. Nice. 😉

uzhas
uzhas
5 months ago
Reply to  KESC

I am from Latvia and believe me when I say Latvia going internal would be as big of as a disaster as British entries each year.

In addition, Supernova is not only Eurovision pre-selection, but also a chance for new artists to break through. Sudden Lights is a great example for that.

Azaad
Azaad
5 months ago
Reply to  uzhas

Honestly Supernova usually has good entries and the five songs selected with the process all have merit. This just seems like a weaker year than usual, but it’s not like people were clamouring for DMGP to be cancelled in 2015 after a weak year…

uzhas
uzhas
5 months ago
Reply to  Azaad

Could not disagree more. This year is much better than 2019, and maybe even 2018

James
James
5 months ago
Reply to  KESC

The EBU highly encourages broadcasters to televise selection shows to help build excitement for the main contest itself in their respective markets.

Sabrina
Sabrina
5 months ago
Reply to  KESC

I’m from the opinion that if your national final isn’t working, you should improve it, but not get rid of it. I would say the biggest problem with national finals is the fact they don’t go after the right song, they simply wait the right song to come to them. That’s why I like Portugal’s recent approach. They invite songwriters they believe are talented. This way, some people that would never think about trying Eurovision may be more inclined to take a chance (especially when they have the option to pick another artist to defend their song, which is also… Read more »

Rijad
Rijad
5 months ago

Samanta Tina, ANNNA and Katrina Dimanta and Katrina Bindere were my favorites and they all made it to the final! I’m sad that Madara didnt make it but Latvia still has at least 4 amazing songs to choose for Amsterdam. Also Markus didnt deserve to qualify and I am glad he’s gone

Paul
Paul
5 months ago
Reply to  Rijad

Amsterdam?? I’ve got some news for you…

Tom
Tom
5 months ago
Reply to  Paul

Amsterdam wolked out like Srbuk from semi final 2 …:(

Eurovisionfan12
Eurovisionfan12
5 months ago

Madara probably won’t return 🙁 She got really depressed after not being chosen and even posted a story in Insta saying that she felt like a sunken ship.

Colin
Colin
5 months ago

I am so sorry. 🙁 I hope she knows she gained a lot of fans and has put both of her Supernova entries on many playlists and top song choices.

Madara Fogelmane
Madara Fogelmane
5 months ago
Reply to  Colin

I love all of you !! <3

Madara Fogelmane
Madara Fogelmane
5 months ago

I might return, who knows what’s the plan of all mighty. The qote of a ship was not to drown by the water that leaks in. I’m standing tall and working on my music, and most of all to move all you! All of your hearts!

Eurovisionfan12
Eurovisionfan12
5 months ago

Hope you’ll return soon Madara! <3

George
George
5 months ago

Markus Riva is overrated like crazy. I’m happy he didn’t make it.

ESCNils
ESCNils
5 months ago

I’m laughing so bad for Markus HAHAHA. He’s always overrated and now he had a really flat song and poor lyrics I’m glad the jury had the courage to kick him off immediately. I’m really sorry for Madara though ?

James
James
5 months ago

I haven’t seen all the performances yet (just Madara’s and Markus’ audition videos) but my single complaint with Markus has been his enunciation of English lyrics in his past entries*. No doubt he has a good conversational command of the language but it’s when he sings the stanzas from “Impossible” that shows that he’s not at his most confident in singing the language. And the bridge wasn’t cutting it. The song overall wasn’t his best outing yet. I think his 2018 entry is still the best song he has in the selection. *Anyway, I haven’t listened to some of his… Read more »

uzhas
uzhas
5 months ago
Reply to  James

Most of his English songs are Supernova entries. Other songs are mostly in Russian, and recently he released and EP in Latvian.

Poet
Poet
5 months ago

An interesting decision from the Latvian jury. I need some time to fully chew it. Most songs were not a surprise (Samanta Tina has potentially a winning song this year, Katrina Dimanta & Bad Habits have strong songs and performances). Also, Markus Riva and, in fact, Madara as well (although 2018 she had the winning song) were not a surprise – not strong songs and live performances. The surprise, however, comes from Driksna and Seleste. I can see the reason behind Seleste being a new artist, but – sorry – both songs are just forget-me-instantly. Also, Edgars’ song this year… Read more »

Another Latvian
Another Latvian
5 months ago

Latvian jury can go frick themselves. And the author of this article was in the jury. I don’t really care about Markus. Why didn’t Madara make the cut? Ok, i admit that this year she was weaker but still better that Driksna. She had a good song, strong message, fans behind her. Was the problem that she sings latvian? Is it that bad to sing in latvian? Neighbors can do it and do it well why can’t Latvia? Because it’s not radio friendly? How many winner songs are on the radio right now? I just can’t with this sh*t.

Nicky91
Nicky91
5 months ago

Driksna has a good song, and also bags of charisma

but i want Bad Habits to win, i love their unique voices

Colin
Colin
5 months ago

I agree. Madara was seriously robbed. Even if Esamiba is even better, Maras zeme is beautiful and should have qualified.
I am puzzled about Driksna too. His song isn’t bad, but his enunciation is. He is not better than Markus Riva when it comes to singing in English.

Tibor
Tibor
5 months ago

People are so harsh. Although I have also lost my favourite, I think you can make a case for most of these going through to the final. Yes, apparently the juries do like acoustic guitars and banjos, but so do many people out there. Markus Riva wouldn’t have stood a chance. I like him and even downloaded one of his songs (albeit not one from his Supernova-tryouts), but “Impossible” was just not up to speed. He should have gone with “Melns Vai Balts”, just saying. Also Madara’s attempt was much weaker than her last one, much more stuck to the… Read more »

Colin
Colin
5 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

Seems like Latvian jury just enjoys one-note songs. Just look at most of their recent winners and half of finalists each year. It’s the songs with very little dynamics, a lot of repetition and much about creating a mood. Songs like Like Me and Polyester (although I like the beat in this one) just prove that. Samanta Tina is a huge exception in this, which makes me think that she’ll either win this with ease or be left far behind. Katrina Bindere qualified because she sold her “sexy song” on stage quite convincingly. She looked the part and tingled the… Read more »

Tibor
Tibor
5 months ago
Reply to  Colin

Like I said, I don’t have to understand everything in music. Katrina Bindere surely didn’t sell anything to me … Neither did Seleste for that matter, I kind of forgot about her, she has really weak vocals, although I think the song is okayish. As for the one-note songs – you know I won’t agree with you on this, because I liked Carousel and don’t think it was one note. 🙂 Besides, I have a feeling that monotony is currently kind of a thing in music (although I don’t really know about the charts), sometimes it’s complemented with a peculiar… Read more »

Colin
Colin
5 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

The point is good. 🙂 Minimalism can be effective. I think that in Latvia’s case, it’s a ”hit or miss” kind of situation. Some minimalist songs are quite nice. I actually really enjoyed Line, even if it is admittedly repetitive. Even That Night (which you know I wasn’t a big fan of, but I know you were) is a really pleasant song and ended-up higher on my list when the big night came. The thing is, I have a feeling that Latvia in particular has above average love for minimalist songs (and had it for years), which leaves very little… Read more »

Tibor
Tibor
5 months ago
Reply to  Colin

Well, to be fair, if I count correctly, there were only two songs out of 36 in Latvian, so the odds that they would be out were quite high. As I always say: If more songs in native languages are so important to people, they should vote for them in Eurovision (and not just for Italy, they sing in Italian, anyway). You can’t blame delegations for opting for English, if English gives them the best results (as you can’t blame delegations for going for mainstream pop, if that’s what people vote for). Latvia has understandably gone for a more electronic… Read more »

Colin
Colin
5 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

Actually, songs in national languages tend to go rather well on average with *audiences*, but juries often snub them. The simplest explanation would be that juries are instructed to look for ”objectively” biggest hits with broadest marketing. However, Salvador and Jamala’s wins would suggest otherwise. Then again, maybe a lot of jury members don’t even bother to read the lyrics properly, which is a huge issue and should be a contractual obligation. Sure, only 2 songs out of 36 was not a huge chance, but I had my hopes. I thought they were both rather good. I know that tastes… Read more »

Tibor
Tibor
5 months ago
Reply to  Colin

This is perhaps a discussion for another time, but as I see it the big televote winners (the one’s with the huge discrepancy to the jury) were Melovin, Mikolas Josef, Keiino, Luca Hänni, Sergej Lazarev … whereas Salvador and Jamala also did well with the juries. I’d have to take another look at the split results, but the big televote favourites were, as far as I remember, uptempo pop in English or songs in Italian (Il Volo, Meta& Moro). As for Madara, perhaps they should have let her through for the sake of diversity, I probably would have, but if… Read more »

Colin
Colin
5 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

Honestly, I didn’t find Madara’s vocals any shaky in the audition. I might be objectively wrong, but I didn’t notice it. I did notice that Seleste wasn’t always on point (although she has a nice voice). I also noticed Driksna’s heavy accent (that eliminates the theory that was the reason Riva failed to qualify). Who’d know what are the actual reasons people voted the way they did. Maybe they just really liked these songs the best. I can only say *I* kinda disagree, but I cannot say they are wrong. And yes, televote *winners* tend to often be in English,… Read more »

Tibor
Tibor
5 months ago
Reply to  Colin

The voice crack at 2:42 is just the most striking example. I don’t say, she can’t sing, but she obviously hadn’t her best day at the live auditions.
As for the qualifications, I don’t see a clear pattern. For example last year: Yes, the televote would have put Tulia through, but it actually saved Serhat, whereas the juries would have put Joci Papai through, but the televote kicked him out. In 2018, the juries saved Eugent Bushpepa, the televote would have put Yianna Terzi through, but it actually saved Saara Aalto.

Colin
Colin
5 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

2:42 – Yeah, now I noticed that, but it took you to tell me to pay attention. I’ve heard the song many times and didn’t catch it up, It might be because it happens in such a low tempo part of the song that it can easily go unnoticed.
Sure, there are examples like Joci, but on average non-English songs are better liked with the audience (Viszlat nyar, Khteju tokes qualified on televote, Telemovies would get a better result and even Hatrid mun sigra and Sebi got a higher place in televote than with the juries).

Tibor
Tibor
5 months ago
Reply to  Colin

Let’s just say, that vocal performance is important to me and we all tend to overlook the deficiencies in entries we like. As for the native language stuff: I guess we are paying attention to different datapoints. For me, it’s not really important, if a song gets more votes from the televote but still not enough to qualify. I look at which entries got a sizeable advantage from the televote. Last year, that was clearly Iceland (although they would have qualified either way), but it was primarily English pop songs, and not the sophisticated kind. Serhat would have cracked the… Read more »

Colin
Colin
5 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

…. but I loved KEiiNO 🙂 However, I loved Duncan even more, so I am glad how it turned out. 🙂 Serhat qualifying is still one big joke, but congrats, I guess… Vocal performance is important to me to a certain degree. If the voice is really poor, off key, the accent is too noticeable or I just don’t like the ”color” of singer’s voice, it can make a huge difference. On the other hand, small imperfections don’t bother me much. I mean, Elina Netšajeva will get an additional point for perfection, but I won’t retract anything from Margaret or… Read more »

uzhas
uzhas
5 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

Yes, I don’t like Markus Riva as an artist, but even I have saved Melns vai Balts to my playlist

Tibor
Tibor
5 months ago
Reply to  uzhas

I think it would have brought him at least to the Supernova final.

Myles
Myles
5 months ago

Both Markus’ and Madara’s songs were awful so the right decision was made. I swear people just convince themselves they like Madara to be edgy… Edgars for the win!

Catriona Colville
Catriona Colville
5 months ago
Reply to  Myles

What a rude post! I loved her in 2018, and I love her song in 2020. I’m not trying to be edgy, it’s called different opinions.

Myles
Myles
5 months ago

I’m not being rude. I didn’t particularly like Esamiba but I appreciated it had a certain quality. With this year’s song I just felt that if Madara hadn’t already competed, no one would have taken any notice of her song this year. The hype was because of the name, not the song.

Madara
5 months ago
Reply to  Myles

😀 loving this comment

Stian F
Stian F
5 months ago

Samanta Tina by far the worst in this final!!!! Absolutely dreadful combination of song and artist. She does not do this song well!!!!

Miks Dukurs by far the best one in this field!!! Beautiful song and one that everyone will be able to connect to. I also enjoy Bad Habits a lot. Great vocals and great song, but a bit hard to catch the lyrics underway.

Malmklang
Malmklang
5 months ago

I’ll sail on Bad Habits’ boat! Hopefully the destination is Rotterdam:-)

Nicky91
Nicky91
5 months ago
Reply to  Malmklang

it makes me think of a nice cool performance at a rock music festival here

maybe they should also look up our music festival called Pinkpop here and ask if they can come over

Azaad
Azaad
5 months ago

To be honest, Esamiba is a much stronger song than Maras Zeme, so while Madara should’ve been in the final it’s not a huge tragedy that she wasn’t. Markus should’ve been axed for that atrocious live performance.
I guess it is Samanta’s to lose now?

MeMySelf
MeMySelf
5 months ago

No MADRA????
WTF. I hate my countries jury. Why the fork they gave Seleste a wild card. It’s a music festival not youth festival. Her song stinks.
The worst national selections since 2014 and previous.
They just sunk Supernova into the toilet!!!

uzhas
uzhas
5 months ago
Reply to  MeMySelf

I love Seleste, it is very cool and I am happy that they are giving a chance to a young artist to perform. It might put her in the music industry and I expect good things from her. There will be only one winner anyway, so we should not be mad about some of the favorites not being chosen.
Hopefully Madara will come back with an even stronger entry next year

Colin
Colin
5 months ago

Very sad and disappointed that they didn’t pick Madara in their finals. I didn’t expect her to win, but I firmly believed she’ll end-up in top 4. Also, where is Markus Riva? Sure, I dislike his song, but isn’t he like winning every second list on YT? It’s like they don’t listen to people at all. Sure, the worst acts are out, but half of these are just plain and forgettable. It will be That Night 2.0 situation, where people say it’s nice, but wouldn’t vote it. Also, if originality and interesting structure were the criteria, Madara and Ruta should… Read more »

uzhas
uzhas
5 months ago
Reply to  Colin

Markus is only loved by fans because he is well known, they will like anything by him. I think the idea here was that his song is definitely not that good this year, so why even bother putting him through and risk that televote will vote him in 1st place and he will end up flopping in Eurovision. This should be a lesson for him to send a better song, like the ones from his recently released album. It seems like he is always trying to fit into the format so bad and his songs for Supernova just end up… Read more »

Jill Wesenbeek
Jill Wesenbeek
5 months ago
Reply to  uzhas

I like Markus since last year but I didn’t want him to go through so that’s not the case. My fave is true,edgars!

uzhas
uzhas
5 months ago
Reply to  Colin

and no, Edgars should not and will not win. it would be a failure in Eurovision. The song is forgettable. Of course, it is well produced, but it would be bottom 3 in semi.
The only one who is an even worse option out of these is Driksna, the rest could do a little better.

Colin
Colin
5 months ago
Reply to  uzhas

Unfortunately, I think that you might be right about Edgars (you certainly are about Markus Riva). I do like his song, but is it effective enough to vote for? Umm… not really sure. It’s still nice.

Jill Wesenbeek
Jill Wesenbeek
5 months ago
Reply to  Colin

Yes Edgars for the win please!

OhhHoney
OhhHoney
5 months ago

Bad habits and Samanta Tina were the only two songs I liked and they both made it so good work so far Latvia!

Robyn Gallagher
Admin
5 months ago

If ANNNA’s stage wardrobe doesn’t come from H&M or Primark, I will be sorely disappointed.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
5 months ago

I think a Latvian has to go quite far to find a Primark. H&M might work.

Tom
Tom
5 months ago

This is very poor selection. No final for Latvia this year. Glad that Riva is out though as his song was dreadful. Cannot understand that someone thought its good just because it had a beat – it was really outdated.

Frifri
Frifri
5 months ago
Reply to  Tom

Another “no final” guy just because you don’t like any song? 😀 chill, there are few songs that can go to the final, even if you don’t like them.

sav001
sav001
5 months ago
Reply to  Tom

Samanta Tina will 100% qualify for the final

Mark
Mark
5 months ago

I don’t like any of these songs. Can’t see any of them in the Grand Final. Sorry Latvia.

sav001
sav001
5 months ago
Reply to  Mark

Samanta Tina will 100% qualify for the final.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
5 months ago

Wow. Juries really don’t like Markus Riva.
I’m most sad about Alise missing out. You could make an argument for all of those finalists making it, well, maybe not Bad Habits, but the rest definitely have a case.

Mark
Mark
5 months ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

He’s not good live. But he had the most decent song.

uzhas
uzhas
5 months ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

Why not Bad Habits? To be honest, I think Bad Habits would do the best out of all of them. Of course the gays don’t like it, but straigh people likes it and we all know which one is the majority of the voters

Tajikistan
Tajikistan
5 months ago
Reply to  uzhas

I’m straight and I don’t like it, stop trying to find excuses to insult LGBT people

uzhas
uzhas
5 months ago
Reply to  Tajikistan

I am gay and I insulted LGBT people because I said that they don’t like Bad Habits? I just stated the obvious.

Loin dici
Loin dici
5 months ago
Reply to  uzhas

So gay people can’t like alt rock? You must be fun.

uzhas
uzhas
5 months ago
Reply to  Loin dici

I repeat, I am gay and I mostly listen to alternative, but most gay people who are Eurovision fans don’t. This have been pattern for many years in national selection process, as well as in Eurovision (Georgia 2016 was hated by most of the fans, while it was my winner)

Malmklang
Malmklang
5 months ago
Reply to  uzhas

Well, I’m gay, and Bad Habits is my clear favourite amongst them. I like to think that people and their taste in music is quite diverse, no matter what sexual orientation one may have.

Colin
Colin
5 months ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

I have very mixed feelings here. I feel like Sail With You might be a solid song underneath, but I really cannot enjoy the singer’s voice, which puts it all in a bad position.

Sebastian Rojo
Sebastian Rojo
5 months ago

“the message of the song”? really? I absolutely understand this for Samantha and others, but for ANNNA?! I like it though, it’s catchy. And I hate to say this but maybe Madara was a little underwhelming I think, just like Markus’s live. I guess I’m happy with the finalists. GO SAMANTA!!! from Mexico <3

Latvian
Latvian
5 months ago
Reply to  Sebastian Rojo

Annna’s song is about fast fashion

Geo
Geo
5 months ago

Riva’s song was horrible, just like all of his previous attempts to Supernova. Glad he’s out, he can’t sing… When will he quit participating? Oh, and Madara, another boring, outdated band with a snooze song…

Ankthshitty
Ankthshitty
5 months ago

Except for Tridymite, why do the songs of the qualified male artists sound like they are this year’s Eesti Laul songs?

Tom
Tom
5 months ago

This is a joke right?!

Latvian
Latvian
5 months ago
Reply to  Tom

Finally Riva is out. Too bad he didn’t listen to last year’s advice

Tom
Tom
5 months ago
Reply to  Latvian

I don’t care for Riva
WHERE ARE MADARA!?!

Mark
Mark
5 months ago
Reply to  Latvian

Markus has been the best every year. Don’t know what you’re talking about.