On 8 February, nine acts will compete in the grand final of Latvia’s national selection Supernova 2020. The line-up includes national final regulars, a former Eurovision singer as well as newcomers — but who should get the ticket to Rotterdam?
Listen to the songs from the nine finalists below and vote for your favourites. Remember, you can vote for as many acts as you like but you can only vote once — so choose wisely!
Supernova 2020 – Grand Finalists
ANNNA – “Polyester”
ANNNA is an Amsterdam-based singer and producer. Her songs cover topics such as “sustainability, burnouts and badass businesswomen”. “Polyester” touches on the topic of fast fashion and “its devastating environmental impact.”
Bad Habits – “Sail with You”
Folk-rock band Bad Habits make their Supernova debut. Their song “Sail With You” was inspired by the grandfather of frontman Mārtiņš Balodis. It draws on the elder’s stories of “war, life and love”.
DRIKSNA – “Stay”
Jānis Driksna may be best known as the frontman of three-time national finalist My Radiant You. He’s now going solo with the song “Stay”. The song is about “the one thing that neither time nor distance can erase from your heart.”
Edgars Kreilis – “Tridymite”
This is the fourth consecutive Supernova appearance for Edgars. His song uses the crystal tridymite to symbolise “the unknown and inexplicable formula of love.” Edgars is also a contestant on the current series of The Voice of Lithuania.
Katrīna Bindere – “I Will Break Your Heart”
Katrīna Bindere last competed in Supernova 2015 but didn’t make it out of the heats. Since then, she has worked on her vocal skills and returned with “I Will Break Your Heart”, which is said to explore “the dark side of mad love and passionate feelings.”
Katrīna Dimanta – “Heart Beats”
Katrīna Dimanta might be a familiar face from Eurovision 2014. She was the violinist and backing singer for Aarzemnieki’s performance of “Cake to Bake”. But Katrīna is an accomplished musician and songwriter in her own right. “Heart Beats” tells the story of a woman catching feelings when she unexpectedly meets an old love.
Miks Dukurs – “I’m Falling for You”
Supernova regular Miks Dukurs makes his sixth appearance in the contest. The singer-songwriter has “I’m Falling For You”, which simply “tells the story of love that never ends, and feelings that extend far beyond this world.”
Samanta Tīna – “Still Breathing”
Samanta Tīna has previously competed in the Latvian national final six times. She returns with “Still Breathing”, which explores the pressures of being a woman in the modern world.
Seleste – “Like Me”
Seventeen-year-old student Seleste was given the wildcard entry into the grand final, to support upcoming artists. “Like Me” is the first song she has ever written, and “encourages [her] not to be afraid to fall out of the grey mass and show her personality and strangeness.”