She’s tried six times before to get to Eurovision but Samanta Tīna‘s Eurovision journey isn’t over. Latvian broadcaster LTV announced tonight that the singer — who previously won Supernova 2020 with her song “Still Breathing” — will return to represent Latvia at Eurovision 2021.
Samanta learned the good news tonight in a show broadcast on LTV before Eurovision 2020: Shine A Light. Supernova host and Eurovision commentator Toms Grevins had a pre-show discussion with Samanta Tīna where they looked through her past performances in Supernova.
Right at the end of the show, it was officially announced that Samanta had earned Latvia’s ticket to Eurovision 2021. Toms presented Samanta with a plaque to commemorate her selection.
The “Still Breathing” singer became emotional when she heard the news. She exclaimed, “Oh God, how beautiful! Really? Madness, so nice! I would kiss you and hug you with the same enthusiasm as I did on the stage of Supernova, but I can’t!”
Samanta Tīna competed at Latvia’s national final five times previously, before winning the 2020 edition with “Still Breathing”.
What will happen to Latvia’s national final Supernova?
While Samanta Tīna has been confirmed, there’s no news on how her new song for Eurovision will be selected. LTV has said that they will discuss the subject with Samanta herself in relation to their new television season.
But the news means that there definitely won’t be a 2021 edition of the Latvian national final Supernova — at least not in its usual format. Supernova has been used since 2015, but Supernova winners have only made it to the Eurovision grand final twice.
The broadcaster’s comments suggest that rather than having a song internally selected, there will be some sort of television show involved with selecting Samanta Tīna’s song for 2021. This may be similar to the format used by Israel to select Eden Alene’s song for 2020.
As well, Supernova producer Ilze Jansone recently left her job at Latvian Television, which also suggests a new future for the national final.
Eurovision 2021 confirmed artists
Samanta Tīna joins a list of 15 other acts that have already been confirmed to be representing their countries at Eurovision 2021:
- Australia – Montaigne (confirmed 2 April)
- Austria – Vincent Bueno (confirmed 26 March)
- Azerbaijan – Efendi (confirmed 20 March)
- Belgium – Hooverphonic (confirmed 20 March)
- Bulgaria – Victoria (confirmed 21 March)
- Czech Republic – Benny Cristo (confirmed 13 May)
- Georgia – Tornike Kipiani (confirmed 21 March)
- Greece – Stefania (confirmed 18 March)
- Israel – Eden Alene (confirmed 22 March)
- Latvia – Samanta Tīna (confirmed 16 May)
- Malta – Destiny (confirmed 16 May)
- Netherlands – Jeangu Macrooy (confirmed 18 March)
- Romania – Roxen (confirmed 31 March)
- Spain – Blas Cantó (confirmed 18 March)
- Switzerland – Gjon’s Tears (confirmed 20 March)
- Ukraine – Go_A (confirmed 18 March)
What do you think? Are you excited for Samanta getting another shot at Eurovision? How Latvia should select the song for her? Leave your comment below!