It’s the national final that brought Latvia to the top ten for the first time in a decade back in 2015. Now, after a one-year break, broadcaster LTV has confirmed that it is bringing back Supernova as Latvia’s Eurovision selection.

Latvia confirms Supernova national final for Eurovision 2022

Responding to a Tweet from wiwibloggs’ Latvian correspondent Edgars Bāliņš, the official Supernova Twitter account confirmed that the six-year-old national selection format will make a return for Eurovision 2022.

“There is really no cause for concern,” the Supernova Tweet reassured. “The selection will happen! Information about the application will be published soon.”

 

This will be the first edition of Supernova held since 2020 as a 2021 edition did not take place. Supernova 2020 winner Samanta Tīna was internally selected to return to Eurovision 2021.

Initially, there was speculation that Latvia would use an edition of Supernova to select Samanta Tīna’s song for Rotterdam, but instead her song “The Moon Is Rising” was internally selected. Instead of Supernova, the song was presented along with a multi-week documentary series following the creating of the entry.

Supernova’s format tends to change from year to year. However, one known thing about the selection is its tendency to feature a high number of entries. So, for many Eurovision fans, the national final’s continuation is good news.

LTV has not yet provided any further details about Supernova 2022, including the show format or entry information.

Supernova and Latvia at Eurovision

Supernova was first introduced in 2015, following previous national finals Eirodziesma and Dziesma.

In its first year, Supernova yielded one of Latvia’s most successful ESC entries since the country’s 2002 win. Aminata’s “Love Injected” won a well-contested edition of the selection and took sixth place in Vienna. It remains Latvia’s best-placed song in the past 16 years.

In 2016, the Aminata-written song “Heartbeat”, performed by Justs, also qualified to the Eurovision final where it placed 15th. However, the Baltic nation has not made it past the semi-final round since then.

This streak of disappointing results is echos the years before Supernova, when Latvia missed out on qualification for six consecutive years before the introduction of Supernova. Having won the contest back in 2002, and placing in the top five twice more in the 2000s, Latvia may be hoping to come back to winning ways.

Can Latvia find their way back to the final with Supernova? Who would you like to see participating in the Latvian selection? Tell us what you think below!

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Una
Una
1 month ago

I’ve never followed Supernova but I do remember a song I liked years ago. I might watch it next year. BTW – I remember looking up the shows on the entry and could not find it online. This year’s song was good IMO. Totally out-of-the-box. But they really messed up the staging and partly the choreo. I can’t blame them for sticking to the concept of 2020 choreo-wise because it was pretty cool. But it was not suitable for the 2021 entry. The whole 2021 concept was wrong and that means a different dimension from that of the song. Looking… Read more »

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
1 month ago

the format itself is cute and functional, they just need to find the right people with the right songs. aminata was a fluke for latvia, they need someone like that again.

Erasmus
Erasmus
1 month ago

exactly… the broadcaster is doing everything they can (can I also mention that their stage productions are always on point)… it’s up to the artists to step their game up!

Bird Lover
Bird Lover
1 month ago
Reply to  Erasmus

their stage productions are always on point? what was even this year’s staging? carousel was dated, funny girl was boring visually… besides Justs and Aminata, Latvia has never been anything in eurovision

Erasmus
Erasmus
1 month ago
Reply to  Bird Lover

stage productions on the Supernova stage were my point… not on the eurovision stage

Ashton
Ashton
1 month ago

getting so tired of Latvia being underrated year after year. ever since 2015 they’ve been giving nothing but quality (even carousel, which was never gonna qualify but was still quality regardless) and only rewarded for it twice. even then, Aminata should have won. so im prepared for Latvia to be robbed again

sam
sam
1 month ago

“ the official Supernova Twitter account confirmed that the six-year-old national selection format will make a return for Eurovision 2022 in Rome.”

rome?

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
1 month ago
Reply to  sam

I guess somebody missed the news that Rome is no longer in contention to host Eurovision.

AdD
AdD
1 month ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

Perhaps it is a diversion tactic.

Whisker
Whisker
1 month ago
Reply to  sam

Right. Where’s the host city announcement?

Nikko
Nikko
1 month ago
Reply to  sam

Netta was writing this tweet for sure

Richie
Richie
1 month ago

2017 &’ 2019 was robbed

DonutLover
DonutLover
1 month ago

So I guess this means back to Riva lol
If it turns out to be true and he decides to try again I hope it will be with a better song from his efforts so far…
Also I would like to see Triana Park trying again,they were so robbed…

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
1 month ago
Reply to  DonutLover

How many times has Riva participated in Latvia’s national selection? I looked up his wiki page, and it’s said he’s competed seven times in a row! If he competes next year and wins on his eighth try, I think the odds are against him qualifying. I call this the Olivia Lewis effect, after Maltese singer Olivia Lewis who finally got to win the Maltese national final after 11(!) attempts, but she ended up not qualifying. Claudia Faniello (Malta 2017) competed 9 nine times with eleven songs before she finally got represent, but she also ended up not qualifying. Samanta Tina… Read more »

azaad
azaad
1 month ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

But if he comes with a good song and took vocal lessons he could very well be the Sanna Nielsen of Latvia

Apollo
Apollo
1 month ago
Reply to  azaad

Sanna Nielsen is lightyears ahead of Riva in terms of vocals, song production and overall stage presence – they can’t be compared.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
1 month ago
Reply to  Apollo

Sanna might be the exception, but it’s just happens so often that did some needs to do an article looking at Eurovision artists who participated in national finals many times before they finally won the ticket and see how they do with the contest. It would be an interesting thing to study. The other way around where they won on the first try and then they try to win again competing in later national finals, but they haven’t been successful winning a second time.

Last edited 1 month ago by BadWoolfGirl
Jofty
Jofty
1 month ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

True, but as you know Malta always struggle with the Televote. Linda Martin competed many times in Ireland as part of “Chips” but didn’t do too badly when she finally made it as a soloist!

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
1 month ago

It’s awful that Latvia once again got last place in the semifinal, let’s hope it serves as a wake up call for a higher quality national selection next year. I’ve had enough of Latvia failing to qualify year after year. It’s time to step it up.

Kaija
Kaija
1 month ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

It all depends on songs submitted.
If LTV changes up some rules which makes more experienced singers to apply, they could come up with something really good.

Also, the chart success of Maneskin and Duncan this year could serve as a great motivation for higher tier artists (like Carnival Youth, for example).

Looking forward to December, when they usually release the auditions.

Jo.
Jo.
1 month ago

got that feeling that it will be rivas’ time…

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
1 month ago
Reply to  Jo.

no time is markus riva’s time tbh

Sot
Sot
1 month ago

Supernova in a nutshell

2015-2016: “Hey, that seems to work!”
2017-present: “Nevermind”

Laura, Triana and mayyybe Carousel were r-o-b-b-e-d. Samanta wasn’t. She deserved 36th-39th, even if the song is good hat performance was… questionable, I’m sorry

Nata
Nata
1 month ago
Reply to  Sot

I have to disagree. Laura and Triana Park finished where they deserved, Samanta should have made top ten. Carousel should have made the final easily too. Opinions differ

Last edited 1 month ago by Nata
Hrvatska
Hrvatska
1 month ago

Waiting a return in Supernova Madara latvian language is difficul and intrested

sam
sam
1 month ago
Reply to  Hrvatska

with something similar to esam?ba… easily the best song latvia ever had the chance to send

Leo
Leo
1 month ago

Phew!
I really thought they might take a break from the contest after those results

Sot
Sot
1 month ago
Reply to  Leo

Some people worry as well but there’s just some specific countries that never give up… Look at the Netherlands (NQ 2005-2012), North Macedonia (NQ 2013-2018), Czech rep. (NQ 2007-2015), all these examples show that some countries really have Eurovision in their hearts

Joe
Joe
1 month ago
Reply to  Sot

Latvia only ever threatened to withdraw because of budget issues and in protest of Russia hosting. Meanwhile, Czech Republic took a break between 2009 and 2015 so maybe not a perfect example.

Red X
Red X
1 month ago
Reply to  Sot

all three of them done really well in 2019, not so well in 2021.

Kaija
Kaija
1 month ago
Reply to  Leo

LTV confirmed that they won’t give up and keep participating in May already, but it never reached euro-bloggers.

Jesper Hjellnes
Jesper Hjellnes
1 month ago

Even though Latvia hasn’t qualified for the final in the most recent years, I’ve really liked their selections. Different styles of music and I’ve often liked most of their entries.