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.”
@MrBalins, satraukumam tieš?m nav iemesla. Atlase b?s! Inform?ciju par pieteikšanos public?sim dr?zum?.
— LTV Supernova (@LTV_Supernova) August 30, 2021
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!