After taking a year off, Latvia is shooting for the stars again with the return of their national final Supernova. Broadcaster LTV confirmed details for the 2022 edition of the Latvian national final.
Supernova was put on hold for 2021 when 2020 winner Samanta Tīna was internally selected for Rotterdam. But the show is back for 2022 and the broadcaster isn’t just looking for familiar faces.
Jana Semjonova, Director of the LTV Programs Department, said, “We are looking forward to new performers and songwriters who still want to break into the Latvian popular music industry, as well as to the songs of already experienced and popular authors.”
The standard Eurovision rules apply. As well, the contest is open to Latvian citizens and permanent residents aged 16 or over, However foreign music creatives are able to be involved with the production of a song but with no more than 33% of the songwriting credit.
LTV also notes that Supernova 2022 acts may be required to present proof of Covid-19 vaccination before being allowed to compete.
Entries for Supernova 2022 opened today and will close on 7 December. Eurovision 2022 hopefuls can submit their entries via the Supernova website.
The Supernova 2022 selection process
The songs will be assessed by an expert jury selected by LTV. The jury will evaluate the songs, considering the song structure, the international potential of the entry, the personality of the artist and the artist’s past experience and future potential.
The jury will reveal their shortlist of entries some time in December. In recent years, the shortlisted acts have performed their songs at a live audition phase to further assess their suitability.
Supernova 2022 will take place in February 2022. At this stage, LTV has not confirmed any details about the 2022 edition of the show, but will confirm its structure by January 2022. The 2020 edition of Supernova used a single grand final with nine competing acts.
Supernova and Latvia at Eurovision
Supernova was launched in 2015, replacing the previous national final Dziesma. The show has produced mixed results for Latvia. In 2015, Aminata placed sixth in Vienna with her song “Love Injected”. The following year, Justs placed 15th in the grand final with his Aminata-written song “Heartbeat”.
But since then, Supernova acts have not done as well at Eurovision. Easy listening artists Laura Rizzotto and Carousel failed to create a memorable moment for Eurovision audiences and did not qualify for the grand final. Avant-garde acts Triana Park and Samanta Tīna were evidently too divisive for Europe and each placed last in their semi-finals.
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