After one year off, Latvia‘s national final Supernova is back and is looking to be just as popular as ever. Broadcaster LTV has confirmed that 130 entries have been received for Supernova 2022 — the highest number ever received.
The record of 130 just beats the previous record total of 126 entries that were received in late 2019 for Supernova 2020.
The upcoming 2022 edition of the national final promises to be musically diverse. Agnese Štrause-Kubliņa — LTV’s head of Children, Youth and Entertainment Programmes — said that “In terms of genre, this is definitely the richest year of Supernova. Songs in the style of pop, folk music, electronic music and even heavy rock have been submitted to the competition.”
She also revealed that among the applicants are artists who have previously represented Latvia at Eurovision. Twenty-one acts have previously flown Latvia’s flag at Eurovision.
Supernova was put on hold for 2021 when 2020 winner Samanta Tīna was internally selected for Rotterdam. Entries for the 2022 edition were launched in October, with the broadcaster saying they were looking for new artists, as well as experienced acts.
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 January when the songs will also be released publicly. 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. The 2020 edition of Supernova used a single grand final with nine competing acts.
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