Latvia’s LTV received a record 130 entries for Supernova 2022. Now the broadcaster has whittled that down to 16 and revealed the first competing artists and songs for the upcoming national final.
The line-up includes five of Latvia’s past Eurovision representatives, as well other previous Supernova contestants. Songs by these 16 semi-finalists have been officially released.
LTV has also announced that the public will have the opportunity to choose a 17th semi-finalist through an online vote between 10 and 14 January.
Supernova 2022: Artists and songs
- Bermudu Divstūris – “Bad”
- Markus Riva – “If You’re Gonna Love Me”
- Aminata – “I’m Letting You Go”
- Bujāns – “He, She, You & Me”
- Citi Zēni – “Eat Your Salad”
- Inspo – “A Happy Place”
- Miks Dukurs – “First Love”
- Beatrise Heislere – “On the way home”
- The Coco’nuts – “In and out of the dark”
- KATŌ – “Promises”
- Elīna Gluzunova – “Es pabiju tur”
- Mēs Jūs Mīlam – “Rich Itch”
- Linda Rušeniece – “Pay My Own Bills”
- RAUM – “Plans”
- Zelma – “How”
- Patriks Peterson – “Can’t Get You Outta My Head”
All the songs have been uploaded to the Supernova website, where you can now listen to them.
Aminata is well known among Eurovision fans. The singer represented Latvia at Eurovision 2015 and gave the country their best result in the 2010s, placing sixth with “Love Injected”. This time, Aminata is hoping to make it to Eurovision with the entry “I’m Letting You Go”.
Bermudu Divstūris have also previously competed at Eurovision, but they did so under the name Musiqq. In 2011 they sang “Angel in Disguise”, but failed to qualify from the semi-final. The duo is formed of Marats Ogļezņevs and Emīls Balceris. They started their career as Musiqq in 2009, but since 2011 they’ve been releasing songs under both names. As Bermudu Divstūris they tend to release more upbeat and fun songs, whereas under Musiqq they release mid-tempo tracks and ballads.
Another duo of past Eurovision singers is BUJĀNS. Behind this group are Intars Busulis and Reinis Sējāns. Intars represented Latvia at Eurovision 2009, placing last in the semi-final. Meanwhile, Reinis was part of vocal group Cosmos, who finished 16th in the grand final of Eurovision 2006. Followers of our weekly new music roundups will recognise their Supernova 2022 entry “He, She, You & Me”, as it was first released in December 2021.
The final act that involves one of Latvia’s past Eurovision stars is Mēs Jūs Mīlam. Yet another male duo, this one includes Ralfs Eilands – he participated as part of the group PeR in 2013, finishing last in the semi-final that year.
Whilst he hasn’t yet made it to Eurovision, Markus Riva is still very much a familiar face. The singer submitted a song to Latvia’s national selection every year between 2014 and 2020, achieving varying degrees of success. After having to skip 2021 following Samanta Tīna’s internal selection, Markus is now back with the song “If You’re Gonna Love Me”. He’ll be hoping 2022 is finally his year to reach Eurovision and that he doesn’t finish runner-up to Aminata again, as he did in 2015.
Supernova 2022: Wildcard round
Along with the release of the first 16 songs for Supernova 2022, Latvian broadcaster LTV has also revealed some more details about the contest.
Firstly, the public will be given the chance to choose a wildcard semi-finalist. On 10 January, an online portal will open that allows people to vote between 10 other songs. Voting will close on 14 January and the chosen act will join the 16 others listed above in the Supernova 2022 semi-final.
LTV has also confirmed that the semi-final will take place on 5 February.
The broadcaster has not yet officially revealed the date of the grand final. However, the Eurovision.tv calendar notes it will take place the following week on 12 February.
What do you make of the Supernova 2022 songs? Who would you like to win and represent Latvia at Eurovision? Let us know in the comments below!