Katrina Dimanta in the Supernova 2022 Wildcard Round for Latvia Eurovision
Photo: Lauris V?ksne

She baked a cake at Eurovision 2014 and was the Supernova 2020 runner-up. Yet, despite her track record, Katrīna Dimanta is among the ten acts battling it out in the wildcard round of Latvia’s Eurovision 2022 selection.

She and nine others will strive to secure the 17th semi-final spot in Supernova 2022 and join Aminata, Markus Riva and and 14 more previously announced acts in the next round. 

Supernova 2022: Wildcard Round

The wildcard songs and artists are:

  • Antra Stafecka & Atis Ieviņš  “Call the Lights”

  • Dārta Stepanova “Brīnumzeme”

  • Edvards Strazdiņš “Open Road”

  • Katrīna Dimanta “My Voice”

  • Marta Ritova “Let Me Go”

  • Mārtiņš Strods “One More Time”

  • Miks Galvanovskis “I’m Just A Sinner”

  • Rihards Bērziņš “1+1”

  • Tētis “Labākie vārdi”

  • Tom Kalderauskis “Naked Smile”

You can listen to all ten entries on the online portal. This is also the same place where the wildcard votes can be cast. Voting opened at on Monday 10 January and closes on 14 January. The semi-final will take place on 5 February.

In addition to Dimanta, the wildcard list includes many other past Supernova acts, including Marta Ritova, Rihards Bērziņš and Miks Galvanovskis.

Who is your top pick?

Supernova 2022 Wildcard Rules

LTV has published the following voting rules for the wildcard round.

  1. The seventeenth participant and song of the Latvian Television competition “Supernova 2022” will be chosen for voting. The next 10 songs and participants of the competition selected by the jury have been put to the vote to enter the semifinals.
  2. Voting time: 10 January from 9:00 (local time) to 14 January at 23:59 (local time).
  3. 3. Voting takes place by registering on the website supernova.lsm.lv with either a Facebook, Draugiem.lv or Twitter account. With one social network passport you can vote once in 24 hours.
  4. 4. The participants shall be ranked according to the number of votes received from the first to the last place, where the participant with the largest number of votes takes the first place, and the participant with the lowest number of votes takes the last place.
  5. 5. The participant who wins the first place in the “Supernova 2022” competition becomes the winner of the voting and the opportunity to participate in the semi-final of the competition “Supernova 2022”.
  6. 6. The winner of the vote will be announced on 15 January
  7. 7. Voting shall be ensured and the results shall be compiled by VSIA “Latvijas Televīzija”.

Who is your favourite wildcard? Can any win the overall competition? Let us know down below.

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fan
fan
4 months ago

not listened to anything ..just looks like a monstrous wedding cake decoration..How can that be taken serious. ?

lasse braun
lasse braun
4 months ago

please check on youtube this lovely song if you like:
“ruta kergalve – vardi” – not even in the wildcardvoting – this song is something what all shum-lovers wanna hear in the contest! (NF or maybe later at the ESC.)
what a waste of talent.
bad luck latvia!
🙁

Last edited 4 months ago by lasse braun
Kaija
Kaija
4 months ago
Reply to  lasse braun

I hope someone from LTV reads the comments and will learn from their mistakes. So many better songs have been lost just to let some joke entries and bigger names in for the ratings. They should do the online voting with all songs submitted. The “professional jury” they have are not doing a great job. Wildcard round has quite a few better songs as well. Supernova could have easily been one of the strongest national selections if it was not ruined by some joke acts (that are not even funny) and some weaker songs by bigger names. It also seems… Read more »

sde
sde
4 months ago
Reply to  Kaija

R?ta’s song is a cover of a traditional Latvian song therefore it’s not eligible to participate. Hopefully she enters with an original song next year.

lasse braun
lasse braun
4 months ago
Reply to  sde

only the lyrics as i know and that is no problem to change like go_a has do it.

Bartie
Bartie
4 months ago
Reply to  lasse braun

Maybe she should have changed the lyrics BEFORE submitting it.

lasse braun
lasse braun
4 months ago

Miks Galvanovskis “I’m Just A Sinner” is the best so song by far – could make it more difficult for aminata to win a second time.

p.s.firefox still not working with your polls.
must use “big brother is watching you” browser chrome!

Serafina
Serafina
4 months ago

She won and she straight up has the best song of this selection
Aminata’s not doing it for me this year, I’ve made up a rule that whenever you return to eurovision, your current entry should top your previous attempts, and her song is just nowhere near what Love Injected were qualitywise

Last edited 4 months ago by Serafina
ete sech
ete sech
4 months ago
Reply to  Serafina

Aminata confirmed it’s a demo, it’s not the final song. Still, I agree Dimanta has the best song of this bunch

Serafina
Serafina
4 months ago
Reply to  ete sech

Oh, nice, I didn’t know. I miss the unique factor Love Injected has, her song to me, for now at least, it’s just a boring ballad, I’m missing some edge which I know she can deliver and was expecting it tbh

Una
Una
4 months ago

I liked Antra Stafecka and Atis Ievins’ “Call the Lights”. I could actually feel them jamming on an outdoor stage somewhere. I would love to see them in Supernova. It feels it’s made for the stage!!

Sabrina
Sabrina
4 months ago

Voted for Darta Stepanova’s “Br?numzeme”, but I would be OK with Miks winning, his vocals would be a nice addition to the lineup. I agree that at least half of these songs sound better than at least a few of the previously announced ones.

Edward
Edward
4 months ago

btw Miks is currently leading the official vote with 28% , Katrina following with 19% and Toms with 16%.

Colin
Colin
4 months ago

OT, but Norway just released the names of people who’ll participate in MGP 2022, and among them, there are Anna-Lisa Kumoji (Holla, 2019), Christian Ingebrigtsen (one of the authors of Attention), Alexandra Joner (Cinderella, 2015), Kiim Wiigard and Maria Mohn (Fool For Love, 2020), this time performing separately, and Mira Craig (the composer of Hold On Be Strong). I think the songs might be released today too. I have high expectations from Norway, so I’ll wait if I don’t find time to give them my full attention. All the best to both Latvia and Norway. 🙂

Last edited 4 months ago by Colin
XOD
XOD
4 months ago

Toms’ song was OK with a good potential for 37 seconds the rest was meh!

ArvinRoido Atienza
ArvinRoido Atienza
4 months ago

Her song is actually the one that most captivated me, especially the “I am single” part I keep mishearing and its the only one that has potential other than Call the Nights. But despite being rejects, Im impressed at the production of each entry. Latvia has a great selection this year

Kaija
Kaija
4 months ago

This time the rules said that the song must be as close to finished version as possible, not a demo at an early stage like previous years. Guess it helped song production wise and make the selection look good in general, but, sadly, nothing too impressive was submitted (or selected by the juries). Let’s hope for a good live show and some surprises (as well as Aminata’s revamp being good). It does look like it is between Aminata and Citi Zeni at this point. Aminata is obvious, Citi Zeni are quite good on stage (look for their performance of another… Read more »

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
4 months ago

Br?numzeme is the only one that really interests me. It would get in the top five of my ranking if it were picked.

GojoSatoru
GojoSatoru
4 months ago

I personally don’t like any of the wild card entries. However, I think these entries are better than majority of the actual Supernova entries.

Colin
Colin
4 months ago

I voted for Miks Galvanovskis, but over half of these would be better than several of the ones that already got in. I mean, ”If You Gonna Love Me” is so basic even Uku’s EL songs feel like avangarde art in comparison. And ”He She You and Me” is hands down the song with most cringe lyrics out of everything released so far. I’m still mesmerized how that got in. I know I said I wanted more joke acts, so I’m not complaining too much. I’d rather have that than interchangeable bland songs, but wow is that cringe!

Last edited 4 months ago by Colin
Kaija
Kaija
4 months ago
Reply to  Colin

He She You and Me got in because they already performed it live on X Factor Latvia. It is for the show, entertainment.

Addie
Addie
4 months ago
Reply to  Kaija

Yeah, I’m genuinely surprised too! I tried listening to it, but halfway through I just couldn’t do it. What a cringefest! I wouldn’t even call it a joke act.

Josh
4 months ago

Honestly, I think this wildcard selection shows that the people picking the songs for national finals don’t always pick the best songs. Personally, I prefer Katrina, Martins, Miks and Toms over most of the already selected semi-finalists just to name a few of these 10.

LaVoixCZ
4 months ago

Shame they did not give any opportunity to Marss The Person (aka MNTHA).
They must hate anything original.
https://youtu.be/bz4DCK4tCRo

Kaija
Kaija
4 months ago
Reply to  LaVoixCZ

This would have been great for diversity.

Serafina
Serafina
4 months ago
Reply to  LaVoixCZ

Too experimental though, very unpolished. These countries still do want to qualify afterall

DonutLover
DonutLover
4 months ago

Some of these are far better then some of the entries that got in regularly…
There should be four spots for these songd and then make the selection out of 20 songs

Edward
Edward
4 months ago

Naked smile in my opinion is the best song in the whole contest, why on Earth it wasn’t selected for the semifinals straight away. Couple of good songs in there that should have went straight to the semifinal, shame there’s only one spot available.

Héctor
Héctor
4 months ago
Reply to  Edward

Not the best from the whole Supernova line up, in my opinion, but definitely in my top 5. Better than Markus Riva and some others.

Edward
Edward
4 months ago
Reply to  Héctor

There is no reason why Markus Riva deserved that spot more than Toms.

Sussy Baka
Sussy Baka
4 months ago
Reply to  Edward

It’s probably Markus is known between local Russian population. The main thing is that if you take a look at the participants, most of them are extremely well known in Latvia and/or have represented Latvia somewhere in its ESC history. Most people were shocked that parody band Bermudu Divsturis were added. Also I still believe there were even better songs in these 130.

Edward
Edward
4 months ago
Reply to  Sussy Baka

There are unknown artists in the semifinals that were picked. I agree that the Jury most likely voted for the popularity because I can’t sit here and understand how a professional jury would pick some of the entries over Toms , Katrina and even Miks. It doesn’t make sense. If they really wanted to add big names, then make more spots available for much more deserving songs smh

Kaija
Kaija
4 months ago
Reply to  Edward

17 is also not a “pretty” number, so they should give at least 2 of these songs a chance and make it 18. What’s another 10 minutes for the show? It would be like a regular Eurovision semi final with 18 songs.

It would be cool if in the future the pre-selection round would consist of all entries submitted and public gets the chance to select at least half of those who get to the live shows.