During last week’s Supernova 2023 semi-final, fourteen acts became ten. And tonight those ten acts battled it out to become Latvia’s Eurovision 2023 contestant. At the end of the voting in Riga, Sudden Lights emerged the winner and will represent the country with “Aijā” in Liverpool. 

Tonight’s final saw Supernova regular Markus Riva attempting with his song “Forever” as well as newcomers and fan favourites Patrisha and Sudden Lights. However, at the end of the road, Sudden Lights was victorious. 

The winner of Supernova 2023 was chosen through a mix of televoting from the Latvian public and a jury. 

Latvia’s Supernova 2023 final contestants and songs

  • Alise Haijima – “Tricky”
  • Luīze – “You to Hold Me”
  • Raum – “Fake Love”
  • Toms Kalderauskis – “When It All Falls”
  • Artūrs Hatti – “Love Vibes”
  • Patrisha – “Hush”
  • Sudden Lights – “Aijā”
  • 24. Avēnija – “You Said”
  • Avéi – “Let Me Go”
  • Markus Riva – “Forever”

Latvia’s Supernova 2023 final results

  1. Sudden Lights – “Aijā”
  2. Patrisha – “Hush”
  3. 24. Avēnija – “You Said”
  4. Markus Riva – “Forever”
  5. Avéi – “Let Me Go”
  6. Raum – “Fake Love”
  7. Toms Kalderauskis – “When It All Falls”
  8. Alise Haijima – “Tricky”
  9. Artūrs Hatti – “Love Vibes”
  10. Luīze – “You to Hold Me”

Are you happy with the result? Will your favourite from Supernova 2023 represent Latvia at Eurovision 2023 in Liverpool? 

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The truth
1 year ago

Not too shabby but nothing really outstanding.

Stephanie
Stephanie
1 year ago

Pfff… this should be my kind of music and I don’t particularly like it….

Danny McEvoy
Danny McEvoy
1 year ago

Verse in 5/8…chorus in 6/8…!!!

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 year ago
Reply to  Danny McEvoy

Yaaas! Fantastic!

Addie
Addie
1 year ago

Wow! At first I was kinda disappointed that Patrisha didn’t win, but few listens have proved that Aija is actually really good. It is an interesting choice, I must say. When I heard about Sudden Lights, I thought it was just going to be midtempo pop and stuff like that. But wow the song is quite unusual and beautiful! It might take me some time to get fully used to it, but i really hope this breaks Latvia’s nq streak!!

Addie
Addie
1 year ago
Reply to  Addie

It’s really nice that we’re having more alternative entries in esc as well as nfs!!

Kevan1994
Kevan1994
1 year ago

My favourite of the night was You Said, but congrats to Aija! I may not have fully connected with the song but I can see the quality in it.

Leendert Jan
Leendert Jan
1 year ago

This actually sounds like a quite tasteful song, there’s something special here. The performance might need some tweaks to make it more powerful, but it does sound good and original.

Jamie
Jamie
1 year ago

Very alternative, very Latvia. It’s really not bad. BUT, this performance has to go. This song is melancholic and cold, not orange lights-type of vibe. A gray theme would go so well with this. Something like Bulgaria 2017.

Poet
Poet
1 year ago
Reply to  Jamie

It may worth remembering that is a lullaby. I like seeing it with warm lights, because the strange blurry lines between warm and cold, soft rock and lullaby are what makes this song unique.

Anita
Anita
1 year ago

Hey Latvia, you are sending tasteful stuff. I love this! Great voice, interesting music, interesting lyrics, convincing performance.

So far the two lullabies are my favourites. Spain slightly in the lead.

Third place is my guilty pleasure Gustave.

Zanoni
Zanoni
1 year ago
Reply to  Anita

It’s a bummer we didn’t get the Krut lullaby too.

Mbappe
Mbappe
1 year ago
Reply to  Zanoni

For sure, Krut would have formed a clear top 2 along with Blanca Paloma for me so far. Such an uninspired decision to send TVORCHI instead…

Zanoni
Zanoni
1 year ago
Reply to  Mbappe

Krut and Madame have what I consider to be the two masterpieces of this season so far. Blanca Paloma is not far behind (it’s my #1 currently in the field). I sense that our likes are pretty similar except for my far greater tolerance for dumb pop songs 🙂

Anita
Anita
1 year ago
Reply to  Zanoni

Unfortunately we must go with what we got.

Mbappe
Mbappe
1 year ago

They seem like guys with decent taste who are paying homage to their influences, it’s a respectable effort but it would have been smarter to have the whole thing in Latvian and it also seems like the kind of entry that really suffers because of that 3-minute rule, would have benefited from offering all the different sections a little more room to breathe. All in all, yeah, it does kinda sound like a group of Radiohead fans trying to write something in that vein and ending up as a lesser version, but I’m going to cut them some slack since… Read more »

Zanoni
Zanoni
1 year ago
Reply to  Mbappe

I think the neat trick that Sudden Lights manages is taking that electronic post-Kid A sound and making it as accessible as the earlier Radiohead records. I’m really into it. I would probably also be into their albums where they might get more of a chance to breathe, as you say.

wevvittyy
wevvittyy
1 year ago

I’m mostly quite gripped by this song, but I don’t think the end is very impactful. The opening is absolutely wild and gripping, and I do like the chorus. I don’t actually mind the end, I just wish it wasn’t at the end of the song, as especially after the guitar solo it feels like a bit of a let down, and like the song wasn’t building. But maybe that’s thematically appropriate! Overally this is pretty high in my rankings so far (although I haven’t fully caught up from last night)

Pete
Pete
1 year ago
Reply to  wevvittyy

The ending part has to be at the end, because 1. it’s a lullaby (it has to be calming towards the end), 2. the song literally tells the world to calm down, so a “calm after the storm” is the perfect ending

Otherwise it just wouldn’t make sense… like you say, it’s thematically appropriate.

Poet
Poet
1 year ago
Reply to  Pete

I agree with Pete. I also believe they are dping some smart move by giving the audience some space to breathe between this amd the next song.

Katze
Katze
1 year ago

Obvious NQ from Latvia this year again, what a shame.

Liene
Liene
1 year ago

Love the song, so happy that this band can gain some international following as well.

Ivar
Ivar
1 year ago

As a Latvian, I say let’s take a rest from Supernova and work on producing a quality entry that can actually qualify for the final.

Panna
Panna
1 year ago
Reply to  Ivar

Like they did with The Moon Is Rising?

Ivar
Ivar
1 year ago
Reply to  Panna

The Moon is Rising was not quality. We can do better.

Rall
Rall
1 year ago
Reply to  Ivar

Still Breathing could have potentially done well, definite qualifier at least Imo but unfortunately the contest was cancelled.

Katze
Katze
1 year ago
Reply to  Panna

“The Moon Is Rising” is the result of what happens when latvians try writing songs.

Moonstar
Moonstar
1 year ago
Reply to  Panna

They had 1 whole year to come up with a brand new song…

Polegend Godnova
1 year ago
Reply to  Ivar

it’s staggering to me how lithuania and especially estonia always have a few strong entries in their nf (they don’t necessarily win every year, but they’re there), and then there’s latvia with a considerably worse lineup.

Ivar
Ivar
1 year ago

I agree

Jamie
Jamie
1 year ago

I was driving from Riga airport last summer and listened to some local radio. It’s like a never-ending edition of Supernova. I think Latvian music is just is like that. Not necessarily bad, just very alternative. Too alternative for Eurovision even. I don’t think Supernova is the problem here.

Poet
Poet
1 year ago
Reply to  Jamie

It’s more calm, almost scandi-slower than the average American hit.

Poet
Poet
1 year ago
Reply to  Ivar

It’s easier said than done. I don’t think the world works that way. Lat ia has been one of the most experimental countries in Europe. I may be wrong, but I believe it’s because of some tough times in NQ, but that makes also the highs of Aminata, Justs and Brainstorm.

Eva
Eva
1 year ago
Reply to  Ivar

Cmon. Moon is rising was all Samantha. But I agree. I would be happy to see something ethnic. Maybe Tautumeitas?

Marty McCU
Marty McCU
1 year ago

Good song, although not a winner, nice to have a song which is Alt. Rock.

Polegend Godnova
1 year ago

this goes nowhere, but nothing from the latvian selection went anywhere to begin with.

Mr X
Mr X
1 year ago

Latvia 8/12

Emily
Emily
1 year ago

I don’t follow Latvia’s NF so only just got to this – I wasn’t sure at the start but then things really started to kick in, and I think this is great! Huge improvement on last year IMO.

Mr X
Mr X
1 year ago

Latvia 7/12 – could really be a grower !

AllThingsNordic.eu
1 year ago

Interesting sound, it will be appreciated by juries and quite a few televotes. That’s a good song, no matter how far or high it ends up.

Sussy Baka
Sussy Baka
1 year ago

Those saying Patrisha was robbed – bruh, I d?nt want to see Latvia being represented by a Pro-Russian antivaxxer, which she is.

Sane in an insane world
Sane in an insane world
1 year ago
Reply to  Sussy Baka

Why do you have problems with people opposing dangerous gene therapy and discrimination of being undergoing an experiment that already has more than 1000 scientific researches proving that it’s absolutely disastrous for health, especially heart and blood citculation. Why so many eurofans became so radical intolerant of other people view points?

Sane in an insane world
Sane in an insane world
1 year ago
Reply to  Sussy Baka

Erased part of the sentence:
*people opposing discrimination against those who are not undergoing an experiment…

Lumen
Lumen
1 year ago

Spot on choice, Latvia! Sudden Lights have their unique sound, and it works on the stage. Everything seems to work really well together. 2 tips for the big Eurovision stage: 1 no lip-syncing for the band members. Citi zeni did it last year, and jury did not seem to like it. You can still be engaged without lip-syncing. This song is too good to be lip-synced on the stage. 🙂 2 Love the voice, shades and moves of the lead singer. If there’s a chance to work on the strength of the voice (or adjust the mic to make the… Read more »

Jake
Jake
1 year ago

Wow 4 of the 7 songs in the first half of semi 1 are bands. Super interesting with the number of bands getting through. Wondering if it’s the maneskin effect. I think semi 1 is such a tough semi with so many typically strong countries in there. But anything can happen. But Alessandra will definitely stand out.

Stian F
Stian F
1 year ago

What is this genre even called? I mean… What type of rock would this classify as?

Zanoni
Zanoni
1 year ago
Reply to  Stian F

Genres: Art rock, alternative rock, electronica, experimental rock

(Basically I just went to the Radiohead wiki page and copied. 🙂 )

Pat
Pat
1 year ago
Reply to  Stian F

Alt. Rock or Alternative Rock

Igor
Igor
1 year ago
Reply to  Stian F

I would name it poprock

Stian F
Stian F
1 year ago
Reply to  Igor

Definitely NOT poprock.. It is way more experimental and alternative. Ireland is poprock!

Danny K
Danny K
1 year ago

Finally my favorite actually won a NF

PaDim
PaDim
1 year ago

Sudden Lights is one of my favorite bands and one of the really few I kept following through the years, after their previous entry Just Fine in supernova 2018. Most of their song are really unique and in a way feel handcrafted, not amateurish, but made with the attention each unique piece deserve. Really happy they will represent Latvia this year. This years song is really fresh and different and in some paths personal. Hope it will translates as good at the big stage in Liverpool. Greetings from Greece.

Honeybooboo
Honeybooboo
1 year ago

These guys have such an understated sense of authenticity and a refreshing vibe, something that feels lacking in other male bands this year, such as Ireland’s Wild Youth. These guys are not making up for boring, generic anthemic pop music with Harry Styles/ Maneskin faux fashion styling. Instead, they have a lead singer in a simple red shirt and with a great voice, simple but effective studio lamp staging and clearly very talented instrumentalists in the band. And an absolute earworm of a song, which I can’t stop singing! I so hope they qualify, they bring something unique to the… Read more »

Honeybooboo
Honeybooboo
1 year ago
Reply to  Honeybooboo

Red jacket, not shirt, sorry.

Sabee
Sabee
1 year ago

GUYS THEY ARE AMAZING IRL AND THEY CAN SING … THEY LITERALLY WENT AS WARM UP ACT ON TOUR OF LATVIAS MOST FAMOUS BAND BRAINSTORM IN 2018 THEY PERFORMED IN FRONT OF THOUSANDS AND IVE HEARD THEM THERE AND ON THEIR OWN CONCERT … THEY ARE AMAZING PLEASE DONT BE SO ARROGANT .. I WISH MY BOYS ALL THE BEST I AM VERY PROUD OF THIS ACHIEVMENT AND YOU ALL BETTER BE PROUD OF UR OWN COUNTRIES ENTRIES AS WELL CUZ ITS NOT COMPETITION ANYMORE ITS TIME WHEN MUSIC JOINS US ALL TOGETHER FOR GREAT TIME ?

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Esc addict / Shut up and watch my ...
1 year ago

Unexpected…

Vivian
Vivian
1 year ago

Aww, sad about Patrisha! This isn’t bad, but extremely forgettable. I can’t really see this qualifying as it doesn’t have a memorable moment televoters can click with. They ARE in a weaker semifinal though, so maybe they could just slip through, though in 2018 it didn’t work in their favor either when they were also in a crappier semifinal

Film4o
Film4o
1 year ago

Before they announce the winner when it came down to Sudden Lights or Patrisha i was very happy, because i liked them both. I wish they could both represet Latvia, but it doesnt work this way. Good luck to Sudden Lights in Eurovision. I really like their indie style and vision.

DutchTurkk
DutchTurkk
1 year ago

Patrisha was robbedddddd

wait, what
wait, what
1 year ago

i love the verses but the refrain is such a let down. sorry

Leafar
Leafar
1 year ago

this is quality from latvia I hope it won’t have the same fate as Triana Park or Carousel tho… latvia deserves so much more and don’t wanna see them withdraw !

Benito Camelo
Benito Camelo
1 year ago

I wasn’t too keen on Supernova this year but Aija was definitely the best of the night!
Also, it’s great to see Latvian again at the contest! I’m sure they’ll make it through this time around 😀

Edward
Edward
1 year ago

I’m usually the pessimistic Latvian but mark my words we will qualify this year. They just need to elevate the song on the bigger stage.

Film4o
Film4o
1 year ago
Reply to  Edward

Its a quality song. I feel, if you pull thru and get out from the semi with the public, you will get much better result in the final with some jury love combined.

Katze
Katze
1 year ago
Reply to  Edward

No we won’t

Kosey
Kosey
1 year ago

Really pleased to see this one winning – it feels so epic and gives me Keane vibes. Lots of people in Liverpool will appreciate this.

Fierce Queen
Fierce Queen
1 year ago
Reply to  Kosey

Oh yes…. Interpol, Keane definitelly something we need in Eurovision. I think it can be top 10

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 year ago
Reply to  Kosey

Indeed, Keane are also one of my biggest influences. 🙂

Honeybooboo
Honeybooboo
1 year ago
Reply to  Kosey

100% mate, definitely giving 2000s indie rock mixed with a little britpop and melodic pop. Very refreshing and welcome in the competition.

Vicci
Vicci
1 year ago

Decent

Roro31
1 year ago

Congrats Sudden Lights ! Good indie rock song i love it ! Thanks Latvia !

Karl
Karl
1 year ago

Wow. All the songs picked today are disappointing af. At least Italy will come through. Europe, you can do better.

Vicci
Vicci
1 year ago
Reply to  Karl

Estonia’s is a good ballad

Yankee
Yankee
1 year ago
Reply to  Karl

Just tell the truth that YOUR favorites did not win.

Karl
Karl
1 year ago
Reply to  Yankee

Out of the the NFs today, I was only following Romania, and they too picked a horrendous song. For the other countries, it’s the first time I listen to their song, and wow, what a terrible year this is turning out to be. At least we have Spain and the Czech Republic.

ChristopherP
ChristopherP
1 year ago
Reply to  Yankee

I didn’t even check out any of the competitors in tonight’s countries. It’s just an exceptionally bad set of choices, all of which deserve to be buried deep in the semis.

Marcin
Marcin
1 year ago

Now this is music. Take note Spain.

Yankee
Yankee
1 year ago
Reply to  Marcin

Let me guess your favorite was Agoney…..

Panna
Panna
1 year ago
Reply to  Marcin

Latvia and Spain makes up my current top 2. Both of them represent great music, each in its own way.

Marcin
Marcin
1 year ago
Reply to  Panna

Fair enough, but Spain for me is a screaming mess.

Zanoni
Zanoni
1 year ago
Reply to  Panna

My 1 and 2 so far as well.

Mikilovy
Mikilovy
1 year ago
Reply to  Marcin

The only thing is not music is Croatia

Jimbo
Jimbo
1 year ago

With the right staging this could give Latvia a qualification to the final. It also kind of remind me of music from a band called Postal Service. Personally great choice!

Montell
Montell
1 year ago

In my opinion “Raum – Fake love” was the most competitive song that Latvia could have sent to Eurovision.

Andy
Andy
1 year ago

Guys i know how you feel but give it another try, after my second and third listen i changed my mind. And now i have this on a high position in my list

Dalth
Dalth
1 year ago

Not half bad, best entry Latvia have had in a while.

Xxx
Xxx
1 year ago

I don’t get it, but good luck.

Domas
Domas
1 year ago

A potential NQ

Karlz
Karlz
1 year ago
Reply to  Domas

A potential NQ, sure
Better than the average latvian guaranteed NQ

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
1 year ago
Reply to  Karlz

That will depend on the competition in semifinal one

Serafina
Serafina
1 year ago

Now, I wasn’t already a big fan of Ireland’s song, but with this one being in the first half of the first semi final, ireland is pretty much dead at this point lol. I was feeling Hush a little bit more, but this a great rock entry, they just need to make sure the staging is not so generic and uninteresting cause the song keeps growing on me the more I listen.
Latvia might finally be back in the final after years of failure.

Kinn
Kinn
1 year ago

LATVIA — “Aij?”

I’m worried that I don’t quite understand this one. Everything seems very disjointed, particularly in the staging, but even the song itself seems like its lurching forward and then freezing for a second or two at a time. The vocals are good live, and I love how Latvia does what Latvia wants and doesn’t conform to anyone else’s Eurovision style, but I’m afraid this one slightly misses for me.

Score: 5/10.

Poet
Poet
1 year ago

This sounds great, Latvia. And has it’s own style. Exactly what we need for this year.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 year ago

I’m personally very happy with this winner. Even if it doesn’t qualify in the extremely competitive ESC semi final 1, I’ll still love it. Thank you Latvia.

Tibor
Tibor
1 year ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

We’ll see if this qualifies.