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A total of 168 songs and 89 performers have applied to participate in the Latvian selection process for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017.

A record number of songs have been submitted in Latvia to compete in the countries Eurovision selection process, Supernova. Supernova which is being held for the third time next year saw the number of songs submitted increased by 48 songs. The number of performers applying to compete has increased by one over last year.

It also of note that last month Latvia announced that Supernova would be the first country to incorporate the music streaming service Spotify as a method of voting in the competition. Spotify is currently only used a voting method in a Norwegian music contest that launched in October.

The jury will now work to create a list of 40-50 singers who will be invited to an auditions round at the end of this month. An international jury will help select the singer who make it through to the first auditions, this jury is made up of:

  • Petri Mannonen – Universal Music (Finland)
  • Matthias Müller – BMG Rights Management and Crazy Planet Records (Germany)
  • Fruzsina Szép – Lollapalooza Berlin (Germany)
  • Joy Deb – Songwriter for the winning song of the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 “Heroes” (Sweden)

Source: LTV

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