The participants in Latvia’s selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 are to be revealed at a press conference on Friday morning.
The participants in Supernova 2017 are to be revealed this Friday in a press conference at LTV. A record 168 songs were submitted to compete in Supernova 2017, with 89 artists expressing their interest in representing Latvia at this years Eurovision Song Contest.
Ilze Jansone the organiser of the Latvian selection process said that:
For the most part of the selected members of the jury agreed on the songs relatively easily, but there were some members of the jury who vigorously discussed and a final decision was longer and more difficult than the first two years.
The reveal of the Latvian hopefuls will take place from 11:00 CET, with the reveal being livestreamed online and broadcast live on Latvijas Radio Piec. The dates of the shows for Supernova 2017 are as follows:
- Introduction show – January 22
- Introduction Show – January 29
- Heat One – February 5
- Heat Two – February 12
- Semi Final – February 19
- Final – February 26
It also of note that Latvia announced late last year that Supernova would be the first selection to incorporate the music streaming service Spotify as a method of voting in the competition. Spotify has never been used before to assist in selecting a countries participant for the Eurovision Song Contest.
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Latvia debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2000, being the last of the Baltic nations to join the contest. On their debut Brainstorm finished 3rd overall with the song “My Star”. It was in 2002 that Latvia won the contest, with Marie N taking a surprise victory with the song “I Wanna”. Latvia onl participated in 2002 thanks to the withdrawal of Portugal from that year’s contest. Latvia struggled in to the contest after 2002 failing to qualify for the final for six years between 2009 and 2014. In the past two years Latvia has finished 6th in the final and 15th in the final.