LSM has announced that DJ Rudd will chair the jury for Supernova 2018, taking over from Kaspars Roga of the group Brainstorm.
DJ Rudd has been revealed as the new head of the jury for the 2018 edition of Supernova, the Latvian selection process for the Eurovision Song Contest. DJ Rudd has taken over from Kaspars Roga who will be touring Asia with Brainstorm during the time that Supernova is taking place. DJ Rudd is a producer and music editor for Radio Pieci.lv
The new head of the jury added;
I see the fourth season as the beginning of a new phase. Three years are enough time to objectively assess the achievements and mistakes of the past. I’m looking forward to listening to the songs I’ve been listening to. I look forward to good compositions and determined, able performers,
Those wishing to participate in Supernova 2018 have until October 15 to submit their songs to the Latvian national broadcaster. Once the submissions window has closed, a jury formed of both Latvian and international music professionals will judge all of the songs. All of the participants will perform on November 5th for the jury, enabling the jury to select the most powerful songs and singers for the competition.
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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 in 3rd place with the song “My Star”. Latvia won the contest for the first and only time in 2002, with Marie N’s “I Wanna”. Latvia only participated in 2002 thanks to the withdrawal of Portugal from the contest, as Latvia’s poor result in 2001 had relegated them from the 2002 contest. Latvia struggled in to the contest after 2002, failing to qualify for the final for six years between 2009 and 2014. In 2015 and 2016 Latvia has finished 6th and 15th in the final respectively.