LTV, the Latvian national broadcaster, has revealed that Markus Riva will now perform in the final of Supernova, due to technical glitches during the voting in the second semi-final on Saturday.
The organisers of the competition explained that there was a problem with the online voting, which was used alongside telephone calls, text messages, Spotify streams and jury voting to determine which two songs would qualify for the final. A picture of Riga Reggae appeared above the link to Ritvars’ song on the online voting portal, which may have led to extra votes for Ritvars.
After evaluating the situation, the organisers decided to cancel the results of the Internet voting obtained from the vote on Supernova’s website and rely on the remaining votes instead. Summing up the results without the internet vote, Markus Riva is ranked second in this semi-final, so he will be given the opportunity to take part in the finals on February 24. Ritvars, who ranked third after reviewing the voting results, will still be allowed to take part in the final.
The third and final semi-final of Supernova 2018 will take place this Saturday, February 17. Two songs will qualify for the final on February 24, where the Latvian representative for Lisbon will be chosen.
This year’s Supernova is hosted by Dagmāra Legante, a television host and model, as well as Justs, who placed 15th at the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 for Latvia. An online livestream, which added input from social media, is hosted by Toms Grēviņš and Edgars Bāliņs.
Supernova was first used to select the Latvian entry for the Eurovision Song Contest in 2015. It proved successful, as the act chosen that year, Aminata Savadogo, finished 7th in the final with “Love Injected”. That was Latvia’s first appearance in the final since 2008 and first top 10 placing since 2005.
Latvia in the Eurovision Song Contest
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.