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Latvia: Final Running Order and Wildcard Revealed

LTV, the Latvian national broadcaster, has revealed the running order for the final of Supernova 2018, the Latvian selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018.

The running order was decided by the radio station Pieci. Also, it was revealed that Sudden Lights, who finished third in the first semi-final, had received the wildcard for the final. The eight finalists will perform in the following order:

  1. Sudden Lights — “Just Fine”
  2. Ritvars — “Who’s Counting”
  3. MADARA — “Esamība”
  4. Liene Greifane — “Walk the Talk”
  5. Lauris Valters — “Lovers Bliss”
  6. Edgars Kreilis — “Younger Days”
  7. Laura Rizzotto — “Funny Girl”
  8. Markus Riva — “This Time”

LTV also revealed the full split results of each semi-final, which were as follows:

Semi-Final One

Public Vote Results: 1. Sudden Lights 2. Edgars Kreilis 3. Liene Greifane 4. Katrina Gupalo & The Black Birds 5. DVINES 6. Agnese Stengrevics 7. Rahu the Fool

Jury Results: 1. Liene Greifane 2. Edgars Kreilis 3. DVINES 4. Sudden Lights 5. Katrina Gupalo & The Black Birds 6. Rahu the Fool 7. Agnese Stengrevics

Overall Results: 1. Liene Greifane 2. Edgars Kreilis 3. Sudden Lights 4. DVINES 5. Katrina Gupalo & The Black Birds 6. Rahu the Fool 7. Agnese Stengrevics

Semi-Final Two

Public Vote Results: 1. Markus Riva 2. MADARA 3. Riga Reggae 4. Ritvars 5. Hypnotic 6. Monta 7. In My Head

Jury Results: 1. Ritvars 2. MADARA 3. Markus Riva 4. Riga Reggae 5. In My Head 6. Hypnotic 7. Monta

Overall Results: 1. MADARA 2. Markus Riva 3. Ritvars 4. Riga Reggae 5. Hypnotic 6. In My Head 7. Monta

Semi-Final Three

Public Vote Results: 1. Laura Rizzotto 2. Kris & Oz 3. Ed Rallidae 4. Lauris Valters 5. Katrine Lukins 6. Jenny May 7. MIONIA

Jury Results: 1. Laura Rizzotto 2. Lauris Valters 3. MIONIA 4. Kris & Oz 5. Ed Rallidae 6. Katrine Lukins 7. Jenny May

Overall Results: 1. Laura Rizzotto 2. Lauris Valters 3. Kris & Oz 4. Ed Rallidae 5. MIONIA 6. Katrine Lukins 7. Jenny May

A jury, consisting of Ilze Jansone, DJ Rudd, Toms Grēviņš and Jolanta Gulbe will account for 50% of the vote. The remaining 50% will be decided by Spotify streams, phone and text voting. The winner will represent Latvia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon, where they will perform in the second half of the second semi-final.

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.

Source: LTV

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.

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