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LTV, the Latvian national broadcaster, has released the videos of all 33 candidates that took part in the second audition round of Supernova 2019.

On Thursday 22nd November, the second round of auditions for Supernova 2019 took place. 33 singers and groups took part in the auditions, including past participants Markus Riva and Samanta Tina. Aminata Savadogo, the winner of the first edition of Supernova and the Latvian representative in 2015, wrote and composed the song “Fireworks” by Alekss Silvērs. The entries that qualified for the semi-finals will be announced at a later date.

The 33 entries that made it to the second audition round are:

  • Waterflower  – “Grow”
  • Ēriks Balodis – “I know you know”
  • Kristiāna Bumbiere – “Remedy”
  • Līga Rīdere – “Būšu tepat” (I’ll be there right now)
  • Roberts Ķimenis – “Over”
  • ATIS – “She’s on fire”
  • Miks Dukurs – “Life”
  • Kristīne Pastare (Peress) – “Smaragdi un pelni” (Emeralds and ashes)
  • Markus Riva – “You make me so crazy”
  • Dziļi Violets feat. Kozmens – “Tautasdziesma” (Folk song)
  • Miks Galvanovskis – “Fake”
  • Adriana Miglāne – “Scared of love”
  • MARTA – “Grow Down”
  • Carousel – “That Night”
  • Elza Rozentāle – “You came on tiptoe”
  • ATOM – “Alligator”
  • Miks Galvanovskis – “Shattered”
  • Ivo Grīsniņš Grīslis – “Free Your Mind”
  • LIIVA – “Don’t Need Nobody Like You”
  • Alekss Silvērs – “Fireworks”
  • Edgars Kreilis – “Fire”
  • Kris & Oz – “Midnight streets”
  • August Valdis – “Candy like rain”
  • Audiokvartāls – “Tu man pajautā” (You ask me)
  • Laika upe – “Listen to the way that I breathe”
  • Jeļena Matule  – “With you”
  • Double Faced Eels – “Fire”
  • Kristīne Šomase  – “Harmony”
  • Aivo Oskis – “Somebody’s got my lover”
  • Laime pilnīga – “Awe”
  • Roberts Memmēns – “Feel”
  • MONTA – “Eye of the Beholder”;

You can watch all 33 auditions here.

For the second year, the People’s Jury will return to help choose the semi-finalists. For each song, fans will be able to vote on the LTV website by marking each song”For”, “Against” or “Reserve”. Voting will close on November 30 at 11.00 CET.

A total of 83 songs were submitted for the Latvian Eurovision selection show for 2019. The contest is also undergoing a number of changes for next year. For the first time performers and songwriters aged 16 will be allowed to take part in the competition. LTV has also tightened the rules on the quality of the songs when they are submitted to the broadcaster. All of the songs submitted must be professionally recorded and represent the authors ideas as much as possible.

Supernova will once again be working with the Universal Music Group to promote Latvian music across the globe. While the selection continues to focus on Latvian performers, foreign producers, authors and singers will still be able to take part in the selection. For singers they must be part of a group formed of Latvian nationals.

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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