Kozmens, also known as Riga Beaver or Ad-Break Beaver is competing as part of one of 33 acts in Supernova 2019 in Latvia.
On Monday, the Latvian broadcaster LTV released 33 audition videos of potential semi-finalists for next year’s edition of Supernova, which will select the Latvian entry for Eurovision 2019. You can watch all 33 auditions here.
One of the entries in the running to become a semi-finalists is Dziļi Violets feat. Kozmens with the song “Tautasdziesma.” Kozmens (real name Mārtiņš Kozlovskis) is a Latvian theatre actor, comedian, TV and radio host and punk rock musician. He is also the man inside the infamous “Riga Beaver” suit and has appeared in previous editions of Supernova, now in its fifth year. Riga Beaver has been a hit amongst international Eurovision fans for his dancing and rap performances during ad-breaks in LTV’s show.
Here is Dziļi Violets feat. Kozmens’ entry into Supernova 2019:
Voting in the current round of the competition closes at 11:00 CET on November 30th. For the second year, a People’s Jury will return to help choose the 16 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.
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 are also able to take part in the selection.
Other notable entries this year include past participants Markus Riva and Samanta Tina. Aminata Savadogo, the winner of the first edition of Supernova in and the Latvian representative in Eurovision 2015, wrote and composed the song “Fireworks” by Alekss Silvērs. A total of 83 entries were entered in the competition this year. It is not known if Kozmens will also be reprising the role of Riga Beaver in the competition.
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. Their best result in recent years came in 2015 with 6th place for “Love Injected” by Aminata.