LTV has announced that a total of 28 songs are one step closer to competing in Supernova 2020.
Out of a total of 126 songs that made it through to the first round of Supernova 2020, 28 have now been selected to go through towards the auditions round. The 28 songs were selected by a jury formed of:
- Agnese Cimuška – Latvian Music Development Society
- Aiga Leitholde – Music Reviewer
- Liena Grīna – Latvian Association of Performers and Producters
- Sabīne Brice – Universal Music Latvia
- Ilze Jansone – Supernova Producer
- Inese Saulāja – Warner Music Latvia
- Kaspars Zaviļeiskis – Music Journalist
- Jānis Žilde – Musician and TVnet Kultura+ Presenter
- Kaspars Mauriņš – Latvijas Radio 2
- Rūdolfs Švēde – Radio Tev
- Emīls Kazakovs – Kurzemes Radio
- Toms Grēviņš – Piecei.lv
- Artis Dvarionas – Radio SWH
- Aleksis Vilciņš – Pieci.lv
- Edgars Bāliņš – Wiwibloggs
- Petri Mannonen – Universal Music Finland and the Baltics
- Martti Vuorinen – Universal Music A&R
- Pēteris Krievkalns – Creative Director for Supernova
Latvia will select their participant for the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 on February 8, with Supernova continuing as the nations selection process for the sixth time. Currently LTV has confirmed that a televised final will take place, however further details of the format of the 2020 selection process are still to be determined.
Latvia was represented by the group Carousel at Eurovision 2019. They performed the song “That Night” and finished 15th in their semi-final with a total of 50 points. Latvia’s highest points came in the form of 12 points from the Lithuanian televote.
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.