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Latvia: Markus Riva and Samanta Tina to Compete in Supernova 2020?

Twenty-eight entries have made it through to the auditions round of Supernova 2020, but are Markus Riva and Samanta Tina among them?

Supernova veteran Markus Riva has confirmed that he will be participating in Supernova 2020, while local press reports that Samanta Tina will compete with a song called ‘Still Breathing‘, a song which has already been released on her YouTube channel.. Reportedly, both of the entries have been composed by Aminata, the singer who represented Latvia at the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest.

Markus Riva has participated in six editions of Supernova, from 2014 to 2019. His best placing was 2nd, which occurred in both 2015 with his song “Take Me Down”, and in 2019 with “You Make Me So Crazy”. Samanta Tina has also had her fair share of attempts to represent Latvia, having entered their selections a total of five times. She also competed in Eurovizijos, Lithuania’s selection show, in 2017 as a duo with Tadas Rimgalia.

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.

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