LTV, the Latvian national broadcaster, has revealed that 130 songs have been submitted for Supernova 2022, the highest number of submissions ever.
Agnese Strause-Kubliņa, Head of Children’s, Youth and Entertainment Programmes at LTV, commented:
“In terms of genre, this is definitely the richest year of Supernova! Pop, folk music, electronic music and even heavy rock songs have been submitted to the competition. Among the applicants are also artists who have already represented Latvia at the Eurovision Song Contest.”
Until the end of this year, the Supernova 2022 participants will be reviewed by a jury selected by LTV. The jury will assess the song’s structure; originality, arrangement, message, compliance with modern market trends, and the song and contestant abilities, personalities and past achievements in the industry, as well as the potential for future achievements.
The Supernova 2022 entries and format will be revealed in January. The selection is likely to return at least three shows in length, with two semi-finals and a Grand Final. The final of Supernova 2022 is set to be held in February, with the winner representing Latvia in Turin.
Samanta Tīna represented Latvia in Eurovision 2021 with “The Moon Is Rising”, marking the first time in history that a Latvian Eurovision contestant was internally selected. Samanta finished last in her Semi-Final scoring 14 points. Latvia has failed to make a Grand Final since 2016.
Source: LTV | Image Source: EBU/Thomas Hanses
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 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.