Latvia will select their entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Turin on February 12.
According to the calendar on the official Eurovision website, the final of Supernova 2022 will take place on February 12. The Latvian selection will kick off on February 5, with one semi-final leading into the Grand Final. The dates of the contest are as follows:
- Semi-Final – February 5
- Grand Final – February 12
LTV has not yet publicly confirmed the format for Supernova, having previously stated that an announcement would be made in January.
A total of 130 songs were submitted for the Latvian Eurovision selection show for 2022, the highest number of submissions ever. Agnese Strause-Kubliņa, Head of Children’s, Youth and Entertainment Programmes at LTV, said, that “this will be the richest year of Supernova in terms of genre, as the submitted songs were written in various genres: pop, folk music, electronic music and hard rock”.
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 will be revealed in January.
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.
Image source: LTV | Source: Eurovision.tv
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, they last made a final in 2016 with Justs and “Heartbeat”