Dons wins 'Supernova' and will represent Latvia in May10 February 2024 at 22:24 CET
We were faced with a fierce lineup of competitors at Supernova on Saturday 10 February. After a semi-final one week earlier had eliminated 5 songs, we had a 10-song final in Latvia.
Once the scores came in, we had a winner. Dons takes the Supernova 2024 title and will represent Latvia at the 68th Eurovision Song Contest with the song Hollow.
Voting on songs was done via a mix of public vote and jury vote. Latvian television viewers contributed 50% of the scores, while a specially selected jury provided the remaining 50%.
Dons is an accomplished Latvian musician, having released 9 albums to date. His musical achievements include winning several national radio song polls and receiving multiple Music Recording Awards. In 2021, he began a collaboration with Universal Music Group. Notable singles in his repertoire include Pēdējā vēstule, Pāriet bailes, and Salauzta sirds.
The 2024 edition of Supernova is the national final's 9th, after it started deciding Latvia's Eurovision entries in 2015.
In that time, many of its winners have gone on to become fan favourites at the Eurovision Song Contest; such as Citi Zēni, Aminata, Sudden Lights, Justs and Samanta Tina.
Latvia at the Eurovision Song Contest
Latvia made its debut at the Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm in 2000. Brainstorm's My Star finished third in a field of 24, one of the strongest showings for a country's first participation in the competition. The Baltic nation won the Eurovision Song Contest in 2002 and hosted the competition the following year in the capital Riga.
Between 2009 and 2014, Latvia failed to qualify for the Grand Final, even finishing last in the semi-finals on three occasions. However, fortunes were reversed in 2015 when the national selection was overhauled and Supernova was launched. Aminata won the first edition of Supernova and took Latvia to the Grand Final for the first time since 2008 where she finished in 6th place with Love Injected. In 2016, Justs repeated Aminata's success and qualified for the Grand Final with Heartbeat.
The Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Malmö, Sweden on Tuesday 7 May (First Semi-Final), Thursday 9 May (Second Semi-Final) and Saturday 11 May (Grand Final) 2024.