Latvia 2024: Your guide to the 'Supernova' final08 February 2024 at 17:31 CET
How To Watch: The final of 'Supernova' is happening on Saturday 10 February, with a start time of 20:10. You'll be able to stream the show live on broadcaster LTV's online player.
The capital city of Riga plays host to Latvia's pre-selection for the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday night. At broadcaster LTV's studios, Supernova comes to its conclusion, as the final of the popular competition showcases 10 songs for Latvia to vote on.
It comes after Saturday 3 February's semi-final of the song contest, at which 15 songs competed for the 10 slots in the Supernova final. This came after LTV revealed an initial 108 songs had been submitted to take part in Supernova 2024.
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.
Our hosts on Saturday night will be Lauris Reiniks and Ketija Šēnberga.
They'll guide us through our 10 finalists, the voting, plus some special guest performers; one of whom will be very familar to Eurovision fans - Alika, who represented neighbouring Estonia at the Contest in 2023.
Voting on songs will be done via a mix of public vote and jury vote. Latvian television viewers will contribute 50% of the scores, while a specially selected jury will provide the remaining 50%. In the event of a tie, it will be over to the people of Latvia to decide, with the winner of the public vote taking the victory.
Below, you can listen to the 10 songs in the running to represent Latvia at the 68th Eurovision Song Contest, in the order they'll be performed in during the Supernova final. You can also learn a little bit more about each artist, too.
Vēstulēs – kur?
The duo Vēstulēs is a musical collaboration between two high-school friends. They have been passionate about music since childhood, playing instruments and singing in choirs. The two schoolmates performed together for the first time at a Teachers' Day event, after which they continued making music together. Their Supernova entry, kur?, also serves as the duo's debut single.
AVÉI – Mine
AVÉI made her debut as a musician at Supernova 2023, performing the song Let Me Go. Her musical journey had begun with melodies being sung into her cradle by her mother and aunt, her love for which eventually inspired her to pursue music professionally. Apart from the compositions showcased at the Supernova competition, she has also released the single Tautiņās.
Papīra Lidmašīnas – Mind Breaker
The band Papīra lidmašīnas features Rihards Bērziņš (vocals), Reinis Briģis (guitar), Gunārs Toms Narbuts (bass guitar), Edgars Raila (percussion) and Juris Ludženieks (keyboards). In 2023, the band turned to songwriting and introduced their singles such as Laiks dejot, Neaizej and Piesit kāju to a wider audience.
Katrīna Gupalo – The Cat’s Song
Katrīna Gupalo released her debut album Gentle and Done in 2018. Her song Intoxicating Caramel made it to the semi-finals of Supernova in 2018. Her song Resistance, dedicated to the support of Ukraine, was nominated for the Latvian Public Media Award Kilograms Kultūras in 2022 and received international recognition.
ECTO – Outsider
The young musician ECTO likes to experiment with sounds and noises in his songs, pushing the boundaries of musical genres. In 2023, ECTO released his first album Waves, which featured the radio single Spotless. The artist has recently embarked on a new musical direction with the single liquid bones.
Dons – Hollow
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.
Saint Levića – Tick-Tock
Saint Levića gained recognition in 2014 when she participated in the final of the Ukrainian X-Factor. She further showcased her talent in the final of Supernova in 2017 with the song Your Breath. After a brief hiatus from the music industry, she returned with a new image and, since 2020, has been releasing singles such as Blackout, Tu tik tālu, and Pieradini mani.
Edvards Strazdiņš – Rock n’ Roll Supernova
Singer and songwriter Edvards Strazdiņš has recently embarked on his solo career, reaching audiences through performances of his original country and pop songs. He has also collaborated with well-known Latvian musicians. In 2023, he released his debut album, Lauku dzīves miera osta, which includes singles such as Ezers kluss and Dziesma par Kurzemi.
Funkinbiz – Na Chystu Vodu
Funkinbiz is a Latvian-Ukrainian artist whose music draws inspiration from breakdance and hip-hop culture, incorporating various modern elements. In 2023, his single Tiнi (or Shadows in Ukrainian) claimed the top spot on the Latvian radio charts. Additionally, he has composed other songs in Ukrainian, including Ніч яка місячна and Moonlit Night.
Alekss Silvers – For the Show
Alekss Silvers is a musician, producer, and vocal teacher known for his work in musicals and television shows in Latvia and internationally. He performed Fireworks at Supernova in 2019 and returned a year later with Again. He is also known for the songs Jau sen, Tu dejo viena, and Intriga.
At the 2023 Contest in Liverpool, Latvia was represented by the band Sudden Lights and their song Aijā. They narrowly missed out on a slot in the Grand Final, finishing in 11th place in the First Semi-Final.
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.