"In numerous countries the national selections have a set up where the singing and getting together in a way takes over the competition. Latvia has an incredible experience in singing festivals and events, and, to my mind, it is about the time to transfer this feeling of togetherness and enthusiasm to popular music events as well. That is the main reason to change the format." Zita Kaminska, the Producer of the event, says.
The songs can be submitted from the 19th of October to the 30th of November. No more than two songs are allowed to be handed in by a songwriter. The national selection welcomes the songs penned by foreign authors although the performer must be from Latvia.
The authors entering the Latvian national selection are not allowed to submit the very same song to the national selections in other countries.
Two semi-finals this year
The jury of experts made up by LTV will select 24 songs in the pre-selection round to compete in two semi-finals. Those songs will be announced at LTV press conference on the 11th of December.
The semi-finals are scheduled on the 8th and 9th of February as live shows with audience. Six songs from each semi-final will proceed to the final.
Jury and the televote have equal power and right to decide. The final of the national selection is taking place on the 16th of February in Ventspils.
The final winner will be picked through a 50:50 vote between a professional jury and the viewers.