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Latvia: First set of Supernova semi-finalists chosen

07 February 2016 at 23:55 CET
The Supernova participants of heat 1 LSM
Tonight the first heat of Supernova 2016, the Latvian national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest, was held. Out of ten acts, four qualified for the semi-final stage. Find out who they are!

The following four acts have qualified tonight for the semi-final of Supernova 2016, to be held on February 21st:

  1. Justs - Heartbeat (Televoting choice)
  2. Catalepsia - Damnation (Televoting choice)
  3. Ivo Grīsniņš-Grīslis - We Are The Light (Jury choice)
  4. Marta Grigale - Choices (Jury choice)

This was the complete line-up of the show:

  • Paula Dukure - Look In The Mirror
  • ElektroFolk - Miracle Drums
  • Rūta Dūduma - Being A Friend
  • Ivo Grīsniņš-Grīslis - We Are The Light
  • Sabīne Berezina - My Inspiration
  • Edvards Grieze - New Day
  • Marta Grigale - Choices
  • Catalepsia - Damnation
  • Samanta Tīna - We Live For Love
  • Justs - Heartbeat

The jury consisted of Guntars Račs, Kaspars Roga, Ieva Kerēvica and Intars Busulis. The Supernova final will take place on February 28th and you can watch it live on!

Gallery: Impressions from Supernova 2016 First Heat

Get to know the participants

Before the first heat, we spoke to two of the contestants - Samanta Tīna and Justs - as well as to one familiar face to everyone who watched the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest: Aminata represented Latvia in Vienna with Love Injected. This year she is back as the writer of Justs' song Heartbeat.

Justs: "A Song about Love and Pain"

The main motive in the song is lost love and the pain that it gives. It is like a prayer to forget all the bad things that happened and start everything from the beginning. Even if maybe this prayer could not be heard and just resound in the silence, you can’t move on without saying it out loud.

Aminata: "I remembered him after 3 years"

One day, I decided that I want to try to write a song for somebody else! So I sat down and started composing. I didn't know who will sing this song at the beginning, but when I finished the first chorus I thought of Justs. We met only once before at a singing competition and spoke for just about two minutes, but it was enough for me to understand that I liked his personality. I really liked his strong voice which was very different compared to others. That was 3 years ago. So, after 3 years - I remembered him. I asked if he would be interested to participate with my song, and he agreed. A few days later we already recorded it in the studio.

Samanta Tīna: "I can make big drama"

Today is the day I awaited so long! I feel good but closer to filming time it's gonna be worst, because I can make big drama for nothing - but that's me! And I hope to see We Live For Love in the final without drama!

Gallery: Artists in Latvia's Supernova 2016

The Second Heat

Next Sunday, on February 14th, it's time for the second heat of Supernova 2016. It will be broadcast live at 20:25 CET on the Supernova website.

This is the line-up:

  • Madara Grēgere - You And I
  • Crow Mother - Demons
  • Samanta Tīna - The Love Is Forever
  • Markus Riva - I Can
  • MyRadiantU - We Will Be Stars
  • Mārtiņš Ruskis - Still Holding Stars
  • DVINES - Set It On Fire
  • Marta Ritova - Not From This World
  • Miks Dukurs - Paradise
  • Iluta Alsberga - On Hold
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