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It's time for Samanta Tīna to pass on the Supernova crown...
It's time for Samanta Tīna to pass on the Supernova crown...

Latvia: The stars ready to go 'Supernova' 🇱🇻

Broadcaster LTV has revealed the acts participating in ‘Supernova’ - the national selection show which decides who gets to represent Latvia at the Eurovision Song Contest in Turin later this year.

The 16-song Supernova semi-final will take place on Saturday 5 February, with organisers promising a show packed with ‘countless amazing moments’ after being 'blown away’ by the standard of songs submitted for consideration.

But that’s not all… a 17th track will be added to the line-up, as chosen by you!

Between Monday 10 January and Friday 14 January, fans will be invited to vote on the 10 tracks the Latvian preselection jury ranked from 17th – 26th out of the submissions. The most popular one will be given a wild card to join the other participants at the semi-final stage of the competition.

To listen to the 16 songs and find out more about the wildcard, give the official Supernova website a visit.

Supernova Participants:

Aminata

I’m Letting You Go

Music: Aminata Savadogo

Lyrics: Aminata Savadogo

Aminata’s greeting card from way back in 2015

She’s back! Aminata represented Latvia in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2015, finishing 6th with the self-composed, fan favourite Love Injected. She went on to write the 2016 Latvian entry Heartbeat, which finished 15th.


Beatrise Heislere

On The Way Home

Music: Edvards Grieze

Lyrics: Edwards Grieze / Beatrise Heislere

Another returnee – Beatrice has participated in various concerts and festivals both as a soloist and a member of different ensembles. She gained experience as a backing vocalist for the group PeR, Markus Rivas (also in Supernova this year) and other musicians. Beatrice appeared in the first season on X Factor (Latvia) in 2017 and competed in this contest last in 2018.

Bermudu Divstūris

Bad

Music: Marats Ogļezņevs

Lyrics: Marats Ogļezņevs

Bermudu Divstūris was founded by two cousins… Biceps and Triceps. They won ‘Music Record of the Year Award’ at the Golden Microphone Awards 2014 in the category ‘Best Dance Music Album’. They promise to bring the party.

Bujāns

He, She, You & Me

Music: Reinis Sējāns / Intars Busulis

Lyrics: Marts Pujāts / Jānis Šipkēvics

Bujāns describe themselves as ‘a world-class duet that sounds almost like a band’. Their YouTube channel has notched up over 1.3 million views in just over two years.

Citi Zēni

Eat Your Salad

Music: Roberts Memmēns

Lyrics: Jānis Pētersons / Dagnis Roziņš / Jānis Jačmenkins (JJ Lush)

Citi Zēni roughly translates as ‘Other Boys’ and those other boys describe themselves as a ‘6-piece musical act from Eastern Europe, trading in alternative unicorn pop.’

The song is called Eat Your Salad… which isn’t the only thing on the menu.

Elīna Gluzunova

Es Pabiju Tur

Music: Jānis Šipkēvics Jr

Lyrics: Marts Pujāts

Elīna gained wide domestic recognition by winning X Factor (Latvia) in 2019. In the Summer of 2020 she released her debut single Holiday.

Inspo

A Happy Place

Music: Inspo

Lyrics: Nadīna Stirniniece

Inspo plays with musical genres and emphasises the creation of an atmospheric mood within their indie/rock stylings. In October 2021, the band released their first EP: Space Between.

KATŌ

Promises

Music: Kaspars Ansons / Anna Zankovsk

Lyrics: Kaspars Ansons / Anna Zankovsk

KATŌ released her debut single in February 2019 and has spent the last two years working on creative projects and picking up award nominations in the process. She describes her sound as ‘indie-pop’.

Linda Rušeniece

Pay My Own Bills

Music: Rūdolfs Ozols / Ralfs Eilands / Valters Sprūdžs

Lyrics: Ralfs Eilands / Valters Sprūdžs

Singer Linda Rušeniece has spent the last six years in the Netherlands composing music, but returns to Latvia to pursue her solo career and work on a debut album.

She’s inspired by artists such as Joss Stone and Beyoncé, and has provided backing vocals for legendary Latvian group Brainstorm.

Markus Riva

If You’re Gonna Love Me

Music: Markus Riva

Lyrics: Markus Riva

This isn’t Markus’ first time at the Supernova rodeo – the musician, songwriter, producer and TV presenter has taken the runner-up spot twice! Could this be his year?

Mēs Jūs Mīlam

Rich Itch

Music: Rūdolfs Ozols / Ralfs Eilands / Valters Sprūdžs

Lyrics: Ralfs Eilands / Valters Sprūdžs

Mēs Jūs Mīlam translates as: ‘We Love You’. The band is the work of two pals Kaspar Breidak and Ralph Eyland.

Miks Dukurs

First Love

Music: Miks Dukurs

Lyrics: Miks Dukurs

Singer-songwriter Miks Dukurs has appeared in Supernova on two previous occasions: 2017 and 2019.

His most recent album, 33, received wide critical acclaim.

Patriks Peterson

Can’t Get You Outta My Head

Music: Elviss Pētersons

Lyrics: Elviss Pētersons

Patrick Peterson started writing songs in English at the age of 16, and honed his craft at the Adazi Art and Music School. This is his second single.

Raum

Plans

Music: Reinis Straume / Arnis Račinskis

Lyrics: Reinis Straume / Arnis Račinskis

Musician and songwriter RAUM, real name Reinis Straume, is the first Latvian performer to sign a contract with Warner Music Baltics and already has three smash singles to his name.

The Coco’nuts

In and Out of the Dark

Music: The Coco’nuts

Lyrics: Marija Valmiera

In 2014 the band released the mini-album Appetizer, an amuse-bouche to the full album Amid Opposites.

The Coco’nuts represented Latvia at the China-Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) Music Week in Chengdu, China.

Zelma

How

Music: Arturs Liede / Andrjus Jaņuns

Lyrics: Arta Zelma Jēgere

Zelma has two albums and plenty of awards to their name, having been a regular fixture of the Latvian music scene since 2015.

So there we have it! Give the entries a listen over on the official Supernova website and let us know what you think via the official Eurovision Song Contest Twitter, Instagram, TikTok and Facebook channels.

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