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Latvia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019

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 Eurovision Song Contest 2019
Country Latvia
National selection
Selection processSupernova 2019
Selection date(s)Semi-finals:
26 January 2019
2 February 2019
16 February 2019
Selected entrantCarousel
Selected song"That Night"
Selected songwriter(s)Mārcis Vasiļevskis
Sabīne Žuga
Latvia in the  Eurovision Song Contest
◄2018 2019

Latvia will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. The Latvian broadcaster Latvijas Televīzija (LTV) organized the national final Supernova 2019 in order to select the Latvian entry for the 2019 contest in Tel Aviv, Israel.


Prior to the 2019 contest, Latvia had participated in the Eurovision Song Contest nineteen times since its first entry in 2000.[1] Latvia won the contest once in 2002 with the song "I Wanna" performed by Marie N. Following the introduction of semi-finals for the 2004, Latvia was able to qualify to compete in the final between 2005 and 2008. Between 2009 and 2014, the nation had failed to qualify to the final for six consecutive years. In the 2015 contest, Latvia managed to qualify to the final with the song "Love Injected" performed by Aminata, which placed 6th in the final, scoring 186 points, giving them their best placing since 2005. In 2018, Latvia was represented by Laura Rizzotto and the song "Funny Girl", but the country did not qualify for the final and finished twelfth in the second semi-final with 106 points.

The Latvian national broadcaster, Latvijas Televīzija (LTV), broadcasts the event within Latvia and organises the selection process for the nation's entry.[2] Latvia has selected their entries for the Eurovision Song Contest through a national final. Since their debut in 2000 until 2012, LTV had organised the selection show Eirodziesma. In a response to the nation's failure to qualify to the final at Eurovision since 2008, between 2013 and 2014, the competition was rebranded and retooled as Dziesma. However, after failing to produce successful entries those two years, LTV developed the Supernova national final in order to select their 2015 entry. The competition produced two Latvian entries in 2015 and 2016 that managed to qualify the nation to the final of the Eurovision Song Contest. In 2019, LTV announced that the Supernova format would return once again to select the Latvian entry.[3]

Before Eurovision

Supernova 2019

Supernova 2019 was the fifth edition of Supernova, the music competition that selects Latvia's entries for the Eurovision Song Contest.[3]


The format of the competition consisted of three shows: two semi-finals and a final. The two semi-finals featured eight competing entries each, from which four were selected to advance to the final from each show.

Results during the semi-final and final shows were determined by a jury panel and votes from the public.

Competing entries

Applications could be submitted to the broadcaster between 3 September 2018 to 21 October 2018.[4] In total, 83 songs were submitted.[5]

LTV shortlisted 33 entries to take place in the auditions, which were released publicly on 26 November 2018. They also opened an online vote, in order to help them select the entries that would advance to the shows, though it was non-binding.[6] The competing artists and songs were announced on 5 December 2018.

Artist Song (English translation) Composer(s)
Adriana Miglāne "Scared of Love" Jānis Driksna, Monta Ķimene
Aivo Oskis "Somebody's Got My Lover" Ruslans Kuksinovičs, Aivo Oskis
Alekss Silvērs "Fireworks" Aminata Savadogo
Carousel "That Night" Mārcis Vasiļevskis, Sabīne Žuga
Double Faced Eels "Fire" Mārtiņš Gailītis, Reinis Straume
Dziļi Violets feat. Kozmens "Tautasdziesma" (Folk song) Nauris Brikmanis, Valters Osis, Viesturs Butāns, Edgars Jercums, Jānis Skutelis, Mārtiņš Kozlovskis
Edgars Kreilis "Cherry Absinthe" Edgars Kreilis, Jūlijs Melngailis, Arnis Račinskis
Elza Rozentāle "You Came on Tiptoe" Māra Upmane-Holšteine, Mārtiņš Gailītis, Jānis Niedra, Elza Rozentāle, Reinis Straume
Kris & Oz "Midnight Streets" Artūrs Osipovs, Kristīna Morins, Aleksandrs Solovjovs
Kristiāna "Remedy" Kristiāna Bumbiere
Laika Upe "Listen to the Way that I Breathe" Armands Varslavāns, Annemarija Linka
Laime Pilnīga "Awe" Ervīns Ramiņš, Mārcis Vasiļevskis, Elvijs Mamedovs, Jānis Olekšs
Līga Rīdere "Būšu tepat" (I'll be right here) Arnis Ieviņš, Līga Rīdere
Markus Riva "You Make Me So Crazy" Markus Riva, Roman Nepomiashchyi
Peress "Smaragdi un pelni" (Emeralds and ashes) Kristīne Pastare, Ieva Katkovska, Iluta Alsberga
Samanta Tīna "Cutting the Wire" Arnis Račinskis, Lisbee Stainton, Samanta Tīna


Semi-final 1

The first semi-final took place on 26 January 2019. Eight of the competing entries performed, and four qualified to the final via a combination of votes from a jury of music professionals and the Latvian public.[7]

Draw Artist Song Jury Public Total Place Result
Televotes Internet Spotify Total
1 Kris & Oz "Midnight Streets" 8 8 16 8 Eliminated
2 Alekss Silvērs "Fireworks" 6 7 13 7 Eliminated
3 Līga Rīdere "Būšu tepat" 6 5 11 6 Eliminated
4 Laime Pilnīga "Awe" 1 3 4 1 Advanced
5 Edgars Kreilis "Cherry Absinthe" 2 2 4 2 Advanced
6 Elza Rozentāle "You Came on Tiptoe" 5 6 11 6 Eliminated
7 Aivo Oskis "Somebody's Got My Lover" 3 4 7 4 Advanced
8 Samanta Tīna "Cutting the Wire" 4 1 5 3 Advanced
Semi-final 2

The second semi-final took place on 2 February 2019. Eight of the competing entries performed, and four qualified to the final via a combination of votes from a jury of music professionals and the Latvian public.[8]

Draw Artist Song Jury Public Total Place Result
Televotes Internet Spotify Total
1 Dziļi Violets feat. Kozmens "Tautasdziesma" 4 4 8 4 Advanced
2 Peress "Smaragdi un pelni" 2 8 10 5 Eliminated
3 Laika Upe "Listen to the Way that I Breathe" 8 6 14 8 Eliminated
4 Carousel "That Night" 1 3 4 1 Advanced
5 Kristiāna "Remedy" 5 7 12 6 Eliminated
6 Double Faced Eels "Fire" 3 2 5 2 Advanced
7 Adriana Miglāne "Scared of Love" 7 5 12 6 Eliminated
8 Markus Riva "You Make Me So Crazy" 5 1 6 3 Advanced

The final took place on 16 February 2019. Eight finalists performed, and a winner was chosen via a combination of votes from a jury of music professionals and the Latvian public (including a televote, internet vote, unique listener counts on Spotify, and in-person votes at the "Alfa" shopping center).[9]

Draw Artist Song Jury Public Total Place
Televotes Internet Spotify Alfa Total
1 Markus Riva "You Make Me So Crazy" 5 23.86% 17.38% 24.48% 42.25% 1 6 2
2 Edgars Kreilis "Cherry Absinthe" 4 3.68% 3.53% 6.30% 1.94% 7 11 6
3 Aivo Oskis "Somebody's Got My Lover" 8 1.22% 0.85% 12.00% 1.94% 8 16 8
4 Double Faced Eels "Fire" 3 5.44% 8.64% 39.46% 11.24% 4 7 4
5 Dziļi Violets feat. Kozmens "Tautasdziesma" 7 13.46% 17.88% 4.59% 17.05% 3 10 5
6 Laime Pilnīga "Awe" 2 18.33% 14.85% 4.80% 6.20% 5 7 3
7 Samanta Tīna "Cutting the Wire" 6 8.73% 10.61% 3.80% 10.85% 6 12 7
8 Carousel "That Night" 1 25.28% 26.26% 4.57% 8.53% 2 3 1

At Eurovision

According to Eurovision rules, all nations with the exceptions of the host country and the "Big 5" (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) are required to qualify from one of two semi-finals in order to compete for the final; the top ten countries from each semi-final progress to the final.


Latvia will perform in the first half of the second semi-final.[10]


Voting during the three shows involved each country awarding two sets of points from 1-8, 10 and 12: one from their professional jury and the other from televoting. Each nation's jury consisted of five music industry professionals who are citizens of the country they represent, with their names published before the contest to ensure transparency. This jury judged each entry based on: vocal capacity; the stage performance; the song's composition and originality; and the overall impression by the act. In addition, no member of a national jury was permitted to be related in any way to any of the competing acts in such a way that they cannot vote impartially and independently. The individual rankings of each jury member as well as the nation's televoting results will be released shortly after the grand final.


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  2. ^ Jiandani, Sanjay (4 August 2016). "Latvia: LTV confirms participation in Eurovision 2017". Esctoday. Retrieved 11 September 2016.
  3. ^ a b Agadellis, Stratos (30 August 2017). "Latvia: LTV releases details on Supernova 2018". Eurovoix. Retrieved 27 November 2018.
  4. ^ Granger, Anthony (25 August 2018). "Latvia: Supernova 2019 submissions open on September 3". Eurovoix. Retrieved 27 November 2018.
  5. ^ Granger, Anthony (22 October 2018). "Latvia: 83 songs submitted for Supernova 2019". Eurovoix. Retrieved 27 November 2018.
  6. ^ Farren, Neil (26 November 2018). "Latvia: Supernova 2019 audition videos released". Eurovoix. Retrieved 27 November 2018.
  7. ^ Leitholde, Aiga (27 January 2018). "«Supernovas» finālā iekļūst Samanta Tīna, Edgars Kreilis, Aivo Oskis un «Laime pilnīga»". Public Broadcasting of Latvia (in Latvian). Retrieved 28 January 2019.
  8. ^ "Four more advance to Eurovision 'Supernova' final". Public Broadcasting of Latvia. 3 February 2018. Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  9. ^ "Atklājam Supernova 2019 fināla žurijas un skatītāju visu balsojumu rezultātus". Public Broadcasting of Latvia. 17 February 2018. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  10. ^ "Eurovision 2019: Which country takes part in which Semi-Final?". Eurovision Song Contest. European Broadcasting Union. 28 January 2019. Retrieved 8 February 2019.

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