Latvia’s national broadcaster LTV has confirmed that 121 songs have been submitted for Supernova 2023. The country will return to using Supernova as a national selection method for this year’s Contest.
Competing songs in Supernova 2023 to be released in January
Following the closure of the submissions window on December 1st, LTV confirmed that 121 songs were received by the broadcaster. As a result, an internal jury will whittle the number of competing songs down for Supernova 2023. The jury will look at a number of factors including the message, the arrangement and its marketability alongside current trends. As well as this, the performer’s vocal abilities and potential will be factored into the decision-making process.
No specific details regarding semi-finals have been revealed by the broadcaster. However, the competing songs will be released to the public in January. As well as this, the final of the show will take place in February. The winner of the show will then go on to represent Latvia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 in Liverpool.
In a statement, LTV’s director for Children, Youth and Entertainment programs, Agnese Štrause-Kubliņa, said that they are hoping to capitalise on the show’s popularity:
We feel pleased that the artists appreciate Supernova and want to represent Latvia at the Eurovision Song Contest. This year’s record-high viewing figures for Supernova and Eurovision prove that the public sympathizes with the musicians and wants to actively participate in the process of selecting the winner.
The line-up of performers for Supernova 2023 is magnificent. Several participants from previous years will try to test their strength in an intense battle. And of course, the audience will have the opportunity to get to know and appreciate new musicians as well.Agnese Štrause-Kubliņa, LTV director for Children, Youth and Entertainment programs
Latvia’s Eurovision journey
Latvia made their Eurovision debut in 2000, finishing 3rd with “My Star” by Brainstorm. They have performed at every contest since and managed to win in 2002. Marie N sang “I Wanna,” scoring 176 points and bringing Eurovision to Riga in the process. Latvia also managed to finish in the top 10 two more times, in 2005 and 2015. Latvia’s most recent entry on the Eurovision stage was Citi Zeni, who performed “Eat Your Salad”. The song failed to qualify from the semi-final, finishing 14th with 55 points.
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News Source: LTV
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