On 5th and 12th February 2022, Latvia will choose its entrant for Eurovision 2022 with the seventh edition of Supernova.
The list, released by LTV earlier this evening, includes acts that have competed at both Supernova and ESC itself before. The full list of acts and songs is:
- Aminata – I’m Letting You Go
- Beatrise Heislere – On The Way Home
- Bermudu Divstūris – BAD
- Bujāns – He, She, You & Me
- Citi Zēni – Eat Your Salad
- The Coco’nuts – In And Out Of The Dark
- Elīna Gluzunova – Es pabiju tur
- Inspo – A Happy Place
- Katō – Promises
- Linda Rušeniece – Pay My Own Bills
- Markus Riva – If You’re Gonna Love Me
- Mēs Jūs Mīlam – Rich Itch
- Miks Dukurs – First Love
- Patriks Peterson – Can’t Get You Outta My Head
- Raum – Plans
- Zelma – How
You can listen to all the songs here.
Latvian music experts and regular viewers of Supernova may recognise a few names.
Supernova / Dziesma veterans Miks Dukurs and Markus Riva will check in to their permanently-reserved hotel rooms over the road, returning for the thirteenth and eighth time respectively.
Bermudu Divstūris may be better known by some Eurofans as Musiqq, the R&B group who won Eirodziesma 2011 with Angel In Disguise before going on to represent Latvia at Eurovision 2011 in Düsseldorf and finishing 17th in the second semi-final.
Mēs Jūs Mīlam is none other than Ralfs Eliands, or half of PeR (“Please Explain the Rhythm”), who represented Latvia in Malmö in 2013 with Here We Go, the song that brought us the first ever crowdsurf at Eurovision, and Bujāns is Intars Busulis, a mainstay of Latvian music who won Eirodziesma 2009 with Sastrēgums (“Traffic Jam”), which was translated into Russian for Eurovision 2009 in Moscow and renamed Probka. Both finished last in their respective semi-finals.
Possibly the most recognisable name on the list is Aminata, the 28-year-old electronic soul singer who saved her country from a 7-year Grand Final drought when she finished 6th in Vienna with her avant-garde pop song Love Injected. KATŌ also has a claim to Euro-fame as her backing singer that year.
Latvia will be desperate to find something epic from Supernova this year, after receiving 130 applications. Apart from 2021, they have held a national final every year, and after an impressive 3rd place on debut in 2000 and victory just 2 years later, their results have somewhat dried up.
In 2021, Samanta Tīna finally got the chance to represent her country after 6 previous failed attempts and one cancelled Contest, with the song The Moon Is Rising. However, she finished 17th and last in the second semi-final with a score of just 14.
She earned the right to compete after winning Supernova 2020 with Still Breathing.