As announced by LTV last month Latvia have decided after 15 editions to retire the Eirodziesma/Dziesma format of selecting their entry and instead change the method entirely, instead focusing on attempting to find a world wide hit rather than just a Eurovision song.
There are only two days left until not only the deadline to submit songs, but the deadline to register as a participant LTV urges anyone considering entry to do so before it is too late. Those interested can enter here. Those interested in participating must either reside in Latvia or for submissions with multiple performers/writers, the majority of the team must reside in Latvia.
To accomplish the task of selecting the Supernova, LTV have enlisted the help of a few international songwriters who have worked with some of Europe and beyond’s best talent to be on the song selection jury.
The international jury will consist of Peo Nylén from ‘Scandinavian Songs’, American song writer Michael Jay and Universal Music Group Manager for Finland and the Baltic Region Jarkko Nordlund.
Peo Nylén along with Scandinavian Songs have most notably worked with artists such as 2012 Eurovision Song Contest winner Loreen and 2004 German National Finalists Scooter along with artists such as Martin Garrix and Dragonette.
Los Angeles based Michael Jay is perhaps the biggest weight in this list with a number of songs written for some of the biggest stars in music. Jay has written for the likes of Kylie Minogue, Celine Dion, Eminem, Gloria Estefan, New Kids on the Block and many more.
Finally Jarkko Nordlund has been working for UMG for over 15 years now and as the manager of one of the biggest record labels in the Baltic Region which represents artists such as Elton John and Lady Gaga.
It will be the task of these three music industry professionals to select 10 songs worthy of becoming international hits, along with 6 reserves. They will also be instrumental in producing each entry, assigning songs to the finalists and adjusting each song to fit the singer’s style.
With only two days left until not only the deadline to submit songs, but the deadline to register as a participant LTV urges anyone considering entry to do so before it is too late. Those interested can enter here.
The last time Latvia qualified to the final of the Eurovision Song Contest was in 2008 with Pirates of the Sea. In 2014 Latvia recorded their best attempt in recent years with Aarzemnieki when they finished 13th in the First Semi-Final.