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🇱🇻 Latvia to host national final for Eurovision 2022

Information about the application will be published soon.

The Latvian broadcaster LTV has confirmed that Latvia will be participating in Eurovision 2022. After a hiatus last year, the broadcaster is set to revert back to a national final format following the internal-selection of Samanta Tina. 

LTV has revealed via the official Supernova Twitter that the broadcaster will using a national final to select their entry for the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest in Italy. The tweet was posted in response to a comment about a lack of news from the broadcaster.

Ok, time to talk about what’s really relevant. Applications were usually announced in early September @LTV_Supernova this year, we do not yet see Latvia among the officially approved ESC 2022 member states. Hopefully there is no cause for concern.

Original tweet from @MrBalins (translated)

There is really no cause for concern. The selection will be! Information about the application will be published soon.

Response from @LTV_Supernova

With this confirmation, LTV have also confirmed Latvia’s participation in Eurovision 2022. As the Supernova branding has been used since 2015, and the tweet being posted by the Supernova account, it is likely that this format will resume next year. More details are expected once the application process is published.

Latvia at Eurovision 2021

Samanta Tina, a veteran of Supernova, finally got her chance to go to Eurovision last year when she won the selection with “Still Breathing”. However, with the cancellation of the contest, it turned out to not be her year after all. Thankfully, LTV internally selected her for the 2021 contest and began the search for her 2021 entry last summer.

Samanta and her team wrote 11 potential entries during her songwriting camp. In the process she consulted former Latvian Eurovision representatives Aminata (2015) and Kārlis Būmeistars (Valters & Kaža, 2005).” She released her Eurovision 2021 entry “The Moon Is Rising” back in March, as part of a series of special programming from LTV. The video went on to attract controversy from conservatives in Latvia.

Unfortunately, the song failed to qualify from its semi-final in Rotterdam, placing 17th with 14 points.

Samanta Tīna - The Moon Is Rising - LIVE - Latvia 🇱🇻 - Second Semi-Final - Eurovision 2021Samanta Tīna – The Moon Is Rising – LIVE – Latvia 🇱🇻 – Second Semi-Final – Eurovision 2021

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Costa Christou

Ever since I saw Helena Paparizou's triumph at Eurovision in 2005 (at the tender age of 6), I have been crazy about Eurovision. From the regional native language bops and shrieky female-led balladry to the sophisticated avant garde pop songs and chart-friendly EDM, I love everything about this cultural phenomenon. I'm currently working as a Delivery Manager in a software development team.

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