Latvian broadcaster Latvijas Televīzija announced that a final song will be included as a semifinalist in the Latvian Eurovision national selection competition, Supernova.
According to LTV, from January 10th through January 14th, an online vote will be held to decide this last semifinalist. This will bring the total number of semifinalists to 17, as the first 16 semifinalists were released earlier this week.
On January 5th, LTV released the (first) 16 songs competing to represent Latvia in the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest in Turin, Italy. Those 16 songs are:
- Bermudu Divstūris – BAD
- Markus Riva – If you’re gonna love me
- Aminata – I’m letting you go
- BUJĀNS – He, She, You & Me
- Citi Zēni – Eat Your Salad
- Inspo – A Happy Place
- Miks Dukurs – First Love
- Beatrise Heislere – On the way home
- the COCO’NUTS – In and out of the dark
- KATŌ – Promises
- Elīna Gluzunova – Es pabiju tur
- Mēs Jūs Mīlam – Rich Itch
- Linda Rušeniece – Pay My Own Bills
- RAUM – Plans
- Zelma – How
- Patriks Peterson – Can’t Get You Outta My Head
You can also listen to those 16 songs here:
Latvia in the Eurovision Song Contest
Latvia debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2000, with the song “My Star” by Brainstorm. On their debut, the Baltic nation placed 3rd in the Eurovision final, with 136 points. Their first (and only, to date) win came in 2002 when “I Wanna” by Marie N scored 176 points, beating out Ira Losco from Malta by 12 points.
Since their win, they’ve had two top 10 placings: a 5th place finish in 2005 with the song “The War Is Not Over” by Walters and Kazha and a 6th place finish in 2015 with “Love Injected” by Aminata Savadogo. Latvia is currently on a five year non-qualification streak, their last qualification coming in 2016 with the song “Heartbeat” by Justs, also penned by Savadogo. Their most recent entry is “The Moon is Rising” by Samanta Tīna, which came last in the second semifinal of the 2021 contest.
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