Riga, 11 February 2023
Amongst the bustle of the first true Super Saturday of the season, a small plucky Baltic nation held their selection for Liverpool and made their choice. Let’s report the result of Supernova, who the hopefuls were and how the eventual winner emerged victorious.
This year marked the 8th edition of Supernova, Latvia’s refurbished national selection. Resultswise, Supernova was off to a great start, producing two Eurovision finalists in Aminata Savadogo and Justs Sirmais in its first two editions. Since then, things have gone a bit downhill, and the Baltic state are looking for their third Supernova finalist.
Last week we saw a shocking result in the semifinal when Justs (one of the two Latvian finalists since 2009) was eliminated, alongside one of the fan favourites, the alt-rock group Inspo. Ten acts survived the culling however, and competed one final time for that precious Latvian ticket for Liverpool 2023
Tonight’s line-up was as follows
- Alise Haijima – “Tricky”
- Luize – “You to hold me”
- RAUM – “Fake love”
- Toms Kalderauskis – “When it all falls”
- Arturs Hatti – “Love vibes”
- Patrisha – “Hush”
- Sudden Lights – “Aija”
- 24th Avenue – “You said”
- Avéi – “Let me go”
- Markus Riva – “Forever”
The line-up featured several returning artists: including Sudden Lights, RAUM, Patrisha and the ever-ubiquitous Markus Riva.
Latvia opted for a format similar to Estonia’s – Lines opened at the start of the show before the first sing performed and the audience onsite and at home we allowed to vote for their favourite from the get-go. These results were then combined with professional jury votes.
Unlike Estonia however, Latvia kept their jury results a closely guarded secret, and instead opted to tease the audience with the current standings in the televote so far.
When it was time for the votes to come in (after an interval act featuring 2019 winner Duncan Laurence), LTV opted for an ad hoc elimination rather than a score board. The hosts eliminated the act with the lowest amount of combined points, working their way to the top.
- 10th place: Luize
- 9th place: Arturs
- 8th place: Alise
- 7th place: Toms
- 6th place: RAUM
- 5th place: Avéi
- 4th place: Markus Riva
- 3rd place: 24th Avenue
Leaving a nail-biting top two between the two fan favourite acts: Patrisha, who competed with the uptempo trap song “Hush“, and Sudden Lights with the alternative rock song “Aija“.
In the end, Sudden Lights were announced as the victors, winning Supernova on their second attempt and earning the right to represent Latvia at the upcoming Eurovision Contest in Liverpool.
Like the draw determined, Latvia will be competing in the first half of the first semifinal on 9 May 2023, where they’ll face the likes of Ireland, Norway and Czechia. Croatia and Malta, who are also selecting their entry tonight will be performing in the first semifinal as well.
We’ve embedded the winning song below for your convenience:
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