Latvia: LTV to determine their Eurovision 2022 hopeful through a national selection
The Latvian national broadcaster, LTV, has confirmed that it will be holding a national selection in order to determine the country's Eurovision 2022 hopeful for Italy.
Through a post on Twitter that came as an answer to concerns on what's going on with the Latvian Eurovision plans, LTV confirmed that the broadcaster will hold one more edition of Supernova, the national selection format the country has been using to select their Eurovision representatives and entries since 2015.
Latvia, besides last year which saw Samanta Tina internally selected for Rotterdam after the 2020 cancellation, has chosen all its Eurovision hoepfuls via national finals. While in the past years a variety of formats and under different names were used to select the Eurovision acts, since 2015 the broadcaster has been holdng 'Supernova' as the nation's national selection format.
However whether Supernova will go through any changes remains unknown with the respective rules and regulations to be released in due course.
Latvia in Eurovision
Latvia participated in Eurovision first time back in 2000. The country on its debut participation, with Brainstorm finished in 3rd place with the song My Star. It didn’t take long for Latvia to win the contest, since in 2002, with Marie N’s I Wanna the Baltic country was crowned winner.
Latvia only participated in 2002 thanks to the withdrawal of Portugal from the contest, as Latvia’s poor result in 2001 had relegated them from the 2002 contest. From 2009 to 2014 Latvia met disappointing results as it failed to qualify to the Grand final. In 2015 achieved its best results the latest year with Animata and her Love Injected which ended in 6th place. In 2018 the country was represented by Laura Rizzotto with her song Funny girl which finished 12th in the semi final failing to qualify to the final .
In 2019 Supernova winner Carousel represented the countey in Tel Aviv with their entry That night. The song didn’t make it to the final marking Latvia’s third successive failure to qualify to the final.
Samanta Tīna won the Latvian Eurovision national selection, Supernova 2020, with her song “Still Breathing” last . However her Eurovision journey never reached its destination in Rotterdam as the contest was cancelled due to the covid-19 pandemic. Nevertheless the Latvian act was selected internally to compete in Rotterdam in 2021 with her entry 'The Moon is Rising' which competed in the second semi final show but unfortunately didn't qualify to the final.
News Source: Eurovoix/ LTV
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