Last Wednesday, the entries deadline for the Latvian National Final,Supernova 2020 had been expired, and Latvia’s public broadcaster LTV has revealed that it has received 126 entries. This is the highest number of entries ever made in Supernova’s history. This is a sharp increase, especially if you consider that last year 83 just expressed interest to represent Latvia at the Eurovision Song Contest.
The LTV channel shared some information about the songs submitted, including the fact that more than half of the applications were filed on the last day. Supernova producer Ilze Jansone revealed that many artists have submitted two songs. He also noted that they have seen more variety this year, with many young artists and more songs in the Latvian language. LTV has received entries covering a variety of music genres, including traditional pop, schlager and metal music.
The broadcaster will now review all applications to ensure that the listings comply with Supernova 2020 rules. The 2020 rules allow foreign participants to be producers or members of a band. However, the singer of the song must be Latvian.
Supernova’s grand final has been confirmed for February 8, 2020, but the Latvian public channel has not revealed whether the process of choosing its next representative to Rotterdam will also include semifinals. Just last month, Jansone said: “At the moment we cannot yet officially reveal how the finalists will be selected, but we know that the final of the competition will be broadcast live on February 8th”.
LTV has been running Supernova for the last five years, with a generally moderate appearance in the Contest. Aminata’s 2015 presence in Vienna (1st edition of Supernova) stands out, with the Baltic country taking 6th place, achieving its best place in the current decade. In 2019, in Tel Aviv, Latvia, was represented by Carousel with the song “That night”. For another year, however, Latvia failed to qualify for the final after finishing 15th with 50 points in the semifinal.