Latvia: Saule disqualified from Supernova 2023!

Latvia’s pubic broadcaster, announced the 15 artists and the songs competing in their national final for Eurovision 2023, just yesterday.

LTV received 125 applications in total, 121 of which were submitted before the deadline. 21 applications didn’t meet the criteria to go on to the next stage of the selection (Missing info, artists were not from Latvia or the percentage of foreign composers was higher than that allowed). From the remaining 100 entries, LTV chose the 15 songs that were revealed yesterday.

However, the Latvian broadcaster looked into the songs and found out that one song breaks the rules of Supernova, as well as those of Eurovision itself, resulting in its disqualification from the selection process.

We are talking about Saule, as it was revealed that his song “Finally Happy”, with which he was chosen to compete in the semi-final, was released as early as December 19, 2021.

The rules of Supernova as well as those of Eurovision, demand the competing songs to not be released or performed publicly before the 1st of September 2022. The song was also removed from YouTube.

Because the channel is already getting ready to host the national final (which takes place in February 4), Saule will not be replaced by a new contestant and so, 14 artists will take part in Supernova’s semi-final.

In the semi-final and the final of the contest, the jury and the public vote are of equal importance. the winner will be decided by the total points awarded by the calls and sms votes, combined with the jury vote.

Supernova 2023 schedule is as follows:

  • Semi-Final– February 4
  • Final– February 11

The hosts for this year’s national final will be Ketija Šenberga και Lauris Reiniks.

The last winners of Supernova and Latvia’s representative in Eurovision 2022 were Citi Zēni with the song “Eat your Salad”  but they didn’t manage to qualify for the Grand Final, ending up in 14th place of the first semi-final:

Stay tuned on Eurovisionfun for all the news regarding the Latvian participation at the Eurovision Song Contest 2023, in Liverpool!

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