Latvia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017

Eurovision Song Contest 2017
Country  Latvia
National selection
Selection process Supernova 2017
Selection date(s) Introduction shows:
22 January 2017
29 January 2017
Heats:
5 February 2017
12 February 2017
Semi-final:
19 February 2017
Final:
26 February 2017
Latvia in the Eurovision Song Contest
◄2016 2017

Latvia will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. The Latvian broadcaster Latvijas Televīzija (LTV) is organising the national final Supernova 2017 in order to select the Latvian entry for the 2017 contest in Kiev, Ukraine. 22 songs were selected to compete in the national final, which consists of four shows: two heats, one semi-final and a final. In the heats and the semi-final, four entries were selected to advance from each show: two entries – based on a public televote and two entries by a jury panel. Four songs ultimately qualifies to compete in the final on 26 February 2017 where a public vote will exclusively select the winner.

Background

Prior to the 2017 Contest, Latvia had participated in the Eurovision Song Contest seventeen times since its first entry in 2000.[1] Latvia won the contest once in 2002 with the song « I Wanna » performed by Marie N. Following the introduction of semi-finals for the 2004 contest, Latvia was able to qualify to compete in the final between 2005 and 2008. Between 2009 and 2014, the nation had failed to qualify to the final for six consecutive years. In the 2015 contest, Latvia managed to qualify to the final with the song « Love Injected » performed by Aminata, which placed 6th in the final, scoring 186 points, giving them their best placing since 2005. In 2016, Latvia managed to qualify to the final and place 15th with the song « Heartbeat » performed by Justs.

The Latvian national broadcaster, Latvijas Televīzija (LTV), broadcasts the event within Latvia and organises the selection process for the nation’s entry.[2] Latvia has selected their entries for the Eurovision Song Contest through a national final. Since their debut in 2000 until 2012, LTV had organised the selection show Eirodziesma. In a response to the nation’s failure to qualify to the final at Eurovision since 2008, between 2013 and 2014, the competition was rebranded and retooled as Dziesma. However, after failing to produce successful entries those two years, LTV developed the Supernova national final in order to select their 2015 entry. The competition produced two Latvian entries in 2015 and 2016 that managed to qualify the nation to the final of the Eurovision Song Contest. In 2017, LTV announced that the Supernova format would return once again to select the Latvian entry.[3]

Before Eurovision

Supernova 2017

Supernova 2017 will be the third edition of Supernova, the music competition that selects Latvia’s entries for the Eurovision Song Contest. Competition producer Ilze Jansone stated that the goal of Supernova, as in the previous two years, is to find a competitive song and artist with potential for international success.[4] The competition will commence on 5 February 2017 and conclude with a final on 26 February 2017.[5]

Format

The format of the competition will consist of four shows: two heats, one semi-final and a final. The four shows will take place at LTV Studio 6 in Riga. LTV will broadcast two introductory shows on 22 and 29 January 2017 that will cover the background preparation processes and performer auditions that occur prior to the competition. The competing entries will also be announced during the second introductory show on 29 January. The two heats, to be held on 5 and 12 February 2017, will each feature between eight and ten competing entries from which four will advance to the semi-final from each show.[5] The semi-final, to be held on 19 February 2017, will feature the eight qualifiers from the heats from which the top four will proceed to the final.[5] The final, to be held on 26 February 2017, will select the Latvian entry for Kiev from the remaining four entries.[5]

Results during the heats and the semi-final shows will be determined by a jury panel and votes from the public. In the heats and the semi-final, the songs will first face a public vote where the top two entries will qualify.[5] The jury will then select an additional two qualifiers from the remaining entries to proceed in the competition.[5] In the final, a public vote will exclusively determine which entry will be the winner.[5]

Competing entries

Artists and songwriters were able to submit their applications and song entries separately to the broadcaster between 17 August 2016 and 28 October 2016.[5] Local and international jury panels were appointed by LTV for the selection process.[5] The international jury panel evaluated the submitted songs between 28 October and 10 November 2016 and only provided consultation on which entries would be selected; the local jury made the ultimate decisions.[5] The international jury panel consisted of Petri Mannonen (Commercial Director at Universal Music Group Finland), Matthias Mueller (CEO of Crazy Planet Records), Fruzsina Szép (festival director of Lollapalooza Berlin) and Joy Deb (songwriter, co-wrote the 2015 Swedish Eurovision winning song « Heroes« ).[4] The local jury shortlisted artists for auditions that took place on 15 and 22 November 2016 at LTV Studio 6.[5] The selected performers and songs were determined by 12 December 2016 and all relevant parties were informed. The competing artists and songs were announced during a press conference held on 13 January 2017.[6]

Artist Song (English translation) Composer(s)
Anna Zankovska « Rage Love » Anna Zankovska, Agnese Upleja
Crime Sea « Escape » Crime Sea, Marija Mickeviča
Edgars Kreilis « We Are Angels » Edgars Kreilis
First Question « Naked » Mikus Tillers
Franco Franco « Up » Kristīne Vaksa, Reinis Kārkliņš, Mārtiņš Spuris, Elizabete Vētra
Katrīna Cīrule « Blood Runs Quicker » Katrīna Cīrule
Katrine Lukins « Silhouette » Katrine Lukins, Kārlis Indrišonoks, Andris Lūkins
Laura Lo & Chris Oak « Little Weird » Laura Ločmele
Lauris Valters « Magic Years » Lauris Valters
Linda Leen « Who Is In Charge » Linda Leen
Markus Riva « Dynamite » Markus Riva
Miks Dukurs « Spiritual Priest » Gints Smukais, Edijs Dukurs
Miks Galvanovskis « Runaway » Miks Galvanovskis
My Radiant You « All I Know » Jānis Driksna
Pikaso « U (Can Keep Your Cools) » Jānis Lipšāns, Jānis Aišpurs, Arnis Račinskis
Rock’n’Berries « Feel the Love » Reinis Ašmanis, Oskars Millers, Jānis Narbuts
Santa Daņeļeviča « Your Breath » Santa Daņeļeviča
THE HiQ « Taju ot lyubvi » (Melt from love) Kristaps Čimbars
The Ludvig « I’m In Love With You » Jēkabs Ludvigs Kalmanis
Toms Kalderauskis « We Won’t Back Down » Gints Stankevičs, Kerija Kalēja
Triana Park « Line » Agnese Rakovska, Kristaps Ērglis, Kristians Rakovskis
UP « One by One » Agnese Upleja

Shows

Heat 1

The first heat took place on 5 February 2017. The eleven competing entries first faced a public vote where the top two songs advanced: « Magic Years » performed by Lauris Valters and « Who’s In Charge » performed by Laura Leen. An additional two qualifiers were selected from the remaining nine entries by the jury: « Up » performed by Franco Franco and « Spiritual Priest » performed by Miks Dukurs.

  Public vote qualifier   Jury qualifier

Draw Artist Song Public Vote Result
Online Televote/SMS Total
1 Katrīna Cīrule « Blood Runs Quicker » Eliminated
2 Miks Dukurs « Spiritual Priest » Advanced
3 Anna Zankovska « Rage Love » Eliminated
4 Edgars Kreilis « We Are Angels » Eliminated
5 Crime Sea « Escape » Eliminated
6 Rock’n’Berries « Feel the Love » Eliminated
7 Lauris Valters « Magic Years » Advanced
8 First Question « Naked » Eliminated
9 Franco Franco « Up » Advanced
10 Pikaso « U (Can Keep Your Cools) » Eliminated
11 Linda Leen « Who Is In Charge » Advanced
Heat 2

The second heat will take place on 12 February 2017. Four entries will qualify to the semi-final. The eleven competing entries first will face a public vote where the top two songs will advance. An additional two qualifiers will be selected from the remaining eight entries by the jury.

  Public vote qualifier   Jury qualifier

Draw Artist Song Public Vote Result
Online Televote/SMS Total
1 Katrine Lukins « Silhouette » Eliminated
2 Markus Riva « Dynamite » Eliminated
3 Toms Kalderauskis « We Won’t Back Down » Eliminated
4 UP « One by One » Eliminated
5 Miks Galvanovskis « Runaway » Eliminated
6 The HiQ « Taju ot lyubvi » Eliminated
7 Santa Daņeļeviča « Your Breath » Advanced
8 Laura & Chris « Little Weird » Eliminated
9 My Radiant You « All I Know » Advanced
10 The Ludvig « I’m In Love With You » Advanced
11 Triana Park « Line » Advanced
Semi-final

The semi-final will take place on 19 February 2017. Four entries will qualify to the final. The eight competing entries will first face a public vote where the top two songs will advance. An additional two qualifiers will be selected from the remaining six entries by the jury.

  Public vote qualifier   Jury qualifier

Draw Artist Song Public Vote Result
Online Televote/SMS Total
1 Linda Leen « Who Is In Charge » Eliminated
2 The Ludvig « I’m In Love With You » Advanced
3 Franco Franco « Up » Eliminated
4 Santa Daņeļeviča « Your Breath » Advanced
5 Lauris Valters « Magic Years » Eliminated
6 Triana Park « Line » Advanced
7 Miks Dukurs « Spiritual Priest » Eliminated
8 My Radiant You « All I Know » Advanced
Final

The final will take place on 26 February 2017. The four entries that will qualify from the semi-final will compete. The song with the highest amount of votes from the public will be declared the winner.

Draw Artist Song Public Vote Result
Online Televote/SMS Total
Triana Park « Line »
My Radiant You « All I Know »
The Ludvig « I’m in Love With You »
Santa Daņeļeviča « Your Breath »

At Eurovision

The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 will take place at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev, Ukraine and will consist of two semi-finals on 9 and 11 May and the final on 13 May 2017.[7] According to Eurovision rules, all nations with the exceptions of the host country and the « Big 5 » (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) are required to qualify from one of two semi-finals in order to compete for the final; the top ten countries from each semi-final progress to the final.

References

  1. ^ « Latvia Country Profile ». EBU. Retrieved 6 November 2014. 
  2. ^ Jiandani, Sanjay (4 August 2016). « Latvia: LTV confirms participation in Eurovision 2017 ». esctoday.com. Esctoday. Retrieved 11 September 2016. 
  3. ^ Jiandani, Sanjay (17 August 2016). « Latvia: LTV opts for Supernova for Eurovision 2017; final on 26 February ». esctoday.com. Esctoday. Retrieved 11 September 2016. 
  4. ^ a b « Sākas pieteikšanās dziesmu konkursam «Supernova 2017» ». supernova.lsm.lv (in Latvian). Latvijas Televīzija. 17 August 2016. Retrieved 10 September 2016. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k « Nolikums Par dziesmu un izpildītāju atlasi LTV konkursam « Supernova 2017« «  (PDF). supernova.lsm.lv (in Latvian). Latvijas Televīzija. 16 August 2016. Retrieved 10 September 2016. 
  6. ^ Granger, Anthony (9 January 2017). « Latvia: Supernova 2017 participants to be announced Friday ». eurovoix.com. Eurovoix. 
  7. ^ Jordan, Paul (9 September 2016). « Kyiv to host Eurovision 2017! ». eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 11 September 2016. 

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