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. The competition will commence on 5 February 2017 and conclude with a final on 26 February 2017.
Supernova has quickly become one of the most popular national selections since its debut in 2015 thanks to the inclusion of international voting, Riga Beaver’s performances for online viewers during the advertisement breaks and, of course, the entries that the process has produced. After six consecutive non-qualifications, Aminata achieved 6th place in 2015 with Love Injected which gave Latvia their best result since Walters and Kazha finished 5th in 2005 with The War Is Not Over.
Applications will be open until October 28th 2016 and in the two weeks following, a panel will decide who can go through to the Pre-Round. This will take place on 15th and 22nd of November at the LTV studios. On 12th December 2016, 16-20 acts will be given the good news they have been selected for the TV shows.
Two initial TV shows on 22nd and 29th January 2017 will reveal the participants and then two televised heats will follow on the 5th and 12th of February. 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. The jury will then select an additional two qualifiers from the remaining entries to proceed in the competition. In the final, a public vote will exclusively determine which entry will be the winner.
In a recent interview with Ukrainian television, the Latvian singer that already tried few times to represent his country in Eurovision, Markus Riva said that his dream of competing at Eurovision is very much alive. That has led to immense speculation in the Eurosphere that he is actively crafting a bid for Supernova. However, all the hype and hope is slightly misplaced. Speaking exclusively to wiwibloggs, Markus has revealed that he is “not yet” pursuing entry — even if he absolutely adores the contest. “I don’t have a song,” he says. He did, however, say that he would consider returning if he has “that song” — suggesting he’s only going to enter if he has a serious chance of winning and believes in his number.
Another famous Latvian singer that could wave country’s flag in Kyev in 2017 is Masha Shirin. Masha is a Latvian-American singer known for her alternative pop and rock covers. In 2015, she released her debut single, the retro sounding “Mr. Presley”. If chosen, she would definitely continue Lativa’s qualification streak.
Another names to mention are Fox Lima, a singer who took part in Supernova 2013 and even if she did not win, her song was in the top of Latvin radios after the competition. There is also to mention Carnivl Youth, one of the most exciting emerging indie rock bands in Latvia.
There is no odds on Supernova 2017 yet.