The ESCplus team has talked to Rūta Ķergalve, participant of Supernova 2020, the Latvian pre-selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2020, with the song “Izgaismots” to know a little more about her candidacy and the experience that she is currently living. You can read the full interview below.
How do you feel about your participation in Supernova 2020?
This is my first time participating in a song contest like this. Also, the first time recording and producing for myself. I have been composing for more than ten years now. Mostly playing my songs in cafes and small events in Riga and all around Latvia. So Supernova 2020 is a new experience and definitely a challenge for me, but I feel excited and inspired to be one of the contestants.
Can you tell us about the message of your song? Does it talk about any experience of your own life?
My song was written in October 2019. I didn’t write it especially for the contest. The main idea of this song is to let yourself feel; it is about all kinds of relationships – with a person you love, with nature, or even with yourself. It all starts quiet, feelings growing, understanding where you are in life. Listening to yourself, your body, and letting go of all the fears within. It is definitely what I have experienced, and not only once.
How will the staging be at Supernova 2020? Can you reveal us anything?
As we don’t know who is going to perform in the finals, I would like to keep this for myself for now. So it will be a surprise!
How did you decide to submit a song to represent Latvia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2020?
I have been following the Eurovision Song Contest since I was a child, and it is a great opportunity to make yourself more visible as a musician. So I guess it came to me naturally to finally take part.
If you finally win Supernova 2020, are you going to promote your song in the official pre-parties that take place in different European countries before Eurovision?
I haven’t thought about it yet. We’ll see how it goes and if I make it. Probably yes!
Have you heard the rest of the songs of Supernova 2020? What do you think about them?
Yes, I have heard the song of other contestants. This year there are many great songs. And I think everyone has put a hard work in their songs, I wish everyone good luck and strength.
You can follow all the news of Rūta Ķergalve on her official Facebook profile. This is https://www.facebook.com/ruta.kergalve.
Supernova 2020 will be organized by Latvijas Televīzija, the Latvian broadcasting organization best known internationally like LTV. This contest will represent its sixth edition, since it was inaugurated in 2015. Since then, it has been used as the Latvian pre-selection for the Eurovision Song Contest. A total of twenty six candidates will be the participants of the contest, but only eight of them will be qualified for the Grand Final. This will be held on Saturday, February 8, 2020 and its winner will be the artist who will represent Latvia in Rotterdam during the broadcast of the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 next May.