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Latvia: LTV opens submissions for Supernova 2019

As of today, September 3rd, LTV is accepting submissions for the fifth edition of Supernova. The winner of the Supernova 2019 will be able to represent the country at the 64th Eurovision Song Contest.

Supernova has made a number of significant changes to the competition rules for the fifth season, which affects authors and song writers as well as performers. This year young authors and performers from the age of 16 will be able to participate in the competition. “We discussed a lot about it and we believe that the competition could benefit from it”, explains Ilze Jansone, a controversial competitor. 

The first jury, which will evaluate the submitted songs, knowing only the titles of the songs, but not the authors, producers or performers, will be composed of representatives of the leading Latvian radio stations. “We are looking for a radio hit, so it’s only logical that radio people are the ones who first evaluate the songs. They are the ones who determine what’s on the radio station every day”, says DJ Rudd, the Supernova jury chairman.

One of the goals of the Supernova competition is to promote Latvian authors, producers and performers, as well as to cooperate with foreign producers and authors. This year’s competition also includes collaboration with the world’s largest music company, Universal Music Group. The aim of the competition is to help grow and develop the industry as a whole. Therefore, the possibility for foreign producers and authors to participate in the production of songs is preserved. The regulations stipulate that foreign artists may participate as performers in a group.

Substantial changes are also made to the song submission procedure – the  song must be professionally recorded and represent the authors’ idea as much as possible. Changes are allowed when entering the next round, but the organizers reserve the right not to review the timelessly recorded demo versions. “In my opinion, the quality of the work presented reflects the artist’s attitude and willingness to represent their country in the largest TV show in Europe,” says DJ Rudd, the head of jury.

Song writers and composers can submit their entries from September 3rd to October 21st at 23:59 local time.

Last year’s Supernova winner was Laura Rizzotto who represented Latvia in Eurovision with “Funny Girl” and finished 12th in the second semi-final.

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