Last week a so-called 'semi final' – though there was only one, not the usual two – whittled down the field of Eurovision hopefulls very slightly. Of the 14 acts that walked out last weekend, 10 will do so again this weekend, making the necessity for two shows questionable.
Nevertheless, the action is due to start on Saturday, February 11 from 21:10 until 23:30 and can be watched on LTV1.
As previously reported by LSM, the judging system is opacity defined. Which acts make it through to the final will be decided by a combination of telephone voting by the television viewing audience and what we are assured is an expert jury, albeit a completely anonymous one.
Viewers are allowed to vote multiple times – the Eurovision equivalent of ballot stuffing – and because the jury is unnamed, it is impossible to know for example if they have any pre-existing professional or personal connections to the competing acts. Their identities will only be revealed at the time of the Eurovision finals, by which time it will far too late to do anything about it.
The justification for the anonymity of this powerful cabal is given as "security reasons", though the nature of the security threat faced by Eurovision song judges has not been specified.
"Entry of songs and performers into the semi-finals of the "Supernova" competition was determined by a jury selected by LTV, which includes representatives of the Latvian music industry, events and television, as well as foreign professionals. Due to security reasons, again this year LTV will reveal the names of the jury representatives only after the international Eurovision Song Contest in May," said organizers.
It was recently confirmed that whoever does get the nod to represent Latvia will be competing in the first semi-final in Liverpool on May 9. Unfortunately, Latvia's recent record when it coes to making the final of Eurovision itself is dismal. Last year, hopes were high, but were dashed in customary fashion.
In fact, the last time Latvia made the final was seven years ago when singer Justs finished 15th in the 2016 competition.