After a run of bad results in the early 2010’s, Latvia had a long hard look at their Eurovision selection and came up with a new format in 2015, calling it “Supernova”. It has been successful for them having produced two Grand Finalist in its first two years. Will they be able to keep the standard up and find a 2017 Eurovision Finalist or winner? Annual favourite Markus Riva didn’t even make it to the Semi-Finals this year, but another familiar act, last year’s Supernova Finalist, My Radiant You have reached the final again this year. Will they be the ones to head to Kyiv? Time will tell.
Let’s have a look at the songs and see if any are potential Eurovision winners.
Triana Park- “Line”
This is a EDM song with electronic influences, the lead singer has a good voice and the song does have dynamism. I love the almost neon styling, and the dance breaks in the song are great because we get to see the lead singer bust a move or two. I don’t know if this is the most accessible song or would appeal to a wide range of people, but it is a good song and would do well with certain demographics.
My score: 7.5/10
My Radiant You- “All I Know”
The start of this is the same as “Sex on Fire” if just a less rocky version. They are great vocalists, that is no surprise after last year’s Supernova participation. The song’s lyrics and the delivery is all a bit cheesy. It is not bad, it is inoffensive and makes little impact on me. If this won I don’t know if they would qualify at Eurovision.
My score: 5.5/10
The Ludvig- “I’m in Love with You”
This is soulful, edgy R’n’B, and coming from the singer it is a unique twist. It’s an interesting song and The Ludvig can certainly sing, the production does sound a little cheap, especially when the electronic effects come in near the end. Not the best, but a decent effort.
My score: 6.5/10
Santa Danelevica- “Your Breath”
The only way I can describe this song is a Drum ‘n’ Bass ballad. I love this, Santa is a great singer and she delivers this song effortlessly. It starts off very slowly, before that Drum ‘n’ Bass kicks in, but it is just subtle and only in the last minute does the song open into a rock ballad. It is mash up of genres, but unlike so many other songs in selections this year, that try to mix genres, this song is cohesive and can pull it off. It isn’t perfect, but it is a fantastic entry that could be tweaked for Eurovision.
My score: 8/10
What do you think of the finalist? Who is your favourite to win in Latvia? Let us know below, and enjoy the show.