Tonight in Latvia, the second heat of Supernova 2018 took place, with seven more songs performed. Two performers follow Edgars and Liene through to the final on February 24.
The winner of Supernova 2018 will represent Latvia at the Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, Portugal in May.
Each week Justs Sirmais and model and Latvian TV star, Dagmara Legante will host the show. The green room was hosted, again by Toms Grēviņš.
Hypnotic – Pray
With the best wish in the world, hoping for World Peace, the ladies sincerely believe in their message, and as a result, it is obvious on stage. Working well as a trio, the three human wedding cakes, opening the show had a huge disadvantage considering the behemoths to come. Very unlucky if they do not qualify. At the end they declared Stop The Wars.
MADARA – Esamība
It’s hard to see this not qualifying. The performance is pure understated class. From the haunting cello to the mysterious meaning behind the Latvian lyrics, there hasn’t been more of a sure thing in any National Finals yet like this one.
Markus Riva – This Time
Markus was making his fourth appearance in Supernova tonight. This modern pop song is as good as any going around in any of the world’s pop charts. The problem is he is up against a very strong set of songs this year. If he doesn’t make it this year, let’s hope there’s still another time in the future.
In My Head – Sunset
Modern electronic music, this is another current pop sound from an up and coming group. Last week Sudden Lights didn’t make the final, so we will see if In My Head have better luck. The group performed very well giving the Supernova a much-needed boost.
Ritvars – Who’s Counting?
Dismissed at its initial qualification, this has now become an entry to watch. Ritvars gentle song to his son, was very well performed, and due its subject matter, heartfeltly sung. Ritvars was very smart in his suit, with three backing female singers. A real grower of a song.
Monta – 1000 Roses
Dressed in a rose coloured dress to match the song, Monta started the song sitting on the stage floor. The three backing female singers in matching colours added an extra warmth to the song. The song was very well sung and its mellow feel could work in its favour.
Riga Reggae – Stop the War U2
The final song had the same message as the first song, but this one was of a different genre. With a hint of reggae, this was a slightly less polished performance but none the less pleasing to watch. With an English narrative, there was no reason to just plea to U2. Again this week the Latvians have a difficult choice to make.
The Latvian public and the panel of jurists chose the two artists going to the final. They are Ritvars and Madara.
Below you can enjoy Madara and Esamiba.