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LATVIA: Judge & Jury – We review Supernova 2016 semi-finalists for Eurovision 2016

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This coming Sunday is the semi-final of Supernova 2016, where 8 songs will compete to represent Latvia in Stockholm. Only 4 songs will make the final. Who will it be? We reviewed all 8 songs and gave our predictions. Remember to bet responsibly, people!

Justs – Heartbeat

‘Heartbeat’ opens with a sparse electro-pop track and heavy, almost plodding beats. But then a compelling bass groove kicks in and the song really gets going. Justs has a powerful voice that lifts what might be an otherwise leaden number and carries it with confidence. But is it enough to make the final? I won’t be holding my breath for this one.

Catalepsia – Damnation

Now this I like! Deep gothic vocals, darkly brooding verses and sweeping choruses. The powerful drums and guitars sweep the melody along. It’s a typically dark gothic anthem that gladdens my little black heart. Top of my list (Yes, I may be just a tiny bit biased!)

Ivo Grisnis Grislis – We Are The Light

Last year, Swedish Eurovision 2015 winner Mans Zelmerlow said ‘We Are The Heroes Of Our Time’. This year, Ivo tells us ‘We Are The Light’. While this song differs completely in pace and style, it carries the same message, that we are the ones who can effect change and make the world a better place. It’s a message that deserves to be heard by all of Europe, not just Latvia. Will Ivo get to carry his message to Stockholm? Find out on Saturday!

Marta Grigale – Choices

“There’s always a choice”, sings Marta Grigale. But will this song be Latvia’s choice to represent Eurovision? Personally, I think it has potential. It’s a well-structured song sung by an accomplished performer and could make it into the final four. After that? The choice is with the voting public. Good luck, Marta!

Markus Riva – I Can

This isn’t the first time Markus Riva has competed for Eurovision. In 2014, he came second in the Latvian national final with ‘Lights On’, then again in 2015 with ‘Take Me Down’. Will it be a case of “Third time lucky” for Markus?  The song certainly has what it takes to go all the way. ‘I Can’, says Markus. We here at Eurovision Ireland think you can too.

MyRadiantU – We Will Be Stars

This is a pleasant, poppy offering but the delivery feels wooden. The singers fail to inject any passion into the song and as a result, it plods along in a somewhat pedestrian manner. Can MyRadiantU shine brightly enough to make it through to the final four? They may still surprise us. Maybe.

Samanta Tina – The Love Is Forever

Samanta is another contender who is no stranger to Eurovision, having competed back in 2014 with ‘Stay’ and placing third in the Latvian national finals. ‘The Love Is Forever’ with its clubby dance beats may get through to the final four but it remains to be seen if it is strong enough to be the representing song at Stockholm.

Marta Ritova – Not From This World

While this is a mostly slow-paced song, it’s got passion in spades. The simple piano melody is layered with electronic undertones. Bursts of tribal-sounding drums echo in the background, adding drama and depth, resulting in an overall, otherworldly performance. This is one I’d like to see make the final four, if only to see how the audience receives it.

 

How did they score?

Here are my votes for Latvia’ 8 semi-finalists. Do you agree? Disagree? Tell me who YOU think should make it through to Stockholm. All comments gratefully received!

  1. Markus Riva – I Can – 12 points
  2. Catalepsia – Damnation – 10 points
  3. Ivo Grisnis Grislis – We Are The Light – 8 points
  4. Marta Ritova – Not From This World – 7 points
  5. Samanta Tina – The Love Is Forever – 6 points
  6. Marta Grigale – Choices – 5 points
  7. Justs – Heartbeat – 4 points
  8. MyRadiantU – We Will Be Stars – 3 points

I know I am going against the grain here with marking Justs so low but that is because I feel the songs are so high in calibre this year in Latvia.

 

So who gets your votes from Latvia?

Comment below!

 

Author : Jennifer Roche

Source : Eurovision Ireland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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