Eurovision 2019

#LATVIA – Live Blog of Supernova 2nd Semi Final from 20:25 CET #DareToDream

Labs vakars Eiropa un labs rīts Austrālija! Tonight is the start of Supernova, Latvia’s route to the Eurovision Song Contest 2019!

Sit back and relax, and let Eurovision Ireland’s own James Scanlan entertain and inform you. As always, feel free to tell me what you think and give your opinions about tonight’s Final and who your favourites are! I might even shout out to you in the blog 😉

Tonight is the 2nd of 2 semi finals where another 8 songs will sing , of which 4 will progress to the final on February 16th. They will join the Top 4 from last week’s semi and these 8 finalists will go on to the final and the winner will sing for Latvia in Tel Aviv. Tonight’s contestants in alphabetical order are:

Adriana Miglāne – “Scared of Love”

Carousel – “That Night”

Double Faced Eels – “Fire”

Dziļi Violets feat. Kozmens – “Tautas Dziesma”

Kristiāna – “Remedy”

Laika Upe – “Listen To The Way That I Breathe”

Markus Riva – “You Make Me So Crazy”

Peress – “Smaragdi Un Pelni”

Tonight’s winners will be selected by a mixture of votes from a jury of music professionals, and also the Latvian public via a televote.

If you want to watch the fun too, you can watch HERE from 20:25CET / 19:25 GMT.

You know the drill: Just refresh this page to get the comments, points of view and all that Eurovision Ireland goodness you know and love!

LIVE BLOG STARTS HERE!!

Tick tock… you’ve still got plenty of time before all the fun in Riga! Go outside! Have fun! Come back later 😉

Apparently there’s some sort of Eurovision thing happening in Sweden tonight too… so I’m going to be an extra 20% funny for you guys who stick with me and Latvia, and all at no extra charge!

Is someone in Latvia about to have their wildest dreams come true? Hope they have better luck than the last time I bought a lottery ticket…

Show is due to start any minute now!

Here we go!

More hi-jinx backstage with our hosts

Interesting wardrobe choices tonight… very 5th Element

Being reintroduced to the jury, who will have part of the say in who qualifies tonight – the other say comes from the good people of Latvia!

Here they are, if you don’t remember from last week

Isn’t that Edna Mode from The Incredibles?!?

Here we go! Remember, only 4 acts tonight will make it to the final on the 16th! First up tonight we have a song in Latvian, curious to see how this goes!

Dziļi Violets feat. Kozmens – “Tautas Dziesma”

Well, I assumed it was a song in Latvian from the title, but so far I’ve also heard English and French. As an idea, it’s sound. 5 men, one in a kilt (!) standing very still and delivering a competent vocal performance. The issue is, the song is a bit plodding in its melody and parts of it sound like spoken word performance, rather than a song. This being said, the audience reacted well to it and it is strangely hypnotic in its effect. Again, I wonder though if this suits the smaller Supernova arena, and its intimacy will be lost in Tel Aviv. I’m on the fence with this one… I really want to like it, but not sure…

The group are getting their feedback from the judges… though by the way they’re standing there shuffling from foot to foot, you’d thing they were being told off by the headmaster…

At least the audience seem a bit more lively than last week!

I don’t speak Latvian. But from a few words I do know, added to some cognates and internationalisms, I suspect one of the judges said something along the lines of what I said earlier – you have 3 minutes to grab the world’s attention and this maybe isn’t the way to do it. If she in fact said the opposite, please let me know!

They give very detailed feedback, I must say…

The gentleman on the left looks like a 19th century portrait with that moustache and stern expression…. ah, so that’s what the book was for, she’s collecting autographs!

And after one song, we’re on an advert break… sure last week we at least managed two before the first break!

And we’re back, and straight on to song #2!

Peress – “Smaragdi Un Pelni”

Wow! I was immediately grabbed by the moodiness of it all… she looks stunning in green, and surrounded by her ghostly backing singers. It’s quite dramatic and catchy once it gets going, but it takes far too long to get to that point. I’d almost written it off as a slow ballad that wasn’t going to built when it was finally kicked up a gear! I like it, it looks great and I love the dark atmosphere. But I think when you have to grab a televoter’s attention, this just takes a little too long to get going… shame, as I like it as an idea

The judges give their views… even if you don’t understand what they’re saying, Peress’ face seems to tell you everything you need to know… (!!)

It’s funny how many Europeans don’t realise that showing two fingers *that* way round is actually quite offensive in the UK and Ireland…

Laika Upe – “Listen To The Way That I Breathe”

With a title like this, I was expecting something slow, romantic and melodic… I couldn’t really have been more wrong! This song is more like an electronica 80s B-side. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, it’s actually quite catchy to listen to. But what really doesn’t work is the band’s look. They all look as though they’re dressed for different bands, and there’s no cohesion in their staging. They all looked like they’re dancing away to different songs in their heads and it looks a bit messy. It’s not a outright winner in my opinion, but with a bit of work on staging it could be a contender to win Supernova.

Critiques and comments galore tonight…

Seem to be some mixed reactions there from the band… some members look pleased, others not so much…

Song #4 – just about half way there!

Carousel – “That Night”

Well well well! As soon as those soft guitar chords started I was taken back to Calm After The Storm from The Netherlands! It’s very country, but it quite a sultry way. She sings beautifully and gives a really intense and intimate performance with lots of close camera shots. This is I think the first song I’ve heard in the entire Latvian selection where I’ve gone “Ooh now!” – if this doesn’t qualify tonight, something is very wrong… simple, elegant and stands out for all the right reasons!

Some of the judges have given quite brief feedback for this entry… could it be a case of “There’s nothing I need to say”?

The audience also seem to like it… in their subdued, dignified sort of way 😉

They seem happy with their comments at least!

Subtle product placement from our sponsors… that can only mean it’s time for another ad break here in Latvia!

Just explaining to my nephew Jack (of Junior Jurer fame!) about what I’m doing tonight and how the website works… and in showing him all the events coming up, I’ve realised it’s only 100 days until Eurovision!! WOOOO!!

And we’re back in Latvia – 4 more songs, is one of these a Eurovision winner?

Kristiāna – “Remedy”

Other than some cringing lyrics and rhymes, I’m really enjoying this!! Kristiana has a powerful voice, and despite it being just her on this stage, she has the presence to hold it! It’s the kind of trance falling out of love ballad that was huge in the early 2000s, which may sound dated but I think it works and works well. I think should qualify, no problem

The female judge took her glasses off for the first time tonight… this is either really good, or really bad…

I’ve just noticed… the host looks a little like Darcy Bussel! At least in profile…

I’ve just heard the words all contestants dread… wild card…

Are some surprises about to thrown in?

Ohh well, no time to work it out now, it’s on to Song #6!

Double Faced Eels – “Fire”

Hmmm… I wasn’t sure what to expect with a name like this, but the band definitely work more as a unit than other entrants we’ve seen tonight. The song isn’t bad, it’s just not terribly memorable for me either. The fire in the hand was a nice touch, and it sounds like it could be an anthemic song, but it needs a bit of retooling for that to happen. A solid effort though lads, well done!

Due to technical problems with the site, a lot of the things I’ve tried to upload in the last 10 minutes have all failed. We seem to be back on track, but there are limited comments as a result. Apologies

Adriana Miglāne – “Scared of Love”

Musically, this is one of the few entries tonight to immediately grab me. It’s a pleasant enough song and Adriana performs in competently. The downside is, it’s a little repetitive and uninspired. It’s the kind of thing that would go down well in a club, that’s for sure! It’s fun and light, but it’s not outstanding. Still, Adriana looks amazing!

There’s only one song left in Supernova, from a very familiar face… but before we see who that is, it’s time for some more adverts – don’t go too far!

It’s the last bit of the Supernova semis! And a familiar face is about to make his return – could this be his year at last?!

Markus Riva – “You Make Me So Crazy”

Markus clearly knows his way around this national selection as is giving perhaps the most sophisticated staging we’ve seen in Latvia so far this year. It feels like a mix of Melodifestivalen entries, from his entry (very Sweden 2017!) to those shiny trousers (Mans much?) but it all adds up to quite a slick performance. Ok, so it might not be the most taxing song in the world, but it’s catchy, fun and if this did go to Tel Aviv to Latvia, it wouldn’t be a bad thing at all! Maybe this is your year at last Markus!

So there we have it, all 8 contestants have sung tonight. While the judges talk about what they’ve just seen, I’m going to compile my thoughts too and see if I can work out who is through to the final… and see if I can do better with my guesses than last week!

This week it’s actually harder to call. I think Markus, Kristiana and Carousel should all sail through. That one last spot could go to a number of acts… I suspect it’ll be Double Faced Eels or Adriana, but I’m not sure who… basically a combination of any of those 5 😛

I must say, I’m more impressed by the songs this week than I was last week – I think the winner of Supernova and Latvia’s next Eurovision contestant probably sang tonight (sorry contestants from last week!)

Is he wearing luggage straps?

We’re now having a run down of ways to vote, and how tonight’s votes will be calculated – 50/50 between jury and public

If you’re in Latvia and want to vote, here’s all the information you’ll need (phone not included)

Time for a recap of all tonight’s contestants. There might be only 8 songs, but I’ve still forgotten some of the earlier songs!

Going down the Green Line and asking the contestants to canvas for votes – who has yours?

A radio station are discussing the songs now – wonder who out of them has gotten the most airtime?

Markus Riva Fest – a new name for Supernova? 😛

Hmm… I don’t think this was supposed to happen just yet… give me a moment dear readers, I’ll try to work out what’s going on!

Well, thanks to Google Translate I know that says what I suspected it did – we’ve basically been geoblocked on copyright grounds. This happened last week too, but AFTER we knew the results…

We’re back! Maybe LTV realised we weren’t done yet!

Everyone is on stage, we should have a result very soon then!

Dziļi Violets feat. Kozmens and Double Faced Eels are through, and so is Markus Riva!

Carousel are the last finalist! Surprised Kristiana didn’t make it though…

Thank you very much Latvia, I’ve been James, you’ve been Supernova – see you at the final! 😀

Author: James Scanlan
Source: Eurovision Ireland, LTV.lv
Image Source: LTV.lv

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12 replies »

  1. I nearly thought I was watching Melodifestivalen again when Markus came on , I agree it’s the most sophisticated of any of the songs we’ve seen tonight, I think this will qualify and his past experience may just win the whole Supernova this year !

  2. Adriana was very much like watching Loreen and Euphoria again with her singing ” up, up,up”, not quite in Loreen’s class though !

  3. Haha , Darcey Bussell on Latvian TV,she’s a very busy woman flitting between the Strictly live tour and Supernova ! 😀
    I have a sneaking regard for Kristiana though

    • Some national selections you get repetitive strain injuries typing so fast, trying to get it all in before the next song. Think I’ll be ok tonight though 😉

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