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  • Writer's pictureLaura Smith

Latvia: Aussievision's Supernova 2022 rankings

With the semi-final on February 5 (February 6 in Australia), Latvia's national selection Supernova 2022 is just around the corner.

12 members of the Aussievision team listened to the 17 Supernova semi-finalists and each contributor awarded points to their top 10 songs from 12 points - 1 point, Eurovision-style.

Which song was the Aussievision team's favourite? Are they Aminata fans or are they more into fine dining? Has wildcard Miks Galvanovskis beaten the odds and risen to the top of the pack? Or has another song caught their attention?

Read on to find out who Aussievision has crowned the winner of Supernova 2022!

Here are our top 17 Supernova songs from 17th place - 1st place:

  • 17th place: The Coco'nuts - 'In And Out Of The Dark' (16 points)

  • 16th place: Bermudu Divstūris - 'Bad' (16 points)

  • 15th place: Miks Galvanovskis - 'I'm Just A Sinner' (18 points)

  • 14th place: Markus Riva - 'If You're Gonna Love Me' (25 points)

  • 13th place: Katō - 'Promises' (26 points)

  • 12th place: Patriks Peterson - 'Can't Get You Outta My Head' (27 points)

  • 11th place: Bujāns - 'He, She, You & Me' (27 points)

10. Miks Dukurs - 'First Love' (30 points)

  • Highs: 10 points from Hayley, 8 points from Mark

  • Lows: 0 points from Emma, Guy, Hugo, Laura, Mike and Tim

"Love me an aching male vocal, and a sparse musical arrangement. I'd be happy for Miks to serenade me any day of the week." ~ Mark

"The first time I heard this it stopped me in my tracks. Its beautiful but the lyrics are too simple and the recording actually sounds muffled. I am looking forward to seeing this performed live." ~ Hayely

9. Zelma - 'How' (34 points)

  • Highs: 7 points from Fleur and Hayley

  • Lows: 0 points from Emma, Dale, Kyriakos, Mike and Tim

"Although this didn't make my top 10 this is still quality and Zelma puts a lot of emotion into the song. Despite the lyrics, it's something I would like to have on as music in the background on the weekend to chill out to. Unfortunately those positive aspects of the song may see it struggle in a competitive environment." ~ Dale

"This song is so brooding and mysterious. I'm not sure how well it will translate to the live stage at Supernova but it's a quality studio track that I keep listening to over and over again." ~ Laura

8. Elīna Gluzunova - 'Es pabiju tur' (42 points)

  • Highs: 10 points from Laura and Mark, 7 points from Mike

  • Lows: 0 points from Fleur, Hayley, Hugo and Kyriakos

"This entry is so stunning and ethereal. Its folksy charm, cosy atmosphere, and pizzicato string instrumentation may not lend itself well to being a typical "competition song", but Elina's voice transported me to another world. The Latvian language is very beautiful - I wish Latvia would send more songs in Latvian to Eurovision!" ~ Laura

"Otherworldly, magical, transportative, classic. I was thoroughly swept away by Elina's lush entry." ~ Mark

7. Linda Rušeniece - 'Pay My Own Bills' (44 points)

  • Highs: 12 points from Hayley and Mark, 10 points from Emma

  • Lows: 0 points from Dale, Fleur, Hugo, Kyriakos, Laura and Mike

"This girl has the most soulful voice! With a bit of a fuller sound and more bass, this would be a killer song. Continues the theme of women not taking any crap!" ~Hayley

"I love the 60's soul vibe of this female empowerment track yet it doesn't sound dated. Linda means business and the instrumentation really complements the forcefulness of the lyrics and makes this stand out as a unique entry. We are left in no doubt that Linda can indeed pay her own bills and the use of backing singers really helps the song reach its climax and showcase Linda's vocals." ~ Emma

"So long, goodbye to the competition. Linda has my douze points. We stan a female empowerment anthem and this is a good one! There's a Brit pop sensibility to this - you could hear Duffy, Adele or Little Mix laying down something similar: a bit pop, a bit rock, and finding the balance between modern and throwback." ~Mark

6. Mēs Jūs Mīlam - 'Rich Itch' (49 points)

  • Highs: 12 points from Mike, 7 points from Guy

  • Lows: 0 points from Craig and Hugo, 1 point from Laura and Tim

"Something just really works for me here. From the opening drums this got my attention. It's a simple enough electro song with a deadpan rap-style vocal, but I get a cheeky tongue-in-cheek vibe that just makes me smile. Throw in some random Italian words and I'm sold. I worry if this will translate to a live stage, but it's something I will listen to after the contest." ~ Mike

5. Raum - 'Plans' (55 points)

  • Highs: 8 points from Fleur, 7 points from Craig, Emma, Hugo and Tim

  • Lows: 0 points from Dale, Kyriakos and Mark

"Oh this is giving me some early-Good Charlotte vibes and I don't care. Needs some polishing up, regardless there is some potential here. 25-year-old me would have been all over this. Although I can't see this qualifying, I can still appreciate it." ~ Fleur

4. Inspo - 'A Happy Place' (56 points)

  • Highs: 12 points from Tim, 10 points from Hugo

  • Lows: 0 points from Dale, Emma, Mark and Mike

"Oh this is just utter perfection!!! This song really resonates with me in the way that it’s so simple and so emotional. I feel the song as just a pure expression of freedom and just finding that sense of safety and comfort. Is it a bit slow? Yeah maybe but that last part of the song really picks it up and knocks it for six. I believe this is, by far, a stand out for Supernova this year and certainly a real favourite of mine for the National Final season." ~Tim

"Really lovely song. Love the melody in the chorus. Sort of London Grammar vibes I’m getting, which is definitely a good thing. I love the tone of voice from the female singer. Perhaps won’t stand out from the pack on stage, but I’ll like it nonetheless. One of the more well produced tracks in this selection." ~Hugo

"'A Happy Place' is beautiful yet unusual. Although the song starts off quietly, wistfully, and languidly, the heavy guitars towards the end give it the unconventional lift it needs. There's something really compelling about this song and I always find myself coming back to it." ~Laura

"This song is such a quality package. It feels really well written, the vocals are beautiful, and the overall production feels perfect. The build into the electric guitar towards the end is kind of unexpected - but works, and should give it a good impact in the live performance." ~Guy

3. Citi Zēni - 'Eat Your Salad' (63 points)

  • Highs: 12 points from Craig, Dale and Emma

  • Lows: 0 points from Guy and Hayley, 1 point from Mark

"This song is inarguably dependent on one very juvenile gag, and it remains to be seen whether (a) that gag can even make it to broadcast, and (b) *how* it will make it to broadcast. Even noting that, though, 'Eat Your Salad' has some great production, and my inner high school jazz band geek will always be here for some funk. Shockingly, I'm Team Horny Salad Dudes!" ~ Craig

"Yes, this song is getting all the chatter happening because of that opening line, but the reason it gets my 12 points is more than the novelty factor. It's a well produced groove-pop number that I just keep going back to listen to. Is it cringey? Yes. Am I disappointed with myself? Probably. But you can't deny with how catchy it is." ~ Dale

"'Eat Your Salad' sounds like something the cast of 'Sesame Street' would perform to promote recycling...well perhaps with slight modifications to the lyrics! But it's actually a really strong entry with its old-school hip hop vibes and catchy chorus. It's possibly bordering on too novelty to do well at Eurovision but nevertheless it's a song I keep going back to." ~ Emma

"I mean, it certainly grabs your attention early…regardless of the first line of the lyrics, it’s a good catchy song that has a positive message. I’ve, since listening to this song, thought about eating more greens. I see this being really popular with the public and being a real stand out. It may be seen as being a bit gimmicky but I think it still holds up as a song. Now where’s the nearest salad bar…" ~Tim

2. Beatrise Heislere - 'On The Way Home' (81 points)

  • Highs: 12 points from Fleur, Guy and Laura; 10 points from Tim

  • Lows: 0 points from Craig and Dale, 1 point from Hayley

"It's a Baltic-Scandi EDM earworm that's going straight to my playlist. This is the only song in the line up that can challenge Queen Aminata. Honestly, I love it and keep going back to it. Easily my douze points." ~ Fleur

"It was tough to pick a favourite out of my top three, so I went with the one I find myself playing the most. It's a nice easy and uplifting vibe and has a really catchy melody that stays in your head." ~Guy

"'On The Way Home' is easily the song that stands out the most in this Supernova lineup. It's so uplifting and memorable - plus I love the synth pop sound which is very reminiscent of Carly Rae Jepsen's discography. Also, forget the salad dudes, I'll argue that this song has the best opening lyric in Supernova!" ~Laura

"Good solid pop song with lots of 80's pop production elements. The song doesn't take long to get into it's stride and has a very 'Scandi pop' vibe to it. I don't know if this will lend itself to a live performance but it is something I will listen to after Supernova." ~Mike

"Radio friendly pop with an 80's electro vibe...and a catchy and original hook. This has grown on me more after each listen. I just hope she can pull off the vocals live." ~Emma

1. Aminata - 'I'm Letting You Go' (87 points)

  • Highs: 12 points from Hugo; 10 points from Dale, Fleur, Guy, Kyriakos and Mike

  • Lows: 0 points from Mark, 2 points from Hayley

"Just the best song from this selection hands down. The track really gives Aminata an outlet to show her amazing voice, and this feels really emotional and genuine, as it should for a self-written song. Juries will lap it up, and Aminata will definitely be a fan favourite among the Eurovision community. Protests on the streets of Riga if this does not win." ~Hugo

"Nicely written ballad that I would imagine a Eurovision jury would really like. The song gives Aminata plenty of space for vocal moments and I'm sure during the live performance really take those opportunities. In it's studio form, the song sounds a little clinical and I'm not really warming to it, but I'm sure the live will be different. Probably the song to beat in this National Final." ~Mike

"Aminata does deliver another cracking song! But there is something slightly sterile with the whole thing and there are no lows in her vocals I find that she sings quite high overall, and then goes really high for the big moments that almost sound straining. I am sure it will most likely come across differently live on stage." ~Kyriakos

"I may have some Aminata bias, given 'Love Injected' is in my top 10 of all time. This song isn't 'Love Injected'... Nor is it supposed to be. As a song on it's own, I'd call it a bit of a simple "take it or leave it" kind of song - but the way Aminata sings it truly makes you feel it. I'm sure she will take it to a whole other level in the live performance." ~Guy

"Beautifully put together song. Everything about the screams quality. Aminata and her voice, the production, the lyrics, all very very solid." ~ Dale

"I am a huge fan of Aminata. She rarely disappoints but as fantastic as this is, it's rather clinical and safe. If she wins another ticket to Eurovision, this will be a hit with the juries. Might be exactly what Latvia needs to send at the moment." ~Fleur

The semi-final of Supernova 2022 will take place on Saturday 5 February (Sunday 6 February in Australia), with the Grand Final the following Saturday 12 February (Sunday 13 February in Australia).


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