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Latvia: Aussievision's Supernova 2023 rankings



Last week the 14 songs competing in Supernova, Latvia's Eurovision selection show, were revealed by Latvian Broadcaster, LTV.


The Aussievision team has been busy listening to and ranking the songs, and we can now reveal the placings from 14th down to 1st!


In total we had 15 contributors vote, so let's take a look at the results in reverse order!


The results:

14. Katrine Miller - 'Beaten Down' (25 points)

Highs: 6 points from Stef



13. 24. Avēnija - 'You Said' (26 points)

Highs: 12 points from Colleen


"I love the funky vibes from this! I was sold immediately on the bass and the hypnotic, robotic vocals. I also really like how laid back it is while being entertaining throughout" ~Colleen



12. Toms Kalderauskis - 'When It All Falls' (28 points)

Highs: 6 points from Hayley


"This sounds like what would happen if you took Guy Sebastian and Isaiah's sounds and threw them into a blender. I'm pretty impressed with the results, even if the song is not one of my personal favourites." ~Laura



11. Artūrs Hatti - 'Love Vibes' (30 points)

Highs: 6 points from Cooper and Colleen



The Top Ten:


10. Sudden Lights - 'Aijā ' (50 points)

Highs: 10 points from Kyriakos, Fleur, and Dale; 8 points from John Christian

Lows: 0 points from Cooper, Mike, Samuel, Hayley, and Emma



"This feels like a nice full package with a sound I would describe as "early to mid 2000s" rock. I'm aware this is a genre I love so I might be bias on this. I like the juxtaposition between the really heavy guitar into the soft "lullaby" vocals, particularly to finish." ~Dale



9. Avéi - 'Let Me Go' (53 points)

Highs: 10 points from Emma; 8 points from Stef

Lows: 0 points from Kyriakos, Fleur, Dale, Samuel, Ted, and Steve



"I really love this song, her vocals are great and the majority of the song is beautiful and moving. The spoken word section in the middle really lost her 2nd place for me, but overall I still really enjoy this song and never skip it when it comes on my playlist" ~Stef



8. Raum - 'Fake Love' (55 points)

Highs: 10 points from Tim

Lows: 0 points from John Christian, Laura, and Hayley



"There’s something a bit nostalgic about this song. It has a great rhythm to it and It has a mid 2000’s sound to it that, for Eurovision, could be a big help or a big hindrance. I think given previous year’s successes with nostalgic rock, this could be a successful song for Latvia" ~Tim



7. Justs - 'Strangers' (57 points)

Highs: 10 points from Mike; 8 points from Steve

Lows: 0 points from Fleur, Samuel, and Colleen



"Although this isn't he most original piece of music I have heard, it does bring a quality to the songwriting that others don't. I'm hoping the live performance lifts it to another place." ~Mike


"The line “Now we’re just strangers, waiting to be found by someone else” in Justs’ 'Strangers' is great. The best I’ve heard in the 2023 NF season so far." ~Steven



6. Alise Haijima - 'Tricky' (65 points)

Highs: 10 points from Laura; 8 points from Hayley

Lows: 0 point from Cooper, Mike, Dale, Stef, and Tim



"This has the chaotic energy I need! It sounds just like a Kpop banger, with elements of some of Samanta Tīna's past Supernova entries. With some edgy, cool staging and some excellent choreography, this could really stand out in this year's Supernova lineup." ~Laura


"A more classy version of Samanta Tina I feel." ~Samuel



5. Adriana Miglāne - 'Like I Wanna' (68 points)

Highs: 12 points from Cooper

Lows: 0 points from Ted and Steve



"Sometimes you don't need some revolutionary, game-changing song, 'Like I Wanna' is simple fun pop and I really enjoy it! It has a catchy melody and I constantly went back to this song whilst sorting out my rankings. This could be so fun live and hope it does well in Supernova" ~Cooper


"Marie N won the Latvian national selection and ultimately Eurovision in 2002 with “I wanna” – wondering if Adriana is hoping to channel some historic Latvian luck with her song title as well." ~Samuel


"Margaret walked so Adriana Miglāne could run! The song itself is a little bit basic, but it's a pleasant listen nonetheless, and with the right staging, this could come alive. It's so summery and light!" ~Laura



4. Luīze - 'You To Hold Me' (74 points)

Highs: 12 points from Mike and Steve; 10 points from samuel; 8 points from Cooper and Dale

Lows: 0 points from Kyriakos, Fleur, Colleen, and Stef



"For me, this was the standout song in this selection. There is an almost dated Scandi-ballad feel to it, but it feels more realized and complete than the others. With a good live vocal performance and presentation this could find another gear." ~Mike


"Luīze has a great voice with a lovely tone. The song has peaks and troughs musically, whilst the story behind the lyrics is simple but well told. There’s also potential for vocal/staging “moments”, a key requirement of any successful song in my book. One of two standout entries for me." ~Steven


"This gentle, beautiful ballad with haunting lyrics could be the real sleeper of this competition. The song’s words perfectly conveys the internal battle of the singer to overcome her feelings for her lover. Luīze’s vocal timbre during the bridge in particular is also simply exquisite." ~Samuel



3. Markus Riva - 'Forever' (104 points)

Highs: 12 points from John Christian, Kyriakos, and Samuel; 8 points from Mike and Emma

Lows: 0 points from Colleen




"Markus Riva has been robbed of his Eurovision moments in the past, it's time for him to BE in the Eurovision stage and give Latvia a fighting chance in qualifying." ~John Christian


"“Forever” really is quite an ironic song title for a guy who has participated in every Latvian Eurovision national selection since 2014 – an incredible nine times! Anyone’s heartstrings would be tugged hearing Markus’ plight and determination. I may be a bit bias but I genuinely think “Forever” is the most catchy and stimulating song in an otherwise lack-lustre Latvian line-up. Let’s hope Markus can do a Sanna Nielsen and finally get to that Eurovision stage!" ~Samuel


"So good to see Markus back! Will it be his lucky year! I love the upbeat tempo of 'Forever'. I hope he gives us some interesting choreography for his performance." ~Kyriakos



2. Inspo - 'Sway' (113 points)

Highs: 12 points from Fleur, Stef, Hayley, Tim, and Emma; 10 points from John Christian, Colleen, Ted, and Steve

Lows: 0 points from Cooper, Kyriakos, Mike, and Samuel



"I found this to be the most memorable song in this year's Supernova selection. Then again, I am a sucker for big guitar riffs. This for me is the perfect blend of heavy rock and electro pop for Eurovision. Nadīna Stirniniece's vocals rounds out this song nicely." ~Fleur


"This song hooked me from the first chord. It’s gorgeous, has a great rock vibe, and I can’t wait to see it live!" ~Stef


"This really stands out from the pack. Very Evanescence!" ~Hayley


"Look I have no shame in saying that I loved Inspo’s song from last year’s Supernova and I feel like this is equally brilliant. It has different pacing to it that makes it unique and the electric guitar really adds something to this song. I think the vocals are fantastic and I really hope this does well this year " ~Tim


"I'll jump in the bandwagon and vote for what they think has a great chance of going to the Grand Final." ~John Christian


"I was surprised when the initially mid-tempo song turned into a mid-2000s era sounding rock song, but I'm so happy it did because it brings be back to my early childhood when "Bring Me To Life" by Evanescence was everywhere." ~Colleen


"I really liked Inspo's song for Supernova last year - it felt big and angsty in all the right ways. I'm not quite as sure about this song, which jumps to the loud rock part slightly too quickly and has some odd structuring going on. Nonetheless, in this set of songs 'Sway' is a breath of fresh air, and I'd be perfectly happy to see the duo in Liverpool!" ~Ted


"Sway' pits a beautiful female voice against electronic metal (somewhat reminiscent to me of an Evanescene track) … and it kinda works for me. Eurovision always needs some rock, and maybe this could see Latvia qualify for the Grand Final for the first time in a good few years." ~Steven



1. Patrisha - 'Hush' (119 Points)

Highs: 12 points from Dale, Ted, and Laura; 10 points from Cooper, Stef, and Hayley

Lows: 0 points from Emma



"This song has great energy helped by that driving clapping beat. The song has a hooky little chorus with a dark jazzy/soul sound. Patrisha has a really interesting voice and a good look and I'm looking forward to the live performance." ~Dale


"This was the only song from this NF to make me sit up and take notice. The production could use a revamp, but this is giving me elements of Kimbra, Florence + the Machine and all the other artsy pop ladies of the noughties and early 2010s. I really hope Patrisha can deliver live, because I think this is Latvia's best chance of qualifying by miles." ~Ted


"Latvia, this is the clear choice - it stands out in all the right ways! From the unique, attention-grabbing lyrics to the contrast between the quieter vocals and the thumping beats, the whole song is really interesting and creative, I love it!" ~Laura


"Whilst it not be my personal favourite, it definitely needs to be the song Latvia sends to the contest. It stands-out and could make an impact in Liverpool. With proper staging, this could be a potential qualifier for Latvia." ~Cooper


"I really like the beat and the early 2010s feel of this song! " ~Stef


"It’s a funky little number" ~Hayley



What do you think? Do agree with our rankings!?


You can listen to all the entries on LTV's YouTube playlist.


Supernova 2023 will begin on February 4th with a semi-final, and the Eurovision entry will be selected in the Supernova Final on February 11th



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