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Latvia: Dons to Eurovision 2024 with "Hollow" after winning Supernova

The newest Supernova is Dons, who won the Latvian selection for Eurovision 2024 with the song "Hollow"

Latvia has decided!

Despite not qualifying six years in a row, Latvia's broadcaster (LTV) is not turning its back on Eurovision. Tonight, 10 hopefuls took the stage for the Supernova 2024 Final in Riga.

Voting to determine the Latvian Eurovision representative consisted of a combination of jury and public voting. They chose Dons with the song "Hollow" to represent them at the Eurovision Song Contest 2024 in Malmö.

Dons was the clear favorite to win Supernova 2024, both among the bookmakers and all of you who voted in our Supernova Poll.

Latvia 2024: Dons – "Hollow"

"Hollow" was written by Artūrs Šingirejs, Kate Northrop and Liam Geddes.

Supernova 2024 – Final


Artūrs Šingirejs (39) with the stage name Dons is a singer-songwriter from Saldus, Latvia.

Dons is one of the most popular singers in Latvia, having received the Top Radio Hit award for most played song seven times at the Latvian Music Recording Awards. He has released nine albums to date.

Dons studied piano at the Saldus Music School, subsequently devoting himself to music. He became well-known in 2003 after winning Talantu Fabrikā. The following year, Dons and Lily (Linda Kalniņa, fellow contestant from Talantu Fabrikā and later wife) published their joint studio album "Viens Otram," which included the radio smash "Just for You."

Dons and Lily lived in both London and Los Angeles, where Dons released his first solo album "Lights On" in 2006. His second solo album, "Lelle," was released in 2008 and was his first Latvian language album. Since then he has mostly been singing in Latvian.

The third time's a charm: He tried to represent Latvia at Eurovision two times finishing second before he finally was on top of the podium this year. The first time was in 2010, when he was the runner up in Eirodziesma 2010, with the song "My Religion is Freedom." The second time was in Dziesma 2014 with the song "Pēdējā vēstule," when he also finished second.

He's been a judge at Supernova two times: The first edition in 2015, and again in 2017.

Supernova 2024

Supernova was Latvia's national selection contest to choose their representative for Eurovision 2024. Like previous years, two shows were held:

  • Semi-Final: 3 February 2024
  • Final: 10 February 2024

Like previous years, the show was hosted by Lauris Reiniks (Latvia 2003) and Ketija Šēnberga.

Latvia in the Eurovision Song Contest

Latvia debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2000, and since then, the country has participated every year (23 times). Their best result was in 2002, when Latvia won the Eurovision Song Contest with the song "I Wanna" by Marie N.

Latvia 2002: Marie N - "I Wanna"

In the last 14 contests, Latvia finished last in their Semi-finals five times, and has only managed to qualify for the Grand Final two times.

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