As preparations and participations for the new Eurovision season continue to roll in, Lithuania confirms their interest for Israel 2019.
Lithuania confirm participation
Speaking to fellow fan site ESC Today, Lithuania’s national broadcaster (LRT) confirmed their participation for next year’s Eurovision Song Contest. Therefore ensuring the entire Baltic trinity, along with Estonia and Latvia, will be present in Israel. So far over 20 countries in total have confirmed their intentions for 2019. Whilst no official announcement has been made, it is likely Lithuania will continue to stick with the Eurovizijos format. Stay tuned for more updates in due course.
Lithuania in the Eurovision Song Contest
Next year will mark Lithuania’s 20th appearance in the contest, having made their debut in 1994. Their first entrant Ovidijus Vyšniauskas with the song Lopšinė mylimai failed to leave a lasting impression on Europe, finishing last with the dreaded nil points. However that didn’t deter the plucky Baltic nation, who after some early stop starts, have attended every year since 2004. The semi-final era has seen some mixed results, Lithuania’s best finish coming in 2006 with LT United and the aptly named We Are The Winners. Despite the name, LT United could only manage 6th. Waiting for that night for a decade, Lithuania’s only other top 10 came in 2016 when Donny Montell finished 9th with I’ve Been Waiting For This Night. With the new voting system, this became Lithuania’s highest points total with 200. Overall Lithuania has qualified 9 out of 15 attempts since the introduction of the semi-finals.
In Lisbon it was Ieva Zasimauskaitė and her emotional ballad When We’re Old flying Lithuania’s flag at the 2018 contest. The relatable lyrics and moving performance resonated with the audience and viewers at home. Thus finishing a respectable 12th place and earning Lithuania’s second best points total with 181.
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