Tel Aviv 2019

Jury results for Eurovizijos Atranka heat four announced

Late drama as Sasha Song withdraws!

The national jury have given their results for heat four of Eurovizijos Atranka 2019, which will be broadcast 2nd February. There is also more drama as Sasha Song withdraws from the competition.

As the broadcasts are pre-recorded in the early stages of the national final, the jury results of the fourth heat of Eurovizijos Atranka 2019 have been revealed. Thirteen acts are contesting the second heat and the jury votes are as follows:

This comprises 50% of the total score. With the remaining 50% coming from the public televote. The top six will progress to the semi finals next month. Heat four will air Saturday 2nd February at 21:00 local time. Or at 20:00 CET and 19:00 GMT for international viewers.

Sasha Song not singing

Previously we reported that Lithuania’s 2009 representative was looking to make a late addition to the show. However it now seems Sasha won’t be sharing the ‘love’ in this year’s selection. Indeed his no show at the recording of the fourth heat may yet incur a fine of 2000 euros. Speaking to 15min Sasha stated his reason for leaving was not finalising the song with his producer in time.

I didn’t get the right arrangement from the producer at the agreed time… []… Unfortunately, I do not want to participate in the presentation of an average composition. So I had to leave.

Sasha Song withdraws from Eurovizijos Atranka 2019

Thus heat four will now only have eleven artists competing for the top six spots to advance to the semi-finals.

Who to watch in heat four

Of course the stand out name is returning 2018 finalist Monika Marija who has assured her place as one of the favourites with both ‘Criminal’ and ‘Light On’. We covered the sudden inclusion of ‘Light On’ in more depth recently. Other acts to keep an eye include Queens of Roses who have vast experience in Eurovizijos over the years under their past pseudonyms of Vig Roses and 4Roses. Last year’s semi-finalist Saulės Kliošas and last year’s quarter-finalist Elizabeth Olshey also feature.

Amongst the composers are some familiar names to Eurovision fans. Laurell Barker with ‘Lay It Down’ also has entries in this year’s UK and German national finals, but came into her own during last Eurovision season. Co-writing Switzerland’s 2018 Eurovision ‘Stones’ for Zibbz. Also giving national final season two of the bangers of the year in Asanda’s ‘Legends’ and Renaida’s ‘All The Feels’.

As well as this there is also a Eurovizijos return for the Swedish twins Ylva and Linda Persson with ‘Scars Are Beautiful’. Since 2013 they have created 40 compositions for national selections all across Europe. Last year saw two podium finishes. Firstly as writers and backing singers for Doinita Gherman’s tropical bop ‘Dance In Flames’ in Moldova and also with Monika Urlik’s soaring ballad ‘Momentum’ in Poland.

Be sure to tune in for heat three this Saturday! Who are your favourites in Eurovizijos Atranka? Let us know in the comments and on social media @ESCXTRA

Lisa Bird

My first Eurovision memory was watching 1994 as a hatchling. I've been tapping my talons to the bops and bangers from Europe and beyond ever since! I finally spread my wings to attending the contest in Lisbon 2018 and am now a regular at many events and national finals - especially my regular nest at Eesti Laul.
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