National broadcaster, LRT, has announced that the final of Pabandom iš naujo will be held in the Žalgiris Arena in Kaunas.
No stranger to the city, the revamped national final for Lithuania has seen quite a few changes this year, with less heats/shows, a new name and branding, and an increased PR drive.
“This year we are preparing the final of the national selection together with Kaunas City Municipality – it will be held together with the annual ‘Aš – dalis tavęs’ celebration in Kaunas. The first part of the festive evening will feature well-known Lithuanian musicians and the second part will select the winner of the Eurovision national selection. Both parts of the concert will be broadcast live on LRT Television,” says LRT Chief Producer Audrius Giržadas.
The news won’t shock some fans of the show as 2019 Eurovision entry Jurijus, has been sharing rehearsal footage and videos from inside the arena on social media. Looks like we’re getting a winner’s reprise by the main man from last year’s Eurovizijos Atranka.
What’s happening this weekend?
The first semi-final will be held on Saturday from the LRT studios and 4 acts will book their place in the final. Here is the line-up and running order…
- KaYra “Alligator“
- Viktorija Miškūnaitė “The Ocean”
- Baltos varnos “Namų dvasia“
- Rūta Loop “We Came From Sun“
- Gabrielius Vagelis “Tave čia randu“
- The Roop “On Fire“
- Krisitna Jure “My Sound of Silence“
- Alen Chicco “Somewhere Out There“
- Aistė Pilvelytė “Everlastingly“
Lithuania at Eurovision
Lithuania first entered the contest in 1994 with “Lopšinė mylimai” by Ovidijus Vyšniauskas. Last year in Tel Aviv, Jurijus Veklenko sang “Run With The Lions” and came 11th in Semi-final 2 with 93 points, narrowly missing out on the Grand final. This year in Rotterdam will be the Baltic nation’s 21st Eurovision appearance.
Who will be watching the next rounds of Lithuania’s national final? What act is best suited for Eurovision? Let us know on our socials @ESCXTRA.