This afternoon, LRT announced the 23 acts that will take part in Lithuania’s national final for Eurovision 2021. Alongside Lithuania’s 2020 entrants The Roop, former Eurovision stars Evelina Sašenko and Vilija Matačiūnaitė will also take part.
The national final will begin on 16th January, and will see the 23 acts cut down to just one who will go on to represent Lithuania in Rotterdam next year. Last year, The Roop were selected to represent the country with “On Fire” before the contest was cancelled.
Who’s taking part?
23 acts will be taking part in Lithuania’s national final next year which will be held over four shows – two qualifying shows, a semi-final and a final. This is two shows less than last year. The Roop confirmed last month that they would be taking part, and would have an automatic pass to the final. The winner of “Pabandom iš naujo!” will be selected by both the public and a five-member jury.
The acts taking part in the show are:
- Aistė Brokenleg
- Be U Group
- Black Spikes with Indre Launikonyte
- Donata Virbilaitė
- Evelina Sašenko
- Evita Cololo
- Gabrielė Goštautaitė
- Gabrielius Vagelis
- Gebrasy (Audrius Petrauskas)
- Gintarė Korsakaitė
- Martyna Jezepčikaitė
- Milita Daikerytė
- Cosmic Bride (Natalja Chareckaja)
- Rapolas Meškauskas
- The Roop
- Thomas Tumosa
- Titas ir Benas
- Sunday Afternoon (Vilija Matačiūnaitė)
- Voldemaras Petersonas
Expect “high-quality and different performances”
Speaking about the announcements of the acts, LRT’s chief producer Audrius Giržadas talked about the surprise of how many acts put themselves forward for the national final.
Every year, the selections receive a lot of public attention. However, knowing how difficult this period was for the music industry, we anxiously awaited application from participants. We are very pleased that performers did not run away and, considering the whole situation, were quite active in submitting applications.– Audrius Giržadas, Chief Producer of LRT
He also teased about what to expect during the four-show national final:
We will be able to delight the audience with really high-quality and different performances during the selection.– Audrius Giržadas, Chief Producer of LRT
Lithuania at the Eurovision Song Contest
Lithuania first entered the contest in 1994 with “Lopšinė mylimai” by Ovidijus Vyšniauskas, which finished in last place with zero points – the only time, to date, ‘nil points’ has been scored by a debut nation.
Last year, in Tel Aviv, Jurijus Veklenko sang “Run With The Lions” and placed 11th in the semi-final with 93 points, narrowly missing out on the grand final. This year, in Rotterdam, would have been the Baltic nation’s 21st Eurovision appearance, if the contest hadn’t been cancelled.
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