Another national final weekend is upon us and it is Lithuania’s turn to start their selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2022, to be held in Turin, Italy this May. Ahead of Saturday’s broadcast, LRT have filmed and revealed the running order for Heat 1 of Pabandom iš Naujo! 2022.
Pabandom iš Naujo! 2022
Last month LRT, the national broadcaster of Lithuania, announced the full list of participants for Pabandom iš Naujo! 2022. This Saturday the first Heat of Lithuania’s selection for Eurovision 2022 begins. Already this week filming has taken place and further details about the show have been revealed. Below is the full running order for the 11 acts, as well as some of the entries already released.
- Elonas Pokanevič – ‘Someday’
- Joseph June – ‘Deadly‘
- Urtė Šilagalytė – ‘Running Chords’
- Gabrielė Goštautaitė – ‘Over’
- Mary Mo – ‘Get Up’
- Augustė Vedrickaitė – ‘Before You`re 6 ft Under’
- Sun Francisco – ‘Dream Again’
- Voldemars Petersons & the Break Hearters – ‘Up‘
- Aldegunda – ‘Holiday‘
- Viktorija Faith – ‘Walk Through the Water’
- Erica Jennings – ‘Back To Myself‘
Amongst the line-up is Erica Jennings, who with SKAMP, represented Lithuania in 2001. Overall 36 entries will compete weekly, across three Heats, two Semi-Finals and one Grand Final. During Heat 1 the qualifiers will be determined by a 50/50 combination of votes from the Lithuanian jury and public televote. Although voting lines will be open throughout, the results will only be shown on screen at the end of the broadcast to avoid the audience being influenced. Meanwhile Giedrius Masalskis, Ieva Stasiulevičiūtė and Richardas Jonaitis will host this years’ competition.
Tune in to the show this Saturday January 8 on LRT at 7pm (GMT), 8pm (CET), 9pm (EET), 6am (AEDT) here.
Lithuania in the Eurovision Song Contest
Lithuania debuted at the contest in 1994. Their first entrant, Ovidijus Vyšniauskas with the song ‘Lopšinė mylimai‘, finished last with nil points. However, this didn’t deter them from continuing; they have participated every year since 2004.
The Semi-Final era has seen some mixed results. With Lithuania’s best finish coming in 2006 with LT United’s ‘We Are The Winners‘. Despite the title, LT United could only manage 6th. Overall, Lithuania have qualified in 10 out of 17 attempts since the introduction of the Semi-Finals.
Vilnius’ The Roop won the ticket to represent Lithuania at the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 with ‘On Fire‘. The group came out on top in a very competitive 8-act Final – winning both the jury and the televote by a considerable margin.
Although they were not automatically re-selected for 2021, they were granted an invitation to the final from the Lithuanian broadcaster. With ‘Discoteque’, they almost doubled their total votes from 2020 with a landslide 68,000 lead on second-place Gebrasy and received top scores from the whole jury.
They opened the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest by performing ‘Discoteque’ first in Semi-Final one; the first Eurovision performance since Miki’s ‘La Venda‘, which closed the 2019 Grand Final. They ultimately placed 8th with 220 points, Lithuania’s highest placing since 2006.
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