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Erica Jennings wins Heat 1 of Pabandom iš naujo 2022

Former Eurovision star wins incredibly divided show

Lithuanian Radio and Television broadcast the first heat of Pabandom iš naujo 2022 tonight. A total of eleven artists performed their songs and after jury and televoters results were revealed, six of them heard they are going through to the semi-final.

The Lithuanian national selection will last for six weeks. We will see three heats, two semifinals and a final. The Grand Final will be held on 12th of February. You can read more about the format of Pabandom iš naujo in our article here:

Pabandom iš Naujo! – Heat 1

Below you can find the artists competing tonight, with the qualifiers in bold. They were as follows:

  1. Augustė Vedrickaitė – „Before You`re 6 ft Under“
  2. Gabrielė Goštautaitė – „Over“
  3. Voldemars Petersons & „the Break Hearters“ – „Up“
  4. Joseph June – „Deadly“
  5. Aldegunda – „Holiday“
  6. Viktorija Faith – „Walk Through the Water“
  7. Elonas Pokanevič – „Someday“
  8. „Sun Francisco“ – „Dream Again“
  9. Urtė Šilagalytė – „Running Chords“
  10. Mary Mo – „Get up“
  11. Erica Jennings – „Back To Myself“

The full results were as follows. Interestingly, the jury and the public vehemently disagreed tonight. Urtė Šilagalytė scored an absolute landslide in the televoting, but came near last with the juries. The opposite goes for jury co-winner Augustė Vedrickaitė. All in all, it came down to a compromise between jury and public. There, Erica Jennings tops the list, co-winning the jury vote and coming fifth with televoters. Have a look at the results below:

PlaceArtistSongJuryTelevoteTotal
1Erica Jennings“Back to Myself”12 (52)6 (338)18
2Augustė Vedrickaitė“Before You`re 6 ft Under”12 (52)4 (317)16
3Urtė Šilagalytė“Running Chords”4 (15)12 (824)16
4Joseph June“Deadly”8 (39)7 (363)15
5Mary Mo“Get up”7 (35)8 (400)15
6Elonas Pokanevič“Someday”1 (11)10 (477)11
7“Sun Francisco”“Dream Again”6 (31)3 (257)9
8Voldemars Petersons ir “the Break Hearters”“Up”1 (11)5 (328)6
9Aldegunda“Holiday”3 (14)2 (231)5
10Viktorija Faith‘Walk Through the Water’5 (18)0 (92)5
11Gabrielė Goštautaitė“Over”2 (12)1 (138)3

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 not automatically re-selected for 2021, The Roop 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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Justas Buivydas

Hi! My name is Justas, I'm from Vilnius, Lithuania and my biggest passion in the world is Eurovision. I love analyzing and reviewing this contest from every possible side: music, vocals, history, predictions, odds, statistics, politics, etc. and I am trying to invent a new profession for me and it will be called "A reviewer of Eurovision".

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