National final season is well and truly getting underway, as LRT have now announced the names of the 36 acts who will be competing to represent Lithuania at Eurovision 2022 in Turin as part of Pabandom iš naujo.
The participating acts are:
- Artūras Aleksiejus – Alekas
- Augustė Vedrickaitė – Augustė
- Basas Pegasas
- Clockwork Creep
- Elonas Pokanevič
- Emilija Valiukevičiūtė – Emilija V
- Erica Jennings
- Gabrielė Goštautaitė
- Gintarė Korsakaitė
- Ieva Zasimauskaitė
- Joseph June
- Justė Kraujelytė
- Justin 3 feat. nanaart
- Lolita Zero
- Mary Mo
- Mėnulio fazė
- Monika Linkytė
- Monika Liu
- Moosu X
- Cosmic Bride
- Queens of Roses
- Rūta Loop
- Sun Francisco
- Titas ir Benas
- Urtė Šilagalytė
- Viktorija Faith
- Viktorija Kajokaitė
- Vilija Matačiūnaitė
- Voldemars Petersons ir the Break Hearters
- Živilė Gedvilaitė
Who might you recognise?
There are a few names who may be familiar to Eurovision fans in this year’s list from LRT.
Aldegunda has attempted to represent Lithuania twice before. In 2019, she performed I Want Your Love, and in 2021, tried again with Sit Down. She placed 8th in her 2021 heat.
Erica Jennings is no stranger to the Eurovision stage, having competed as part of SKAMP in 2001. Their song, You Got Style, finished 13th in the grand final. She also entered the previous Lithuanian national final Eurovizijos Atranka in 2018, qualifying for the final with her song The Truth, before pulling out due to issues with the jury system.
Gabrielė is another returner from last year’s competition, where she competed with the song Freedom. She placed 8th in her heat.
Fan-favourite Gebrasy also returns for the second consecutive year. His song Where’d You Wanna Go? placed 2nd in last year’s final, just below The Roop. He previous participated in 2019 with Acceptance, which placed 7th in its heat.
Gintarė was announced as an act competing in last year’s competition, but withdrew for unknown reasons.
Another familiar name to Eurovision fans, Ieva represented Lithuania in 2018 in Lisbon with When We’re Old. She finished in 12th place in the grand final. She was also a backing vocalist for Lithuania’s 2007 Junior Eurovision entrant, Lina Jurevičiūtė.
Drag queen Lolita Zero returns five years after her last appearance in the Lithuanian national selection, where she performed Get Frighten. Her pervious performance caused controversy over lip-syncing on stage!
Our third former Eurovision performer of the selection, Monika represented Lithuania with This Time, a duet with Vaidas Baumila, in 2015. Prior to this, she competed in the 2007 national selection for Junior Eurovision, and then in Eurovizija in 2010, 2011 and 2012, with Give Away, Days Go By and Happy respectively. After the switch to Eurovizijos Atranka, she continued to compete in 2013 and 2014, before reaching the Eurovision stage in 2015. She placed 18th in the grand final.
Cosmic Bride returns to Pabandom iš naujo following her entry last year, Solitary Star. She placed 9th in her heat.
Queen of Roses
Queens of Roses return for their third attempt at reaching the Eurovision stage. In 2017, they entered with the song Fisherman, which was knocked out in the 8th show of the contest. In 2019, their song Runaway placed 7th in its heat.
Another fan favourite, Rūta Loop placed 4th in 2020 with We Came From The Sun.
Titas ir Benas
Titas ir Benas also return from last year’s contest. Their song No placed 6th in the final.
Our final Eurovision alum of this list, Vilija represented Lithuania in 2014 with Attention. She placed 11th in the semi-final. Following this, she has returned to the national selection twice – first in 2017 with I See The Lights and secondly in 2021 under the stage name Sunday Afternoon with Open. She failed to make it past the heats on both occasions.
Voldemars Petersons ir the Break Hearters
Voldemars Petersons also returns from last year’s selection. His song Never Fall For You Again reached 3rd place in the final. His previous entries, 2019’s Dancing With The Stars and 2020’s Wings Of Freedom failed to make it past the heats.
Živilė participated in the national selection in 2019 with the song Learn From Your Love. The song placed 12th in the semi-final.
What else do we know about Pabandom iš naujo?
The 2022 edition of Pabandom iš naujo will take place in January, with exact dates still to be confiremd. There will be three heats, two semi-finals, and a grand final, where the successors to The Roop will be selected to fly the flag for Lithuania on the Eurovision stage.
Lithuania’s Journey at Eurovision
The Baltic nation made its debut at the Eurovision Song contest in 1994, where Ovidijus Vyšniauskas represented them with the song “Lopšinė mylimai”, which placed 25th. Since then, Lithuania has participated 21 times and made the Grand Final 14 times. LT United gave Lithuania their best ever Eurovision result back in 2006, where the country placed 6th.
Lithuania’s latest Eurovision participation, saw them being represented by The Roop, who was due to represent them at the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest. For 2021, the group participated with “Discoteque” where they managed to place 8th overall, with 220 points.
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News Source: LRT
Photo Source: EBU/ Thomas Hanses