The performances for the second semi-final of Pabandom Iš Naujo have now been recorded, and we now know a little more about the performances that we will see on Saturday night! Just like with the first semi-final, all nine of the competing artists have spoken with LRT. They shared their thoughts on their performances and what changes they have made from their heat performances before their second time on the Pabandom Iš Naujo stage.
Here’s what we know about the show coming up this weekend:
Urtė Šilagalytė – “Running Chords”
Urtė has said that her performance and staging has changed considerably. Talking to LRT after her performance, Urtė said that changing the imagery reflects her changing emotions while writing the song. She continued to state that she felt more confident on stage this time, and that she is looking forward to Saturday.
Mary Mo – “Get Up”
Mary Mo hasn’t made any changes to her earlier performance. In her own words: “God forbid, I’ll ruin something.” Instead, Mary Mo focused on her stage confidence. She also emphasized how happy she was to take part in Pabandom Iš Naujo: “Not only did I get to know many amazing performers, but I was also inspired.”
Titas ir Benas – “Getting Through This”
This duo had been practicing their new choreography while also tinkering on everything else. Comments from the jury and people online have led to changes in their staging, including their outfits. The duo said they’re happy with their performance, especially as they only had one week to prepare.
Ieva Zasimauskaitė – “I’ll be There”
Lithuania’s 2018 Eurovision representative Ieva said she “changed a lot in the show.” Perhaps the most striking is the disappearance of the piano. Besides different staging, Ieva also stated that she felt like she had a better performance this time.
Rūta Loop – “Call Me From the Cold”
Rūta Loop managed to summarize the difference between her earlier performance and this one in three words: “Day and night.” Styling, lighting, and the camera work has all been changed for her Semi-Final performance. The most important difference according to Rūta Loop however is that she conveyed the emotions of the song better this time.
Augustė Vedrickaitė – “Before You’re 6 ft Under”
Augustė Vedrickaitė was forced to make some changes out of necessity. Two musicians joining her on the stage tested positive for Covid. A last-minute search for replacements was “completely successful,” Augustė said. Augustė was very happy with the positive reaction to her show, while also taking onboard online opinions and criticism.
Vilija Matačiūnaitė – “101”
Vilija took to the stage thinking she “needed to change, try something different.” She was happy to have qualified and pleased with the attention she got, but also wary about her televote performance. “For some reason, people didn’t vote. We need to figure out why.” Overall, Vilija said she was much more excited for this performance.
Monika Liu – „Sentimentai“
Monika Liu said she made some minor changes to the visuals of her staging, but that much has remained the same. She said that she “listened to the people,” and that she really appreciated the positive response her song got online.
Moosu X – “Love that Hurts“
This duo have prepared for the semi-final extensively. They’ve done everything from analyzing their performance to rehearsals to consulting music professionals. All this work has led them to believe more in their song. They say that they “wanted to do better than the first time for the semi-finals. We believe we have succeeded.”
When is the second semi-final of Pabandom Iš Naujo?
You can watch the second semi-final of Pabandom Iš Naujo and all the changes in performance on Saturday, February 5. The show will be broadcast on TV, the LRT website, and their YouTube channel. The show starts at 21:00 local time (20:00 CET, 19:00 GMT).
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: LRT / J. Stacevičiaus