Today rehearsals for the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 kicked off. Countries rehearsing on Day 1 include Albania, Latvia, Lithuania, Switzerland, Slovenia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, The Netherlands, and Moldova. Next to rehearse today was Lithuania’s Monika Liu.
Monika Liu’s first rehearsal
The next act to take to the Eurovision 2022 stage at the Pala Alpitour in Turin was Lithuania’s Monika Liu. Monika will sing the song “Sentimentai” at Eurovision 2022 after she won their selection Pabandom iš Naujo earlier this year.
Following Monika Liu’s first rehearsal a clip of her rehearsal was posted on TikTok. The clip showed Monika before and after she took to the Eurovision stage for the first time. The clip also gave us some insight into how well her first rehearsal went.
@eurovision Lithuania’s @MonikaLiuEurovision brought bags of class to Turin! 🇱🇹 Check out her first rehearsal on the #Eurovision2022 stage! #Eurovision #eurovisiontiktok ♬ original sound – Eurovision
What did we learn about Monika Liu’s staging?
The first word to describe what Lithuania’s staging is ‘classy’. Monika’s staging takes what worked well at Pabandom iš Naujo and develops it further. Despite being unable to do what was originally planned, Team Lithuania are making the best of a bad situation. Swirling graphics feature in the background whilst Monika commands the stage all alone. Wearing her iconic silver dress, Monika serves class and talent in a humble way. Lithuania’s performance will be a moment in the running order on the 10th of May.
What did we think of Lithuania’s rehearsal
Jazzi gave her initial thoughts on Monika Liu’s rehearsal over on our TikTok page, which you can watch here
@thateurosite #stitch with @eurovision @Jazzi Dibben ‘s initial thoughts on @MonikaLiuEurovision ‘s first Eurovision Rehearsal! #Lithuania #MonikaLiu #fyp #Sentimentai #eurovision ♬ original sound – thateurosite
About Monika Liu
Monika Liu is a familiar face on the Lithuanian music scene. After graduating from the University of Klaipėda, she travelled across the world, living in the US and the UK before returning to Lithuania. She is no stranger to competing on Lithuanian TV, having participated in multiple singing competitions ever since she was 15 years old in 2004! Now she sits on the other side of the stage on the judging panels for The Voice and The Masked Singer.
Her musical outputs prior to “Sentimentai” include her 2015 EP “What If”, her 2019 album “Lünatik” and a vinyl-only EP “Melodija” in 2020. This year is not her first year being involved in Lithuania’s Eurovision entry, either. She was one of the co-writers for Monika Linkytė and Vaidas Baumila’s entry “This Time” from 2015.
Lithuania’s Eurovision Journey
The Baltic nation made its debut at the Eurovision Song contest in 1994, when Ovidijus Vyšniauskas placed 25th with the song “Lopšinė mylimai.” Since then, Lithuania has participated 21 times and made the Grand Final 14 times. LT United gave Lithuania its best ever Eurovision result back in 2006, placing sixth.
Lithuania’s latest Eurovision participation, saw the nation represented by The Roop, who had been due to represent Lithuania at the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest. For 2021, the group participated with “Discoteque,” managing to place eighth overall with 220 points.
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News Source: EBU
Photo Source: Visvaldas Morkevicius