Lithuanian national broadcaster Lietuvos nacionalinis Radijas ir Televizija (LRT) has announced its plans for a national final in 2024. Eurovizja.LT will be how the country will select its representative for the 2024 Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö, Sweden.
What does the process look like?
After confirming its participation in July, we now know what the selection process will look like to select Monika Linkytė’s successor. Artists have until December 11th, 2023 to submit songs to LRT. From there, LRT will have a week to select at least twenty songs to progress through to the live shows. There will be four or five semi-finals, the first of which will take place on January 13th 2024.
Changes to the voting system
Lithuania has frequently used a national final to select its representative, but with a new name, there are some new changes to the voting system as well. Like in previous years, the results are decided via a combination of the jury vote and televote. However, this year, the televote will be the final decider. The top three songs after the jury and televote will advance to the super final, where the artist with the most votes from the public will ultimately fly the Lithuanian flag in Malmö.
Lithuania’s Eurovision History
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.
In 2023, Monika Linkytė represented Lithuania, participating with the song “Stay”. Performing in the second semi-final, Monika qualified for the final in fourth place. In the Grand Final, Lithuania finished in 11th place overall, with 127 points – 81 points came from the juries, with another 46 points from the televote.
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News Source: LRT
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