Lithuania has become well known for their mammoth National Finals, often lasting months before a song and artist is chosen. Over the years the format has changed, however this year, the show producer from LRT has promised that the show will be more streamlined.
A total of 51 entries will compete in the Eurovizijos Atranka show, and all of these participants will perform in one of four heats in groups of around 12 or 13. From each of these heats, around half the acts will be eliminated. The remaining acts will continue on to more elimination shows, with the final being held on the 11th of March. Like previous years, the shows will be pre-recorded on Thursdays and then shown on the following Saturday.
There are some names you may recognise, including Sasha Song, who competed in Eurovision 2009 and Vilija Mataciunaite who represented the nation in Eurovision 2014. Some artists we have also seen in national finals before, including Gabrielius Vagelis and Mia. It’s also interesting to note that the song of Aiste Pilvelyte has been written and composed by none other than Aminata Savadogo, who competed for Latvia in Eurovision 2015, and was behind Latvia’s 2016 song, Heartbeat.
Stay tuned for more news on the Lithuanian selection!