Aistė Strazdas
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Draw Position 1, Final Position 20, Points (Final) 13

"Strazdas" (The song thrush) was the Lithuanian entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1999, performed in Samogitian dialect of the Lithuanian by Aistė Smilgevičiūtė.

The song is significant for being performed in a dialect of Lithuanian, particularly as the so-called "Free Language Rule" had been introduced prior to this Contest, allowing entries to be performed in any language at all – with most countries opting from this point onwards to perform in English. Lithuania's earlier entry, "Lopšinė mylimai", had been performed in Lithuanian at the 1994 Contest and failed to record a point.

The song itself is also in a different style to the up-tempo dance music-influenced style rising to prominence at the Contest at the time, being something of a cross between a ballad and a folk song. Aistė describes the song of the titular song-thrush, saying that it was complaining about having cold feet, which were responsible for its song.

Due to the poor result, Lithuania was not invited to return for the 2000 Contest, but took part as a "passive participant" by broadcasting the Contest while not entering. Thus, it was invited to return the next year. The song was therefore succeeded as Lithuanian representative at the 2001 Contest by Skamp with "You Got Style".

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