Latvia has chosen Laura Rizzotto to represent them at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. Latvia will perform in the second half of the second semi-final on May 10.
The search for Latvia’s 2018 entry started out last year, with Latvijas Televīzija (LTV) announcing that the public thought most of their submitted songs were below par. In the end, though Latvia has ended up with eight songs in their Supernova, all worthy of being Eurovision entries.
From these eight finalists, the Latvian public chose Laura Rizzotto and the song Funny Girl.
1 The Show
2 The Songs
3 The Results
4 Latvia At The Eurovision Song Contest
Justs opened the show with a medley of Latvia’s greatest Eurovision Songs, so that didn’t last long. Just kidding it was great to hear these songs from the past, with a modern twist. Co-host Latvian TV star, Dagmara Legante, in her red dress, decided not to join in the sing a long. Talk talk talk talk talk to fill in the hours, but happily no Riga beaver.
Instrumenti performed as we awaited the results. Brainstorm also sang their latest release.
Sudden Lights – Just Fine
The wildcard, the favourite with the public in Heat One, this is a modern pop song which could be an international hit with more promotion. The group has done very well to make it to the final. The band was very well dressed in smart suits. The song starts slowly but bursts into a big indie-pop number with screeching guitars.
Ritvars – Who’s Counting?
The heartbreaking song about a father’s rights after a divorce, the song was the favourite with the jury in Heat 2. A simply sung song where the artist’s words are completely sincere. The gentle beginning bursts into life when the female backing singers come in. A very underrated entry, this song will live on with Ritvars Vulis’s son forever.
MADARA – Esamība
The winner of Heat 2, this cello based mysterious number has MADARA wrapped in her own world as she sings and plays. Has always been tipped as a potential winner. That cello took a pounding tonight. This would be a different type of entry for Latvia, but is it good enough for the bigger competition?
Liene Greifane – Walk the Talk
The juries favourite in Heat 1, this take no prisoners song, is so well sung by Liene. This is another song that would not be out of place in international pop charts. Liene performed with a feather boa around her neck. Three female singers helped Liene during the chorus.
See alsoLatvia 2018: An introduction to Funny Girl Laura Rizzotto
Lauris Valters – Lovers Bliss
A love song to his wife, but not a slow romantic one, instead it is a happy song about the joys of being in love. This was the juries second favourite in Heat 3. The song stands out in a field full of anguished ballads. The band in their colourful shirts in the background seemed to be having a blast.
Edgars Kreilis – Younger Days
Placing second in Heat 1, Edgars song is about trying to not let an abusive childhood define you as an adult. Younger Days spent playing with his sister is about the only happy times he remembers as a child. A very energetic performance tonight which proved to be very popular with the audience.
Laura Rizzotto – Funny Girl
The jury and the public favourite in Heat 3. This song about being tired of getting ignored by a man, has a classy, global feel about the whole song. Very well constructed it is impossible not to like this one. Laura again looked firey in her red dress and the vocals and performance were perfect.
Markus Riva – This Time
Back with a complex lyric about enough is enough with an old girlfriend. Markus made the final due to some accounting error in Heat 2, and the final was all the better to have him. Another terrific pop song in which Markus gave his all tonight. If Eurovision is as good as tonight’s show, it will be one of the best ever.
Laura Rizzotto won. Second place went to Sudden Lights and third was MADARA. Markus Riva was fourth followed by Ritvars and Edgars Kreillis. Seventh was Liene with Lauris eighth.
Latvia At The Eurovision Song Contest
This will be Latvia’s 19th year at Eurovision, having debuted in 2000 with the third place Brainstorm and My Star.
Walters and Kazha finished 5th in 2005 with The War Is Not Over.
Two 16th places followed with Cosmos, I Hear Your Heart and Bonaparti.lv with Questa Notte.
The Pirates of The Sea and Wolves of the Sea finished 12th in 2008.
For the next six years. Latvia failed to make the final, a feat Trinia Park replicated in 2017.
In 2015 Aminta finished 6th with Love Injected, followed by Justs in 2016 with Heartbeat which finished 15th.
The only win so far for Latvia was Marie N in 2002 with I Wanna.
Below you can watch the video of this year’s Latvian entry.
After six spectacular live shows of A Dal 2018, Hungary finally made their decision tonight: it’s AWS who will represent the country at the forthcoming Eurovision Song Contest in Portugal with the song Viszlát nyár .
After four semi-finals, a first round in the final and finally a super final the Hungarian TV audience and juries have finally chosen!
1 The songs
2 The show and the results
3 Hungary at the Eurovision Song Contest
Following the results of the three heats and the two semi-finals, only eight songs remained in the competition and had a chance to win A Dal 2018:
Zsolt Süle – Zöld a május
Gergely Dánielfy – Azt mondtad
Gábor Heincz “BIGA” – Good Vibez
Leander Kills – Nem szól harang
AWS – Viszlát nyár
Viktor Király – Budapest Girl
yesyes – I Let You Run Away
Tamás Horváth – Meggyfa
The show and the results
In the first round of the show – hosted by Krisztina Rátonyi and Freddie – all performances were commented on by the four-member jury without giving out points one by one this time. Jury members were once again Károly Frenreisz, Judit Schell, Misi Mező and Miklós Both. After all songs had been performed, the jury gave out 10, 8, 6 and 4 points for their personal favourites. The Top 4 songs after this voting have qualified to the Superfinal.
Artist / Song
Total / Rank
Zsolt Süle – Zöld a május
yesyes – I Let You Run Away
28 / 3rd
Gergely Dánielfy – Azt mondtad
36 / 1st
Tamás Horváth – Meggyfa
Gábor Heincz “BIGA” – Good Vibez
4 / 6th
Leander Kills – Nem szól harang
6 / 5th
AWS – Viszlát nyár
8 / 4th
Viktor Király – Budapest Girl
30 / 2nd
In the Superfinal the power has been given to the people: only televoting decided upon the winner. During the voting period Misi Mező’s band Magna Cum Laude together with György Ferenczi and also last year’s Hungarian Eurovision entrant Joci Pápai performed an interval act each on stage.
At the peak of the show Krisztina and Freddie simply announced the winner of A Dal 2018 who got the most votes from the audience, and it was AWS. That means they got the right to represent Hungary at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon. AWS will perform in the second half of Semi Final 2 on the 10th of May.
What 2018 will bring for the Central European country at Eurovision is at this moment unclear of course, but you can enjoy tonight’s winning performance in the video below
Hungary at the Eurovision Song Contest
Hungary debuted at Eurovision in 1994 in Dublin. Friderika Bayer’s 4th position from that year is still the country’s best ever result at the contest. After a longer period of withdrawals and returns, Hungary has participated at the Eurovision Song Contest every year since 2011.
In 2012, broadcaster MTVA launched the new national selection format; A Dal, which has quickly become popular and also successful. Since their 2011 return, Hungary has qualified to the Grand Final every single time – that means a series of seven qualifications in a row. On three occasions (2013, 2014 and 2017), they even finished in the Top 10 of the Grand Final.
With Rolandz and Mariette just winning a spot in this year’s Swedish final, 8 out of 10 acts are now ready to fight for the honour to represent Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, May.
Tonight, Sweden had reached their fourth and last regular heat. All 28 acts have now been on stage, all songs and any secret moves are out in the open, and it is time to speculate – what will Sweden choose for the 2018 contest? Let’s take a closer look at what happened tonight, and the selection so far.
When you have a singer as host, it’s obvious that he or she sings, and David Lindgren is no exception. Tonight’s show kicked off with a performance of This Is Me from the soundtrack of “The Greatest Showman”.
As Rolandz was surprisingly announced as direct qualifiers their leadsinger fainted and was carried to the stage by many times Eurovision Stage Manager Henric von Zweigbergk. We can only guess what will happen if they actually win the final.
1 Tonight’s result
2 Tonight’s songs
3 Final line-up
4 Second chance line-up
5 Previous heats
As usual there are two two voting rounds in Sweden. First they eliminate two acts who finish in 6th and 7th place. After that, another voting determine the two qualifiers, two more for a second chance, and the unfortunate 5th.
To the final
To the final
To Second Chance
To Second Chance
Emmi Christensson – Icarus
This song is inspired by the Greek myth about Icarus and his dad Daidalos who, in an attempt to escape their captivity, made their own wings, and flew out the window. While the dad managed to fly to another island, his son flew to close to the sun. As his wings melted, Icarus died. Tonight’s performance uses both the sun and burning wings on display behind Emmi, who is dressed in black with a big trail. Smoke is added to the show as well. A graphically beautiful performance.
Elias Abbas – Mitt paradis
Do you miss your high school parties? Elias take you back to that time – which isn’t difficult for him as he is just 16 years old, and this year’s youngest participant. Question is now, do you want to be on the dance floor dancing to this one, or will you join him on stage? Elias, wearing a bright orange bomber jacket style, is joined by two dancing couples. He starts out sitting down, but quickly gets up, and from then, he barely stand still.
Felicia Olsson – Break That Chain
This song has a chorus that might just get stuck in your head, and Felicia look so sweet and innocent on stage, dressed in a black raincoat, which she quickly takes off and continue in black trousers and a dark green sparkling top. She is alone on stage, but plenty of smoke, a wind machine and plenty of flashing lights in various colours, is also enough to back her up.
Rolandz – Fuldans
Glam schlager! This combination between glam rock and traditional dansband schlager is a bit unusual. Plenty of glitter on their outfits, and fireworks on stage is used to back up this entry, though it is being reported that due to safety reason, there isn’t as much as the band would have wanted. Hard to imagine. Lead singer is backed up by backing two backing singers, and a band consisting of drummer, two electric guitar players and a keytar player. As in Eurovision, the music isn’t live so any musicians are just miming.
Olivia Eliasson – Never Learn
Ever wondered if you should own a neon green running outfit for when you run in the evening? Stop wondering, just don’t. Let’s just leave this colour to Olivia and her up to four dancers. She is dressed in black with neon green strips, and her dancers match that with being all in green, thank God, they only join half way into it. It might work for this, or it might not, let’s wait for the Swedish TV viewers to decide, but don’t copy this on your next running trip. Fans of the TV show “Breaking Bad” might suddenly find themselves thinking of Walter White.
Felix Sandman – Every Single Day
Less is more, or is it? That’s up to the Swedish TV viewers to decide, but it is the recipe Felix is ready to bring to this year’s Melodifestivalen final. This performance stands out in all its simplicity. Felix doesn’t need a bunch of dancers, glitter, neon colours or flashing lights to shine. The song is carried through only by his voice. He is sitting down on lights, shaped to look like speakers, in the beginning. Quite unusual, he is using a studio microphone, which he holds on to, until he stands out and it is placed in the stand. A very strong performance.
Mariette – For You
With her previous Melodifestivalen experience, Mariette was one of the favourites to make it to the final. In tonight’s performance, she was raised up on a platform from where she could overlook the entire audience in the arena. She starts down sitting on it, but quickly gets up. To communicate with the audience at home, she had a good eye contact with the camera, and several times made it clear that it was YOU at home she was singing to. Mariette was dressed in denim trousers, a short white top and a hairband. Quite casual. This one is visually strong as well.
The 8 direct qualifiers will in the final be joined by two others coming from the Second Chance contest, which will be held next Saturday.
Samir & Viktor
Second chance line-up
In each of the four preliminary heats, the acts who finished third and fourth qualified for the Second Chance heat.
The other three heats have offered some good songs, but this fourth heat came across as the strongest of them all. If you do want to check up on the others, please follow the links below to each one of them.
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See alsoJessica Andersson and Martin Almgren straight to the final in Melodifestivalen 2018's third heat
Lea Sirk beat seven other acts in tonight’s Slovenian EMA final. With upbeat song Ne, hvala!, Lea will be Slovenia’s representative for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest.
Last Saturday, 16 acts competed in a preliminary heat from where 8 acts were chosen for tonight’s final. Surprisingly, we saw two former Eurovision participants not able to make the cut. They were 2016 participant ManuElla, who at Eurovision failed to reach the final with the song Blue And Red, and Tanja Ribič, who in 1997 scored a 10th place in the final performing Zbudi Se.
Involved in this year’s Slovenian EMA selection was also their 2011 participant Maja Keuc. Not as a performer though as she was one of four people in a special committee, that chose the 16 acts in the run to represent their country this year.
Let’s take a closer look at tonight’s national final:
1 The show
2 The eight songs
3 The Results
4 Slovenia at the Eurovision Song Contest
Presented by Raiven and Vid Valič, this year’s Evrovizijska Melodija featured a quadrangular LED stage surrounded by two mirrors that obviously allowed for great special effects.
It wasn’t long until the eight songs started being presented and one hour after, the lines were opened for the public vote.
While the lines were opened, one of Omar Naber recent songs was performed by a dancer and the show’s host, Raiven, also took her chance to perform one of her songs. Maja Keuc took the stage last to perform her most recent song.
The eight songs
1. Lea Sirk – Ne, hvala!
Surely the most upbeat song of the competition. In a blue background, Lea Sirk performed the electrifying Ne, hvala! with a bunch of dancers. Definitely a great choice to start the show.
2. Indigo – Vesna
Rather traditional, Indigo had barely any changes on their performance when compared to the semi final’s. Vesna is way slower than the previous performer yet it also stays visually on your mind with her flower halo.
3. Ina Shai – Glow
In a black dress, Ina Shai presented one of the night’s best staging making it quite magical. It was another ballad yet a great production.
4. BQL – Promise
Impossible to ignore BQL when they have glowing guitars going all around. BQL’s long work with 2015’s Slovenian representative Marayaa could also give the song some extra boost.
5. Marina Martensson – Blizu
Maybe the most simplistic staging, outfit and even song. Marina Martensson failed to create an impact with such strong competition.
6. Lara Kadis – Zdaj Sem Tu
In a dress resembling Disney stories, Lara Kadis presented a strong ballad that surely created a sweet but strong moment.
7. Proper – Ukraden Cvet
Despite the simplicity of their song, Proper had one of the most interesting stages that could easily remind Salvador Sobral’s performance at last year’s Eurovision.
8. Nuška Drašček – Ne Zapusti Me Zdaj
Nuška had perhaps the most Eurovision friendly song with a great sing-along chorus. Her fierce stage presence was also a great plus to the overall result.
As common in many countries, and at the Eurovision Song Contest, Slovenia also used the 50/50 combination of jury and televote to select their participant. Last year, their jury was geographically spread, tonight they represented various professions: Singer, composer, radio industry, TV industry, OGAE fanclub and finally an international jury composed by Kristian Kostov, Aminata, Bojana Stamenov, Emmelie De Forest and Dami Im.
When all votes were in, Lea Sirk ended up summing 116 points even though she wasn’t the public’s favorite. BQL ranked second with 106 points and Nuška Drašček third with 88 points.
Slovenia at the Eurovision Song Contest
Three top 10 results, but no victories yet, those are the top facts about Slovenia’s Eurovision journey, however their last top 10 was a 7th place in 2001 to Nuša Derenda, which was also a tied best for the country. It matched Darja Švajger’s 7th place from 1995.
Since the introduction of semi-finals in 2004, it hasn’t been easy being a Slovenian Eurovision fan. They missed the final 10 times, and only made it four times. We have to go back to Maraaya in 2015 to find the last Slovenian appearance. Her entry Here For You finished 14th.
This year, Slovenia will try to reach the final from the second semi-final. On paper, this semi-final looks to be the stronger of the two, however Slovenia had a bit of luck at the draw as they are guaranteed to perform in the last half.
In the video below, take a look at Lea Sirk’s performance in EMA’s semi final:
DoReDos won the Moldovan national selection for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest
Out of the 16 finalists, DoReDos were chosen as the winner of Moldovan national final, O Melodie Pentru Europa 2018, and therefore will represent this country in Lisbon, Portugal in May.
Earlier this year, in January, the Moldovan broadcaster TVM revealed the list of shortlisted artists for their national final. During the live performance of those 28 songs, TVM chose the lucky 16 who would compete directly in the final. That meant that the broadcaster decided to cut the previously announced semi-final and host only one final.
Let’s take a closer look at the songs. Is there anything that may follow the Sunstroke Project’s success from Kyiv?
1 The Songs
2 The Show
3 The Results
4 Moldova in the Eurovision Song Contest
Tolik – Broken Glass
Tolik opens the show with a typical Eurovision ballad. He is on the stage alone only with three female vocalists. To match to the lyrics, we see a lot of broken glass on the LED screens in the background.
Lavinia Rusu – Altundeva
Lavinia Rusu follows with a faster song than Broken Glass. Two male vocalists and one pair of dancers join her on stage as well as a lot of colourful lasers in the projection. The vocalists are involved a lot in the performance and that makes the song sound more powerful than sung solely by Lavinia alone. Unlike the first song, Lavinia sing in the Romanian language. The title is translated as Somewhere Else.
Bella Luna – Moments
Bella Luna is a male/female duo that comes with a love ballad. They tell us the story of sharing the Moments together, which remind anyone of the Oslo slogan “Share The Moment”. The climax is not so obvious, but the two female vocalists join BellaLuna in the front stage at that moment. During the performance, we see the space-like graphics in the LED background.
Anna Timofei – Endlessly
Endlessly is the first song tonight that made its way to Moldova from Sweden. OneVoice – a sister duo of Ylva and Linda Persson – is the composer together with its Swedish team. Both sisters are doing the backing vocals for Anna Timofei that serve this mystical ballad with a grace. It needs a soft voice, and young Anna does it really professionally and without any mistakes. In the mystic style of Endlessly, the background graphics are a little bit abstract. All the three women wear gorgeous long white dresses.
Ilia Sorocean & Dasha DaGro – Minds & Veins
After BellaLuna, Ilia and Dasha are another duo and they are not the last ones tonight. After two ballads, TVM switches again to one of the up-tempo songs. Even though the song sounds and looks very modern, the performance is not completely flawless and the harmonies are sometimes out of tune. Two female vocalists and two male dancers are also on stage during the performance. This entry sounds quite repetitive after a while, and also the lyrics would deserve a revision.
Che-MD – Inima-n Stîngă
This rock group with national instruments and elements is not a newbie in O Melodie Pentru Europa. They already took part in the past, but with no big success. Is 2018 their year? They bring one of the few songs in Romanian language and in the huge number of ballads tonight, this harder entry may actually stand out. As of the staging, we see the whole group on the stage – the lead singer, two electric guitarists, a drum player, female violinist and Pan flute player. In the background, there are flames and some war video shoots. They work quite OK with the song as the title translates into English as Heart on the left.
Constantin Cobîlean – Numai Tu
And, the stream of rock songs continues with Constantin Cobîlean and his song Only You. A strange title for a rock song? Well, that’s for the Moldovan speakers to decide. Constantin is joined by a band on the stage and the LED graphics seems a little bit too chaotical, but it fits the idea of this performance.
DoReDos – My Lucky Day
DoReDos are definitely one of the favourites to win tonight’s show. Mostly because their song comes from the so-called “dream team” of Philipp Kirkorov and John Ballard. The song also includes the national elements and trumpets so maybe they hope to fly on the success of the Epic Sax Guy from Kyiv. The refrain is quite catchy, even though it is a regular 4-chord song. Also, the lyrics sound like a basic rhyming with no bigger creativity.
What worth to point out is definitely the staging with five big rectangular mirrors and the dancers and some members of the group DoReDos behind them. Only those who are singing or dancing at the moment are in front of those mirrors. Vocally they are on point during all the performance including all the harmonies. In the end, the national elements in the sound and dance, together with the vocal performance is the combination that may work well with both the juries and the audience.
SandyC & Aaron Sibley – Once Upon a Time
After a quick dance entry, SandyC and Aaron Sibley come with a fairytale-like love ballad quite apt titled Once Upon a Time. Aaron is sitting at the white piano while SandyC is in the background. During the performance, she moves to the front stage and in the end, she returns back. The song is really sweet with no dis-harmonies throughout the performance.
Anna Odobescu – Agony
Anna’s song is more than a normal ballad, a rock ballad, and a good one of its kind. She is alone on the stage and no backing vocalists in the background to save her. But that’s not something Anna needs. She slays it with a grace and the performance is vocally flawless.
Nicoleta Sava – Esencia del Sur
Nicoleta stands out among the other finalists as she brings the fast flamenco-themed song sung in the Spanish language. Four male dancers with black hats are dancing around Nicoleta as a trumpet player appears in the last part of the song. Essence of the South is quite an apt translation as this song could fit really well to the Spanish national final rather than to the Moldovan one.
Doinița Gherman & OneVoice – Dance in Flames
Doinița Gherman is maybe one of the most well-known participants tonight and she again joined her forces with Ylva and Linda Persson. They worked together already in 2016 when she had her entry Irresistible in the national final. She didn’t win but represented Moldova in the Baltic song contest with that song. And on both occasions, the Persson sisters were with her on stage.
So it is no surprise that they flew from Sweden to Moldova to do the backing vocal for their entry, and support Doinița. Besides that, two female dancers with flame-like sleeves are on the stage just as a nude muscled male dancer dressed only in his underwear. As a bonus to the vocally flawless performance, this uptempo dance song is not entirely in English but partially in Romanian as Doinița also recorded a full Romanian version of the song. Bilingual songs may work well at Eurovision, so let’s wait if 2018 is the year of Doinița.
Felicia Dunaf – Alien
Also, Felicia Dunaf comes with a faster song. She is joined by three male dancers and two female vocalists on stage. The song is vocally on point and the background graphics are in the theme of the title Alien and looks like a space nebula.
Viorela – The Gates of Love
Viorela starts her performance playing on the violin, but quickly switches to the mic and as she starts singing, her friend continues playing the violin to the sound of this love ballad. The song is not an easy one, but Viorela sings it with no difficulties. There is also a male dancer and a female backing vocalist.
Vera Țurcanu – Black Heart
Vera brought a bed with her on stage! The bed has rubber stripes with which Vera and her dancer (maybe a lover?) work during their dance. The whole concept reminds us of a Sia video. It is also worth mentioning that Vera dances a lot during her performance and still is able to sing through it all. And she is flawless. That is something that should be at least partially awarded.
Ruslan Tsar – Come to Life
Ruslan closes the show tonight with a party disco song. Four vocalists are also on the stage and behind their microphones, they also dance a little. Unfortunately, Ruslan is not sure in his vocals and the whole concept of the song and its performance is a little bit more dated.
After the introduction, the show started off with the songs one by one with just short interruptions from the green room beside the commercial ads. After the last performance, the voting opened and we saw few interval acts including Sunstroke Project, Moldova’s last representatives. The voting closed and then jury voted. After the commercial break, the votes of the televoting were revealed. In the end, DoReDos performed again their ESC entry My Lucky Day.
The results are made of the votes of the professional jury (50 %) and televoting (50 %).
After the jury voting, TOP 3 was: DoReDos, Vera Țurcanu, and Anna Odobescu.
TOP 3 of the televote was: DoReDos, Tolik and Nicoleta Sava.
In the end, the winner was announced – DoReDos, followed by Vera Țurcanu and Doinița Gherman & OneVoice. The full results are in the table below.
Moldova 2018 – Results
Moldova in the Eurovision Song Contest
Moldova has a good qualification rate in the Eurovision Song Contest. Out of its 13 appearances, Moldova failed to qualify only 4 times – in 2008 and then during a 3 years strike from 2014 to 2016. With achieving their best result so far last year in Kyiv with the second participation of Sunstroke Project, Moldova now has high hopes to win soon. If 2018 is the of Moldova is difficult to judge now, but in the meantime, you can remind Hey Mamma in a special multicam version.
In Lithuania tonight, three acts made it to the final of the Lithuanian Eurovizijos Atranka 2018. The final will be held in Kaunas on March 11th, with many secret special guests to appear
For now, though, the Eurovizijos Atranka semi final one started with seven acts, including wildcard Greta Zazza, but by the end of the show, four acts were sent packing.
1 The Hosts
2 The Songs
3 The Judges
4 Lithuania At The Eurovision Song Contest
Ugnė Skonsmanaite was dressed in a golden evening dress with shimmering sequins. Manto Stonkaus was smart in a black suit, that only a first semi-final deserves.
Baltasis Kiras performed after all the public voting was finished. Surely the judges aren’t waiting to see how that goes, before casting their vote.
We could have done without 120 performing Uptown Funk, but the silver foxed judge behind them seemed to be enjoying himself.
Gabrielius Vagelis – The Distant
What a difference a costume makes. Still wearing the purple shirt, but a more appropriate one, Gabrielius is in great singing form. For the first time, you were able to concentrate on the song. It is a slow dramatic number allowing the backing singers plenty opportunity to join in. The judges were pleased.
GeraiGerai and Silvija Pankūnaitė – More Than You Know
Back with his coat of many items, GeraiGerai had competition this week when Silvija wore a costume even weirder than Monika, a couple of weeks back. Looking like a robot from the future, this is one of those urban city numbers. The pounding keyboards kept things moving along, and Silvija sang as if her Eurovision survival depended on it.
Kotryna Juodzevičiūtė – That Girl
Back trying to look cool in her pink pantsuit, and her band of young whippersnappers came Kotryna with her song which just may be too cool for school. With a well-choreographed number, Kotryna held her on with the song. Looking good and ready for Lisbon.
The Roop – Yes, I Do
A big favourite with the public, this is a modern pop group singing an instantly catchy song. Still in the same pajama top, but a pair of bright red trousers, the lead singer gets on top of Ruta Loop’s box to perform as only a lead singer can. A blue and white apron can also be spotted. The guitarist, keyboardist and drummer did well too. Can Lithuania risk another band this year?
Godo –Fire Fountain
Looking a little bit tired after her big concert the other night, Godo returned with this very original number. The performance and song are a breath of fresh air in the show, but may just be too left of centre for Eurovision. Having said that, Lithuania should make the final this year if they have the sense to send this.
Greta Zazza –Broken Shadows
Back for another turn after being eliminated last week, Greta needed to give her all tonight. With a dress that Godo wouldn’t look out of place in, Greta stood and just sang the song perfectly. There is no doubt this is very Eurovision friendly with a killer chorus. It looks as if this isn’t going to be the Lithuanian entry this year, which is a shame. Hopefully, Greta will go on to greater things.
Jurgis Brūzga –4Love
Yet another entry with Eurovision potential. Lithuania is turning up the heat this year and this is only the first semi final. With comparisons to Sweden’s entry last year, due to the dancing, the song stands on its own. A great performance. Let’s see how the voting went.
Ramūnas Zilnys – judging this show has aged him way beyond his years
Tomas Sinickis – musician
Giedrė Kilčiauskienė – surely Surie, the U.K’s entry’s mother
Dalia Ibelhauptaitė – opera singer extraordinaire
GeraiGerai and Silvija Pankūnaitė
Lithuania At The Eurovision Song Contest
With its long selection shows, you would think that Lithuania could spot a winning song. Sadly this has generally proven not to be true. Lithuania has only made the top ten twice, since her first entry in 1994.
The much-maligned We Are The Winners is still their highest performing song and they even use it still to introduce the Eurovizijos Atranka each week.
Ten weeks last year saw them choose Fusedmarc and Rain Of Revolution. For all their hard work, the song finished 17th in its semifinal, with Lithuania absent from the grand final, for the sixth time.