Lithuania: LRT confirms details of epic national final Eurovizijos Atranka 2018

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It’s known as one of the longest-running national finals — but one which has delivered some good Eurovision results. Lithuania‘s broadcaster LRT has now confirmed details of the 2018 edition of its national final “Eurovizijos” dainu konkurso nacionaline atranka.

Applications are now open for the contest. As usual, LRT is accepting entries from performers who are Lithuanian citizens. But the broadcaster isn’t limiting the contest to solo performers. It’s also open to groups so we could see another act like Monika & Vaidas, LT United or Fusedmarc in Lisbon.

Non-Lithuanian songwriters, however, are eligible to enter as well as locals. Eurovizijos Atranka frequently attracts songwriters from the other side of the Baltic Sea. Donny Montell’s 2016 entry “I’ve Been Waiting For This Night” was written by top Swedish songwriters.

Entries for the 2018 edition will close on 1 December 2017, which gives interested applicants just over six weeks to get their entry in.

It’s not clear how many acts will end up participating in the national final this year however, the rules do mention that at least 20 songs will be selected from the songwriter submissions. There may possibly be more shortlisted entries from singers who have entered with their own song.

The competition will again use a combination of jury vote and television, using the standard Eurovision 12-points system.

Unlike this time last year, LRT hasn’t given any details about the format of Eurovizijos Atranka 2018. The notoriously long-running show is known for changing its format from year to year.

Last year’s format involved ten shows and 49 competing acts. After eight heats, one semi-final and an online second-chance vote, seven acts ended up in the live final. Despite strong performances from national final regular Aiste Pilvelyte with the Aminata-penned “I’m Like a Wolf” and the outrageous Lolita Zero with “Get Frighten”, it was electronic duo Fusedmarc who won with “Rain of Revolution”.

The local enthusiasm for the duo did not translate to Europe. In Kyiv, they came second to last in their semi-final with only 42 points.

Who do you think? Who should enter Eurovizijos Atranka 2018? Should Lolita Zero make a comeback? Share your thoughts below!

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