The first heat of Nacionaline Eurovizijos Atranka 2018 will take place on January 6. And today broadcaster LRT has revealed the lucky acts who will sing-it-out for their survival in the first round of competition.
Writing on Instagram, organisers stated that 13 acts will take part in the first heat. But their image only revealed 11 of the names, leaving viewers to guess which other acts would take the final two spots. They later added the remaining two names in the comments section (having apparently forgotten them initially). Oops.
Many of our readers will remember Ieva Zasimaukskaite from last year’s selection. She’s a beautiful woman with a lyrical, emotional style. And while she didn’t manage to reach the final last year with her song “You Saved Me”, she’s slowly and steadily built up a loyal fan base.
Some of the other names may be new to you, so let’s pause and highlight a few of them now.
He’s an up-and-coming singer who tried his luck in Eurovizijos Atranka last year. Benas qualified from the first round but sadly got eliminated in the second — a respectable result for his debut. This year he auditioned for The Voice of Lithuania but failed to turn any of the mentors’ chairs. Last year Benas went upbeat, but this year he’s changing direction with the more lyrical number “My Memories”. Staring into the camera and singing in an auditorium, he shows he isn’t afraid to connect with the viewer. But is he connecting with you?
Another singer with experience on The Voice, Germante made it through the blind auditions phase but got eliminated during the knockouts. The young singer has not yet revealed her song. But as you can see in her cover of “Dangerous Woman” below, she balances sweetness and light with major attitude. And she certainly got judge Donny Montell moving!
He started building a name for himself by participating in The Voice of Lithuania in 2015. And he kept his momentum going by reaching the second round of last year’s Eurovizijos atranka. With his unique style (which includes plenty of tattoos) and resonant voice, he’s ready to make another impression here. He hasn’t revealed his song.
Eurofans may not be familiar with Dange Samonskiene, but Lithuanians surely are. She’s been a stalwart of the local music scene for what seems like forever, having participated in various TV music formats and released multiple albums. The seasoned pro is dipping her well-pedicured toes into Eurovizijos Atranka for the very first time. Her song remains a secret.
Eurovizijos atranka 2018 – heat 1 competing acts
- Ausra Difarte
- Benas Malakauskas
- Evaldas Vaikasas
- Germante Kinderyte
- Goda Sasnauskaite
- Ieva Zasimauskaite
- Lukas Norkunas
- Meda Meskauskaite
- Milda Rasilaviciute
- Natalia Chareckaja
What do you think about the artists competing in the first heat? Does anyone scream WINNER to you? Let us know in the comments box below.