Lithuania: Ieva Zasimauskaite wins opening heat of Eurovizijos atranka 2018

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A new year means a new start for Lithuania, as they aim to put last year’s disappointment behind them with the return of their 10-week selection process “Eurovizijos” dainu konkurso nacionaline atranka (aka Eurovizijos atranka 2018). Heat one kicked off tonight and six acts qualified for the next round.

Tonight’s opening show saw 13 participants sing it out on the first heat. The lineup included several returnees from last year’s competition, most notably semi-finalist Ieva Zasimauskaite. Luck was on her side as she won the heat with her song “When We’re Old”. Ieva topped both the jury and televote.

She will be joined in the next stage of the competition by Godo with “Fire Fountain”, Milda Rasilaviciute with “I Think About You”, Lukas Norkunas with “Tegu”, Germante Kinderyte with”Turn It Up” and Benas Malakauskas with “My Memories”.

Eurovizijos atranka 2018 – heat one running order

Justin3 – “Born to Be Wild One”

Monee – “Standing Here”

Germante Kinderyte – “Turn It Up”

Godo – “Fire Fountain”

Lukas Norkunas – “Tegu”

Meda Meškauskaite – “Blood Roses”

Benas Malakauskas – “My Memories”

Milda Rasilaviciute – “I Think About You”

Dange – “Netikra Laime”

Natalija Chareckaja – “Serious”

Aušra Difarte – “Someday”

Evaldas Vaikasas – “Blind”

Ieva Zasimauskaite – “When We’re Old”

Eurovizijos atranka 2018 – heat one results

The 2018 voting process remains unchanged from last year’s competition. The overall vote consists of 50% televoting, combined with the other 50% from the national juries.

Jury results

Televoting results

Combined results

The jury and televote both had Ieva ZasimauskaiteGodo and Milda Rasilaviciute in their top six. Germante Kinderyte made it into the final on televotes alone, while Benas Malakauskas had the televote to thank for boosting his score. Lukas Norkunas had the jury to thank for his qualification, though he still placed high with the televote.

Do you agree with tonight’s results? Let us know in the comments section below and you can watch the show again here.

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Photo: V. Radžiuno (LRT)