I’m not going to pretend that we’ve been following Lithuania’s national selection. Eurovizijos 2014 is a marathon contest that’s been going on for months and seems to involve half of Lithuania’s three million people, and about three-fourths of its songwriters. During tonight’s show the eight remaining contestants performed 16 songs, and two songs and one act were eliminated. If you want to exact details on the rules, you can click here. You might need a notepad and some ibuprofen.
When #umk14 finished this evening I saw some of y’all hating on the Lithuanian contest on Twitter so I decided I’d tune in. I was immediately transported to a karaoke bar in 1985, and saw a woman flashing her pink bra straps while singing a number called “Attention.” Whoever wrote this will not be winning a Grammy any time soon.
The lyrics are hilarious, but I don’t think they’re meant to be.
You can buy me for a drink or two, but I’m not that easy.
You saw me chatting with my girls at the bar, we’re all pretty.
You told me I look like a movie star, I’m not that easy.
I’m going to make you fall, down-down-down-down on your knees….
Well, as it turns out, Vilija Mataciunaite—she with the pink bra straps—actually won tonight’s heat. One of the jurors even compared her to Tina Turner. Really?!
She will live to screach for another week along with Mia, Ieva Zasimauskaite, Vaidas Baumila, Monika Linkyte, VIG Roses, and Martynas Kavaliauskas.
The result of the two-hour show was that Justinas Lapatinskas was sent home. Not even a tangerine coloured suit could save him.
Have you been following the Lithuanian contest? What song and artist are you hoping will go all the way?
Photo: Deivaro Kaleininko (LRT)