Months after Lithuania concluded its national selection contest for Eurovizija 2014, we’re still confused by the process. It was one long trainwreck that resulted in Vilija Mataciunaite wearing rubber on stage in Copenhagen while screaming “Attention!” Can we please not repeat that again this year, Vilnius?
Alas, state broadcaster LRT has announced that it will stick with its un-winning formula from last year. It will stage a separate contest for the artists and songs, and pair them up over the course of eight shows and two finals (one for song, one for singer).
LRT is now accepting applications from interested singers. Rules require that they be citizens of Lithuania. LRT will issue its call for songs in the coming weeks. Songwriters do not need to be citizens of the country.
We already know of one singer who is keen to make her mark on Lithuanian TV: Laurita, a topless singer who performs wearing just a maple leaf. We are not kidding. According to Balsas, she promises, “to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest and seize the agonizing Lithuanian pop scene.” God help us all.
Photo: Eurovision.tv (EBU)