Lithuania’s state broadcaster LRT has confirmed that — for the third straight year — they will use their marathon selection process “Eurovizijos” dainu konkurso nacionaline atranka, or simply Eurovizijos atranka 2016. It will select both the song and the singer for Stockholm. The rules have changed slightly for 2016, so take a deep breath before we guide you through their 2016 installment.
Both Lithuanian and foreign composers, or a combination of the two, can submit their songs (in MP3 format and within EBU rules) along with their application form and photos, to LRT using either the e-mail address [email protected] or their postal address:
LRT Eurovizijos atranka
S.Konarskio g. 49, Vilnius
Telephone number: (8 5) 236 31 04.
The submission deadline is 1st December and rules are available in Lithuanian and English.
Only Lithuanian citizens are allowed to compete as solo artists or groups, whether they are competing with their own song or not.
Eurovizijos atranka 2016 Schedule
Depending on the submission process, the full schedule will be confirmed after the deadline. Last year’s online song voting process has been scrapped in favour of two groups:
Subgroup A: Artists without their own songs
Subgroup B: Artists with their own competing entries.
A total of nine episodes are confirmed for Eurovizijos atranka 2016. A voting combination of 50% televoting with 50% jury votes will be used throughout the competition. Jury votes will be used in the event of a tie.
Episodes 1 and 2 – Artists without their songs
Submitted by the composers and selected by LRT, a minimum of 10 songs performed by the artists themselves will be presented on each episode. Half of the competing artists with the lowest combined scores will be eliminated, and the same applies to the songs.
Episodes 3 and 4 – Artists with their own songs
A minimum of 10 songs will be presented on each episode. Half of the competing entrants with the lowest combined scores will be eliminated.
Episode 5 – Subgroup A Semi-Final
The remaining artists from episodes 1 and 2 (those without their own songs) will face each other to determine who advances to the next semi-final. A minimum of 10 songs will be performed. Half of the competing artists with the lowest combined scores will be eliminated, and the same applies to the songs.
Episode 6 – Subgroup B Semi-Final
The remaining artists with their own competing songs from episodes 3 and 4 will face each other to determine who advances to the next semi-final. A minimum of 10 will be performed and half of the competing entrants with the lowest combined scores will be eliminated.
Episode 7 – Semi-Final
A minimum of 10 of the remaining entrants from both groups will perform at this stage. At least 5 of them will make it to the final.
Episode 8 – Final
The finalists will perform their entries then it’s decision time on who will represent Lithuania at Stockholm.
Episode 9 – Winning Performer’s Support Concert
A special concert featuring the selected representative will be broadcast live by LRT and all of the finalists are obliged to take part.
Last year’s Eurovizijos atranka resulted in not just one, but two winners as Monika Linkyte and Vaidas Baumila competed as a duo in the final. Before LRT made that decision, their song “This Time” won the song selection national final. They finished 18th with 30 points in the final.
Photo: Andres Putting (EBU)
I am so confused, but I’m not the only one. Lol?!
David Bronner (David worked for CONCHITA WURST “Rise like a phoenix”
No.1 at the ESC 2014 !!!
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Anthony Ko, 🙂 I’am responding do your question: So there are 2 x WAYS of doing it professional – No.1., Foreign International composers could be either invited from Lithuania’s state broadcaster LRT to become part of the National selection for ESC, – or – No.2., All young & new Lithuania’s artists are contacting directly the foreign composers by themselves, asking them for ther individual support & ESC participation. Some of the best & current Austrian music-producers or composers are: Thomas Rabitsch, or: David Bronner (David worked for CONCHITA WURST “Rise like a phoenix” No.1 at the ESC 2013 !!! AS… Read more »
@Azaad, MTD: Maybe this is why Lithuania has so much trouble matching the success (past or present) of Latvia (back on the right track after years of futility) and Estonia. Maybe they should try the one-artist-one-song approach, like most other countries (one exception being Germany, where one artist brings 2 songs to perform).
I love the new national selection rules. They’re complicated, but I think the result will be surprising, as long as talented artists with amazing songs will apply. Fingers crossed! I hated last years’ rules. Although Monika & Vaidas was my FAV song of all last year, and I WISH they reached top 10, I still hated the rules. Good luck to Lithuania this year!
LEO ESC – AUT, if you’ve actually read the article, LRT are currently accepting submissions from foreign composers. Whether a world class composer would consider entering it is a different matter. And thanks for your suggestion Emilija! 😉
Are they trying to enter the Guiness World of Records for the most complicated NF?
Lithuania’s state broadcaster LRT needs some help from some really good music professionals INTERNATIONAL , therefore I’m with Robyn but only this time one too; it’s the only country I don’t watch & I am not interested in his present music culture art all.
Lithuania’s state broadcaster LRT should take my advise in consideration to call some profis in AUSTRIA or GERMANY with several no.1 hits worldwide !!!
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I’m Lithuanian and I want to make a little adjustment – it won’t be technically correct to translate “Eurovizijos” dain? konkurso nacionalin? atranka to just Eurovizijos 2016. Because word “Eurovizijos” would translate to English as “of Eurovision”. So it all kind of translates like “of Eurovision 2016”. So it won’t really make a sense and to us, Lithuanians, that even sounds quite funny, because it sounds like an unfinished sentence 🙂 It would best sound like “Eurovizijos atranka 2016”. Because it’s logical and it would translate as “Selection for Eurovision”. So this is just small adjustment from my side 😉
Am I the only one who thinks that the lithuanian selection is completely fd up? Lol
Sounds complicated. Lituania should use the same format they used to select Loreen and the song Euphoria. Euphoria was written in just 6 minutes using the “Hanzjen-marconzen” technique. Songs including those by Britney Spears, Madonna,Celine Dion, Janet Jackson, Lady Gaga and Rihanna have also used this exact same technique. Its also the same way Emelie De Forest’s songs are written and how last years winner Mans Zelmerlow co writes his songs
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I love the Lithuanian selection , it’s completely bizarre but it’s a lot of fun. I did love Attention with Vilija and that was my favourite from week 1, it was her song and it was weird she had to keep watching other people sing it, and I was glad it came back to her. ( I didn’t love the rubber tutu, the final presentation was just weird and I can see why it didn’t qualify) Even Vaidas didn’t really understand the selection process this year. This Time was written for him and both times they have done this show… Read more »
omg we KNOW, mario !!!! just stfu PLEASE
The tragedy of this complicated system is that we’re left with horrors like “Attention” and rubber tutus…
At least its still success the fact that Lithuania qualified to the grand final this year…The lithuanian song *This Time* was not that good to be honest…(It was my 29th most liked song among the 40..) Lithuanians have qualified to the Final 6 times beating their failed 5 times that they were eliminated on the SF…Including 1 time that they were automatic finalists qualifiers.. I think that this country can hit the top5 or top3 in the following years to come…At least till 2020… If Lithuania won’t manages to win in our Vision this decade then i expect them to… Read more »