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.
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)