Lithunaia’s LRT has revealed the names of the 28 finalists which will compete in the country’s national selection for Eurovision 2016. The list includes several established artists from the Lithuanian music scene, including Donatas Montvydas aka Donny Montell of Eurovision 2012 fame. As we previously reported, the “Love Is Blind” singer is hoping to return to the song contest with “I’ve Been Waiting For This Night”. The full list is as follows:

  1. 4 Roses
  2. Alice Way
  3. Baiba Skurstene-Serdiuke
  4. Berta Timinskaite
  5. Deividas Zygas
  6. Gabriele Grigolaityte-Vasha
  7. E.G.O.
  8. HIT
  9. Ieva Zasimauskaite
  10. Milda Martinkenaite
  11. Neringa Siaudikyte
  12. Saulene Chlevickaite
  13. Donatas Montvydas
  14. Istvan Kvik
  15. Lawreigna
  16. Ruslanas Kirilkinas
  17. Vlad Kalugin
  18. Behind the Moon
  19. Catrinah
  20. Egle Jakstyte
  21. Elena Jurgaityte
  22. Erica Jennings
  23. Jurgis Bruzga
  24. Petunija
  25. Ruta Sciogolevaite
  26. Ugne Smile
  27. Valdas Lacko
  28. Aiste Pilvelyte

Following complaints from last year’s contestants, the 2016 selection has undergone a number of changes. Most notably, entrants will be split into two streams – artists without their own songs and 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. More details can be found here.

The first episode is scheduled for 9 January 2016.

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Alexander
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Alexander

Here’s another competing song

Vlad Max – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7N0Nt9DXow4

Petar
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Petar

Erica Jennings represent Lithuania at Eurovision 2001.

esc1234
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esc1234

Such a long process, so bad entries

Sparrow
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Sparrow

I was hoping those ‘changes’ would be the shows format. It’s so confusing and hard to get behind any song or singer.
This is why Lithuania will never win Eurovision, you start in a mess and you end in a mess.

Vladimir
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Vladimir

The singers from the list I know are Ruslanas, Ruta, Donatas and Aiste. I’m curious about Aiste’s entry. Her “Troy on fire” (2008) entry was awesome. I’m still wondering how she didn’t win the national final that year.

R
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R

I would vote him in based on his cute factor. Unashamed.

Jasper
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Jasper
CookyMonzta
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CookyMonzta

@Thiefo: And I suspect that is why they have more trouble than their Baltic brethren in attempting to win at ESC. They should try the simple way: One contender, one song. Now, if only GJan had entered…

Thiefo
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When you said that the lithuanian NF would undergo a series of changes I was hoping it would mean it would be a lot shorter 😛 too bad that wasn’t it.

DenizNL
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DenizNL

His song is perfection! It needs to go to next years Eurovision.

John
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John

Quickly listened to some of the artists of Lithuania’s national selection and the only artists i like are Ugne smile https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdVpEf492ko and Aiste Pilvelyte https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Sadm7IZ4bA

jr esc nl
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jr esc nl

I have a good feeling about lithuania this year! 🙂

2015
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2015

Lithuania was my #41 in 2012 :/ not again pls