Lithuania’s national selection marathon Eurovizijos atranka 2016 finally came to an end after ten shows in two and a half months. The six remaining participants made the long journey to tonight’s final and in the end, Lithuania has selected Donny Montell as their Eurovision 2016 representative with his song “I’ve Been Waiting For This Night”.
After performing his song six times over ten weeks on the epic national selection show, it all came down to one last performance. Donny had what it took, winning the overall vote and securing his ticket to Stockholm. He also came out on top with the Wiwi Jury and our readers’ poll.
This will be the second time for Donny at Eurovision. He first represented his country in 2012 with “Love is Blind”, which placed 14th. Like Kaliopi, Greta Salóme, Ira Losco, Deen, Poli Genova, and Bojan Jovovic, Donny will be hoping to better his original Eurovision placing.
Final Running Order
Ruslanas Kirilkinas – “In My World”
Ieva Zasimauskaite – “Life (Not That Beautiful)”
Aiste Pilvelyte – “You Bet”
Erica Jennings – “Leading Me Home”
Ruta Šciogolevaite – “United”
Donny Montell – “I’ve Been Waiting for This Night”
Final Jury Panel
Lithuania – Ramunas Zilnys, Nomeda Kazlaus, Dalia Ibelhauptaite, Juste Arlauskaite, Tomas Sinickis and Vaidas Baumila.
International – Peter Freudenthaler (Germany), Denis Ingoldsby and Syron (both UK).
All six finalists performed their entries on tonight’s show, then it was up to televoters alongside the Lithuanian and international juries to make their all-important decisions. Donny Montell emerged victorious having topped both jury votes and the televoting public.
Do you agree with Lithuania’s decision? Can Donny better his 2012 result? Let us know in the comments section below! You can watch the show again here.
Photo: V. Radžiuno (LRT.lt)