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).

Final Results

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.

Jury Results

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Televoting Results

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Eurovizija2016_Final_Televoting_Points

Combined Results

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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)

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David Who
David Who
4 years ago

Thanks Daniel E. 🙂 I always have two lists with ESC – one of those I personally liked, and another list of those that have been “rated” by 5 criteria. I always fear to release my own personal list, because it’s just what moves me and what doesn’t – it’s not the professional ratings. For example, it looks like Germany is my personal favourite song so far; and Italy’s song makes me cry alot! :)) However, in the “ratings” list, Germany is only 20th, and Italy is 3rd!! (I feel bad for Germany cos I really like that song!) In… Read more »

Daniel E.
Daniel E.
4 years ago

@David Who: so you don’t have terrible taste, after all! ;)). I don’t hate a single song you mentioned! I may not love them all, but I don’t hate them :)). I am particularly happy about France and Italy being on your list ;). And Saara Aalto, of course (deep sigh….).

Ema
Ema
4 years ago

@Laburnum “This is the actual Swedish entry, it’s just representing Lithuania instead!” So incredibly true! And it is a great pity that we, Lithuanians, who call themselves “a singing nation”, couldn’t choose something written in our country and by our artists. @EugeneESCUK “To be fair they were all poor songs, but Erica’s was the best song for me and would have been different from the rest and would have stood out”. Some of us hoped that, even if it’s riskier, Erica could have pulled off a “Common Linnets” as there no other similar entries in this year’s ESC. Many have… Read more »

David Who
David Who
4 years ago

@Daniel E. Hugs. 🙂
My favourites this year are as follows…
Overall songwriting: Germany
Production: Russia
Live Performance: Ukraine
Emotional favourite: Italy
Others i really like: France, Czech Republic, Iceland, Austria, Serbia.

The national choice I was most upset about this year was Finland. I really liked Saara Aalto, and while Sandjha is okay, the song isn’t a winning song. I also wanted Laila’s Afterglow for Norway, but i guess we can’t have everything. 🙂 x

cheesecake
cheesecake
4 years ago

I know it’s nothing special or original, but I just can’t help but LOVE this song. Thanks Lithuania!
In my opinion he should work on his live performance though.

Hebbuzz
Hebbuzz
4 years ago

OK song, OK performance, I just think the danceroutine is distracting and not doing good for the song. Leave the dancing to dancers on the background, I don;t like the vocals on tape, makes it sound so plastic just like Melodiffestivalen. Luckily vocals on backingtrack are not allowed in the real ESC stage.

Daniel E.
Daniel E.
4 years ago

@David Who: don’t you laugh at me, it’s been a really tough season this year, such joys have been really rare for me :)))). I forgot to mention in my previous comment Joe & Jake from the UK, who were my favourites from ‘You Decide’ (that’s right @EugeneESCUK ;)), but is it a good sign that I forgot about them earlier? Hmmm…). I guess everyone’s different taste is what makes this competition interesting. I mean, if we all loved the same songs it would be boring, right? :). By the way, David Who, who is your favourite this year? (I… Read more »

Bård
Bård
4 years ago

Lithuania chose the best of what was on offer. This will easily qualify from semi final 2.

David Who
David Who
4 years ago

Yey, Daniel E’s favourite won in Lithuania! Celebrations! 😀
It’s an okay song for me, and Donny is likeable enough. It’s not spectacular, but then very few are this year unfortunately. At the moment I think Lithuania slotted in 17th or 18th in my table – something like that. It’s a borderline qualifier I think.

Leo M
Leo M
4 years ago

I just watched the live performance from tonight and it was painful to listen to. I still love the studio version though

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
4 years ago

FINALLY!

Hugh
Hugh
4 years ago

Three minutes of insistent noise is not my thing. Wouldn’t qualify from the first semi, shouldn’t from the second but probably will.

Tha
Tha
4 years ago

I still don’t get why Lithuania has a 12-week selection since they never bring an outstanding song.
Donny’s song is a tipical pop song. And not in a good way.
(I think the same thing about 2016’s entries like Denmark, Belgium, Ireland, UK…)
In my top, this is in 21-27 place.

ESCaddict
ESCaddict
4 years ago

The song is OK.
Donny will put everything into the performance. He’s good.

@EugeneESCUK
4 years ago

Daniel E. :- You made me smile at least…………….it’s early days.

Skandar
Skandar
4 years ago

I have no problem with the song. It is better among the songs remained. The thing makes me confused is why the hell was the show so exhausting that a performer should sing the same song 6 times? It only made the winner was predictable and the selection was redundant

Bhrister Cjorkman
Bhrister Cjorkman
4 years ago

Not thrilled by it, but my ears managed to survive. Let’s see if they can still bear with it by May after a few more plays. 1 Australia 2 Germany 3 Hungary 4 Russia 5 Iceland 6 Norway 7 Belgium 8 Belarus 9 Italy 10 Armenia 11 Croatia —> 12 Serbia 13 Ireland 14 The Netherlands 15 Estonia 16 France 17 Poland 18 Cyprus 19 Georgia 20 Moldova —> 21 Sweden 22 Czech Republic —> 23 Lithuania 24 Finland 25 Switzerland 26 United Kingdom 27 Romania 28 Spain 29 Austria 30 Ukraine 31 F.Y.R. Macedonia 32 Greece 33 Denmark 34… Read more »

Österikke
Österikke
4 years ago

Got it all sorted out thanks to Mr. Gerbear 1 Netherlands Douwe Bob Slow Down 2 Serbia ZAA Sanja Vu?i? Goodbye (Shelter) 3 Italy Francesca Michielin TBA 4 Austria Zoë Loin d’ici 5 France Amir J’ai cherché 6 Spain Barei Say Yay! 7 Poland Micha? Szpak Color of Your Life 8 Croatia Nina Kralji? Lighthouse 9 Belarus Ivan Help You Fly 10 Denmark Lighthouse X Soldiers of Love 11 Sweden Frans If I Were Sorry 12 Switzerland Rykka The Last of Our Kind 13 Norway Agnete Icebreaker 14 Albania Eneda Tarifa Fairytale Love 15 Hungary Freddie Pioneer 16 Germany Jamie-Lee… Read more »

Man of Love
Man of Love
4 years ago

What an disgusting song. Cliché, dated, formulaic and cheesy: everything i hate in Eurovision. This crap joins the kid from Sweden and San Marino’s joke in my bottom 3. Thank god that at least Serbia sent us a good entry tonight…

Emilija
Emilija
4 years ago

Well, as previous Lithuanian commentators told in comments on previous posts about Lithuania, we can see that voting in the final was like 5-6 times higher than in every other show, because Lithuanian people like to spend their money only for the main purpose, including myself. I voted for Donny and I’m glad he won. He was my favourite and I believe that he is our only chance to do quite well in Sweden 🙂

Daniel E.
Daniel E.
4 years ago

@EugeneESCUK

Yes, I love it, but that’s not even the point. Lithuania is in the second semi, much weaker than the first. Having that in mind, you still think it will struggle, even if you don’t particularly like it?

I mean, I am almost hopeful that even my country, Romania, might have a minuscule chance in this semifinal :)))). Well, not really, but I was just trying to make a point ;))

eurana
eurana
4 years ago

I’ve been waiting for this night !! Thank you Lithuanian. Straight to my top 10.

@EugeneESCUK
4 years ago

Daniel E. :- If you like it that’s fine, I’m not so keen on it, there is nothing new or stand out. Who the artist is or the country is not relevant to me. It’s about the song.

Leo M
Leo M
4 years ago

Loved this song from the first time I heard it. Great choice Lithuania, no doubt it will finish top 10 in the final

Daniel E.
Daniel E.
4 years ago

@EugeneESCUK

‘Lithuania is in trouble, could struggle to qualify with Donny’ – you’re kidding, right?

Criticca
Criticca
4 years ago

In 2012, Donny’s song had a concept that complemented well with the staging. This year his song is just like every other pop song. I dunno if this will do better or qualify in the finals but good luck to him.

Lianne
Lianne
4 years ago

Laburnum, salty much? 🙂

Österikke
Österikke
4 years ago

This sounds like playback with some weird woooooos….

For me there are too many Misters “I love myself” at the Song Contest this year.

oli
oli
4 years ago

Great song and great singer! I love it. Right now in my top 10!

@EugeneESCUK
4 years ago

Well the producers wanted him and they got him, Erica came 2nd in both the Jury vote and the televote.

To be fair they were all poor songs, but Erica’s was the best song for me and would have been different from the rest and would have stood out, but even that would not have achieved anything great.

Lithuania is in trouble, could struggle to qualify with Donny.

Laburnum
Laburnum
4 years ago

This is the actual Swedish entry, it’s just representing Lithuania instead! 😉

Laburnum
Laburnum
4 years ago

I think all Baltic countries will all be in the final once again! 🙂

Daniel E.
Daniel E.
4 years ago

Finally one of my favourites wins a national selection! ;)). It’s only the second time it happens this year, after Norway (I’m still devastated about The HARDKISS, Vanotek and Saara Aalto…). And it is actually the first Lithuanian entry that I actually like in the history of ESC.

Top 3 for me, hopefully at least a top 5 in Stockholm,

Bastian
Bastian
4 years ago

Great choice. Welcome to the final 🙂

DenizNL
DenizNL
4 years ago

I am very happy with this.

MrJoggy (BEL)
4 years ago

Good news ! Finally !

Lianne
Lianne
4 years ago

YAAAS DONNY! HE GAVE IT ALL!

mocosuburbian
mocosuburbian
4 years ago

boo
erica jennings would have been a stellar entry
this is… okay at best

WTF
WTF
4 years ago

Should give Ireland a run for their money, regarding last place in the second semi…

San Marino > Donny Montell

Ben Rafter
Ben Rafter
4 years ago

He OBVIOUSLY won!!!