Following the conclusion of the four heats, Lithuania’s national selection Eurovizijos atranka 2017 really started heating up. And tonight’s show saw the qualifiers bringing the fire — most notably heat one winner Edgaras Lubys and Gytis Ivanauskas (perhaps better known as his alter ego Lolita Zero). The latter went on to win tonight’s show having come out on top of the televoting results.
Another seven acts will join Gytis in the next stage of of the competition: Ieva Zasimauskaite, Fusedmarc, Paula, Gražvydas, Edgars Lubys, Gabrielius Vagelis and E.G.O.
Sadly, the journey ended for Benas Malakauskas, Otreya, Milda Martinkenaite & Saulene Chlevickaite and Valdas Lacko.
Ahead of tonight’s show the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — had plenty of positive things to say about Gytis and his song “Get Frighten” (yes, that is dubious English). Wiwiblogger Robyn said:
Yes, ok, this song is a tie-in with an action film which somehow involves this parody of a Eurovision performance, watermelons and all. But when I’ve been sitting through all these other Eurovizijos atranka qualifiers that range from “mind-numbingly dull” to “s’ok I suppose”, this makes me pay attention. “Get Frighten” entertains me. It puts a smile on my face and I delight in the drama and spectacle. I love you, Lithuania.
Tonight’s jury winner Ieva Zasimauskaite left the Wiwi Jury a bit more cold. Luis wrote:
One thing is clear: Ieva’s saviour is either deaf or loves her a bit too much. Why didn’t her loved one warn her that singing this song was not a good idea? Yes, she has a beautiful voice, but her song is utterly boring, plain and uninteresting. When will people get that no one watches the Eurovision as a cure for insomnia?
But wiwiblogger Robyn definitely called it: “Ieva might as well be singing ‘You Saved Me” to the jury, because her song would not have got through on the televote alone.” Tonight, however, it would have: She placed fifth with the public.
Eurovizijos atranka 2017 – Show five running order
E.G.O – “My Story”
Benas Malakauskas – “Rolling”
Otreya – “Last Two Weeks”
Edgaras Lubys – “Could It Be?”
Milda Martinkenaite & Saulene Chlevickaite – “Paperheart”
Ieva Zasimauskaite – “You Saved Me”
Gytis Ivanauskas (Lolita Zero) – “Get Frighten”
Valdas Lacko – “It’s So Unfair”
Paula – “Let U Go”
Gražvydas – “Paint the Sky Blue”
Fusedmarc – “Rain of Revolution”
Gabrielius Vagelis – “Feel Myself Free”
Show five results
Next week’s show will feature the remaining 12 acts, all hoping to join tonight’s qualifiers.
Do you agree with tonight’s results? Let us know in the comments section below and you can watch the show again here.
Photo: V. Radžiuno (LRT)