Lithuania’s application process for their marathon selection Eurovizijos dainu konkurso nacionaline atranka ended on December 1, and ever since then Eurovision veteran Donny Montell has been teasing fans with the idea of his potential participation.
He’s not the only former Eurovision star (seemingly) longing to fly the Lithuanian flag at Eurovision 2018. Eurovision 2001 participant and Skamp member Erica Jennings has confirmed her ambitions and submissions.
Erica and Donny were, you’ll remember, the two favourites during the 2016 edition of Lithuania’s selection. Erica’s “Leading Me Home” won the semi final, but ultimately lost the battle to Donny Montell’s “I’ve Been Waiting For This Night” in the final.
Donny — the winner of Eurovision’s Next Top Male Model 2016 — teased fans last week as speculation mounted that he would participate again — this time as part of a duo with rap star Egidijus Dragunas of the Lithuanian group SEL.
As his apparent duet partner jokingly told news site 15min: “I think our experience and this piece of work are exactly what we need for Eurovision.”
Donny subsequently went on Instagram and shared this screengrab of the article, whose title reads “Egidijus Dragunas and Donny Montell want to shake up the Eurovision scene.”
He captioned the photo: “And why not!?… third time lucky, let it be with Egiu. What do my biggest Eurovision fans think?”
Many Eurovision fans screamed “Taip!” — that’s “Yes!” in Lithuanian.
Erica Jennings confirms two song submissions
Donny is not the only former Lithuanian Eurovision contestant who is eager to represent his country again, as Erica Jennings is doing all she can to get to Lisbon next year.
Erica says she has not one, but two songs for the competition: one ballad and one dance number.
She told 15min:
“For a long time I could not choose which one to turn to — it became a real dilemma for me. But when I discovered that I can participate in the selection with both and that there are no rules that prohibit it, I thought, ‘Why not?’ Let the audience choose which they like best. Or maybe neither will please you! You might not fall for it. But I really believe in these works.”
We will have to wait until later in the season to find out if Donny Montell or Erica Jennings are among the twenty lucky acts to participate in Lithuania’s Eurvovizijos atranka.
Do you want Erica and Donny to represent Lithuania at Eurovision 2018? Let us know in the comments below!
Donny is a brilliant performer. People like Jazzu, Greta Zazza and Aiste Pilvelyte would easily deliver, too.
At the very least, should add some quality to a national selection process often lacking in it.
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+ I'm not sure If I want to see him back, I love him and I've been waiting for this night was amazing, but I think Lithuania needs someone new.
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Monique, Paula or Greta Zazza will win this year
Monique, Paula or Greta Zazza will win this year
Donny should come back, either solo or in a duet with Sasha Song. Not with that old man, that would be weird….
Erica might have two legitimate goes at it this year, but Donny wants to come back with a rap artist… well at least Lithuania’s interesting. 🙂
Actually I’m very happy that Donny is back. However isn’t it a bit early?! Like he was performing only 2 years ago. Doesn’t he need to recover? 😀
He wants to participate non-stop.
I thought he would return in 2020, since he also returned in 2016, 4 years after 2012.
…Or maybe he understands that he is seen as the Eurovision Hope by many Lithuanians and uses that for his new song promotion 🙂 I have already commented on the previuos article but again – isn’t it strange that his new song is in Lithuanian, cointains inappropriate words and is much longer than 3 minutes ? Why should anyone record such song for Eurovision ? Not to mention that the time to apply has passed but his comments can’t be seen as 100% confirmation which is strange as well… The last paragraph of article frLRT also says that ‘We can… Read more »
donny should stop being egoistic and give others a chance in stead. no one cares about his cheap swedish melfest reject songs
Lol, as if Donny decides, if they send him or someone else to Eurovision.
He knows how to serve quality songs, and has a good stage presence.
If he has a great song and is motivated, why not? And that’s for every country and singer. It doesn’t make sense to send someone just because is a newcomer having a veteran with a better song. It’s my logic, but it’s up to each country and artist to decide.
I would like to see Erica Jennings go for Ireland .. she has raw talent
Too soon for Donny to come back
Erica is very talented, perhaps it’s her time.
How about no? I prefer to see new faces
Gjan not ?