Often dubbed Eurovision’s longest selection process, Lithuania’s Eurovizijos Atranka continues on Saturday.
This week, we reach the third of the first four preliminary heats. From the 12 competing acts, there are many familiar faces. We pick out some of the ones to watch out for, including Gabrielius Vagelis, E.G.O., and Greta Zazza.
She was one of the fan favourites to win the pre-selection in 2017. And Greta Zazza’s first attempt proved to be quite successful, making it all the way to the grand final. Now she’s back with more experience and an even bigger fan following.
“Broken Shadows” is completely different to “Like I Love You”. It’s a strong emotional ballad which manages to remain upbeat. The entry comes with some strong credentials, including composers Jonas Thander and Charlie Mason (“Rise Like A Phoenix”, “Here For You”, “Beauty Never Lies”).
Eurovizijos Atranka regulars will be familiar with this boyband. E.G.O. return with “Shake The World”, an apt title given the recent shakeup in the group’s line-up. The song name hints at a potential club banger.
Since their 2017 stint, the boys have honed their craft by releasing a number of hit singles in the Lithuanian market. Will they make the final this time?
They say third time’s a charm. And Milda Martinkenaite will be hoping to have luck on her side for her third attempt in Lithuania’s Eurovision selection.
With more experience and confidence than ever, all the signs bode well for Milda. “Hurricane” is a powerful entry, and shows plenty of promise. In the past, songs such as “If Tomorrow Never Comes” have failed to take her all the way. Could 2018 finally be her year?
Like so many others in this selection, he’s a man who has tried many times before. And after enjoying his best ever result in 2017 — he reached the final — Gabrielius Vagelis must have his sights set on Lisbon.
Known for his unique style and voice, Gabrielius has entered with “The Distant”. Local media are already tipping it as his his strongest entry yet.
She’s the artist formerly known as Egle Jakstyte. And after a year’s break from the competition, she’s returned as ELEY.
Egle is a big name in Lithuania and has been established in the music industry for a long time. In 2009 she won the popular music show Muzikos akademija 2. Her comeback song is called “This Is My Life” and, knowing Egle, it should be one to look forward to.
EUROVIZIJOS ATRANKA 2018 – HEAT 3 COMPETING ACTS
- Vidas Bareikis – Pusvalanduko
- Donata Virbilaite – Powerful
- Agne Michalenkovaite – Going on
- Silvija Pankunaite – More than you know
- ELEY – This is my life
- E.G.O – Shake the world
- Zivile Gedvilaite – Melody
- Evelina Jocyte – Breath
- Valdas Lacko – Dying inside
- Milda Martinkenaite – Hurricane
- Gabrielius Vagelis – The Distant
- Greta Zazza – Broken Shadows
What do you think of the heat 3 line-up? Who’s your favourite? Let us know in the comments below.