Comeback queens! This morning Lithuanian broadcaster LRT confirmed that Greta Zazza and Ruta Loop have won the two wildcards to compete in the semi-finals of Eurovizijos atranka 2018 on February 24 and March 3. The Lithuanian ladies beat competition from ten other eliminated acts to return to the competition and will now be firmly focused on winning the ticket to represent Lithuania at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in May.
Greta Zazza won the most votes of the two, collecting 4484 in total, after being eliminated from the competition last weekend.
Ruta Loop won a slightly smaller haul of 3928, just edging out her nearest rival Vidai Bareikis, who collected 3730 votes.
Greta and Ruta Loop will now perform their songs “Broken Shadows” and “Positive Thoughts” during the semi-finals. Greta will perform this Saturday and Ruta during semi-final 2 of the competiton.
Last year, LRT also threw one act a lifeline through a wildcard, bringing drag act Gytis Ivanauskas back into the competition.
Speaking about the decision to use wildcard’s again, Lithuania’s Head of Delegation Audrius Giržadas said:
“”I think this decision is valid, because it gives an opportunity to better appreciate the views of television viewers, radio listeners and portal visitors. In addition, it provides such a necessary chance for performers and an opportunity to smooth out the commission’s estimates of surprises.”
EUROVIZIJOS ATRANKA 2018 SEMI-FINALS AND FINAL
Lithuania’s marathon Eurovision selection is now entering the home stretch. Two semi-finals take place in the next two weeks and on March 11 we’ll find out who’s following in Fusedmarc’s footsteps to fly the Lithuanian flag in Portugal in May.
The winning act will hope to improve on Lithuania’s experience last year. Fusedmarc not only failed to qualify, but also suffered the indignity of placing second last in their semi-final. The 17th place result also made it Lithuania’s worst result since 2005, when Laura & The Lovers placed 25th, only managing to win 17 points.