As Lithuania send their condolences to the late tenor Virgilijus Noreika, we’re just one step away from finding out their Eurovision 2018 representative. Tonight’s second semi-final of Eurovizijos atranka 2018 saw the remaining seven acts sing their entries and as usual, the Lithuanian juries made their decisions alongside the televoters.

Just like Greta Zazza last week, it was a brief return for Ruta Loop after finishing bottom of the table. Only three acts can join Jurgis Bruzga, The Roop and Kotryna Juodzeviciute at next week’s final. Ieva Zasimauskaite confirmed her place as tonight’s winner alongside Monika Marija and Paula.

Ahead of tonight’s show, the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — had a lot to say about Ieva. Wiwiblogger Barnabas said:

Here comes the love song which seems to be actually authentic, as it comes with an almost perfect package: Ieva’s voice and stage presence carry such a huge amount of cuteness, that it probably reminds viewers of a special romance. . This is well backed by the soft but precise piano and guitar work, making the whole track very heartfelt, a song that people could really get emotional with. And if there is some improvement to be made, it is the English pronunciation. Hearing “when we’re aaaaald” may take some listeners out of this heavenly mood.

Second semi-final running order

  1. Marija – “This Love”
  2. Twosome“Hello”
  3. Ieva Zasimauskaite“When We’re Old”
  4. Paula“1 2 3”
  5. Saules kliošas“Ikvepk ir nepaleisk”
  6. Ruta Loop“Positive Thoughts”
  7. Monika Marija“The Truth”

Second semi-final results

Jury results

Televoting results

Combined results

Is your favourite in the final? Do you agree with tonight’s results? Let us know on the comments box below and you can watch the show again here.

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Giedre
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Giedre

Talking about jury I asked why there’s no international jury this year and the answer was more or less “we don’t have money for this now because we want the final to be in the biggest arena in Lithuania and costs a lot, so we have to sacrifice smth”.
So it kind of shows what’s all about: money.

Giedre
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Giedre

I just wanted to say that it’s nice of you to say a couple of words about Virgilijus Noreika, like it has nothing to do with ESC, but still, thanks for that.

Paul
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Paul

Out of all songs, I really thought saules kliosas would stand out and do well in eurovision, other songs are just bland and boring… I’m so sad they didn’t go through.

Giedre
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Giedre

The comments were that it wasn’t that captivating because of Lithuanian language…

Amor
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Amor

Thats sad. She was one of my favorites. I loved the song in Lithuanian, I can’t believe she would get a comment like that. I just hope Paula wins now.

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One jury didn’t like her shoes, the other one didn’t want the lithuanian language, then they got mad on each other, and saules kliosas got 5th place. i hate our national selection 🙂

Giedre
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Giedre

Well she does look quite awkward, but maybe it’s just her..

Opinion
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Opinion

Ieva is the best.

Ugnius
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Ugnius

The jury voting was just shocking… Both Monika Marija & Saules Kliosas were their favourites in first heats, they also got 10 points from jury two weeks ago, and now something mysterious happened… Paula’s case is completely opposite – she never received lots of points from the juries, it was always televoting who saved her, and now she randomly received 10 points… Yes, she revamped her song, but was it really that good ? I found it quite boring…

Simon
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Simon

Different jury members – different scores. Jury member Dalia Ibelhauptait? was always a big fan of Paula and she judged her for the first time yesterday. Also other jury members said they like Paula’s revamped version more than the regular one. On the other hand Dalia clearly didn’t like Saules Kliosas and other jury members weren’t enthusiastic about them either. Speaking of televote, I think Paula did bad because people weren’t familiar with her new version of the song. I also didn’t like it when I saw it yesterday but now I’m kinda into the minimalistic acoustic vibe of this… Read more »

Giedre
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Giedre

I was surprised when Twosome received more jury points than Monika Marija.. I mean. Yeah, I must agree it was strange…

Colin
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Colin

Lithuania is an odd country:

– Jury saving a humorous entry, and public not responding
– A ballad saved by the televote
– An uptempo pop saved by the jury

At least they all agree that Ieva is clearly the best! Hope there are no surprises in the finals.

Eurovision Lithuania
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Eurovision Lithuania

Ieva has to win! My Favorite?

Héctor
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Héctor

There is nothing Lithuania can do to qualify this year… The Roop is enjoyable, so maybe I would go for them.

Giedre
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Giedre

Right, another expert.

Ugnius
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Ugnius

Geez, what is wrong with you ?!? A person just shared his opinion, nothing more nothing less… There is a website of Eurovision fans, none of them is an actual expert, but this doesn’t mean they can’t share their opinion… In fact, I also think there could be a year of non-qualification will almost all of these songs, so what ? Am I also not allowed to comment here, just because my opinion is not the same as yours ?

Giedre
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Giedre

Comment anything you want, am I quitting your internet or what? I also share my opinion, that’s it.

Ugnius
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Ugnius

No, you are not. What are you doing is attacking other wiwibloggs commenters with your unnecessarily sarcastic responses, which are rude, to say at least. This is not a way to share an opinion, and it is also very unpleasant to read…

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

Twosome missed out?
Ugh. Seriously what is with Lithuanian televoters? Stop taking yourselves so seriously. You don’t have a good song here. You didn’t have a good song last year. Just have some fun with it for God’s sake.

I guess Jurgis for the win, now?

Giedre
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Giedre

Thank you for saying this, like really, you are the one who knows everything.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

All these idiots are just trying to fool you. You DO have good songs this year. My favorites are Kotryna and The Roop!

Justina
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Justina

I have to agree there is no sign of a winning song but the whole selection process is taken too seriously for such a simple song. That doesn’t mean the songs are bad, it’s just that it feels as if there’s too much unnecessary pressure trying to prove that some of them can get a top 10 result in Eurovision.

Egle
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solo Ieva, lei canta la verita nostra e la nostra vita, voce incredibile… lei e vera…

Sabrina
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Sabrina

I like Ieva and Paula. Both acts look very minimalistic to Eurovision standards but Salvador’s staging also was like that, so… I was very impressed by the direction Paula took with her song. I wonder if there’s still room to improve.

josh
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josh

YES. If she can win the final now, and she definitely has a shot, it seems that Semi 1 will be the bloodbath after all.. funny given that we all collectively assumed that Semi 2 was far stronger.

Phary
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Phary

It reminds me of 2016, when semi 1 had a lot of successful countries but ultimately, semi 2 songs placed generally better in the GF.
But yeah, it’s quite sad that a lot of countries from Semi 1 are sending very good songs but a lot of them won’t qualify and some Eurovision powerhouses in semi 2 will qualify with weaker songs.

David
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David

I truly believe Ieva can win not only the selection but Eurovision overall. The visuals that she’s about to produce, the lightning, the emotion AND the Lithuanian version at the end of the performance. She has a big chance, in my opinion.

Vicc
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Vicc

I AGREE… She’s the best in the selection for sure, and in Portugal she has a pretty good chance to win as well. (or @ least go top 5) Also, she should do some testings with the visuals to make the performance even more touching. Ieva ftw

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Stop talking nonsense she wouldn’t even qualify to the final. A song similar to last year’s winner never does well in the Eurovision. Lithuanians don’t need to send a ballad. Ballads never do well unless people feel bad for the singer and that’s why they vote. This is too simple and too typical. THE ROOP and Kotryna are the only two options.

Giedre
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Giedre

Do you mean that it’s similar song only because it’s a ballad?

Jo
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Jo

I wish we could use memes here. lmao

eurovision6
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eurovision6

Ieva ftw

D
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D

They’re gonna pick Ieva but she’s one of the worst choices in the final.

David
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David

She’s the best, her stage presence is insane. And the visuals of “When We’re Old” are touching, as well as the Lithuanian version of the song which she sung in the end of the performance. She’s definetly worth it, and I truly believe she can even win Eurovision in Portugal.

Daniel_2017
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Daniel_2017

I only watched one heat and it was the one with Ieva. She blew me away. I don’t know the other songs in the final, but I would be happy if Ieva wins, I love her song!

Jo
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Jo

oh dear…

Phary
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Phary

Wow, Paula did a LOT of changes to her song ! It feels like an acoustic and stripped-back version, and is no longer a Scandi-pop dance song. She also changed the performance (no dancers, and she smashes a chair an some point).
Did Ieva add some strings ? She should probably win the selection.

David
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David

I hope Ieva wins, she has a really big chance to stand out in Eurovision.

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

All these heats and semi-finals for…this girl who looks like a zombie and sounds flatter than Lithuania’s geographic territory? They really needs to revamp their process.

Domas
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Domas

Exactly.

esc freak
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esc freak

That’s rude.

brennan
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brennan

(says the person who loves azerbaijan’s song)

KESC
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KESC

Azerbaijan’s song is by far better than any other song in this selection, lol.

Giedre
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Giedre

Thank you for commenting, like this was what we needed here in Lithuania, now we do know what to do.

blueeyed
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blueeyed

You’re savage. I really like you!

Craig
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Craig

I hope Jurgis Bruzga wins next week. Ieva is so bland

Domas
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Domas

Hear, hear! 😀

Simon
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Simon

For those unaware, Paula completely revamped her song, that’s why she got such high score from jury.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

That is so weird cause this version is so much worse. It’s just a mess both visually and vocally. I cringed when she smashed that chair… That performance was so bad.

esc freak
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esc freak

I was happy Paula qualified but then I watched her performance and what the hell? She went acoustic. Why? 🙁

EurovisionUK
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EurovisionUK

I was shocked to see the juries loving Paula after seeing how she done in previous rounds, happy for her though! Well done ieva! You deserved to win this semi

Titas
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Titas

Ieva for the win! So happy Paula’s through

Domas
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Domas

I hate Ieva and Paula. So sad for Saul?s Kliošas not qualifying. My heart is bleeding… 🙁

schuyler
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schuyler

Go Ieva!! Although I do hope that she switches to that flawless Lithuanian version from the music video, either for next week or for Lisbon <3

Calum Macleod
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Calum Macleod

I really hope for the Lithuanian version if she gets picked for Lisbon as well. Ieva FTW!

David
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David

Ieva sang part of the Lithuanian version this time. I hope she comes through with it in Lisbon as well.

Jack
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Jack

Pretty surprised Paula got through, happy though!

Jairo
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Jairo

PAULA SHOULD WIN!! What are you voting Lithuania???

Linnea
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Linnea

I agree!! Please Lithuania send Paula to Portugal this year!!

David
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David

Ieva outsold, outsang and outiconed Paula. Ieva should win.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

NOOOO that new version of her song is a mess.

irish esc
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irish esc

leva ftw so happy she is in the finals : )