March 11 is an important day for Lithuania. Not only does the country celebrate their day of restoration of independence, they also had an important decision to make in their national selection marathon Eurovizijos atranka 2018. For the first time ever, the competition ends on a Sunday night slot.

The six remaining participants made the long journey to tonight’s final at the Žalgirio arena, hosted by television host Ugne Skonsmanaite and comedian Mantas Stonkus. But in the end, Ieva Zasimauskaite will fly the flag for Lithuania at Eurovision 2018 with her song “When We’re Old”.

Last year’s winners Fusedmarc returned to perform their song “Rain of Revolution” and two Eurovision 2018 acts performed their songs as guest performers in the final. Iceland’s Ari Ólafsson kicked off the show with “Our Choice” whilst Finland’s Saara Aalto performed “Monsters” later on as an interval act.

Eurovizijos atranka 2018 final running order

Monika Marija – “The Truth”

Kotryna Juodzeviciute – “That Girl”

The Roop – “Yes, I Do”

Paula – “1 2 3” (acoustic version)

Jurgis Bruzga – “4Love”

Ieva Zasimauskaite – “When We’re Old”

Eurovizijos atranka 2018 final results

Unlike the previous two years of Eurovizijos atranka, there were be no international juries — hosting the final in Lithuania’s largest multi-purpose indoor venue ain’t cheap, y’all!

So for one last time, the seven-member Lithuanian jury panel had their say on tonight’s six finalists and gave those all-important points. As usual, they count towards 50% of the overall vote, with the other 50% from televoting.

Jury panel

Ramunas Zilnys
Dalia Ibelhauptaite
Sasha Song
Milda Adomaitiene
Vytautas Rumšas
Leonas Somovas
Dovile Filmanaviciute

Televoting results

Jury results

Combined results

Do you agree with Lithuania’s decision? Do you think Ieva will make it to the Eurovision final? Let us know on our comments box below!

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OMG
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OMG

Wow, did you see Paula fb video today? An explosion occurred during the rehearsal !!!!! That’s why her performance was not as it should have been….

blueeyed
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blueeyed

She doesn’t say anything about her performance in the final. It’s enough of conspiracy theories.

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She said to Lithuanian news portal that her surprise for final was an exploding chair and she was not able to do that, because during the rehearsal the chair burst too much and even hurt her back. So of course, they decided to abandon this element from her final performance.

Liepa
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Liepa

haven’t met a single person irl in lithuania that would have voted for ieva which is weird bc she got so many televotes, right???

blueeyed
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blueeyed

Because you’ve met almost all person in Lithuania?

I love you
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I love you

Liepa try leaving your room next time.

Justina
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Justina

please check out Saara Aalto performance on Lithuania’s national selection. totally different from UMK, sound and staging are 200% better
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OxaMpD0DUzA

Lourdes
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Lourdes

Yes, it’s way better. Her performance is on point here!

Me
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Me

My winners was
1. The Roop
2. Paula
3/4 Jurgis and Kotryna
5. MM
6 Ieva

I guess my taste is just diferent from lithuanians every year…

ImpressiveInstants
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ImpressiveInstants

Can I go back to sleep now? Seriously in the running towards becoming my last place.

Anonymus
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Anonymus

That was the worst song in Lithuania national final! I heard from some lithuanian friend that votings are corrupted. Every year jury sending what they need to send! Look to previous year Lithuania winers and compare it with songs like Greta Zazza or Paula had… This year all the people wanted The Roop to win! Also look to Paula performance. The first song was the way better, people voted for that, but jury told that acustic version is better!? Whats wrong with that jury??? They titally from a diferent galactic.

Gytis
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Gytis

Ieva won the televoting, but not the jury vote, actually.

Oh
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Oh

You believe it, than ok 🙂

Hello World
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Hello World

Look at the amount of comments and views on her videos compared to the other contestants, she was a clear favorite of the audience. ‘Oh’ and ‘Anonymous’ thanks for your subjective opinions and conspiracy theories but your comments would be more meaningful if they were objective and based on facts. Have a nice day fellas.

Poster.
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Poster.

Your imaginary Lithuanian friend doesn’t count 🙂 Ieva didn’t win the jury vote btw, people simply liked the song.

Ugnius
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Ugnius

@ Anonymus “This year all the people wanted The Roop to win” – oh yeah, but why they didn’t vote for The Roop then ? Why Ieva topped televoting and not The Roop ?

AngieP
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AngieP

It’s a beautiful song. It’s too simple for me, but I can see this work at Eurovision. It’s beautiful in its simplicity and her performance was great. Definitely better than this mess last year. The 2nd semi is open, Lithuania always struggles to qualify, so everything is possible.

sf
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sf

too bad that Lithuania is in first semi, not second.

TheDrMistery
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TheDrMistery

In 2nd semi there are Australia, Romania, Russia, Poland, Sweden and Ukraine – 6 countries which always qualified in their most recent participations. Plus Norway, Denmark, Moldova and Hungary which are more likely to qualify than not.

In 1st semi I can only see Azerbaijan, Belgium and perhaps Greece as obvious qualifiers.

sf
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sf

listen to the songs, look at bookmakers odds, and you’ll see how much stronger is the first semi.
Not to mention there are 19 participants in the first semi, and 18 in the second.
Cause in the first semi obvious qualifiers are Estonia, Czech Republic, Israel, Belgium, Bulgaria, Greece. Also Austria has very very strong song. Finland, Armenia and Azerbaijan has good chances even though Azerbaijan song is not that good. Believe me, the first semi is much tougher.

Skimur
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Skimur

I think both semi`s are equal.
1 SF obvious qualifiers are: Finland, Czech Republic, Belgium, Greece, Israel and Estonia.
2 SF: Sweden, Russia, Denmark, Australia, Norway, Ukraine and The Netherlands.

azaad
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azaad

By virtue of being a decently written song sung fairly well that tugs on the heartstrings, this is Lithuania’s best ever entry.

Denis
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Denis

Much better than Rainbow Revolution but then again it’s not that difficult to top that song.
It is a sweet cute song but fails to get noticed. I get an Anna Bergendahl feeling over her. And that worked out well..

EuroFan
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EuroFan

Don’t forget that there’ll be no LED screens in Portugal this year. It’s a game changer in a way! All there selected performances will need to be adjusted to meet the new rule, so we don’t know how it’s gonna look like. Ieva’s performance looks as good as it is without LEDs, unlike some other countries.

fan
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fan

Uffff what a bore!! Just dreadful.

Yay
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Yay

Saara Aalto’s live performance in Lithuania was amazing!

Alex
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Alex

Where are all the people who complained about Netta being too brash? This song is the precise antidote to Netta’s, and it’s damn good.

Rasmus
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Rasmus

Semi 2 is a litte weird for me. I dont like Moldova,Slovenia,San marino,Malta,Latvia,Serbia, ,Norway, Montenegro so the rest i hope qualifies :). If Georgia isnt really bad. Then Montenegro can take place 10.

L'oiseau
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L'oiseau

Love it. Nice break from all the firework going on this year (more than last year, ironically). But unfortunately, I don’t think it will qualify…

xxx
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xxx

Absolutely my top 5. Great job, Lithuania.

alkio
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alkio

very very sweaty song ! i hope is be in final. Ieva, you have my vote

West
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West

Not a bad song, not an amazing one either – I admit I prefer Fusedmarc, but then again I am one of the few people who actualy like Rain of Revolution.

schuyler
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schuyler

I LOVE IT SO MUCH
I just wish she’d use the beautiful Lithuanian version! Also, this is one of the only times I wouldn’t cringe at a Eurovisiok artist going by solely their first name bc Zaskakskanfnajfw gives me a stroke everytime I try to search the song kfskkcks

Derios
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Derios

THE SNIPPET IS OUT

Derios
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Derios

SO FAR IMA SAY THIS: NOT A WINNER

Colin
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Colin

Why are people SO hyped anyway? One thing is having good expectations, but the other is already citing it as certain qualifier or a winner. Remember Latvia breaking it’s NQ streak with Aminata and Justs, just to end-up last in ’17. I am very interested in Bulgarian song, but I ain’t jumping to conclusions.

Derios
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Derios

because I heard the song? You’re free to have different conclusions, respect mine lol

Colin
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Colin

I do, of course. I don’t have any opinion, as I haven’t heard it. I was referring to people who say it’s a locked qualifier without hearing it.

If you have heard it, could you give a link, please?

Derios
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Derios

THE BULGARIAN SONG HAS LEAKED

Colin
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Colin

9 minutes to full release!

Jo
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Jo

Better luck in 2019.

Dew
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Dew

Nope

Poster.
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Poster.

This will qualify easily. Do Eurovision fans cry about ballads every year btw? There really aren’t many of them this year, especially simple, unpretentious ballads like this one.

Jo
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Jo

This one is just bad.

Juka
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Juka

Nothing special, lithuania screwed up again.

Olga
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Olga

I don’t think she will qualify. Nice voice, decent performance, but semi final one is TOO strong. I’m actually getting worried that my favorites won’t qualify…….

Froncheen
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Froncheen

1-czech republic
2-estonia
3-france
4-ukraine
5-sweden
6-portugal
7-denmark
8-italy
9-israel ( just like Saara showed us, the live performance can change everything, so im waiting for that version)
10-poland
11-belgium
12-germany
13-australia
14-serbia
15-greece (same reason as israel)
16-netherlands
17-spain
18-slovenia
19-hungary
20-albania
21-malta
22-finland
23-cyprus
24-lithuania
25-azerbaijan
26-austria
27-UK
28-croatia
29-switzerland
30-ireland
31-macedonia
32-latvia
33-san marino
34-armenia
35-belarus
36-norway
37-russia
38-Romania
39-montenegro
40-iceland
41-moldova

EscAU
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EscAU

three months for this…
save the money- have one final with 6 good songs, get rid of the corrupt and useless jury or even spend it on internally selecting something good

kitty
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kitty

what makes you think they were corrupt?

EscAU
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EscAU

the mia story from when monika & vaidas won

EuroFan
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EuroFan

Agree, that story doesn’t look good. Mia was literally robbed by the organizers/jury.

Ugnius
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Ugnius

Mia story has nothing to do with the juries… It was producers, who allowed for Monika and Vaidas to sing together (and offered ‘bribe’ or smth like this to Mia), not juries

Mar
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Mar

Every year I hope the country of my ancestors will choose a quality song to secure them a win and every year I’m disappointed 🙁
I doubt they’ll even qualify in this bloodbath of a semi.
But happy Independence, Lithuania!

Harut
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Harut

Could be the first time Azerbaijan will fail to qualify with Armenia(2 time) .
Such a strong semi final . Surely Switzerland , Iceland and I’m sorry but Lithuania also won’t qualify

kitty
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kitty

Why do you think it’ll qualify? the song is not bad and their staging is always amazing.

kitty
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kitty

wont*

Héctor
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Héctor

Predictable choice. Soft and emotional song, not the best in its style, but it invites you to listen to it while it flows smoothly. You have to like this type of songs in order to enjoy it. But I agree, Lithuania will most probably get stuck in SF. SF1 is very strong and this song is not for everyone.

In conclusion, I like it, but I find it very soft for the general public.

6.75/10

aaron
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aaron

1 Israel
2 Finland
3 Denmark
4 Norway
5 Belarus
6 Czech Republic
7 Sweden
8 Moldova
9 Malta
10 United Kingdom

11 Croatia
12 Serbia
13 Cyprus
14 Switzerland
15 Russia
16 Ukraine
17 Australia
18 Azerbaijan
19 Austria
20 Poland

21 San Marino
22 Greece
23 Estonia
24 Spain
25 Slovenia
26 Macedonia
27 Albania
28 Germany
29 France
30 Hungary

31 Italy
32 Latvia
33 Belgium
34 Ireland
35 Romania
36 Netherlands
37 Lithuania
38 Montenegro
39 Iceland
40 Armenia

41 Portugal

Two spots left, 1 for Georgia 1 for Bulgaria. Bulgaria finished 2nd last year, and Georgia was my favourite last year so hoping for big things!

rr
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rr

Portugal dead last? Really? That’s strange.

desfolhada
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desfolhada

All the top is weirdo
weirdo tastes

Shavinzki
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Shavinzki

He hates Portugal and put it last because of salvadors speech. He’s still hurt. Just ignore that troll.

All Wei
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All Wei

SanMarino 21 st and the Nld’s 36 th under Romania?? How odd!!

lad
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lad

and Moldova 8th LOL XD funniest top so far. cheers mate, i love a nice joke now and then.

lad
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lad

LOL aaron, thankfully, you’re just a nobody that will not have influence in the real contest.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Off topic again: Alexander Rybak (Norway) thanks his fans with a YouTube video cover of “The Way You Look Tonight”.
Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EisBu9sK_vc

desfolhada
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desfolhada

I have a feeling that Bulgaria will take my wig like Belgium last year.
And they are hungry for their victory

desfolhada
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desfolhada

I’m sorry for being out of topic

babyy boo
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babyy boo

no high notes. a boring song. i would listen this song in depressig times . Dont try copy salvador plss.the
balads wont win this year. lithuania is the second non qualifier after iceland. im very excited about semi 1.

langki
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langki

is this in semi final 1?

Colin
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Colin

Yeah, semi 1 is way too heavy with quality songs. Some good ones will be left out and I am already bummed for that. Estonia, Lithuania, Czech Republic and Belgium must qualify, but Greece is also great, Israel is unique, I like Croatian and Macedonian songs too, Armenia and Azerbaijan always qualify, ect.

Semi 2 qualifiers should easily be Denmark, Hungary and Montenegro IMHO. (Plus constant qualifiers, like Russia, Australia and Sweden, but I don’t care, honestly.)

Josh Kennon
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Josh Kennon

Very sweet song that strikes sweet and nostalgic notes — BUT it doesn’t really build to anything and with all the strong songs before it in the 1st half AND after it in the 2nd half of the 1st semi, I feel like being right before the interval will get it forgotten in most minds — Also, i couldn’t stop myself from wondering “is this the same forest Cesar shot HIS video in?” — if it comes down to a battle of match-ups — who wins the battle of better use of forest? lol

suuperman
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suuperman

She needs to transpose the song up a few notes, she cannot hit those low ones…

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

She can’t hit higher notes either… all of her songs are pretty flat because her vocal range is very limited.

Juka
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Juka

And LENA FROM GERMANY COULD?

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Polegend Godgarina, you’re the only one here who understands about vocals. I’m so happy there’s finally someone who thinks the way I do. I thought I was going crazy. So many people in Lithuania think of her as a queen it makes me sick. She’s so overrated. She’s a Lithuanian Taylor Swift.

Martynas
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Martynas

Queen? Never heard anyone saying like this and she never presented herself either. You are just disappointed that your favorite performer didn’t win (Monika Marija, right?). Lithuania chose Ieva not because of her voice. The song itself isn’t ideal at all. We chose her because she is real and she makes this song fly into hearts of many Lithianians.

Lourdes
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Lourdes

It’s so sweet, but with the right amount of sweetness 😉 I really love it and I enjoy listening to it, and even though I think it deserves the final, sadly I’m not sure if it will make it 🙁 It’s really unfair, given that I think only 4-5 songs deserve the final from Semi 2.

Calum Macleod
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Calum Macleod

I’m so happy that this won! I’ll be rooting for it in Lisbon!

Héctor
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Héctor

Well, someone has to take the last place at Eurovision.

EurovisionUK
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EurovisionUK

Looks like that place does not go to Lithuania ??
Well done guys! You picked well

Juka
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Juka

IF they go to the final..but the last place will certainly go to hungary or denmark.

Bgc
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Bgc

It’s sweet. It’s charming. It’s pretty. But it’s could be forgotten about when the voting lines open. Semi 1 is such a bloodbath this year and as nice as this song is I’m not sure this has enough to grab a spot for the final. As with so many of the other borderline qualifiers*, it would stand a much better chance in Semi 2. Going by bookies odds it’s safe to assume that Estonia, Czech Republic, Israel, Belgium and Bulgaria will all make it through from Semi 1. I’m going to assume that Greece and Austria also make it through,… Read more »

Bgc
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Bgc

For the record, Azerbaijan is one of my least favourites this year and I would like to see it go out. However, Aisel is a very strong singer, and as bad as the song is she may rescue it with her live performance. Armenia’s biggest obstacle is perhaps Albania being there; while they don’t exactly sound alike, they are both rock ballads with a strong male vocal, and as a result may split the vote for those who normally go for those types of songs. Finland is in a more precarious position now that Israel has been revealed; Netta outdoes… Read more »

sddsf
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sddsf

Bgc, very nice summary. Completely agree.

Sabrina
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Sabrina

I also enjoyed your summary Bcg! It’s not just a very strong semi, but also a semi that has many acts fighting for similar audiences.

LoveWave
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LoveWave

Albania has too rock poo song, while Armenia is a pure ballad with Aram MP3 inspiration. They have nothing common, besides they sing in native language and both have very good vocals. But honestly, Albanian songs seems to me generic a bit.

LoveWave
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LoveWave

*Rock-pop

Joe
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Joe

Azerbaijan has that whole “100% qualification literally every year since it debuted” thing going for them, even with their worse entries. This could be the straw that breaks the camel’s back, but we’ll see. Looking at it in halves (as I’ve pointed out, five songs usually make it in from each half), semi-1 first half looks like a safe bet for Belgium, Estonia, and the Czech Republic. The other two spots could have a variety of occupants: Azerbaijan and Bulgaria have good track records that could be spoiled this year with underwhelming songs (though who knows what Bulgaria has cooking… Read more »

Roby08
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Roby08

I like it a lot!
Well done Lithuania 🙂

KuhKatz
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KuhKatz

It‘s a good one that‘ll probably get lost in the first semifinal.

But she should sing in lithuanian, that version is great!

Roby08
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Roby08

Yeah I loved the lithuanian version even better! hope she chooses to sing at least a part in her language 🙂

Titas
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Titas

I love this song and I’m so happy for ieva. And I really appreciate saara for singing in Lithuanian!

Agne
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Agne

Isn’t it too similar to A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera “Say Something” (piano intro and the main melody line)? Even almost the same tempo.. 🙁 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2U0Ivkn2Ds

pepis
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pepis

agne ble nebsvaik, palaikyk saviskius

desfolhada
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desfolhada

There are too many similar songs in the world of music
Don’t worry

Pasadena
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Pasadena

I have to say that I’m often disappointed with the Lithuanian entries, so I didn’t follow Eurovizijos Atranka that closely, but this is such a nice surprise! I love her voice, so fragile yet strong. Unfortunately Lithuania is in SF1. I hope they will get through somehow.

Sabrina
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Sabrina

I’m happy for Ieva, because I liked her performance since the first time I watched it (it feels that it was 3 years ago, since Lithuania’s selection process is sooooooo loooooong). It’s a sweet song and she’s able to bring us close to her when she’s there sitting on the stage. The sad part is that I think this entry lacks the punch to survive the bloodbath semifinal. That draw will probably get eliminated 5 or 6 songs that could qualify without much problems on the second semi. I’ll need a tranquilizer on May 8th.

Figgy
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Figgy

I see the soulless ‘if it’s not a banger then I don’t like it’ brigade are out in force tonight

Leo M
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Leo M

Its a nice song and performance but it will get lost in the bloodbath semi final 1. Kind of wish we could get a redraw because we are going to lose a few great songs in SF1 while I struggle to pick a top 10 in semi 2. It’s a shame.

Žymantas
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Žymantas

Yeah, I don’t remember the semis ever being so imbalanced.

Matthew
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Matthew

I’m curious as to what songs make you think that? Everyone is calling SF1 so much better than SF2, but I really could not disagree more…