Lithuania’s marathon national selection “Eurovizijos” dainu konkurso nacionaline atranka — or, more simply, Eurovizijos atranka 2018 — is about to reach its conclusion. Six acts will sing it out one last time, in a bid to win over the Lithuanian juries and televoters.

Over the past week, we asked you which of the six finalists was your favourite to win. And after counting a total of 2,175 votes, we can now reveal that Ieva Zasimauskaite has come out on top with 35% of the overall vote!

Ieva’s entry, “When We’re Old”, earned 765 votes. As the only act to win both televoting and jury votes so far, can she go all the way?

Ieva Zasimauskaite – “When We’re Old”

Finishing a close second with 703 votes is Paula, reaching the final for a second year in a row. Her entry “1 2 3” earned 32% of the overall vote.

Top of the class in our Wiwi Jury, and impressing the Lithuanian juries with her acoustic version, which Paula will we be seeing at the Žalgirio arena?

Paula – “1 2 3”

Sneaking into the top three by a whisker are The Roop with 222 votes. It’s already shaping up to be an impressive debut for the band having been the first act to confirm their Eurovizijos atranka participation. Their song “Yes, I Do” picked up 10% of the overall vote.

The Roop – “Yes, I Do”

Eurovizijos atranka 2018 poll results

  1. Ieva Zasimauskaite – “When We’re Old” – 35.17% (765 votes)
  2. Paula – “1 2 3” – 32.32% (703 votes)
  3. The Roop – “Yes, I Do” – 10.21% (222 votes)
  4. Kotryna Juodzeviciute – “That Girl” – 9.75% (212 votes)
  5. Monika Marija – “The Truth” – 7.26% (158 votes)
  6. Jurgis Bruzga – “4Love” – 5.29% (115 votes)

Total votes: 2,175

Are you a fan of Ieva? Do you think she’s the right choice for Lithuania? Share your thoughts on the comments box below!

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ChawanMatcha
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ChawanMatcha

Woo I have the same top 3 acts (though not in same order)! I’m happy if any of them win

Matthew
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Matthew

Out of the relatively weak selection, not a bad choice, but I would be VERY surprised if Lithuania leaves the semi final with this… People seem to like it, but she sounds like she is eating all her sounds. Better than last year’s train wreck at least.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Congratulations Ieva! 🙂

Matthew
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Matthew

Is that Lithuanian Saara is singing in? O.o Definitely not Finnish.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Yaaas! This is a brilliant performance from Saara Aalto!! A game-changer for me. 🙂

Colin
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Colin

So, the televote is definitely between Ieva, Monika and The Roop. Other 3 have no chance, I’d say. Now, how will the votes continue and how will the jury respond, don’t know. Could be any of the three.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Well I liked Kotryna and Paula the best, so I wouldn’t have been much help on the jury tonight! 😀
Out of the top 3, Ieva has the best song. (But that re-arrangement needs to happen before ESC or it won’t qualify, IMO.)

Colin
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Colin

For me, Ieva is in a category of her own, but I really liked all women, am ok with Jurgis and don’t like The Roop.

Colin
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Colin

My ratings remain like down there, except for Jurgis, who gets a 6 instead of a previous 5.

Sabrina
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Sabrina

I would prefer Paula, but I’m rooting for Ieva then. The bad thing is that I don’t think she would be able to survive the bloodbath semi. So I don’t know if it would be better for Lithuania to send The Roop so I can suffer a little less on May 8th. 😛

ssf
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ssf

Monika won’t get much points from jury, so she really doesn’t have chance to win.
Ieva has about ~90% chance to get 12 points for jury, cause it’s very clear here in Lithuania, that she is a very strong jury favorite.
The Roop won’t win either, they are not even going to win televote, and the jury won’t give them 12 points, it’s impossible.
Honestly, we can already congratulate Ieva.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Ieva – Fantastic voice. This is a lyrical song with a beautiful idea. It sounds like a song that belongs on the end of a film soundtrack. But it’s so bare-bones slow for a live performance. I was waiting for the piano suspensions to resolve for far too long. And the staging was too relaxed, for my liking. I’m sighing because I was expecting a bigger build-up through the song and it just didn’t happen.

Colin
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Colin

Ieva was perfect! This could seriously be a road to Vilnius 2019! Please, Lithuania, don’t miss the opportunity!

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

She’s taking over the votes, and she’s in the lead now.
But I don’t think this will do well at ESC, unless it is given a bit of a re-arrangement for a build-up boost.

Colin
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Colin

Thank you for your opinion, but I would disagree. This song posesses the rare beauty of sincere and raw emotion that can bring me to tears. It’s definitely a song I would love to see winning today and at least reaching top 10 in Lisbon. Will it? I don’t know. It may lose today (Esamiba loss) or not qualify at ESC (Blackbird case), but I will still find this a masterpiece. Subjectively, of course, as always. 🙂

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Thanks Colin.
I only heard it for the first time tonight. If it wins, I will get to review the music in full. I may appreciate it more then. 🙂

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Jurgis – His vocals are so nasal at the start that some of the English language gets lost. But once the song settles down, he gets a lot better. I like the actual song arrangement – the double-octaves, finger snaps, electric guitars, light dubstep in places, it all works well. It reminds me of a Swedish entry, especially the choreography. Oh, and four gorgeous men too. 🙂

Sabrina
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Sabrina

Everytime I watch Jurgis performing this song, I think I’m watching a parody of a swedish entry. So, I guess would like it way more if this was a joke act.

Colin
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Colin

Jurgis’ song is definitely very Melfest-friendly. I mean, it’s okay, very well staged and all, plus Jurgis is handsome. Still, I am not sure whether this is a good song. Maybe. Don’t know.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

It is a well-arranged song, but it is very simply written to the usual generic formula using four chords. (Verse, Chorus, Verse, Chorus, Bridge, Reprise.)

Sabrina
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Sabrina

I don’t think he matches the song. I mean, you can say what you want about Robin, but he was convincing while performing thar role on “I Can’t Go On”. I don’t know what kind of music Jurgis usually does, but I feel that he’s out of place while singing this one.

esc freak
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esc freak

So Paula kept the acoustic version hmmm interesting.

Matthew
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Matthew

My favourites are still Monika and Paula by far. No idea what that judge lady said to Paula, but the original was FAR better for Eurovision…

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Paula – An interesting song that entirely relies on recitative, melodies and hooks. It’s also very acoustically-arranged, which I appreciate. All of the weirdness in this entry comes from the unorthodox staging. But it’s good to see Paula have fun on the stage. Bravo.

Sabrina
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Sabrina

I really liked the new version. At the same time, I don’t think the unorthodox staging would be appreciated, so maybe Ieva is the safer choice for Lithuania. I like her also, so I would be cool with that.

Colin
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Colin

For now, Monika is leading by far on the televote, but considering her song already performed, that only means people responded to her fairytale performance. Unfortunately, that indicates that Kotryna wasn’t as impactful to them. Personally, I like both songs a lot.

Matthew
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Matthew

This live vote showing thing is very strange… and The Roop are getting too many votes >.<

Colin
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Colin

Way too many! I mean Wth, but then again, the same people brought us Rain of Revolution last year! I hope Ieva can still make it, at least by the jury! She would be in my top 10. I’d be okay with Monika too, just not The Roop, please…

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

The Roop – Sharp vocals at the start. The Chorus of the song doesn’t develop, it just repeats a lot. It’s a nice modern sound though.

Matthew
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Matthew

I don’t see why people like The Roop… it’s very strange.

Colin
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Colin

For me The Roop is in the loop (hey, it rhymes). The song goes forever with the same lyrics. It gets boring.

Sabrina
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Sabrina

Yes, I do (feel the same about the repetitions on the song). Yes, I do.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Kotryna – I really enjoyed this one! Old-school R’n’B, oh how I miss that genre. 🙂
The group joined together like an actual group towards the end, and everything felt dynamic despite the slow tempo of the song. Kotryna herself is naturally edgy, and may be a good choice for Lithuania. Her vocals started off rough, but got better as the song went on. It’s not perfect, but if they want to send this then great.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Monika – She has a fantastic voice. Definitely a star. But the song is one long cliché. Still, if that’s what Lithuania wants to send, then fine. 🙂

Sabrina
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Sabrina

By the way, I thought that Monika and Ari form Iceland were on the same situation regarding their songs. But Lithuania has better options than Iceland, so I guess they won’t share the same luck.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Ari (Iceland) just said in an interview that a “huge responsibility” dawned on him when he won his National Final. I feel for him so bad.

Sabrina
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Sabrina

It must be tough when you come from a country that loves Eurovision, hasn’t qualified on the last opportunities, will be on the bloodbath semifinal and you know that your song wasn’t very well received by the fans community. He seems to be a lovely guy, I hope he doesn’t blame himself for a bad result in Lisbon.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

I saw a bit of Ari (Iceland) singing on LRT.
Has the Lithuanian actual competition started yet? I’m confused.

Lukas
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Lukas

Our national broadcaster decided that combining our National Final with a celebration of Restoration of Our Independence was a great idea. In 180 minutes of the broadcast you’ll hear exactly 18 minutes of our potential entries and around 45-60 minutes of random other songs by random artists because why the hell not. It’s 40 minutes into the broadcast, and we already heard 3 other songs and Monika Marija is just about to start. LRT genuinely pisses me off.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Thanks Lukas. I was beginning to wonder if I was on the right channel!

Sabrina
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Sabrina

I just hope it won’t take another 40 minutes until we can watch the second performance.

azaad
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azaad

Macedonia’s song is on the official ESC channel.

Not at all rock.

Cameron
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Cameron

Hopefully

Cameron
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Cameron

Sorry not meant to be a separate comment

Colin
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Colin

My final (pre-show, ofc) rating of Eurovizijos Atranka finalists: 1. Ieva Zasimauskaite: When We’re Old – 10/10 (heartfelt masterpiece) 2. Monika Marija: The Truth – 8/10 (haunting big ballad style) 3. Kotryna Juodzeviciute: That Girl – 8/10 (very catchy and energetic) 4. Paula: 1 2 3 – 7/10 (nice and melodic, the first version is better) 5. Jurgis Bruzga: 4Love – 5/10 (very well staged, but somehow also annoying) 6. The Roop: Yes, I Do – 4/10 (much too repetitive and simplistic for me) Overall, not a bad selection from Lithuania. I wish songs like Pusvalanduko, In My Bones, Hello,… Read more »

Cameron
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Cameron

Completely unrelated but when is Georgia’s song being released

Ben005
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Ben005

It has to be today or tomorrow when is the last day when all songs have to be released.

Cameron
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Cameron

Monday 12th March

Niels
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Yulia Samoylova’s Eurovision song, got leaked

Cameron
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Cameron

Not that best. Better than her 2017 entry, my 21st our 39

dom
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dom

First time Russia won’t pass to the finals

Cameron
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Cameron

Maybe, it is a borderline song, however it is Russia

StannyB
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StannyB

If Russia was in semi final 1 maybe, but with semi final 2 being so weak it will easily qualify.

Pasadena
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Pasadena

Worse than Flame is burning. I think Russia will still qualify though, their songs usually get elevated with great staging. Plus they’re in SF2 which is quite weak.