Disqualifications, dropouts, drama. And as the final of Lithuania’s Eurovizijos Atranka approaches, there’s no sign of things calming down. Favourite Monika Marija first hit the headlines when her song “Light On” became a late entry in the process, even though she was already competing with “Criminal”.
Now, she’s decided to dump the latter completely. Today, just days before the second-semi final, the artist made a public request to her fans and the pre-selection jury. In a video shared across her social media channels, she urged them to stop voting for “Criminal”. Her plan is to take only one song to the final.
Last Saturday’s first semi saw Monika top both the televote and jury vote with “Light On”. Visibly overwhelmed by the huge levels of support, she couldn’t hold back her tears.
This weekend, she’s due to perform “Criminal” in the second semi-final. There has already been much discussion among Monika Marija’s fans and the show’s jurors as to which song is better. It seems Monika has made the decision for them.
“Who could have thought that my decision would cause such confusion! I thought that one song going to beat another quite fast, but it seems that my listeners are now divided into two camps,” she tells viewers.
“I’ll be very grateful to the jury if you don’t give me any points in this semi-final, and I invite the audience to save their money and I sincerely ask you not to vote for me and my song “Criminal”. I am very happy that my work has received your love and support, this Saturday I will sing you my song “Criminal” with all my heart! And with the song “Light On” we will meet in the finals”.
“I made this decision by hearing the experts, my listeners’ opinions as well as listening to my own heart. The song that I hope to represent this year Lithuania in the Eurovision Song Contest is a song that is very important and means a lot to me. And it seems that that song was heard by my country and many people in other European countries as well. That song is “Light On”. I hope that the support that this song has received will be even more generous if those listeners who are so fiercely supportive of “Criminal” join the crowd as well”.
But will her fans and the Eurovizijos Atranka jurors heed her request? We will have to wait until Saturday to find out.
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