After Lithuania’s act failed to reach the final Tel Aviv and following public criticism of the selection method Eurovizijos Atranka, the show’s organiser and head of delegation Audrius Giržadas has promised some big changes.
Let’s rewind a few months. Eurovizijos Atranka 2019 included the huge fan favourite Monika Marija, who garnered a lot of public attention at home and abroad. She was expected to win with “Light On” — but in the end she didn’t. Afterwards her producer Gediminas Jaunius had harsh words about the preselection process and her second-place finish.
He questioned whether the preselection jurors were biased and rightly asked why their votes were never published; described the uneven application of rules to various participants; discussed potential manipulation of viewers by unevenly showing the intermediate televote results; and said that the broadcaster doesn’t give enough funds to the act when they hit the Eurovision stage.
Following the uproar, head of delegation Audrius gave an interview to 15min.lt. He stated that the broadcaster will take the critiques into consideration and try to make changes for Eurovizijos Atranka 2020.
Of course, LRT made the same promises last year and nothing changed that drastically.
But it seems that the promise may well attract well-known singers to the competition.
In an interview with LRT.lt, Aistė Pilvelytė and Valerija Iljinaitė said that they both might return — but this time as a duo.
Aistė Pilvelytė is a huge Eurovizijos Atranka veteran: she’s already tried her luck 11 times and and almost won on multiple occasions. In 2010 her song “Melancholia” made it all the way to the final, eventually losinng out to “European Funk” from the group Inculto.
And the same thing happened in 2017 when she once again made all the way to the final with her song “I’m Like a Wolf”, which was written by Aminata Savadogo. She ultimately lost to the group Fusedmarc. Neither of the eventual winners made it out of their semi-final at Eurovision.
Valerija Iljinaitė is not a newcomer either: 2020 would mark her third time trying her luck in the preselection. She said that working with Aistė on the LRT song project “Dvi Kartos” has taught her a lot and that they have become close friends.
Aistė and Valerija both promised that if they reached the final of that show as a duet then they would try their luck in Eurovizijos Atranka. And they did just that. Now we just have to wait to see if these two strong women will appear in the Eurovision pre-selection.
What do you think? Will Eurovizijos Atranka actually change for 2020? Do you think the criticism is fair? Do you want to see Aistė and Valerija back in the selection together? Let us know in the comments below.