Winter is encroaching on Europe, but Eurovizijos Atranka 2020 is definitely heating up. In recent days more and more acts have confirmed their participation in Lithuania’s national selection. After Moniqué’s big announcement, Lithuanian news website 15min checked in with other well known names and received some very positive responses.

Who will sing in Lithuania’s Eurovizijos Atranka 2020?

For the third year in a row, the energetic group Twosome will try their luck. Lead singer Paulius Šinkūnas confirmed that the group had already prepared a song way back in September, and they submitted it to the competition as soon as applications opened. They plan to entertain and amaze the audience once again with a fast and fun song. Speaking to 15 min, Paulius said: “You will hear the famous phrase ‘I am Lithuanian’ in the song. The melody of our song is intertwined with modern and Lithuanian folk rhythms, we don’t need to be sad, so we plan to entertain the audience again.”

Alen Chicco has also confirmed a return to Eurovizijos Atranka. “It is an experience and your skills improve,” he told the paper. “I want to participate in Eurovision and have an opportunity to be among the best singers in Europe.” He made it all the way to the final last year, but placed fifth in the end.

Dominykas Vaitiekūnas — the well-known Lithuania actor and singer — also confirmed his participation in the pre-selection. This year he’ll roll out his alter ego Vitalijus Špokaitis. “He has a strong desire to educate people, and Eurovision is a great place to do it and spread great news,” he says. “I myself am not yet spiritually mature and have reached the inner depths of being able to attend, but Vitalijus Špokaitis should take the stage.” He confirmed that his song will be in the Lithuanian language. It’s called “Nemušk savęs”.

Donata Virbilaitė will also try her luck again. Last year she entered with the group “BingBang”. But this time she’s doing it all by herself. Earlier she said she thought she would go to Eurovizijos Atranka only if she had a song that could win the competition. But now she’s driven by a desire to showcase her creativity in songwriting. “I already know how I’m going to look on the stage, but I’m not sure about the stage decorations yet. I have an idea how things could be, but it’s pretty hard to implement. The song is called ‘Made the wax’ and I really like it. It has retro motifs. I hope the show looks the way I imagine it to be.”

Singer Ruslanas Kirilkinas has also announced his participation in Eurovizijos Atranka 2020. In a Facebook post on Tuesday night, he shared that a he was invited to appear in the competition.

Gabrielius Vagelis has written his own song for the show. Curiously, he released a new track just a few days ago. Could this be his entry?

And, most importantly for a lot of Eurovision fans, it seems that Lithuanian pop diva Aiste Pilvelyte is going to make her 12th appearance in the Eurovizijos Atranka. “I am working with good and life-tested composers,” she says. Apparently competing wasn’t a sure thing, as she has a lot going on this year. “But why not? All the experience can be used, it would be kind of stupid not to try again.”

They join the list of previously confirmed artists: Moniqué, THE ROOP, Tiramisu and Rūta Loop.

Which of these acts you are most excited to see in Eurovizijos Atranka 2020? Let us know in the comments below.

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blueeyed
blueeyed
1 year ago

Aiste is not a diva. She tried many times but that’s all. She’s not even popular. She’s never on the radio unlike Monique, Monika Marija, GJan, Vaidas and some other singers who are daily on the radio.

anders
anders
1 year ago
Reply to  blueeyed

She is very a popular and nice singer.

joff
joff
1 year ago

Will this be the right time that Lithuania organizes a good selection, without useless and random songs?
I love: The Roop, Gabrielius, Alen Chicco!
Give me also: Paola Hart, Kotryna Juodzeviciute and Paula.

George
George
1 year ago
Reply to  joff

The people you named have exactly zero chances of winning the selection. Nada.

Kha
Kha
1 year ago
Reply to  joff

I talked with Paula and Kotryna and they said that they won’t come back this year sadly

Anders
Anders
1 year ago
Reply to  joff

LOL – If someone has a long selection with useless and random songs, it is Sweden. Out of 28 songs, there are maybe 4 or 5 good songs, if we are lucky. The winner though is nearly always good.

Tajikistan
Tajikistan
1 year ago

As usual it’s going to be full of people only famous for either being on Balsas (The Voice) , from Unknowns, from “comedy” acts or from acts trying over and over to go to Eurovision…

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…

Scrap. Atranka.

Thank good we have Moniqué

George
George
1 year ago
Reply to  Tajikistan

Monique and Monika Marija are the only potential winners. But I agree with you. Internal selection would be so much better for Lithuania.

Anders
Anders
1 year ago
Reply to  George

Internal selection is always boring. A national selection is great, no matter what. It seems that people today forget, it is about having fun. Who really cares about winning. It is not like before, where the winning song was a hit, you heard on the radio. Today it makes no difference if you are 1st or 12th or even don’t qualify.

Roelof Meesters
Roelof Meesters
1 year ago

Aiste probably wouldn’t do all too wel at ESC, but by God, I’m Like A Wolf was amazing and faaaar better than what Lithuania sent in 2017, so I hope she will return with a good song.

John
1 year ago

Allen Chicco was fantastic last year – great Dead or Alive vibes. I think he would’ve done well with juries.

Hihna
Hihna
1 year ago

He was my favourite too. I can’t wait to hear how he is gonna top ”your cure”

Tom
Tom
1 year ago

Ieva please !!! And Vaudas from 2015 or whatever his name was (sorry)

Joe
Joe
1 year ago
Reply to  Tom

Ieva did say she wanted to try again!

Tom
Tom
1 year ago
Reply to  Joe

Yes i know

Tibor
Tibor
1 year ago

Gabrielius Vagelis has a really pleasant and very smooth vocal tone. If he can pull this off live I’m all for sending him to Eurovision. An I have a suggestion regarding the song: There’s a slightly retro but very nice and mellow dance track on his latest album called “Vejai” that I find very appealing.

TheDrMistery
TheDrMistery
1 year ago
Reply to  Tibor

I remember his 2 entries from 2013 – “I Fall in Love” with Ieva and very good “Sacrifice”. I’m interested to see what he had recorded 7 years later.

Héctor
Héctor
1 year ago

I’m rooting for Gabrielius, but he should stop messing with his hair like in the past Eurovizijos…

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
1 year ago

Just give me Aiste here and Markus Riva in Latvia so these poor people can move on with their lives.

Rasmus
Rasmus
1 year ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

what? Aiste is great 🙂

George
George
1 year ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

Since most people in Lithuania can’t stand Aiste one bit, I don’t think there’s any chance for her any time soon.

Anders
Anders
1 year ago
Reply to  George

You are soooo wrong

Colin
Colin
1 year ago

Please, Eurovizijos Atranka, be zany, interesting and engaging as I hope you will be! Bring us emotional songs with layers, catchy bops, but also guilty pleasures and original WTF-kery! 😉

Mr Vanilla Bean
1 year ago

Oh Aiste. Just like Hillary, she’ll never die. But I actually want Aiste to win. I just hope that if and when that year comes, it won’t be with the wrong song. She is hit and miss. But I dig the hits – especially Melancholia and Emotional Crisis.

Joe
Joe
1 year ago

She’s a Claudia Faniello or Sanna Nielsen type then?

Mr Vanilla Bean
1 year ago
Reply to  Joe

On steroids. I think she is going to have more tries under her belt than both of them combined, if she doesn’t finally win. I find her iconic. Lithuania is a synonym of Aiste to me.

Joe
Joe
1 year ago

Is she any good? We love a good comeback story. She sounds less delusional than a Markus Riva type.

Mr Vanilla Bean
1 year ago
Reply to  Joe

She can definitely sing!

Azaad
Azaad
1 year ago

Would have been far better than what Lithuania sent in 2017.

Rasmus
Rasmus
1 year ago
Reply to  Joe

Do you stop doing things you like to? If she stops then you have to stop with your hobbies to. Its the same stupid thing.

Rasmus
Rasmus
1 year ago

I like her:) Why not try if you like a thing? Do you stop with your hobbies if you like paint or swim?

Jack Pricefield
Jack Pricefield
1 year ago

Troy on Fire was her best attempt and closest she ever got to representing Lithuania, still cannot believe that dreary Nomads in the Night narrowly pipped her.

Mr Vanilla Bean
1 year ago

It was incredible! Same in 2010. I was like ‘do they want to break her? How can she come second again even when she is clearly the best?’ Go figure. And every time they just made her miss the victory, they opted for entries that were total losers in the voting at Eurovision.

Tajikistan
Tajikistan
1 year ago

2019 will be her 10th attempt with her 9th song (remember the 2014 format without songs?), I think she probably is one of the singers with the most entries in a national final ever but I’m sure someone in olden days probably beats her, or probably someone in Malta. But overall she beats Claudia and Sanna.

I feel like if Moniqué is underwhelming then we’ll just send her out of pity which will be a shame if her song isn’t as good as Troy on Fire or I’m Like a Wolf, will just be another Claudia Faniello

Nikita
Nikita
1 year ago

Looking forward to Gabrielius’ entry! The guy makes great music and has amazing voice.