Monika Marija Lithuania Eurovision 2019

On the afternoon of 3 January, Lithuania’s LRT finally put eager fans out of their misery when it announced the names of the 36 acts and songs which will compete in Eurovizijos Atranka 2020.

Unlike other national selections for Eurovision, Lithuania doesn’t tend to have a set rule regarding song release dates. Once Eurovision’s 1 September rule is abided by, artists are free to drop songs whenever they please.

As such, even though the acts were only announced mere hours ago, several of the entries are already available to listen to online.

Here are some you can check out right now.

Eurovizijos Atranka 2020: All the songs released so far in Lithuania’s Eurovision selection

Abrokenleg — “Electric Boy”

aika — “Paradas” (Parade)

Her name might not be familiar, but her face should be. That’s because aika — real name Jekaterina Fiodorova — formerly performed as Catrinah. She competed under her old stage name in 2016 with “Be Free”, making it to the semi-final.

Andy Vaic — “Why Why Why”

Gabrielius Vagelis — “Tave Cia Randu”

This will be Gabrielius Vagelis’ fifth entry in Lithuania’s selection process. He first tried in 2013, when he submitted two songs, one of which was a duet with Ieva Zasimauskaitė. Neither effort reached the final. Gabrielius’ best result was fifth place in 2017. He last participated in 2018.

Glossarium — “Game Over”

Glossarium reached the semi-final stage in 2019 with “Anyone”.

Monika Marija — “If I Leave”

Monika Marija returns with her fourth entry in three years. Of course, that’s because she had two songs in the 2019 season — “Criminal” and “Light On”. To her apparent surprise, both songs reached the final. So, in a bid to avoid the two songs cancelling each other out, Monika withdrew “Criminal”. She ultimately came second.

Petunija — “Show Ya”

Petunija last entered in 2016. Singing “Tomorrow”, she survived the first two rounds of that year’s ten episode run.

Rūta Loop — “We Came From The Sun”

Despite being eliminated in the early rounds of the 2018 series, Rūta Loop ultimately got as far as the final. She and her entry “Positive Thoughts” received a second chance thanks to an online wildcard vote.

What is your favourite song released so far in Lithuania’s Eurovizijos Atranka 2020? (3 January)

What is your favourite of the eight songs above? And which song are you most excited to hear? Let us know in the comments below.

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Brigita
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Brigita

lmao people still voting for Marija when she’s cancelled already
she lost last year with light on, she has no chance with if I leave

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ggg

I think some people underestimate Monika’s song’s chances to go to the final. It has a “christian” song vibe(in a good way), I think many people might be drawn to this song even though in the mainstream music scene this song may not be the most outstanding but it has it’s strengths, it has heart. Also Monika’s voice is good/great.

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Last year Monika Marija was my favourite with the song “Criminal”. This year when I’ve heard the song “If I Leave” for the first time – my thoughts were, the song was not outstanding enough. Both “Criminal” and “Light On” were masterpieces, and “Criminal” was even moreso. This year the song is lacking something but who knows. January 6 is the date of an official release date for “If I Leave”, so maybe a studio record will sound better. Oh, yeah. And that outfit is tragic. Gurl, you need to do something with it. Other contestants that I’m somewhat happy… Read more »

West
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West

The only one that kind of stands out for me is Ruta Loop. I also like Show Ya, but that really isn’t song that would leave much impression on people.

M_K
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M_K

“Electric Boy” sounds a bit like Björk doing garage rock. It’s not really emotional, it doesn’t really make me wanna dance and it’s not artistically stimulating. It’s just there. Plus, I think it’s not the kind of song that will sound good live. “Paradas” is just pretty boring. “Why Why Why” isn’t terrible, but it’s either too arty or not arty enough for it’s own good (sounds a bit like something by Mando Diao during their Ælita phase, but lacks power). My biggest concern is that this kind of song needs and AMAZING staging to work in Eurovision, and that… Read more »

Cjvision
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Cjvision

If i leave sounds like a demo, I think we haven’t heard the final version, we will see

Telele
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Telele

I don’t think, Monika marija song it’s the final version, sounds like a demo

T.J.
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T.J.

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORIN…..zzzzzzzzzzzz

Manuel Treill
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Manuel Treill

Gabrielius has a really nice song, I think it’s the best one so far. Ruta’s song is nice and hypnotizing and though I find that it lacks impact, that outro is gooooood. Petunija has an… interesting song which might grow on me if I give it a few more listens. The rest are meh and Electric Boy is a mess.

Lithuanianfan
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Lithuanianfan

Nothing special again but I am not surprised anymore. Big names not in national eurovision again. Feels like we will never reach even top5 in Eurovision with this attitude. Just to remind you how bad the selection is, once they had kitchen chef as a jury member lmao I’m done.

eurovision.
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eurovision.

wow, Gabrielius song is amazing

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EmmelieDarlineFrancescoFan

1. R?ta Loop – We Came From The Sun – 7.5/10
2. Monika Marija – If I Leave – 7/10
3. Gabrielius Vagelis – Tave Cia Randu – 6.5/10
4. Andy Vaic – Why Why Why – 5.5/10
5. Petunija – Show Ya – 5/10
6. aika – Paradas – 5/10
7. Glossarium – Game Over – 3/10
8. Abrokenleg – Electric Boy – 1/10

Tom
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Tom

Lithuanian national selection is often so strange but at the same time unique, I used to love and still love Ieva, Donny (2016) and Inculto ….

I dont know what i should feel …who impressed me the most was Gabrielus and maybe Ruta with Petunija …

Héctor
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Héctor

People are voting for Monika Marija because of her past attempts because her current song is weak (tbh the others were too). I would personally go for Gabrielius Vagelis. I usually like his entries and this time is no exception. I think he stands a good chance this year with that song because it is less classy than other years with electronic instrumentation and a good production. He won’t need to think a lot about the staging either. In my mind, he could try a blue ambient lightning as seen in the video to create athmosphere and then use some… Read more »

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Idksmth

At this point nothing has caught my attention. Gabrielius is the best one out of these but it’s not even that great. Also Monika’s song sounds like a bit more positive version of Arilena’s “Shaj” with a worse vocalist (not that Monika Marija is a bad vocalist but the song doesn’t showcase her talent at all). Aisté is my biggest interest because “I’m like a wolf” is a masterpiece imo (although anything in the final besides what Lithuania actually sent was a masterpiece that year). I hope there will be new revelations this year but I hope that Aisté finally… Read more »

Brigita
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Brigita

no taste lol

Edouard
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Edouard

A rather interesting and diverse selection, hopefully the rest will be just as much so. Personally I wasn’t fond of either of Monika’s entries last year which were both fairly basic and generic ballads, so this one was a nice surprise – a bit more midtempo and I quite like the country vibe to it, it suits her voice well. I also enjoyed Ruta Loop’s offer, although I think the instrumental needs a bit more of a kick to it, feels a bit like it wants to take off but never does. My third pick from this batch would be… Read more »

Dani
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Dani

Gabrielius’ song has such a vibe to it, so fresh and it is a lot better than what Lithuania usually has to offer.

I don’t know why people keep voting for Monika Marija, this is her weakest entry in years.

George
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George

Because that’s the only songs released so far. Wait for Monique’s and Evgenya Redko’s entries. Monika Marija will fall to the bottom instantly.

jack
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jack

All these songs share a common characteristic: Lack of emotion. They dont have genuine emotion or something that makes them stand out. Meh.

Ulvi
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Ulvi

Why why why sounds like a winner of Eurovision 2020! It has the same magic as WHY AY AY AY. IT WOULD BE THE BEST SONG LITHUANIA EVER HAD, EVEN BETTER THAN “Rain of Revolution”!

esc1234
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esc1234

Not difficult to find a song better than rain of revolution though

James
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James

Yeah yeah yeah yeah

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Why do people still vote for Monika? this isn’t a popularity contest. The song is too weak for ESC.

John
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John

Can we have a “None of the Above” option?

Rasmus
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Rasmus

not even Gabrelius? loved him:)

Kosey
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Kosey

Sorry, not a great collection for me. Game Over and Electric Boy are the closest to my taste, but the former is very bland and in the latter, the singer sounds like she’s drunk on the verses which I can’t get around.
The others are ok, but no great shakes, I can’t see any of them having a big impact at ESC unfortunately

Sandrine
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Sandrine

Gabrielus Vagelis may have a chance this year to reach the final and get selected for Amsterdam 2020. However, it is literally game over for Glossarium: this is not the quality level of AWS 2018 (Hungarian heavy metal band storming the rock scene in Europe right now). There’re some contenders for sure, so let me finish by saying: “May the best artist win!”

Mr X
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Mr X

“We came from the sun” – wonderful electric sound with a lot of optimistic atmosphere. This could be great at ESC !

Mr X
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Mr X

For me Gabrielius and Ruta ! The song and the look of Monika are both horrible….

Marios
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Marios

not trying to be harsh, but I cant take seriously any of these songs (except the top 3 of the poll which are just meh). Well, more songs to come

Wildcat612
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Wildcat612

Gabrielius gets my vote. It’s moody with a nice build and a catchy hook. It wouldn’t need to have costly staging – just some dramatic lighting that brightens up during the chorus. I could see it building to a moment that might grab the viewer at home, both the traditional viewers who love dramatic musical moments and younger ones who respond to its synth-y sounds.

Giedre
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Giedre

I hope Monique will blow us all away, I mean I am making it hard for myself with such huge expectations, but she is great, so I am waiting to hear her song. All the others.. Well we Lithuanians do understand that eventually it will go down between Monika Marija and Monique, which I think is awesome.

Erasmus
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Erasmus

I really love Ruta’s song, but I think it will only work as a studio cut. Kind of the same problem with Petunija’s song. Gabrielius’ song ain’t bad, but it lacks impact… About Monika’s song – I like it, but again not competitive enough.
Overall not a bad selection, just lacks some real flavour… But I guess let’s wait for Monique.

Roy Moreno
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Roy Moreno

I don’t quite have the time yet to listen carefully to them all as they deserve but I had to listen to Monika’s song as she was a huge favourite of mine last year
I was simply disappointed… It feels so weak 🙁
It lacks that immediate grab Criminal and Light On had (in my opinion)
Nevertheless, I wish them all the best of luck and lots of love to Lithuania 🙂

Colin
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Colin

Am I the only one who is actually positive about this? Yes, not all songs are great. But at least you can easily tell them apart. They tend to have an idea behind them. Not everyone will be pulled in as much, but at least there’s an effort put in. Also, KaYra’s Alligator is just out, so that makes it a 9.

Sun
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Sun

Gabrielius Vagelis — “Tave Cia Randu”
The only song that I think that could have a chance to qualify due to the jury vote.
The problem is there are many alternative artists who are unique but their songs are not impactful enough.

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

I wasn’t a big fan of either of Monika’s songs last year and this one is pretty much on a similar level for me. It’s not bad but I don’t really see it being a competitive ESC entry. Hopefully, Lithuania’s best is still to come.

Sabrina
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Sabrina

The pattern so far in this pre-season is that every country has some songs I like, but I’m yet to find something I love. It seems Monika’s song isn’t nearly as strong as her entries from last year, but I believe I also need to let my expectations lay down a bit. What I can say it’s that I like it’s pop rock, a genre that practically vanished these days. For now, I like Gabrielius, Ruta and Petunija. But hey, 28 songs to go yet.

Colin
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Colin

So far, I like this season. I love my top 4 from EL (Rasmus, Shira, Jaagup, Stefan). I can easily see see Rasmus being in my overall top 5 if chosen. Same goes for Jaagup and Shira if they can own the stage (haven’t heard them live yet). FiK also had a couple of gems (including the winner). As for Lithuania, things are going fine so far, I guess. Monika’s song is good. We (any fans) can slightly ruin things by over-hyping them sometimes.

Sabrina
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Sabrina

I must say Albania and France spoiled me in the last couple of years. By then, I already had a picked song that I knew would make to my top 10 and some of Destination Eurovision entries I was excited about. But it’s good that Albania made a choice I’m perfectly fine with, Estonia will probably do the same if they go with Jaagup, Rasmus or Shira and Lithuania already has entries for doing that too. But I’m still waiting for a “Mall”, “Ngrije zërin”, “Ktheju tokës”, “Mercy”, “Ciao”, “Tous les deux”…

Colin
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Colin

I know how it feels. I was personally ”lucky” in that way, since Rasmus’ ”Young” was the very first NF song I’ve heard and still my favorite one. 🙂 It’s early to tell, but I expect more good songs from Sweden, Norway, Italy and Portugal, at least. I bet at least one Australian song will be amazing. Romania was great last year. Iceland and Denmark occasionally produce a masterpiece too. Czechia is stepping-up too. Latvia had a good NF 2 years ago. Maybe there is your absolute favorite? Good luck!

Sabrina
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Sabrina

Yeah, there’s a long way to go yet. Along with Albania, Belgium, Italy, Norway and Portugal probably have been my favorite countries in Eurovision, so I’m waiting especially for them (MGP starts one week from today already!). But Czechia and Slovenia are upping their game, Australian national final had a great debut and a promising lineup for their sophomore year, France showed they can find good talent, Latvia can always recover after a slow year, Armenia has a good record with me recently, Iceland may had started sort of a renaissance with Hatari… And I don’t rule out that I… Read more »

Héctor
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Héctor

Same here for me. I like some songs but I’m yet to find THAT songs. There’s a lot more to come though. I kinda like every style. Though my fav songs tend to be pop rock, alternative rock, indie (electronic, rock, pop,…), synth pop, acoustic, feel good electronic songs (aka “FIFA songs”)… There’s not too much of it in Eurovision.

Sabrina
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Sabrina

I can relate a lot to that because I also tend to prefer indie/alternative music to mainstream (though I feel much of what’s doing well recently has indie roots all over it, like Lorde and Billie). And I also love rock. The disappearance of pop rock particularly is something that really intrigues me. But I think we have reasons to be optimistic, I feel Eurovision is step by step moving away from the ballad-bop dichotomy (by the way, those 8 tracks from Lithuania show it). I believe THOSE songs are still to come to us.

Female
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Female

I think Aika’s song sounds so fresh! I like it!

Jo.
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Jo.

I really like Gabrielius’ song. The rest wouldn’t stand a chance at the contest, sorry.

Sandrine
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Sandrine

The question is: would the jury agree? Let’s find out on the selection night!

Andrew
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Andrew

I never like to listen to all of Lithuania’s national selection songs cause there are way too many, but I’m going to try listen to all national final songs this year. I expected more from Monika, but it might grow on me, I don’t know though because the chorus doesn’t really have a big impact at all. But my 2 favorites so far are definitely Gabrielius, it’s the first I’ve heard of him and Monika. We come from the sun is fine. I’ve heard it a million times though tbh they’d have to amp up the chorus. Looking forward to… Read more »

sam
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sam

gabrielius has to win… i love him every time he competes, plus he’s hot af

Jo.
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Jo.

he looks like a low-budget robert pattinson in that video

Azaad
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Azaad

We came from the Sun has promise but the choruses could have more impact and it’ll need to be trimmed to fit within 3 minutes. But it would be a bold pick for Lithuania relative to what they usually send.

Yessy
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Yessy

I like Monika’s song I don’t understand why people are hating on those who genuinely like her song for this year. I get that some people have different taste in music but that gives them no right to say what people should or should not like. For some people it may not be the best song for others it may be so. Respect each other’s opinion instead of coming to conclusions that people are only voting for an artist because of them competing in previous years. I do think her song could improve but I actually like it a lot… Read more »

Loin dici
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I feel Petunija might surprise. Out of the beige selectionwe can hear, hers is the one with the biggest potential.

Skiwalko
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Skiwalko

Am I being really harsh, or are all of these songs bland at best (Gabrielius, whose music video feels more like an AirPods commercial or “Electric Boy”, which I find cute in its indieness) and painfully bad at worst (“Why Why Why”, which feels like an atrocious impression of Weird Al Yankovic)? I highly doubt the eventual winner is among these songs. But then again, “Run With The Lions” won last year.

Joey
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Joey

It’s not just you. I thought Eesti Laul 2020 was already a very weak competition, until Eurovizijos Atranka 2020 came by… But if I have to choose who should go to Rotterdam, it’s Gabrielius. 🙂

quint
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quint

Why everyone voting for Monika her song is seriously not the best i’m sorry its not bad but it’s not the best in my opinion, my favourites so far are Gabrielius and Petunjia

Mony
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Mony

People are voting for Monika Marija just because she participated last year, too. Otherwise her song is crap…. Listen to the other songs, people…

Ugna
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Ugna

Idk who‘s voting for Monika but we all know the song is one of her weakest so far

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Exactly

George
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George

Yet the strongest out of the songs released so far. Not for long though. Lithuania has some surprises yet to come.

Natalie
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Natalie

I was really hoping Monika Marija’s song would be another sweet ballad, loved Light On last year (it was in my top ten most listened to song on Spotify) this one just doesn’t vibe with me. It also could’ve been a really cool uptempo song. Is there any way they could revamp it if it’s selected? Anyway, love Monika Marija, but I’m hoping now for Moniqué to send a BOP. I listened to a couple of her songs and I’m hopeful.