Lithuania – Jurij Veklenko

It’s a new year and Lithuania has a new roster of participants for their Eurovision 2020 national selection. On Friday broadcaster LRT revealed the 36 acts who will compete in Eurovizijos Atranka 2020 with the hope of securing a spot at the Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam.

There are plenty of familiar names here. Lithuanian pop diva Aiste Pilvelyte is going to make her 12th appearance in the Eurovizijos Atranka — this time with the song “Everlastingly”. This isn’t a surprise. In December she told 15min.lt: “I am working with good and life-tested composers.” Despite a very busy schedule and questions over whether it was practical, she was determined to make this work: “It would be kind of stupid not to try again.”

Another familiar name? Twosome with the song “Playa”. Speaking to 15 min in 2019, the band said that their song will include the phrase “I am Lithuanian” and that it will intertwine “modern and Lithuanian folk rhythms,” They say they “don’t need to be sad” so expect something cheeky and entertaining.

Alen Chicco is also back. beloved for his expressive voice and sense of theatricality, he’ll no doubt pull out all the stops — and some OTT costumes — as he sings “Somewhere Out There”. We’re sure it’s very out there indeed!

Monika Marija — the pre-contest favourite last year — is returning as well. And this time she’s made the wise decision to enter just one song. Last year she ultimately withdrew her entry “Criminal” from Euvovizijos Atranka. That was to ensure she could focus on her other entry “Light On” and not risk splitting her vote. Fans were bemused by the situation — many thought “Criminal” was a better song.

Eurovizijos atranka 2020 participants and songs

Some artists have already released their tracks. Click on the song title to listen.

  • Abrokenleg — “Electric Boy”
  • Aika — “Paradas” (Parade)
  • Aistay – “Dangus man tu” (You are heaven to me)
  • Aiste Pilvelyte – “Everlastingly”
  • Alen Chicco – “Somewhere Out There”
  • Andy Vaic – “Why Why Why”
  • Antturi – “I Gotta Do”
  • Baltos varnos – “Namu dvasia” (Spirit of Home)
  • Bernardas – “Dad, Don’t Be Mad at Me”
  • Donata – “Made of Wax”
  • Evgenya Redko – “What About Us”
  • Gabrielius Vagelis – “Tave cia randu” (I find you here)
  • Germantas Skoris – “Chemistry”
  • Glossarium – “Game over”
  • Indraya – “You and I”
  • Justina Zukauskaite – “Breath In”
  • Justinas Lapatinskas – “High Way Story”
  • KaYra – “Alligator”
  • Kristina Jure – “My Sound of Silence”
  • Lukas Bartaska – “Where Is That Change?”
  • Lukas Norkunas – “Atsiprasyk” (I’m sorry)
  • Meandi – DRIP”
  • Monika Marija – “If I Leave”
  • Monique – “Make Me Human”
  • Nombeko Auguste – “Reikia man”
  • Petunija – “Show Ya”
  • Rokas Povilius – “Vilnius Calling”
  • Ruslanas Kirilkinas – “Soldiers Heart”
  • Rūta Loop – “We Came From Sun”
  • Soliaris – “Breath”
  • The Backs – “Fully”
  • The Roop – “On Fire”
  • Twosome – “Playa”
  • Viktorija Miskunaite – “The Ocean”
  • Vitalijus Spokaitis – “Nemusk Saves”
  • Voldemars Petersons – “Wings of Freedom”

Eurovizijos atranka 2020 will begin on Saturday, January 11 — that’s just over one week away. There will be six shows: three heats, two semi-finals and the grand final. The grand final is scheduled for February 15.

What do you think of the 2020 lineup? Who are your favourites? Which act should represent Lithuania in Rotterdam?

Read more Lithuania Eurovision 2020 news here

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hugo
hugo
6 months ago

I wish Lithuania the best.

yodenman
yodenman
6 months ago

I do feel rather sorry for Lithuania because they are the baltic state yet to win. I’m afraid that after this years contest they still will be.

Colin
Colin
6 months ago
Reply to  yodenman

You haven’t even heard 27 remaining songs. They had their shot last year had they picked Light On. Just my opinion, maybe.

zheng
zheng
6 months ago

Monika’s song is bad! I waiting for Aiste

Veronika
Veronika
6 months ago

So sad to say, but Monika’s song is very weak.
https://lnk.lt/video/ziurek-naujieji-su-lnk-seima-0/82860 1:28:50

Erasmus
Erasmus
6 months ago
Reply to  Veronika

I wouldn’t say it’s weak, I really like it, but I question if it’s competitive enough to stand out? It’s stronger than “Run with the Lions” though

Dom
Dom
6 months ago
Reply to  Veronika

Not sure if it’s better than last year but i actually love it. SERVE!

John
6 months ago

So excited for this! So impressed by the talent last year.

T.J.
T.J.
6 months ago

Ruslanas Kirilkinas should win this.

yodenman
yodenman
6 months ago

You must be joking…. Sorry it’s off topic but just heard the shocking news that the UK has internally selected Boy George as this years contestant. Is this a wind up.

Cameron
Cameron
6 months ago
Reply to  yodenman

What’s the source??? If we have then it’s another low placing for us.

yodenman
yodenman
6 months ago
Reply to  Cameron

The source is very reliable. It’s his agent. Or was it Andrew Ridgely. May as well be.

El3a
El3a
6 months ago
Reply to  yodenman

yeah that’s not true

yodenman
yodenman
6 months ago
Reply to  El3a

Of course it’s not true. Fancy having a washed up has-been that hasn’t had a chart hit in years representing the UK. Like that’s ever going to happen.

Jessey
Jessey
6 months ago
Reply to  yodenman

From where do you have this news

Sabrina
Sabrina
6 months ago

Alen Chicco has a huge potential, I hope his song is good. Just listened to Gabrielius’ track and already liked it, even if it’s not exactly an earworm. I can see it growing when performed live, his voice is great.

And Monika Marija… well, Monika Marija was supposed to be my winner AND the runner-up in Eurovizijos Atranka last year. So it’s hard not to be hyped about her.

Tearpia
Tearpia
6 months ago

Alen Chicco! I hope he will have even better song than last year.

Alexmint
Alexmint
6 months ago

I think this is Monica’s entry
https://youtu.be/NDNAiEwxoBI

Jessey
Jessey
6 months ago
Reply to  Alexmint

Can you send it again because if I clicked not the link it said video is removed

Alexmint
Alexmint
6 months ago
Reply to  Jessey

Oh no it’s been deleted ??

Jessey
Jessey
6 months ago
Reply to  Alexmint

Ohnn
did you hear the song? Was it good?

sel
sel
6 months ago
Reply to  Jessey
Dani Khalu
Dani Khalu
6 months ago

I BET MONIQUE WILL WIN THIS !! She is very famous and her songs are soooo good !!

keith mawson
keith mawson
6 months ago
Reply to  Dani Khalu

Still annoyed about Criminal. They would have qualified with that.

Dani
Dani
6 months ago
Reply to  keith mawson

Monika Marija is boring ! Monique has good songs and potential !

Nikki
Nikki
6 months ago

Everlastingly is sending me the Breathlessly vibes, and I bet I’m not the only one.

Laura
Laura
5 months ago
Reply to  Nikki

Where you found song???

Erasmus
Erasmus
6 months ago

Great! Quite exciting, most excited about Monique, MM, Gabrielius Vagelis and Evgenya Redko!

ESCLT
ESCLT
6 months ago
Reply to  Erasmus

Same

JamboJimbo
JamboJimbo
6 months ago
Reply to  Erasmus

I definitely think Evgenya Redko could be the dark house of the competition because all her songs on Spotify are very good quality and her music videos on YouTube are flawless. Plus she shows she can sing live well on one of her videos on YouTube. I guess it will be how good the song will be however I suspect it will be very good!

Edu
Edu
6 months ago

Looking forward Alen Chicco and Monika Marija <3 🙂

Roy Moreno
Roy Moreno
6 months ago

Justice for Monika!

Andrius
Andrius
6 months ago
Reply to  Roy Moreno

If she would came back with better song… but this year’s song quite forgettable and old fashioned I think

Tomas
Tomas
6 months ago
Reply to  Andrius

Kur girdejai ta daina?

Lewis
Lewis
6 months ago
Reply to  Andrius

But she’s not even released the song. How do you know?

Roy Moreno
Roy Moreno
6 months ago
Reply to  Andrius

Well, I haven’t heard any song yet, so…

Tomas
Tomas
6 months ago
Reply to  Roy Moreno

January 6th she will release her new song

Andrius
Andrius
6 months ago
Reply to  Roy Moreno

https://lnk.lt/video/ziurek-naujieji-su-lnk-seima-0/82860
Skip to about 1h27 and judge yourself

Colin
Colin
6 months ago

Really interesting line-up. It’s time to start my 3rd annual list, I see. EA is usually very diverse and interesting. I’ll comment on those I am familiar with (even though I am sure there will be those I am not acquainted with which will just get my attention after all the songs are out): – Monika Marija – My last year’s winner. Not only of EA, but of NF season altogether! OF COURSE that I have very high expectations, but I want to stay realistic and first hear If I Leave. I am pretty sure it will at least be… Read more »

Eurovisionfan12
Eurovisionfan12
6 months ago
Reply to  Colin

Gabrielius’ song is out!
https://youtu.be/mYskt3Zj2HQ

Colin
Colin
6 months ago

Thanks! 🙂 Now I’ve listened to all four songs which are already out (Gabrielius, Andy Vaic, Ruta Loop, Aika). I think only these four are available online. but if you find another one, please share.

Sabrina
Sabrina
6 months ago
Reply to  Colin

I would say these 4 entries are a good start. Gabrielius, Ruta and Aika all have very playlistable songs. I can see the first 2 growing on me with time. Even Andy’s song, which is too repetitive to my taste, is OK.

Colin
Colin
6 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

I agree that these four songs are a solid start. I really like Gabrielius’ and Andy’s songs. Both have great lyrics and messages. Aika and Ruta also have fine songs. If this is the standard, we are up for a good show. I just really hope there are also some comedic acts in the mix. Lithuania can do them really well (Pusvalanduko, Hello, Mažule).

F@b
6 months ago

It sounds very interesting with a lot of big names – even if some of them usually withdraw. Can’t wait !

Tibor
Tibor
6 months ago

Okay, great, but I honestly hate this teasing processes (apparently others love the opportunity to speculate based on performer and song title alone, I find it really annoying). Do we already know, when the songs will be released? Or won’t they be before the live shows, like in Sanremo? (Then, of course, I have to comply with it, although I still find it annoying. ;))

YASSS
YASSS
6 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

Gabrielius song is out, Monika Marina will release her song on 6th of January
Abouth other idk

Tibor
Tibor
6 months ago
Reply to  YASSS

Thanks, he’s the one I’m most curious about, I will check it out right away.

Lukaaaaas
Lukaaaaas
6 months ago
Reply to  YASSS

Ruta Loop’s song is available on spotify

Colin
Colin
6 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

Lithuanian NF artists tend to release their songs in different times, the 11th of January being the final mandate for those who participate in heat 1 and so on. Perhaps a number of them is already online. We have to google them one by one, since I don’t think there is a playlist.

Tibor
Tibor
6 months ago
Reply to  Colin

How convenient :/
But, yay, Monika Marija!

Youhouhououuu
Youhouhououuu
6 months ago

OMG Go Monika GO GO GO!!!

lirjan.57
lirjan.57
6 months ago

LITHUANIA SEND MONIKA IF U WANT TO SUCCESS!!

Andrius
Andrius
6 months ago
Reply to  lirjan.57

Unfortunately it’s not a better song than last year. Quite disappointing to be honest….

Marios
Marios
6 months ago
Reply to  Andrius

have you heard it?

Andrius
Andrius
6 months ago
Reply to  Marios
Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
6 months ago

Yesss Aiste, show ’em how it’s done. She truly is everlasting. Nothing can bring her down. Aiste has got stamina. Run with the Aiste.

Ashton
Ashton
6 months ago

Since Melancolia (my Eurovizijos Atranka 2010 winner) I have been an Aiste stan. Her voice is stellar.

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
6 months ago
Reply to  Ashton

aistans unite ! i even bought her cd when i went to lithuania haha

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
6 months ago

There’s some exciting names coming back!
One I’m probably looking forward to a bit more than others will is Voldemars Petersons. His song really grew on me last year and a similar performance would make me happy!