Next weekend, Lithuania will begin the search for their Eurovision 2020 act. Thirty-six acts will compete in the national final “Eurovizijos” dainų konkurso nacionalinė atranka, hoping to be the act Lithuanian sends to Rotterdam. But who should get the ticket?
The first heat begins this Saturday, 11 January, and over the next six weeks, the acts will be whittled down until the grand final on 15 February. There, one act will win the ticket to represent Lithuania in Rotterdam.
There are plenty of familiar names who will be competing in the upcoming three heats. Lithuanian pop diva Aiste Pilvelyte is going to make her 12th appearance in the Eurovizijos Atranka — this time with the song “Everlastingly”.
Twosome is also back 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.”
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”.
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. Monika will compete with “If I Leave”.
Gabrielius Vagelis is competing for the fifth time, having debuted in 2013 singing a duet with Ieva Zasimauskaitė. This time he’ll be singing “Tave čia randu”.
There are plenty of other acts in the contest this year. Over half the contestants are newcomers to the national selection and will hope to make their mark on both the juries and the viewers at home.
Eurovizijos Atranka 2020 – Competing acts
Some songs have already been released. Where available, click on the song title links to listen.
Which Eurovizijos Atranka 2020 act are you most excited for?
These are the 36 acts, but which are you most excited for? You can vote for as many acts as you like but you can only vote once — so make it count.