The first heat of Lithuania’s Eurovizijos Atranka 2020 was filmed on Tuesday 7 January. This means we now know the first 12 acts who will appear in the televised broadcast on Saturday 11 January.
Eurovizijos Atranka 2020 Heat One
Things will be a little different in the 2019 pre-selection, as stated by LRT.
In previous editions, the jury points were released immediately after filming. However, that won’t happen this year. Instead, the expert scores won’t be revealed until the end of the television broadcast.
It is hoped that this will stop the jury ratings from affecting viewers’ votes.
The panel members for episode one are Darius Užkuraitis, Giedrė Kilčiauskienė, Gerūta Griniūtė, Leonas Somovas and Vaidotas Stackevičius.
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Furthermore, the judges’ feedback will also change. Instead of commenting after each performance, the jury will only do so in a few dedicated commentary spots throughout the show.
Additionally, in order to stop competitive televoting, the viewers’ voting results will only be announced at the end. Previously, the televote rankings were visible throughout the show.
This should make each episode much more interesting, ensuring that the suspense will build right up until the last moment.
Six acts will qualify from this heat and move on to the semi-final stage. That means, we’ll be saying goodbye to the remaining six.
Now let’s get to know some of the 12 competing acts:
Monika Marija – “If I Leave”
Monika Marija Paulauskaitė is trying her luck in Eurovizijos Atranka for a third consecutive year. She started her music journey by winning The Voice of Lithuania in 2018. Now she is a judge on The Voice Kids and Seniors.
After competing with two entries last year, this time she only has ‘‘If I Leave“. It is another powerful ballad which showcases Monika Marija’s amazing vocal skills. The song was written by Monika Marija and Marius Leskauskas.
Glossarium — “Game Over”
We first got to know this hard rock group in Eurovizijos Atranka 2019. Their not so bad result encouraged them to try their luck once more. “Game Over” is a rock song written by the band themselves. Glossarium is a five man outfit, led by vocalist Saulius Sivickas.
Aistay – ‘‘Dangus man Tu” (You are my Sky)
Aistė Tomkevičiūtė-Pajaujienė rose to fame on The Voice of Lithuania, where she reached the live shows.
Her song is in Lithuanian and written by Aistay herself with the help of music producer Niko Barisas. “This song is about heaven and earth – about the love of a man and a woman, a tremendous attraction, about a lasting and irreplaceable connection,” said Aistė in an interview.
Petunija – “Show Ya”
Agnė Šiaulytė is a solo dream pop/indie pop artist and a member of various electronic and folk music projects. She debuted as a solo artist in Eurovizijos Atranka 2016 “Tomorrow”.
In late 2019 Petunija released her eponymous debut album. “Show Ya” is taken from the same record.
Andy Vaic – “Why Why Why”
Andrius Vaicenavičius is the leader of the indie-folk band Kūjeliai. Now, Andy has embarked on a solo career.
“Why Why Why” is an upbeat pop song about self-doubt and other peoples’ opinions. It was written by Andy himself, along with Faustas Venckus.
Aika – “Paradas” (Parade)
Jekaterina Fiodorova is a professional jazz and pop singer and songwriter. She started her music career on The Voice of Lithuania.
In 2016. she competed in Lithuania’s Eurovision selection with “Be Free”. Then she performed under the stage name Catrinah.
This time, her song is in Lithuanian. It was written by Aika and music producer Germanas Skoris.
Gabrielius Vagelis – “Tave Čia Randu” (I find you here)
Gabrielius also started his music journey on the Lietuvos Balsas (The Voice of Lithuania). He’s taken the Eurovizijos Atranka plunge on multiple occasions — 2020 will be his fifth try.
“I Find You Here” is in Lithuanian and is quite different to what he usually performs. Music and lyrics where written Gabrielius Vagelis, arrangement by Bjorn Holmesland and mix and master by Snorre Bergerud.
Eurovizijios Atranka 2020 Heat One Remaining acts
The heat one line-up will be completed by:
- Baltos varnos – “Namu dvasia” (Spirit of Home)
- Justinas Lapatinskas – “High Way Story”
- Lukas Norkūnas – “Atsiprasyk” (Say sorry)
- Donata Virbilaitė – “Made of Wax”
- Meandi (Saulius Šemiotas) – ‘‘DRIP”
Who you think going to be the six qualifiers? And which song are you most excited to hear on Saturday? Let us know in the comments below.
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