Lithuania kicked off the first heat of its newly rebranded national final, Pabandom iš Naujo! Nacionalinė Eurovizijos Atranka 2020. The first 12 acts performed their songs and in the end, half the acts were sent home. Among the lucky qualifiers were last year’s runner-up Monika Marija and fan favourite Gabrielius Vagelis.

While the performance were pre-recorded earlier in the week, the voting was live. And while in previous years, the jury gave their scores and comments after each performance, this year they kept quite. Both the jury and televote scores were revealed for the first time tonight.

Among the acts who will be heading to the semi-finals in February is 2019 runner-up Monika Marija. She performed her 2020 entry “If I Leave”, a country-rock-influenced mid-tempo number. Monika topped the vote with both the jury and televoters, making her the overall winner of the heat.

Also qualifying was Gabrielius Vagelis, last seen in the 2018 national final. He brought his trademark avant-garde wardrobe to his performance of his electropop ballad “Tave čia randu” (“I find you here”). He placed fourth in the overall ranking.

Rounding out the qualifiers were the sisterly group Baltos Varnos with “Namų dvasia”, ’90s-inspired rappers Meandi with “DRIP”, Oxford student Andy Vaic with “Why Why Why” and the smooth songstress Petunija with “Show Ya”.

But with these six heading to the semi-finals, it sadly meant that six others missed out. We said goodnight to Aika, Glossarium, Aistay, Justinas Lapatinskas, Lukas Norkūnas, as well as Donata Virbilaitė and her plastic man.

We Go Again! 2020 – Heat One results

  1. Monika Marija – “If I Leave” (24 points)
  2. Baltos Varnos – “Namų dvasia” (20 points)
  3. Meandi – “DRIP” (18 points)
  4. Gabrielius Vagelis – “Tave čia randu” (13 points)
  5. Andy Vaic – “Why Why Why” (12 points)
  6. Petunija – “Show Ya” (11 points)
  7. Aika – “Paradas” (8 points)
  8. Glossarium – “Game Over” (6 points)
  9. Aistay – “Dangus man tu” (5 points)
  10. Justinas Lapatinskas – “Highway Story” (1 point)
  11. Donata Virbilaitė – “Made of Wax” (1 points)
  12. Lukas Norkūnas – “Atsiprašyk” (0 points)

The six qualifiers will head to the semi-finals in February, where they’ll be joined by the qualifiers from the upcoming other two heats. There, the contestants will compete for the eight places in the grand final, due to take place on 15 February.

What do you think of the first six qualifiers? Could any of these acts go on to win? Tell us your thoughts below!

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Tom
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Tom

If she win she will stay in semi …

Whisker
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Whisker

I like it a lot though I didn’t pay that much attention to the lyrics.

Teddie
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Teddie

Shantay you stay, Aistay! ;(

Rasmus
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Rasmus

Lithuania is always like this: Great songs but the performance ruins it all. Gabrelius was my fave but he will NOT win after this. I think its over for him. sadly. I dont think he will change the dance

Ricky Gervais
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Ricky Gervais

After watching the live performances, I’m all for Meandi. Something different. Not a winner, but entertaining. Gabrielius needs to take some pills for those stage seizures. Monika definitely the best live, however Robert Janson was writing songs like that in Poland in the 90’s, so I am not feeling the tune. Was Lukas a joke act? I heard cats making more pleasant noises during the mating season…

Song wise it’s still Gabrielius. Outstanding track.

George
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George

Neither. It’s Monique.

Sal
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Sal

even after his 4th place? I think it’s unfortunately impossible now for him to win :/

Dom
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Dom

All of the perfomances are uploaded on the official channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClp7wRJ4Bht8KHKG4Gsc1Qw/videos

Alybloggs
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Alybloggs

Gabrielius danced like Napoleon Dynamite and I live for it.

MusicIstheKey
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MusicIstheKey

WOW! Let me congratulate Lithuania for the GREAT first heat. Amazing! To be honest – I think they completely outshone the semi of “my” country yesterday (Norway) This selection had so much more to it. Real musical diversity. Most songs outside the ESC-box, they ddn’t seem “adjusted” for fitting the contest. Some wonderful bizzare songs (Drip and the one by Lukas – Eurovision Arcopalypse MUST pick up thse songs at their great blog I’m sure). Many daring and original songs. I think ALL the songs were good. So I am almost willing to forgive them for dismissing “Game Over” (REALLY… Read more »

Colin
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Colin

Glossarium – Not really my type of song. I find it ”overclimactic” and always in the same rif. Still, for those who like it, they did okay. Baltos Varnos – This sounded really lovely. I cannot find lyrics for it, but it sounds earthly and calming. Perhaps doesn’t have a big melodic ”hook” on first listening. Justinas Lapatinskas – Nice song. Good staging. Parts of chorus are really memorable. The finish could have had a bigger ”oomph”. Aistay – Really lovely and magical song. Perhaps just a tiny power-up at the end would have made it magnificent, but even so,… Read more »

Kosey
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Kosey

Monika was the best for me. She has got some pipes on her and the song surprised me with it’s emotional quality when live.

Meandi has the potential to be something fresh – it just doesn’t hit all the marks just yet

Bastos Varnos – I want whatever they are having, although my OCD couldn’t quite cope with the fact their dresses weren’t the same.

Gabrelius also has some pipes, but he looks like he is doing some sort of weird warm-up for a tennis match. The looks on the audience members faces were comedy gold.

Overall, not bad, there is definitely entertainment here.

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

Not bad! Monika’s song works better live and I actually prefer it to last year’s two as it isn’t as try-hard. Meandi and Andy were interesting and deserved to get through. In fact, the only one I wasn’t sure about was “Show Ya”. I much preferred “Paradas”!

Tc
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Tc

I’m all for bartos varnos! Grower!

emeej
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emeej

Easily the best performance of the heat, deserves way more attention here.. Gabrielius dancing was distracting and Monika can sing well but her song is bland

NickC
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NickC

Monika’s song is so so. Chorus is good, but verses are so sleepy.

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Dom
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Dom

It was actually streamed on youtube too: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPRYENAkTvE

Joe
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Joe

Do all the videos have no sound or is that just me?

Khan
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Khan

Meandi is a dark horse. I could definitely see if doing a Lie To Me (except Drip is good)

Héctor
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Héctor

Tbh I don’t get why Monika won the SF and Gabrielius only got the 4th place. This is clearly the case where the past NF loser end up winning the next year because people and jurors feel bad for her/him. I didn’t like her past attempts, but “If I Leave” isn’t better, I’m sure. About Gabrielius, the performance need to be tweak because some dance moves make his voice crack a little. And the clothing… I would make changes too. Also, for some reason he seemed a bit out of breath, even in the first verse, so it wasn’t beause… Read more »

Andreu
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Andreu

Okay so first don’t dislike Monika just because she has the support of both fans and juries. She sweep them all and even had way more fan voters than 2nd place. Another thing Gab was 4th overall but remember he was 5th with the public which already says a lot. The studio version is great but both the public and juries saw a lot of mistakes in his execution of the act which was compared to Monika , poor at best. I like Gab song and will agree it is better than Monika but if you can’t execute on the… Read more »

Héctor
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Héctor

I dislike the act because of it, not because the support it has. Though it is annoying. On the other hand, Monika performed her song better, but that doesn’t mean it is a better act. Eurovision is more than vocals. We’ve seen Monika’s song a lot of times over the years but I can’t remember one like “Tave cia randu”. I hope Gabrielius works on the performance to develope the full potential of the song, he has the time so I hope he tries a different approach given he still has a SF to try something new before the final… Read more »

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Very well said! I have the same opinion as you. I think Gabrielius is the best so far, but he just needs better clothing and maybe stop dancing so much so he can have better breath support on his vocal.

Sel
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Sel

If that’s the case Aist? Pilvelyt? would have participated at least 4 times for us

Travis
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Travis

MEANDI “Drip” and Andy Vaic “Why why why” (too sad for bad vocal) sounds very modern, kinda potential Eurovision hit.

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

“drip” would be the only song to get televotes from countries that aren’t the uk, ireland, norway, estonia or latvia in this bunch tbh

MusicIstheKey
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MusicIstheKey

Drip was one of those WTF-songs….And I love WTF-songs in ESC 🙂 Real fun, and something daring and original!

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

oh wow at the grandmavision stans complaining bout meandi in the comments. stay pressed at a 2020-sounding song doing well in 2020!

Solo
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Solo

Meandi and Andy didn’t have to get to the next round.

Zheng
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Zheng

I think that Monika was the best tonight, but little bit overrated. Monique or Aiste I’m waiting for you.

Lithuanianfan
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Lithuanianfan

The fact that that jury put Gabrielius in 4th place is shocking and disgraceful. It’s gonna be between Monika Marija and Monique till the end 100percent.

Žilvinas
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Žilvinas

The only thing that was shocking was Gabrielius’ dance moves as they didn’t fit the vibe of the song at all. In general, I’d personally swap MEANDI with MM and Andy Vaic with Aistay in the scoreboard to satisfy my personal taste. I’m happy with 5/6 finalists of the heat.

Héctor
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Héctor

For sure. Hope he tweaks the performance and the outfit, cause this would be the best option for Lithuani so far. I don’t get how he didn’t get more votes from te televote.

Loin dici
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Just to be honest, I was more invested in Naujo than MGP. Turns out, I didn’t regret it.

Dom
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Dom

Gabrielius had the best song but the perfomance ruined it … Dancing was really out of place.
By the way, love the changes in this national selection. there is a lot of room for improvement, but it looks promising!

Azaad
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Azaad

His voice was good enough for the song but he needs to be dancing with someone and it could be a kind of Ieva moment because at the moment it looks messy even if he sounds nice enough

Skiwalko
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I was positively surprised by the show, it was more diverse and exciting than I thought it would be. Dummies coming to life, phone conversations, pyjama suits and… whatever “Atsiprašyk” was, Lithuania had it all. I really enjoyed Meandi’s, Donata’s, Petunija’s and Baltos Varnos’ performances. I’m looking forward to the second heat hoping for more surprises to come.
On a side note, I’ve got a question that was nagging me for a while, and I don’t wanna sound rude, but is Donata pregnant?

Dom
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Dom

She is not 😀

Skiwalko
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Oops, my bad. That was quite an unfortunate costume choice then. 🙂

Travis
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Travis

She did it on purpose and after the performance said “Who could go to a street with such an outfit? Well, personally I could, but most people not”

esc1234
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esc1234

Kudos to anyone who follows this long and boring (to me) national final, but shall we talk about the clothes? whats wrong with clothes in Lithuania? they seemed…weird

Rainbow, rainbow, rainbow
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Rainbow, rainbow, rainbow

Is it really that long though? This year we have 3 heats (18 songs to qualify for SFs), 2 semi-finals (8 songs to qualify for GF), and a grand final. Although I’m pretty sure those semi-finals could be abandoned and the format could stick with 3 heats+final, but it’s still better than having 10 heats. That was a disaster. :))

Alex
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Alex

Everyone hates the blonde twins but I though they were great, and their song had such an ethereal kind of vibe to it, deserved to go through. I love Gabrielius’ song but the staging ruined it. As for Monika the song has no impact and I don’t see her making the eurovision final if Lithuania picked her

Josh lik
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Josh lik

I’m just thinking the same, Gabrielius could improve the staging a lot, like common is so difficult to put some good clothes, I think he shouldn’t change the dark ilumination from the start of the performance, it gives good vibes to the song.

Yeet
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Yeet

Honestly I was shocked that Gabrielius got 4th place, I for sure thought he was going to win the heat, but atleast he qualified. And the thought of the twins being higher than Gabrielius won’t let me sleep at night…

George
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George

Nothing shocking here. I can already tell who’s fighting in the grand final – Monique and Monika Marija. Gabrielius will place 3rd or 4th.

Erick
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Erick

Even if it seems impossible, the lithuanian one was more interesting to watch than the norwish, my votes tonight goes to monika (it could be better, not so good like the last ones) and gabrielius, i like that he’s singing in lithuanian but he has to work so much in the dressing and the performance in “general”, i think i will wait for monique to see if i get those top 3.

Jo.
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Jo.

it’s just me or the videos don’t have audio? I can’t hear a thing

Tibor
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Tibor

No, I have the same problem, same goes for the videos from Norway.

Sabrina
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Sabrina

I still think Gabrielius has the best released Lithuanian song so far, but the lack of support from both jury and televote shows that he’ll have to work a lot on his staging. I don’t know if it’s his normal style, but I feel his moves weren’t matching the song vibe. And his outfit was kinda cool, but also a distraction. Monika Marija is a great singer and I don’t think her song is nearly as bad as most here comment. Though it’s clear that it also doesn’t allow her to shine much. I’m glad that Petunja qualified.

David
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David

Not so bad for being the first performance, i mean, only the last 3 were something worth for listening, Monika Marija could, I don’t know add some higher notes or something to catch the listeners, meandu, I don’t get he’s song but it has something and finally Gabrielius, that was great (if u take off that strange dance moves of course) and that Lithuanian, even if I don’t understand, goddam that was perfect.
And please wath the hell is going with those blond twins, how they get the 2 spot.

John
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John

MEANDI was lit. Totally took me by surprise but the ballads of Monika Marija and Gabrielius are boring imo

Rainbow, rainbow, rainbow
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Rainbow, rainbow, rainbow

The first heat was so weak that my ears started bleeding. And that, honey, I’m saying as a Lithuanian. The only somehow worth-mentioning acts there were by Monika Marija (not her best song though), Meandi (that is the darkhorse of the show to me, really impressed), Gabrielius (although I hated his clothes and hair choices, the song and his voice is mmm…), and maybe Andy Vaic (but that’s totally based on the videoclip, his live performance was terrible just like Gabrielius’). Petunija was okay and perhaps deserved 5-6th (she ended up 6th/qualified), but I really cannot understand how those two… Read more »

Big daddy
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Big daddy

It should be my taste but, I’m impressed with Gabrielius song “he could dress better I think ya” it would be great to hear a Lithuanian song in eurovision.

Sabrina
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Sabrina

I have a question that I hope doesn’t come up as rude: Luka’s entry was sort of a joke act or he only has a very peculiar singing style?

Rainbow, rainbow, rainbow
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Rainbow, rainbow, rainbow

It was a joke, trolling the Eurovision.

Tibor
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Tibor

I thought Gabrielius’ little silk pyjama was cute. And his hairstyling was better than the bowl cut in the video.

Tibor
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Tibor

Okay, I start to believe I was the only one to watch Lithuania instead of Norway – and I regret nothing. 😉
I’m a bit surprised about the ranking. Yes, Monika Marija had the only flawless vocal performance tonight, but how on Earth did the barefooted baltic twins get second place? This wouldn’t have done well even in the 90s when Eurovision was full of these songs …

Sabrina
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Sabrina

I ended up watching both, there were few clashes (had to look for Sondrey’s performance online and lost half of Glossarium’s), cause there was much talking on both shows. By the way, Ieva is one of the cutest and nicest people in the world and I don’t need to understand a single word in Lithuanian to reaffirm that.

Tibor
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Tibor

I wasn’t interested enough in the Norwegian selection to go through all the switching trouble. I just watched the performances on Youtube – and I hope you’re right and the best is yet to come, because this was really beige.
But Ieva – everytime she laughs, I just want to hug her. 🙂

Sabrina
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Sabrina

I feel the same about Ieva! I don’t know if it was her first time doing a task like this, but she seemed very comfortable.

About MGP, it had a great advantage: the quality of the streaming was perfect as I’ve never had in another national final. But yeah, let’s hope all the production values of NRK will be matched with more creativity in the next semis.

Mr X
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Mr X

And exactly that kind of songs are very interesting for me…..

Tibor
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Tibor

And that’s fine, I’m aware that everyone has a different taste in music and that’s half of the fun because why have a competition in the first place if it was otherwise? I have my difficulties with this kind of celtic inspired folk songs, if you will. Don’t get me wrong, I like a good Enya song once in a while (“Storms in Africa” is still a masterpiece to my ears), but even she dropped the ball in the late 90s. So everything in that vein treads on a very narrow path to not just become some esoterical mishmash full… Read more »

MusicIstheKey
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MusicIstheKey

You did the right choice 🙂

Tibor
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Tibor

After listening to the videos, I have to agree. I mean, production and choreography on point, but I don’t expect less from Norway (I still watch Stella’s and Alexandra’s performance of “You got me” from 2018 once in a while), but these songs … I hope Sabrina is right and they’ll crank it up a notch for the other semi-finals.

Anita
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Anita

I agree about Baltos Varnos. This is quality wise just not good enough. The song is ultra beige 😉