As Lithuania’s newly rebranded national final Pabandom iš Naujo! Nacionalinė Eurovizijos Atranka 2020 continues, six more acts have made it to the semi-finals. In the second heat, the next 12 acts performed their songs and in the end, half the acts were sent home. Among the lucky qualifiers were X Factor champion Moniqué and the artistic performer Alen Chicco.

While the performances were pre-recorded earlier in the week, the voting was live. And while in previous years, the jury gave their scores after each performance, this year all scoring was left until the end. 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 X Factorius 2015 winner Moniqué. Her Billie Eilish-inspired song “Make Me Human” won the jury vote and came second in the televote, making her top the overall leaderboard.

Kristina Jure was the televote favourite with her song “My Sound of Silence”. The classic romantic ballad connected with viewers, while jurors only put it in fifth place. The two scores combined to put Kristina in second place overall.

Also qualifying was the artistic performer Alen Chicco. A fellow alum of X Factorius, Alen performed his entry “Somewhere Out There”, serving space noir staging with his soaring vocals.

Rounding out the qualifiers was Rūta Loop with “We Came from the Sun”,  Viktorija Miškūnaitė who had “The Ocean” and Germanas Skoris with “Chemistry”.

But with these six heading to the semi-finals, it sadly meant that six others missed out. Among the non-qualifiers were two of the more memorable acts of the night. Twosome had “Playa”, which featured the very catchy chorus “I am a Lithuanian basketball player!”. Dressed in a QR code, Abrokenleg also entertained with her new-wave tune “Electric Boy”. We also said goodbye to Soliaris with “Breath”, Antturi with “I Gotta Do” Indraya with “You and I” and Voldemars Petersons with “Wings of Freedom.

Eurovizijos Atranka – Heat two results

  1. Moniqué – “Make Me Human” (12 points)
  2. Kristina Jure – “My Sound of Silence” (10 points)
  3. Rūta Loop – “We Came from the Sun” (8 points)
  4. Viktorija Miškūnaitė – “The Ocean” (7 points)
  5. Alen Chicco – “Somewhere Out There” (6 points)
  6. Germanas Skoris – “Chemistry” (5 points)
  7. Soliaris – “Breath” (4 points)
  8. Twosome – “Playa” (3 points)
  9. Antturi – “I Gotta Do” (2 points)
  10. Abrokenleg – “Electric Boy” (1 point)
  11. Indraya – “You and I” (0 points)
  12. Voldemars Petersons – “Wings of Freedom” (0 points)

The six qualifiers will head to the semi-finals in February, where they’ll be joined by the qualifiers from last week’s heat and next week’s final heat. 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 this week’s six qualifiers? Could any of these acts go on to win? Tell us your thoughts below!

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Jameson
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Jameson

Monique is stunning. Song is a grower. Found myself humming the chorus out of nowhere today.

zzz
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zzz

the more I listen to Monique song, the more I like it. It would be a strong entry I believe. At the moment by far the best choice from Lithuania’s selection. Although one last heat still left, so new 12 songs, and who knows maybe Pilvelyte will surprise.

Pasadena
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Pasadena

I still think Make me Human is a potential ESC-winner, but the staging didn’t work. I understand what they were going for, but it came across as too cold.

MrBrightside
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MrBrightside

For me it’s nothing special. But on the other hand I really like “Out of air” from Norway, so there is a possibility my perspective is broken. ;D

Brigita
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Brigita

For me “Out of Air” is nothing special. 🙂 I have him placed 8th out of 10.

Markas
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Markas

Honestly, I think Monique could easily end up in TOP5 in Eurovision with improved performance, who knows maybe even win!

Hyunwoo
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Hyunwoo

Hope Monique or Monika Marija, will win!!

Lust
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Lust

Moniqué

Yepyep
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Yepyep

I loved Monique song, staging,message – everything. It was amazing!

Lust
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Lust

Kas skaito iš lietuvi? dabar komentarus, tai nekreipkit d?mesio. Monique atstovaus Lietuv?!???

Lithuanian
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Lithuanian

Atstovaus 🙂

Philip
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Philip

Unrelated question:
Is Monique pronounced Mo-NEEK or Mo-NI-KEEH?

breeze
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breeze

NEEK

blueeyed
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blueeyed

Yup, it’s Mo-neek. And I think it’s stupid she uses accented letter because then it should be pronounced Mo-ni-keh

Philip
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Philip

Can we just take a moment to appreciate R?ta Loop and her song „We came from the sun“. It’s just so amazing and I think it should win Pabandom iš Naujo.

blueeyed
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blueeyed

The song gets interesting only in the last 30 seconds. Until then it’s very bland. It could be much better with another arrangement.

Héctor
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Héctor

No surprises here, except for maybe Kristina Jure. I dind’t like the song but the live performance lift it up, so I wasn’t surprise at all she won the televote. On the other hand, Monique’s “Make Me Human” is just average, after 1.30 minutes it gets boring and repetitive. The song itself isn’t bad, her vocals are soft but on point, but the overall performance is… uninteresting. Wouldn’t qualify in May I think. Alen Chicco was ok though I prefer the studio version.

Colin
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Colin

On the second listening, I think that Monique and Alen Chicco have the best songs. Viktorija and Ruta also have good songs, each for a different reason. Kristina has an average song, but an amazing performance. Germanas’ song is still awful.
NQs are mostly average or sub-par, but Playa is such a guilty pleasure!

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

Germanas over Twosome just doesn’t make sense.

Loin dici
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While Monique’s song is another good example of a good Vytautas entry, I feel all the things done at the stage made it unnecessarily OTT. The composition also needs to be softened: I don’t think all the bleeping sound and that belting is also needed.

keshas
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keshas

BELTING IS LIFE

Vex
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Vex

Am I the only one who thinks Alen Chicco was the best last night? Staging definitely needs to change, but the vocals were on point and the song is amazing.

Monicka
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Monicka

What’s with all the hate about Monique? I never liked her or her songs, but this piece was really good! It was the first time i heard it yesterday, and I woke up this morning singing it in my mind!

Livia
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Livia

It’s not hate, it’s disappointment because it was hyped so much.

Kris
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Kris

Nah , the thing is people said it’s a ESC winner and yet it couldn’t garner enough support to win it’s heat’s televotes . Also the song is repetitive.

And I’m still favouring Namu dvasia

zzz
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zzz

I think Monique song needs a bit of revamp, sometimes it feels too repetitive, too much reliance on chorus.
Maybe if some revamp would be possible to make the song be less repetitive – it would be great song.

Sand
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Sand

Hopefully the third heat has something good, otherwise Lithuania will have another nq. Moniqué and Monika have very flat, uncatchy and dull songs.

Indiana07
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Indiana07

Oh ‘Make me Human’ will easily qualify because jury always adores this kind of songs and they can qualify purely because of their huge diaspora, like Ieva did in 2018.

Pacers
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Pacers

Ieva was worth it you salty poopie

George
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George

“Huge diaspora” lol
literally one of the smallest countries in Europe

Kris
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Kris

It doesn’t matter , the population living in the country. Lithuania gets 12 points from UK , Ireland , Poland , Latvia and even sometimes Estonia not based on song quality alone. It’s the people who left the country for better opportunities elsewhere

Indiana07
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Indiana07

Here’s just a list of ESC countries which have smaller populatsion: San Marino, Malta, Luxembourg, Cyprus, Montenegro, Estonia, Latvia, Slovenia, North Macedonia, Moldova. Plus Albania and Armenia have almost the same population as Lithuania.

Andrius
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Andrius

We have big number of emigrants in Europe and they are very supportive to Lithuania and in Eurovision it makes huge diaspora

Campbell Grace
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Campbell Grace

Lithuania does have a big diaspora I mean 12 points from Uk, Norway and Ireland for that horrible Running with the Lions song… Ieva’s result was deserved though diaspora or not.

Brigita
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Brigita

There’s only 50k Lithuanians in the UK. If that’s enough to get 12 points, the question is – do the Brits not have phones to vote with?

Loin dici
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Do the Brits even bother to vote? 😀

Solo
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Solo

Moniqué – nothing interesting, everything very mediocre.

Solo
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Solo

Who needs a copy of Billie Eilish.

A_fan
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A_fan

Solo – never makes any sense, gets the most down votes, still keeps going. Such a motivation for all of us.

Kris
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Kris

Except for the fact that solo here is speaking the truth I could have believed you

Solo
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Solo
George
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George

Said no one ever

Kris
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Kris

Here you have lost judgement and insight solo

Brigita
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Brigita

Hello Ktk1l! Wasn’t enough to spread the toxicity in Youtube, you’ve taken it upon yourself to come to Wiwi 🙂 Yikes.

Tajikistan
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Tajikistan

Kristina Jure 1st in the televoting and Alen Chicco only 6 points from the public? Also those Twosome clowns only 5 votes behind Alen?

Every year my country confuses me more and more…

Moniqué disappointed me too so I need Aiste to be brilliant otherwise it’s another year of disappointment for Lithuania

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Wow, I just heard Viktorija Miškunaite’s “The Ocean” for the first time. What a stunning song. I’m happy that it qualified. 🙂

Colin
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Colin

I like it too. The first time I was so-so with it, but with second listening it really grew on me! It’s quite lovely indeed.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

P.S. The embedded YouTube video above does not appear to work here.
I didn’t watch this one, so I was looking for YouTube video clips (that work).
Instead, I found this copy of the live stream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQDwCJdKsRk

Lebanese esc fan
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Lebanese esc fan

I just checked the break down of the heat 2 results and it seems Kristina garnered 1051 votes to Monique’s 851. Honestly, I don’t think that’s a very significant difference (atleast compared to Monika’s landslide 500 vote diffrence in heat 1), and I think with the exponential increase in viewership in the semis and final, Monique could very well make up the deficit, especially considering she absolutely dominated the jury votes (edit: she received every juror’s 12pts!)

Solo
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Solo

People understand what is beautiful, which song touches the soul, and that is the result. Monique got too many votes, obviously someone standing behind her, definitely not talent and song.

Olos
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Olos

Clueless Solo

Odm
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Odm

Solo is definitely related to Kristina or she is Kristina herself lol

keshas
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keshas

I think that “Make me human” is very safe for Lithuania and it is a really good song(I got chills actually while listening to it on tv). But with a revamp and good simple staging it could blow Europe away.

Chris
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Chris

Yes! the simple staging is the key – her performance on morning TV was much better. Too many graphics, robot dancing, etc etc on the live stage show, sort of cheapened the song.

Tom
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Tom

Monique is really weak. I hope that Gabrielus will win at the end. He can give Lithounania one of their best results. Monika and Monique are very poor unfortunately.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Well said! idk who could dislike a comment like this. Gabrielius song is way more catchy. I forgot what Monique song sounds like. It’s not that musical.

Héctor
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Héctor

Same here. The downvotes come just from Monique/MOnika Marija hyped fans I guess.

Polegend Godgarina
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the words billie eilish inspired make me stan automatically

Andreu
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Andreu

Unpopular opinion: I actually do like Monika’s song even though it is not better than her last year ballads. I just don’t understand why people think it is overrated just because was the favourite last year. Just like Monique she did well with both juries and public. For me I like the diversity of music that Lithuania has this year and there are quite a lot of songs that I wouldn’t mind winning besides Monique and Monika. I like them both but there is also a lot of other talented artists. It is too early to do predictions but I… Read more »

Dani
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Dani

Monique slays ! She will win this get ready Europe ?

Mr X
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Mr X

But Monika wasn´t better than Monique….

Skiwalko
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Skiwalko

Truth be told, “Make Me Human” is a really weak entry. It’s bland, repetitive, unoriginal, and frankly it was one of my least favourite performances tonight. It’s trying to be alternative, profound and emotional, but to me it fails in all of these categories. I believe that the hype surrounding it comes from the fact that Monique is famous in Lithuania and not the quality of the song itself. If “Make Me Human” gets picked, it will really struggle to qualify just like “Run With The Lions”, which I think shares a lot of problems with Monique’s song.

Walkowski
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Walkowski

Your truth is just your truth, thanks for your subjective opinion!

Skiwalko
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Skiwalko

Every opinion is subjective and so is mine. I may like something that you don’t and you may like something that I don’t. I might be wrong, I might be right, time will tell, cheers 🙂

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Walkowski you’re clueless. Why don’t you tell us the reason why you like Monique? There’s nothing special about her entry.

Tom
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Tom

I agree. this will flop dramatically if chosen.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

All the comments say Monique was weak but get plenty of dislikes. Apparently people can’t accept the fact that Monique song is REAAAALLY weak, but have no argument to prove otherwise. Ugh

Ashton Schier
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Ashton Schier

Make Me Human ain’t weak. Here’s my argument: the style of the song is currently incredibly popular, Moniqué’s voice is stunning, there is a clear message throughout the song, the vocal is good enough to potentially reach the older generation that may not necessarily be accustomed to the genre, the staging fits the message well, and, while repetitive, is catchy in a way that doesn’t make you want to bop to it, but to appreciate it. 🙂

Lust
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Lust

Trending in Lithuania, almost 100k views in YT.. how could you explain that? SHE IS A WINNER!

ggg
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ggg

Skiwalko you’re partly right. It’s not that bad as you say but it needs a bit of revamp if it hopes to reach a final and maybe top15. However this song has potential, it really has, with good staging and some revamp it could look decent in Eurovision.

john
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john

Why isn’t anyone mentioning Ruta? Such an amazing performance, definitely my winner!

Mr X
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Mr X

Welcome to the fandom of Ruta – I like her very much, too !

Sabrina
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Sabrina

You guys can count me in. I had some fear that it maybe wouldn’t translate to a live performance, but it actually worked pretty well.

Tibor
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Tibor

I am a little sad for Antturi and Abrokenleg, but I think, Monique could do quite well if she was picked. My personal favourite is still Gabrielius Vagelis, though.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

I just watched Annturi and Abrokenleg. They are both cute acts who remind me of theatre rather than television. I felt a bit sorry for them; just not their night in front of the cameras.

JohntheGo
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I really like Make Me Human, but my issue is that it doesn’t feel like it really goes anywhere; once you’ve heard the first 30 seconds, you’ve heard the whole song. I loved Someone Out There, but waiting to see the live performance.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Yup. It’s basically a short melody on a loop that has absolutely no peaking. Sounds cheap

JohntheGo
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I feel like Make Me Human is far more Lorde than it is Billie Eilish… are we just calling everything Billie Eilish-inspired this year?

Sabrina
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Sabrina

No available studio version for Moniqué’s song yet, right? It was the first time I was listening to her song and I actually liked it. But I felt the staging made the performance somewhat cold. In any case, she’s definitely a contender. I’m happy that Ruta Loop did well, considering songs and performances, she has probably been my favorite so far (though I trust Gabrielius will fix his staging and get back on the lead). Alen Chicco was interesting as usual, always glad to see him in the mix, even if I think it’s not his time yet.

joff
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joff

My favorite is Gabrielius after the Heat 2.
My second favorite is Monique.

Bob
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Bob

Feeling bad for Voldemars Petersons – he did not deserve 0 points

Whisker
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Whisker

ITA

Skiwalko
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Skiwalko

I found the 2nd heat to be a bit weaker than the first one, but there was still plenty of interesting acts to watch. My two clear favourites tonight were Alen Chicco and Abrokenleg. “Somewhere Out There” might not have had the same energy and edge as “Your Cure” (which from today’s perspective should have won in my opinion), but it’s still a quality effort and Alen Chicco proved that he can do both upbeat rock extravaganza and emotional ballads. I’m calling Abrokenleg robbed though, “Electric Boy” was just magnificent, what a fun, out there performance.

blueeyed
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blueeyed

I liked Monique’s song very much. But LRT could do a much better job with adjusting microphones. Monique was barely heard.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Her voice is like that. Other artists sounded fine so… Her voice is definetly not for a big ESC stage. She has that indie girl type of voice that just doesn’t fit here.

blueeyed
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blueeyed

Don’t agree. R?ta Loop was also barely heard. I was thinking “gurl, where’s your voice?”. Only on the second part of the song it got possible to hear her.

Kris
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Kris

I am not convinced that Monique’s song is the best option for Lithuania this year!! I actually have been most mesmerized by Namu dvasia

emeej
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emeej

Its my runner up so far, I hope it will get a good result

Fionn
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Fionn

i think the best is tave ?ia randu really loving it tbh

Kris
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Kris

The song is great , my fav I suppose but I absolutely didn’t like the stage performance

Based on the two heats if I was a voter at Eurovision I’d vote for the two girls in assymetrical dresses trying to brainwash me

Lebanese esc fan
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Lebanese esc fan

The fact that Kristina won the televote ahead of Monique is a bit worrying imo for what’s to come. I really hope the Lithuanians go for “Make me human” because while “My sound of silence” is pleasant, it doesn’t have the contemporary billie-esque feel which Monique’s song exudes and would probably earn Lithuania a second consecutive nq.

Colin
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Colin

I feel like Monika Marija has the upper hand ahead of both of them since she won her semi on both fronts. However, this is Lithuania and anything can go up and down in no-time. I agree that My Sound of Silence, while really nice, maybe isn’t the spectacular ballad needed for Lithuania to qualify. In fact, I didn’t give it a second thought in the studio version. However, I was really impressed with Kristina live tonight. Monique’s song is really interesting. I’ve heard it only once and I will definitely re-listen to it.

Yeet
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Yeet

The televote scores in the early stages of Lithuania’s selection don’t really show much, most people watch and vote in the final, so I’m sure that if monique makes it to the final (Of course she is going to be there) she will be first, unless there is another underdog surprise like fusedmarc or jurijus, which I doubt. Monique has a song that really pleases the viewers and the jury, and I wouldn’t worry about Kristina winning in your place.

Sabrina
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Sabrina

In case of a tie, the winner is the televote winner or the jury winner?

Colin
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Colin

In Lithuania, jury’s winner has the advantage.

Sabrina
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Sabrina

Good news to Moniqué, I suppose.

emeej
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emeej

“Make Me Human” will be my obsession this nf season, I really hope it wins

Colin
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Colin

I find the first semi to be the stronger one, or at least that it had more songs that made me go ”WOW”. As this semi goes, Alen, Monique, Ruta and Kristina definitely deserved their place in the sun. I feel like Kristina especially elevated her song in live. I love opera, but didn’t really feel the melody in The Ocean, even if Viktorija is indeed an impressive vocalist . Germanas’ song is just awful and it was my 12th of the evening. I wish Twosome had qualified. It’s such a cute nonsense song.

Solo
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Solo

I liked Antturi, better than Meandi, was able to take sixth place.

Travis
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Travis

Monique is a MASTERPIECE.

Lithuanianfan
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Lithuanianfan

I kinda liked Monique performance more on the morning tv show instead of the on stage one. But overall she is a clear favorite.