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