It’s one of the national finals that, somewhat annoyingly, drip feeds its songs to us. Thankfully, by Saturday we’ll know all of the entries in Lithuania’s newly revamped Pabandom iš naujo! Eurovizijos atranka 2020 selection, once the third and final heat takes place.
But for the most part we don’t even have to wait that long as several entries are already available to listen to online. Amongst the number is Aistė Pilvelytė’s eagerly awaited “Unbreakable”.
Eurovizijos Atranka 2020: Newly released songs in Lithuania’s Eurovision selection
Aistė Pilvelytė “Unbreakable”
Aistė is nothing if not a fighter. “Unbreakable” will be her 12th entry in Lithuania’s Eurovision selection. It comes despite her previous vow to quit after finishing second in 2017. For her latest effort, she’s brought in the big guns — Thomas G:Son and Johnny Sanchez. G:Son in particular is known for being a prolific songwriter at Eurovision. His biggest hit to date is “Euphoria” — the all-conquering Swedish winner from 2012.
Vitalijus Špokaitis – “Nemušk savęs”
Justina Žukauskaitė – “Breathe In”
Nombeko Augustė “Reikia man”
Rokas Povilius – “Vilnius Calling”
The following entries have yet to be released at the time of writing:
- The Backs “Fully”
- Bernardas “Dad, Don’t Be Mad at Me”
- Evgenya Redko “Far”
- Ruslanas Kirilkinas “Soldier’s Heart”
- Lukas Bartaška “Where Is That Change?”
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The third and final heat of Lithuania's Eurovision 2020 selection was filmed on Tuesday night. Some of the acts participating include: KaYra – “Alligator” The Backs – “Fully” Bernardas Garba?iauskas – “Dad, Don’t Be Mad at Me” Justina Žukauskait? – “Breath In” Rokas Povilius – “Vilnius Calling” Lukas Bartaška – “Where Is That Change?” Photos via LRT #eurovision #esc2020 #eurovisionsongcontest2020 #eurovision2020 #openup
Previously released entries
- Monika Marija “If I Leave”
- Baltos Varnos “Namų dvasia”
- Meandi “DRIP”
- Gabrielius Vagelis “Tave čia randu”
- Andy Vaic “Why Why Why”
- Petunija “Show Ya”
- Aika “Paradas”
- Glossarium “Game Over”
- Aistay “Dangus man tu”
- Justinas Lapatinskas “Highway Story”
- Donata Virbilaitė “Made of Wax”
- Lukas Norkūnas “Atsiprašyk”
- Moniqué – “Make Me Human”
- Kristina Jure – “My Sound of Silence”
- Rūta Loop – “We Came from the Sun”
- Viktorija Miškūnaitė – “The Ocean”
- Alen Chicco – “Somewhere Out There”
- Germanas Skoris – “Chemistry”
- Soliaris – “Breath”
- Twosome – “Playa”
- Antturi – “I Gotta Do”
- Abrokenleg – “Electric Boy”
- Indraya – “You and I”
- Voldemars Petersons – “Wings of Freedom”
- THE ROOP “On Fire” (Heat Three)
- KaYra — “Alligator” — (Heat Three)
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The third and final heat of Lithuania's Eurovision 2020 selection was filmed on Tuesday night. Some of the acts participating include: Aist? Pilvelyt? – “Everlastingly” Evgenya Redko – “What About Us” Ruslanas Kirilkinas – “Soldiers Heart” Nombeko August? – “Reikia man” / “I need“ Vitalijus Špokaitis – “Nemušk Sav?s”/ “Don't Hit Yourself” The Roop – “On Fire” Photos via LRT #eurovision #esc2020 #eurovisionsongcontest2020 #eurovision2020 #openup
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We don’t need anymore songs written by Swedish composers. We all remember how it ended for Laura and the Lovers.
You clearly hear Peter Boström was not involved in creating Unbreakable…
I like unbreakable it’s Like sanna nielsen – I’m in love
Troy on fire is my fave from her but she is good performer good luck aiste
I feel sorry for Aist?. She’s so talented but in the past 7 or so years she’s only known for her desperate attempts at Eurovision. She has somewhat become a national joke and people don’t take her seriously. Heard on a local tv show she said ‘I wish there was no jury at Eurovision’. This clearly relates to her disagreement with Ibelhauptaitè a few years back. Pretty sure she’s so gonna be a part of jury at least in the final because we Lithuanians love drama so much. Aist? is known for coming second a few times. This year she… Read more »
I don’t think Aiste will come in top 5, but I have a strong hunch she is qualifying from the heat. She’s too popular and the song is too on the nose ESC-type and catchy to miss out.
As Lithuanian, who do you think will win? Monique? Monika Marija? Gabrielius Vagelis? Someone who we the outsiders would consider a surprise?
Let me say I usually like Aiste’s attempts. “Unbreakeable” is actually enjoyable but more like a guilty pleasure than like a serious entry and a real contender. It sounds like a 2004-2009 Eurovision song they have tried to bring to the 2020 by adding some modern effects. It have ended up sounding like an schlager song. The lyrics seem produce by a computer which has the lyrics of the songs from the past 20 years thrown into it. So the result is your usual cheap, cheese and uplifting song in the Maltese National Final. Enjoyable but not a real option… Read more »
Aiste’s song is just millions of cliches thrown into a blender. Meh. She had way better gems in the previous years.
No bad songs in the third heat thus far. I still expect that *one bad song* each heat had unreleased until the performance. The first one had Atsiprašyk and the second one Chemistry. Thus I fear that one of the five unreleased ones is actually a dud.
So far, my favorite of the heat must be Alligator! It’s so catchy, funny and charming. I’m waiting for Lukas Bartaška now. Last year, he was really solid. Hopefully, he’s not the dud now. 🙂
I’m still on the train with Gabrielius.
3. Ruta Loop
Monika Marija has an innocent song, very weak compared to last year.
Aiste has a song that can be a waste of any other selection.
Alen Chicco is visually very strong but the song does not convince me 100%
The proposal of the Baltos Varnos sisters is interesting.
I await Evgenya Redko.
The Roop was better with “Yes I Do”
All other songs are weak and do not deserve to win.
I love Namu dvasia
The highest quality song of Aist?, with igniting energy.
I’ll just say that “Unbreakable” is everything I hope Eurovision has already left behind. There are 3 songs in this third heat which concepts I appreciate: “Alligator”(though the artist as marionettes thing need to be showed also with staging, cause the lyrics are a little vague), “On Fire” (I like how it’s about more self convincement than about self empowerment) and “Vilnius Calling” (makes cute humorous references about Eurovision without being offensive to the contest). Maybe one of them can get my 5th spot after Gabrielius, Ruta, Moniqué and Monika.
Aiste, if your song’s lyrics sound as if they were written by an AI… maybe don’t release it as a lyric video?
Like this is Nicky Byrne’s “Sunlight” level of genericness.
Indeed. At least “Sunlight” contained a message about equality and liberation. What is “Unbreakable” trying to tell us?
Dance like we’re weiners
I dont care about cliches, i love Unbreakable! I still need songs like this in esc. Good luck to her!
Nooo, what is Aistes song? I’m Like A Wolf was so daring and catchy, this is super dated. If Lithuania picks her with this song but not in 2017, that would be a crime. Same goes for Monika Marija, her last effort was far better. Im fully team Moniqué now.
Aiste’s song is indeed very cliche-ridden. Still, I find it kind of… enjoyable?! I don’t think she’ll win over MM and Monique, but if so, good luck to her, since she really, really tries!
Has anyone noticed an interesting connection between a Lithuanian finalist and an Albanian one? Even if the songs themselves cannot be more different, we have two very similarly titled one – Vilnius Calling and Ju flet Tirana (Tirana Calling).
I noticed that last part too! Now watch us have a “Paris Calling” or “Moscow Calling” lol
Will Monique release her entry on spotify and the studio version on yt?
She said the music video is coming in early February, before her performance at the second semi-final (8th of February). And a Spotify release the same day.
Nombeko Auguste – wow, she has a great voice in the lower range. Love it.
Not a fan of her song, but her low register it’s indeed beautiful. Hope to hear more from her in the next years.
Beautiful voice! Interesting song too.
It’s so cheesy that I end up liking it =s
the weirdo auto play tho LOL
I’m loving the backhanded ESC tribute song that is “Vilnius Calling”; very amusing. 🙂
I’m sure that a lot of people out there watch ESC out of boredom and loneliness, so fair play for writing that.
I feel very uneasy about “Vilnius Calling”. I can’t decide whether it’s genius, bad or ingeniously bad.
Is it a troll act, is it an homage, are the lyrics ironically cheap, is it a spoof on rock songs or a genuine ballad, where is “Croatia, Rotterdam”? I’ve just got so many questions…
About Vitalius’s song (“Nemušk saves”) – I honestly checked outside for a barking dog while I was listening to this song, until I realised that the dog was a sound effect on the actual track itself! How silly of me. 😀
It’s a cheerful enough song; I wish him well. I’m still listening to the others.
I likes Aistes song. Thomas Gson work as a song writer. If you think he should quit. Then you should stop watching ESC to right? he likes writing and you like watching. So your opinions are as usual like a 5 year old girl.
I would never tell anyone to stop songwriting. However, I would like to ask him and other songwriters why they insist on using four-chord songs and previously used lyrics. Is it because of what listeners buy, or because that is what they want to write, or what is in demand by the performers? I don’t know the reasons behind it, hence why I would ask.
i actually like this sound. In melfest its called schlager. Yes i know that it will probably not win in Lithuania. its Aistes 12th time competing and i think she thinks its will win.
Jag var en gång på en schlagernatt i Stockholm. Värsta kvällen i mitt liv. Jag hatar schlager. Också i melfest.
I would. G:son writes boring generic songs. We don’t need them anymore.
An unbreakable five-year-old girl. Like a diamond, the horizon. Unbreakable.
I love schlager and this sound. Yes i know that this sound have a hard time to win now a days. But i still love it:)
I like schlager too 🙂
Every verse in Aiste’s song has a name of a past Eurovision song.
It’s a very fun game, indeed. 🙂
Didn’t know that there was a song in Eurovision called “Everlasting Glow”
There totally should be, though.
I’ll write one for 2021. 😀
There’s a Melfest song called Glow haha
Let’s count – 1. You (Sweden 2013) – I know it’s kinda cheating, since half of songs have this one, but it still counts. 2. Walk on Water (Malta 2016) 3. Invincible (Sweden 2006) 4. Won’t ever (Never) Let You Go (Russia 2006) 5. World on Fire (Belarus NF 2018) 6. Unbreakable (Switzerland 2012) 7. Believe (Russia 2008) 8. Fly-ing (without) wings (either Denmark 2000 or Czechia NF 2018 would roughly respond) 9. Reach out for the Stars (almost the same as Finnish NF 2017, similar to Israel 2016) 10. Together (Ireland 2018) 11. Stronger (I believe a Romanian NF… Read more »
13. Believe in me (UK 2013)
14. Diamond [of Night] (Estonia 1999)
15. World (Albania 2017)
16. Fire – Fuego/Feuer (Cyprus 2018/Germany 1978)
17. Change (Romania 2011)
18. Like [It] (Belarus 2019)
It goes far beyond Eurovision, even.
Flying without wings -Westlife
Unbreakable – Westlife and a million others
Titanium – Sia
Stronger Together – Hilly Clinton
Bulletproof ? That’also in a commonly played song
‘Never ever let you go’ gets double points – Denmark 2001.
Bulletproof by La Roux and Dotter
Credit to Thomas G:Son and Johnny Sanchez, who managed to put together lyrics from many decades of well-known songs, put them into four of five chords and make it sound good. Deliberate or not, this appears right in the face of the Sobrals. Discussion?
Yeah, totally. Not a single original phrase in the entire lyrics. I’m amazed by such genius.
I think to wish Aiste well means to wish her another 2nd place. This sounds like it’d be headed for a Claudia Faniello Eurovision result. All the cliches packed into that one song… I can’t even count that high. And weirdly, I still totally enjoy her voice in the song but while listening to it for the second time, I’m like ‘why am I listening to this?’ Kinda like when you have a lazy day and eat fast food and regret it while you’re still eating it because you know you don’t even really enjoy it and it’s totally not… Read more »
As you see above, I agree about the clichés. But is this “sloppy” or a deliberate attempt to generate what Sobral saw as plastic music? It’s very well produced, which makes me think it’s all deliberate.
It’s sloppy. You could have written those lyrics just as easily. The melody is also really dire. The production allows for some awesome moments for Aiste’s voice but it’s like putting lipstick on a pig. The pig being the song, obviously. If Thomas really wanted, he could have at least given Aiste a decent one of his interchangeable pop schlagers, like Denmark 2010.
I’m relieved that you clarified what the pig was. Haha. I just find it hard to believe that such unoriginality can sound so good without genuine support behind it. Someone obviously believes in this, somewhere. Perhaps the fault is in us listeners, for buying such music for the past two decades?
“Let us rather blame ourselves.” Oops, sorry that’s from a play. 😀
Would you still find the sound good if someone with no impressive voice was singing it? Aiste has to be a powerhouse for the entire three minutes here, carrying all the weight, in my opinion.
No, of course not. However, the same could be said about any song, no matter how it is written.
I suppose my question is really about: How do we (the audience) judge song content in the post-Sobral era of Eurovision?
No it isn’t. Not for me anyway, given the fact that I never cared for Sobral. But 2017 makes my point nevertheless because I loved City Lights. Blanche had no impressive vocals. She has a captivating voice but her singing wasn’t impressive and yet the song had such quality that it still stood out. So, I totally disagree with both of your points here. And there is no post-Sobral era, Netta won the year after, the exact opposite.
We can probably disagree all night, especially about Blanche, who I saw in London and I can still remember her voice. I just find it difficult now to find where the songwriting “bar” is to judge song content ever since the Sobrals raised that bar. It makes songs like “Unbreakable” appear very unoriginal, although such songs are still likeable to the masses.
What bar? I just like what I like. I am supremely indifferent to Sobral. It didn’t raise anything for me. Music is not academia. I don’t find judging music difficult, I have my ears.
Wow bean I’m really impressed here. People trying to make things bigger than they are and you telling exactly what matters!!!
If it sounds good , it’s a good song.
Sorry Kris, but that reply annoys me. We are all asked to give our opinions on the music, so who decides what “matters” and what doesn’t? Answer: We do.
Yes , city lights should win . Song was too strong compared to everything else in 2017
Sobral was not an era
That was a mistake
Post-Sobral = “The years after Sobral won the contest.” So, 2018 to…?
she’s gonna win the ogae 2nd chance with song, it’s exactly what they like ^^
lol so true
what did you honestly expect from a thomas g:xpired-written song? he did the trick with euphoria, and then never again.
There was still the slight chance he would give her something okay-ish, like Spain 2012, Denmark 2010, or Georgia 2013, not that I was crazy about any of those, either. I didn’t expect a miracle. I suppose he wouldn’t ‘waste’ a real effort on a Lithuanian NF, so yeah… I suppose I should have expected exactly a song like that. lol
Not entirely. In my view, “Amanecer” by Edurne (Spain 2015) is a powerful and beautiful orchestral pop song.
Credit, where it is due.
He also contributed to Cyprus 2016 which was a very good effort, especially in the studio cut.
Also don’t forget “Taboo”, which actually has a really strong message in it.
Lyrically taboo was mind-blowing
My mind gave up trying to connect the words