Lithuania continues with its newly rebranded national final Pabandom iš Naujo! Nacionalinė Eurovizijos Atranka 2020. In the third and final heat tonight, the last lot of 12 acts performed their songs — and the last six places in the semi-finals were filled. Among the lucky qualifiers were national final queen Aiste Pilvelyte and indie group THE ROOP.

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.

Quirky indie group THE ROOP topped the heat. Their song “On Fire” took both the top score from the jury and the public televote.

In second place was Lithuania’s national final queen, Aistė Pilvelytė. “Unbreakable” marks her tenth attempt to represent Lithuania at Eurovision, this time with a song written by Eurovision maestros Thomas G:son and Johnny Sanchez.

In third place was the multi-faceted KaYra with her song “Alligator”. Rocking a pink jumpsuit, KaYra will also be heading to the semi-finals.

Rounding out the qualifiers was Evgenya Redko with “Far”,  Rokas Povilius who had “Vilnius Calling”, and The Backs with “Fully”.

Sadly, it meant that we had to say goodbye to Nombeko Augustė Khotseng with “Reikia man”, Ruslanas Kirilkinas with “Soldier’s Heart”, Bernardas with “Dad, Don’t Be Mad at Me”, Vitalijus Špokaitis with “Nemušk savęs”, Lukas Bartaška with “Where Is That Change?” and Justina Žukauskaitė with “Breathe In”. We hope Bernardas’s dad isn’t mad at him for not qualifying.

The six qualifiers will head to the semi-finals over the next two weeks. There they will compete against the qualifiers from the previous two heats, all vying for the eight places in the grand final, due to take place on 15 February.

Eurovizijos Atranka – Heat three results

  1. THE ROOP – “On Fire” (12 points)
  2. Aistė Pilvelytė – “Unbreakable” (10 points)
  3. KaYra – “Alligator” (8 points)
  4. Evgenya Redko – “Far” (7 points)
  5. Rokas Povilius – “Vilnius Calling” (6 points)
  6. The Backs – “Fully” (5 points)
  7. Nombeko Augustė Khotseng – “Reikia man” (4 points)
  8. Ruslanas Kirilkinas – “Soldier’s Heart” (3 points)
  9. Bernardas – “Dad, Don’t Be Mad at Me” (2 points)
  10. Vitalijus Špokaitis – “Nemušk savęs” (1 point)
  11. Lukas Bartaška – “Where Is That Change?” (0 points)
  12. Justina Žukauskaitė – “Breathe In” (0 points)

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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I aM lItHuAnIaN bAsKeTbAlL pLaYa

In my opinion in third heat The Roop, Nombeko August? and KaYra were the best. In second heat Twosome, Alen Chicco and R?ta Loop and in first heat Gabrielius Valgelis and Meandi. I think that in finals will be Gabrielius Vagelis, Meandi and The Roop. Because: “On fire” is a very catchy song, it reminds a bit “Bad guy” by Billie Eilish, but a lot of teenegers likes alternative/indie music. “Drip” is such a bop! I think that Meandi could be in the grand final, because that song have unique style. I love that yellow/primary color clothes too. “Tave ?ia… Read more »

Spanish
Spanish
10 months ago

After all these 3 heats, I have a clear winner and it is Monique, the second option would be Evgenya Redko, I love that song too. If Lithuania sends The Roop, I’m afraid that it will stay in the semifinals?

zzz
zzz
10 months ago
Reply to  Spanish

of course The Roop would stay in semis just like Fusedmarc or Inculto or Vilija Mataciunaite.
I am Lithuanian and often I feel frustrated how bad Lithuanian taste in music is.

Andrius
Andrius
10 months ago
Reply to  zzz

The Roop song is miles better than all those mentioned songs, they were utter trash

David
David
10 months ago

The Roop song is one of the best of all time, i have never heard a song which i could listen on repeat for 20 hours or more and still feel hyped af. Hope it gonna win it.

Sergod Legendzarev
Sergod Legendzarev
10 months ago

It’s either Monique or Evgenya Redko.
Every other performer won’t reach the final.

Stian F
Stian F
10 months ago

“Alligator” is an excellent song!!! Cute, catchy and and a bit Lena-like. Would be an excellent choice for Lithuania in Eurovision?

“on fire” is also a quirky, good and catchy song. But I am not sure how I like the rhyming higher/fire/desire which is so unoriginal… Also needs a playful kinda performance. That said, both of these songs will end up on my season end top 100 chart ?

Go Lithuania ?

Stian F
Stian F
10 months ago

Omg I am so disappointed for Aiste…. I love her and would love to see her for Lithuania for Eurovision. She should have won the Lithuanian selection by far in 2017 and also in 2008. Unfortunately her song this year is just another version of Carolas “Invincible” from 2006. They both sing invincible, unbreakable in the lyrics as well… So it’s just too much of a similarity there… Didn’t like Invincible back in 2006 and after watching the performance it is a clear try to imitate Carola so I don’t like this one either. That said, I am sure that… Read more »

Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
10 months ago
Reply to  Stian F

Aiste should also have won in 2010, with Melancolia. That song gives me chills.

Solo
Solo
10 months ago

Yeah yeah… yeah yeah… yeah yeah, Of Revolution . La, la, la, On Fire.

zzz
zzz
10 months ago

It’s my opinion but it’s clear that only two songs is suitable for big Eurovision: Monique “Make Me Human” and Redko “Far”. I listened to The Roop five times in a row to get a feel about this song and one thing became clear – it’s just not good enough, it sounds “alternatively” and the thing is NOT high quality. It’s like the “alternative” songs Lithuania has send before for example with Fusedmarc, Vilija and so on. It might sound fresh and ok in in a small stage but in a truly big stage with enourmous competition – sorry but… Read more »

Solo
Solo
10 months ago
Reply to  zzz

Jamala is much better than Redko.

zzz
zzz
10 months ago
Reply to  Solo

who is Jamala?

Tom
Tom
10 months ago

The Roop or Gabrielus for the win. Great selection by the way! This and Czech are the best so far!

Sal
Sal
10 months ago

I don’t understand why you are publishing the results in this 12-0pts formula. It would be nice to see a breakdown of the jury and public votes and not just the final ranking with the unnecessary 12-0pts as these were not their final scores?

Domas
Domas
10 months ago
Reply to  Sal

These are the final scores of this heat: a sum of the jury vote and the televote. In any case, this is the exact way they are published during the show.

Sal
Sal
10 months ago
Reply to  Domas

I know that from watching the shows but Wiwibloggs published the scores in 24-0pts format in their article for the first heat which I think is much more useful and interesting for the readers.

Nico deMask
Nico deMask
10 months ago
Reply to  Sal

Exactly my thoughts. I think I’m gonna write them an email explaining how unnecessary it is. And they keep using these scores for some time now, it bugs me so much

zzz
zzz
10 months ago
Reply to  Sal

go to wiki page “lithunia eurovision 2020” for that kind of info.

ok boomer
ok boomer
10 months ago

idk why y’all are acting like the roop are just too out there. “on fire” actually reminded me of “bad guy” by billie eilish which is a GREAT song imo. i think some euro superfans are automatically judgmental towards anything that isn’t a swedish-produced pop bop. sure, lithuania’s had some *terrible* flirtations with pseudo-alternative music (e.g. fusedmarc) but this one is pretty forward-thinking by the country’s standards. and, most importantly, it’s fun which is what i’m looking for when i’m watching esc.

ok boomer
ok boomer
10 months ago
Reply to  ok boomer

lmao voted down without any rebuttal. never change wiwibloggs nerds, never change.

Teddie
Teddie
10 months ago

The roop, the roop, the roop is on fire! Man, this song definitely sounds like it’s about some unexpectedly lit high, just trippin’ balls. Though the synth lead is obviously inspired by Bad Guy, albeit with more reverb. Dancing is solid in its ridiculousness, love it.

Logical Person
Logical Person
10 months ago

Y’all are sleeping on alligator.

Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
10 months ago
Reply to  Logical Person

It’s a blatant copy of Brokenhearted by Karmin.

Colin
Colin
10 months ago

I know that people keep saying that three heats is a lot, but I love it! There are a lot of songs and most importantly, there is truly a lot of diversity within them. Rarely a single national final has truly emotional gems, outstanding unique songs, well done comedic acts, bops, dated schalgers, average pop songs, alternative rock, opera, clumsy joke acts, confusing songs and senseless junk all in one! It’s a kind of national selection where there’ll be something for everyone to enjoy and something for everyone to complain about. ESC-wise, it fully delivers! 🙂

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
10 months ago
Reply to  Colin

I actually agree with you. I feel like 36 songs is much better than the 49 or so they had last year. This year is also high quality. I think there are 15-16 songs I actually like. Still, I don’t think the semi finals are necessary. I would’ve rather each heat had four qualifiers and we could have a 12-song final next week. Still, broadcasters have to do what they need to do.

Colin
Colin
10 months ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

I agree. Semis seem to be unnecessary now. One final of 12 songs (4 from each heat) would be much more concise.

Tibor
Tibor
10 months ago
Reply to  Colin

You obviously have a different approach to the whole thing. I watch none of this for entertainment reasons (well, I do, but you know what I mean), I don’t need to see all these a little amateurish acts, everyone knows from the beginning won’t be the winner. I don’t find that charming, I’m here for the music. I want the good stuff. 😉 All these filler songs water down an overall pretty good selection. But I’m glad you like it as it is, I can always skip the heats and just watch the final. 🙂

Colin
Colin
10 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

Yeah, I truly enjoy the whole process for several reasons. First, I love to have guilty pleasures, whether they are actual well made songs intended to be seen as such (Playa) or abysmal “amateurish” ones (Call Me Please). I primarily love to hear good music myself too, but I need a contrast. Otherwise, there is a danger of subconsciously stretching the ratings. For example, mediocre songs in Moldova might start to seem better than they actually are, while mediocre songs in Portugal might start to seem worse in comparison. I really try to avoid that trap when rating, but I… Read more »

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
10 months ago

Aiste is the one on fire trying to sell this garbage. Her screams, her groans, her weird hand movements, I’m loving all of it. She’s like a prettier Carola, only with a voice that’s actually interesting and a song that’s even harder to sell. What a work ethic. Like a diamond, the horizon. Unbreakable.

Héctor
Héctor
10 months ago

Fair qualifiers. I was rooting for THE ROOP and Rokas Povilius. I said that Aiste will qualify too, so everything as expected though I didn’t watch this SF. Anyway, I hope for a good draw in the SF for Gabrielius. “Tave cia randu” is the song with the most potential hope he has worked on a new performance.

Mr X
Mr X
10 months ago
Reply to  Héctor

KayRa and the Roop are great. I don´t like the G:son song.

Dom
Dom
10 months ago
Reply to  Héctor

Watch Evgenya’s perfomance

Tess9a
Tess9a
10 months ago

The Roop is my favorite! It’s so catchy and I would definitely vote for it in Eurovision!

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
10 months ago

Anyone who missed the programme and are scouring youtube for the performances, they’re embbed here:
https://www.lrt.lt/naujienos/muzika/680/1136739/nacionalines-eurovizijos-atrankos-pusfinalyje-dar-6-dalyviai-vakaro-lyderiai-the-roop

Tibor
Tibor
10 months ago

I haven’t watched the show tonight, but after browsing the qualifiers, I have to reiterate: Three heats of this is too much, really. I liked Evgenya Redko’ s “Far”, I’m sure it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, it’s a bit messy, but I thought it was quite interesting, could need a bit of polishing, though. And I also really enjoyed The Roop (great vocals, great styling, nice dance moves). Aiste Pilvelyte had apparently not the best day, vocally, and that is kind of a problem with a song like that (which I personally find infectious in an unhealthy way). The… Read more »

Sabrina
Sabrina
10 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

I would put Evgnenya along with Alen Chicco: the performers seem more interesting to me than the songs. That said, they belong to the final and I hope they get there.

Tibor
Tibor
10 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

I never quite got the appeal of Alen Chicco’s song. In his case, I totally agree with you, he seems interesting, the song is just noise to me. On the other hand, I really want to hear “Far” as a studio cut.

Sabrina
Sabrina
10 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

In any case, I think the presence of both of them are a good sign about the Lithuanian selection. It’s still longer than it should, but there’s space for artists that normally would be considered too alternative to other countries’ national finals.

Colin
Colin
10 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

I really love Alen’s song *and* I love his sense of theatricality… however, I do think the two don’t necessarily mix in this case. I feel like the big colorful presentation is a distraction from a song which is quite lovely in it’s own right, but much more introspective. He’d need something striking, but more centered on a single idea. I think it’s a ”Kate Miller Heidke case” where the song does support theatricality to a certain degree, but it can easily become distracting when going overboard (Her NF performance vs her ESC performance).

Kungfrederik90
Kungfrederik90
10 months ago

Along Czech republic, Lithuania have one of the strong competition this year. Good luck to all the artist. I Can’t decide the winner. Thanks a lot Lithuania from Italy!

GGeorgio
GGeorgio
10 months ago

I really liked Evgenya. So fresh. For me it falls into the same category as Monique. Aiste’s song is just a cliche mess and she couldn’t really sing the crazy high notes like in the studio version. Now… this The Roop weirdness. How can I put it… Oh. No final for Lithuania again? Yes. I understand it’s quirky, it’s weird, and yet it reminds me of all of the previous Lithuania’s attempts at sending alternative music. Not great. So many amazing songs this year in this selection, and yet there’s still a way for Lithuanians to ruin them all.

Colin
Colin
10 months ago

My personal top 6 of Lithuanian selection are (in any order as of now, but the list is in progress):
– Monika Marija
– Gabrielius Vagelis
– Andy Vaic
– Monique
– Alen Chicco
– KaYra
I love each song for a different reason. 🙂

Skiwalko
Skiwalko
10 months ago
Reply to  Colin

Nice top, mine is as follows:
5. Baltos Varnos – “Namu dvasia” 6.5/10
4. Ruta Loop – “We Came From the Sun” 7/10
3. Alen Chicco – “Somewhere Out There” 7.5/10
2. Abrokenleg – “Electric Boy” 8/10 (sadly no longer in the running)
1. KaYra – “Alligator” 8/10

Colin
Colin
10 months ago
Reply to  Skiwalko

Also a nice top, Skiwalko. 🙂 My favorite eliminated acts would probably be Aistay and Twosome. Electric Boy is quite original and I appreciate it.

Sabrina
Sabrina
10 months ago
Reply to  Colin

I would be totally fine with these:

– Gabrielius Vagelis (my favorite song of the bunch, but he needs much better staging)
– Ruta Loop (for my taste, the most satisfying combo of song and performance)
– Moniqué (current and tasteful, but I feel there’s still unreached potential about the performance)
– KaYra (she’s very charismatic and the song is nice and catchy)
– Monika Marija (wouldn’t be my pick, but MM is a great singer and a revamp could give the oomph it needs)

Mr X
Mr X
10 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

For me Ruta Loop is something special and unique

Sabrina
Sabrina
10 months ago
Reply to  Mr X

Don’t know if I would call it unique, but maybe because I listen to a lot of indie pop. Anyway, I think it’s creative and I never get bored of listening to it. And I’m impressed about how Ruta makes it work live, which not always happens to songs in the genre. Too bad we’re between the few giving her and her song some attention.

Tibor
Tibor
10 months ago
Reply to  Colin

For me personally, it’s between Monika Marija, Gabrielius Vagelis (still my favourite), Monique, The Roop and Evgenya Redko – they all have different strengths, but would all be respectable choices. Not a bad selection once we’re past all these strange filler songs.

Jo.
Jo.
10 months ago

The Lithuanian selection is quite strong this year. KaYra is my favourite from this heat. The ROOP are great too, but the lyrics of their song aren’t really great.

Skiwalko
Skiwalko
10 months ago

I loved this heat, to me it was the best of the three, many weird, quirky acts (as usual), almost all songs were at least enjoyable. KaYra was the best by far despite the sound mixing problems she suffered from. What a performance, that girl needs to go to Eurovision, amazing stage presence and good vocals as well. I also really enjoyed Evgenya’s, The Roop’s, Rokas Povilius’s, Justina’s and The Backs’ songs. Bernardas’ song was pleasant, but the performance was not up to par, he looked like Elton John but he certainly didn’t have Elton’s voice. And Aiste… did the… Read more »

Bob
Bob
10 months ago

KaYra was cute and catchy. Wouldn’t mind seeing her represent Lithuania.

Kosey
Kosey
10 months ago

The Roop is one hot mess. Very entertaining, and it could go down as a Eurovision classic – at this point though, I am not sure it is for the right reasons.

joff
joff
10 months ago

Aiste’s song sounds live as a scrap, she is very good but the song is random.
My favorite of this night is Evgenya Redko!
1. Gabrielius
2. Evgenya
3. Monique
4. The Roop
5. Ruta Loop

Colin
Colin
10 months ago

The oddest song in this whole selection must be Bernardas’. It clearly missed the mark by a clear mile, but what was it intended to be? A joke act which fell flat and didn’t provoke a single chuckle? Or a serious song which fell flat for a feeling like it perhaps might be a joke? Either way, it felt… odd. The song even felt more like a recitation than a fully musical song… I don’t know how else to explain it.

emeej
emeej
10 months ago

I didnt see the live performances but for some reason I do like that The Roop song.. Monique is still my favorite and my winner though

ieva
ieva
10 months ago

Aiste’s song lyrics gives me huge cringe. Diamonds unbreakable ,love is forever, etc …
I am so fed up with these cliche words really

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
10 months ago
Reply to  ieva

Aiste believes in love.

Rasmus
Rasmus
10 months ago
Reply to  ieva

haha. not me. I have heard Nicky Minaj songs that are worse language

Jo.
Jo.
10 months ago
Reply to  ieva

she’s selling plastic claiming it’s titanium

Mr X
Mr X
10 months ago
Reply to  ieva

Me too – a lot !!!

Tom
Tom
10 months ago

Now we know Monika is the winner

Kenan
Kenan
10 months ago
Reply to  Tom

No please

Sabrina
Sabrina
10 months ago

I liked KaYra and The Roop. Both were fun, catchy and put me in a good mood. The difference between them was that “Alligator” had the perfect amount of quirkness, while “On Fire” could tone it down (though it worked fine for them, so maybe they shouldn’t follow my instincts). Anyway, I assume the big winner won’t come from this heat.

Jameson
Jameson
10 months ago

The Roop would leave Lithuania without a final once again. Why are they keen on repeating the same mistakes over, and over, and over again. I guess I will never understand.

Gab
Gab
10 months ago
Reply to  Jameson

Exactly my thoughts. Only I’m a Lithuanian myself but I have no idea either

Vex
Vex
10 months ago

I still think none of these songs come close to Alen Chicco. He just needs to work on his performance.

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
10 months ago

Aiste. Like a diamond, the horizon. Unbreakable.

Fran
Fran
10 months ago

So i thought aite’s song was called everlastingly but it was unbreakable. Did she change the song or what?
And i am really confused with voting sequence. I knew that the show was prerecorded and how come could it be possible for sms voters to vote if its not live broadcast?
And another thing is when they reveal the sms votes are those the numbers of votes each participant get? I mean is it that the winner only got 2000ish votes?

Campbell Grace
Campbell Grace
10 months ago
Reply to  Fran

I feel like the original version had the word “everlastingly” instead of “unbreakable” but they must have changed it before the heats.

Skiwalko
Skiwalko
10 months ago
Reply to  Fran

The show is prerecorded, the voting is live, they just announce the televote results at the end and that’s it.
And yes, the winner did only get 2175 votes, which is still a record so far. Seriously, since the current format was introduced, NOBODY got more votes than The Roop in the heats stage.

Sel
Sel
10 months ago
Reply to  Fran

It costs 60 euro cents per vote.
And with minimum wage of 420 euros per month this is way too expensive with always rising prices of food products, fuel etc.

Fake
Fake
10 months ago
Reply to  Sel

Minimum wage of 420 euros get only 3.5% workers.

Sel
Sel
10 months ago
Reply to  Fake

Yeah, keep thinking that

Fake
Fake
10 months ago
Reply to  Sel

It’s not thinking, it’s statistics. Google it.

Ugnius
Ugnius
10 months ago
Reply to  Sel

Minimum wage in Lithuania is €607 , not 420

Sel
Sel
10 months ago
Reply to  Ugnius

That’s before taxes mate

tasha
tasha
10 months ago
Reply to  Sel

What?420 euros? I didn’t know lithuania was such a poor country. I would think my country moldova was poor but i see we are not that bad

Fake
Fake
10 months ago
Reply to  tasha

You mean? 100>420?

sel
sel
10 months ago
Reply to  tasha

Yeah, wages are like in Moldova.
Prices are like in Germany.

Jameson
Jameson
10 months ago
Reply to  Fran

Well yes, it’s only the heats. And Lithuania is a small country.

Zzz
Zzz
10 months ago

Better watch Live performance than these Clips.

Colin
Colin
10 months ago

Would anyone explain to me the appeal of The Roop’s song? It’s not necessarily bad, but I don’t get it. It feels like an attempt of a joke act, but I didn’t laugh at all. Instead, I just waited what would happen and interestingly, almost nothing did. The song lasted for three minutes, looped itself and then just stopped. I don’t get how this got twice as votes as MM and Kristina Jure in their heats (unless the third one had much higher viewership), nor how did the judges found it better than KaYra and Nombeko. I am kinda lost…

Fan
Fan
10 months ago
Reply to  Colin

With every show ratings of selection are going up and up, you can see it from the number of people voting, you are right with that.

Sel
Sel
10 months ago
Reply to  Colin

1. Lithuanians have a weird taste.
2. Always believes that “THIS IS THE YEAR WHEN OUR TASTE WILL WIN”
3. It never does.

Fan
Fan
10 months ago
Reply to  Sel

If 1-2k votes (votes, not people) can decide the winner of the night, how can you say Lithuanians have a weird taste? Lithuanians never active in this contest.

Sel
Sel
10 months ago
Reply to  Fan

Most of watchers do not vote cause 60 cents per vote is way too much

Fan
Fan
10 months ago
Reply to  Sel

Is it too much for you? Sorry to hear that. Get a job maybe.

xoxo
xoxo
10 months ago
Reply to  Colin

Votes always increase throughout shows, look at the wiki of the past years and you can see that they go from like ~2000 votes in the first shows to having ~30000 votes in the final

Bambam
Bambam
10 months ago
Reply to  Colin

Sorry, as a Lithuanian, I love The Roop’s song.

Colin
Colin
10 months ago
Reply to  Bambam

And that’s okay. I just felt somewhat neutral to it. I am surprised it won the heat. Can you explain why do you like it?

Giedre
Giedre
10 months ago
Reply to  Colin

We will see what happens when they put MM or Monique together with The Roop, but yeah, the audience is growing with the each show and so are the votes..

Sabrina
Sabrina
10 months ago
Reply to  Colin

I see it as a lighthearted entry, but not a joke act (though those dance moves took it right to the limit between one thing and another).

Tibor
Tibor
10 months ago
Reply to  Colin

Vocally he was on point, the styling was great and the song is, albeit slightly repetitive, a quirky easy listening song, kind of Kings of Convenience turned electro. (They actually remind me of someone else, I’m just blanking on it). I really like this.

Fan
Fan
10 months ago

Redko favorite for sure.