It’s getting down to the wire. Tonight nine contestants competed in the first semi-final of Lithuania‘s revamped national final Pabandom iš naujo! Nacionalinė Eurovizijos Atranka 2020. But of that nine, only four could qualify for the grand final in two weeks.
As always, 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.
The semi-final was won by Aistė Pilvelytė. Her song “Unbreakable” was top with the jury and second favourite with the televote which put her top overall.
In second place was indie group THE ROOP. Their song “On Fire” was the televote favourite and second favourite with the jury. This meant they tied with Aistė, but she won the tiebreak.
The third qualifier was KaYra and her quirky song “Alligator”. It was the fourth favourite of the jury and third favourite of the televote, securing her a place in the grand final.
The final qualifier was Rūta Loop and her song “We Came from the Sun”. She placed outside the televote top four, but the jury ranked her third, meaning she made the cut.
But with those four qualifying, sadly it meant that five others had to miss out. We said goodnight to Baltos Varnos with “Namų dvasia”, Alen Chicco with “Somewhere Out There”, Kristina Jure with “My Sound of Silence”, Gabrielius Vagelis with “Tave čia randu” and Viktorija Miškūnaitė with “The Ocean”. Despite having won the televote in her semi-final, Kristina Jure was unable to sustain the momentum and placed only seventh.
The four qualifiers from tonight’s semi-final will head to the grand final on 15 February. There they will be joined by the four qualifiers from next week’s semi-final. The winner of Pabandom iš naujo! 2020 will go on to represent Lithuania at Eurovision 2020 in Rotterdam.
Pabandom iš naujo! 2020 – Semi-final one results
- Aistė Pilvelytė – “Unbreakable” (12 points)
- THE ROOP – “On Fire” (10 points)
- KaYra – “Alligator” (8 points)
- Rūta Loop – “We Came from the Sun” (7 points)
- Baltos Varnos – “Namų dvasia” (6 points)
- Alen Chicco – “Somewhere Out There” (5 points)
- Kristina Jure – “My Sound of Silence” (4 points)
- Gabrielius Vagelis – “Tave čia randu” (3 points)
- Viktorija Miškūnaitė – “The Ocean” (2 points)
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