Lithuania‘s broadcaster has announced the acts that will compete in the 2021 edition of the national final Pabandom iš naujo. The slimmed-down lineup will feature 23 acts, including 2020 winners The Roop, viral act Twosome and Lithuania’s Eurovision 2014 star Vilija Matačiūnaitė with her project Sunday Afternoon.
Unlike previous editions of the Lithuanian national final, which saw more than 50 acts competing over as many as ten shows, this year Pabandom iš naujo will involve just 23 acts and four shows. The 2021 edition will have two heats, one semi-final and a grand final.
LRT Producer Audrius Giržadas said that despite concern that this year’s contest may not have attracted many entries, they have been pleased with the numbers. He explained:
“Every year, the selections receive a lot of public attention. However, knowing how difficult this period was for the music industry, we anxiously awaited the applications from the participants. We are very pleased that the performers and groups did not run away and, considering the whole situation, were quite active in submitting applications. So we will be able to delight the audience with really high-quality and different performances during the selections.”
The competing acts were selected by a panel of specialists from LRT. They aimed to assess the “originality of the work, the quality of the performance and the potential to compete on the big stage of Eurovision.”
The final 23 were also selected to showcase a diverse range of acts and to reflect modern Lithuanian music.
The Roop returns
As confirmed last month, 2020 winners The Roop will return for another shot at Eurovision. The group were guaranteed a place in the Pabandom iš naujo grand final. The trio previously expressed excited for their 2021 entry, saying “We have a song and we have a vision. Let’s hope it will become Euro-vision.”
Also on the lineup is 2020 viral act Twosome. While their 2020 entry “Playa” did not make the grand final, it became a breakout hit, with its catchy lyric “I’m a Lithuanian basketball player”. This year the group also competed on a celebrity edition of X Factor Lithuania where they finished fourth.
Lithuania’s Eurovision 2014 star Vilija Matačiūnaitė is also returning to the national final. She’ll perform as her new music project Sunday Afternoon.
Gabrielius Vagelis will also be part of the 2021 lineup. He’s been a regular at Pabandom iš naujo in recent years. Last year he competed with “Tave čia randu”.
Pabandom iš naujo 2021 – Competing acts
- Aistė Brokenleg
- Be U
- Black Spikes“ with Indre Launikonyte
- Donata Virbilaitė
- Evelina Sašenko
- Evita Cololo
- Gabrielė Goštautaitė
- Gabrielius Vagelis
- Gebrasy (Audrius Petrauskas)
- Gintarė Korsakaitė
- Martyna Jezepčikaitė
- Milita Daikerytė
- Cosmic bride (Natalja Chareckaja)
- Rapolas Meškauskas
- Sunday Afternoon (Vilija Matačiūnaitė)
- The Roop
- Thomas Tumosa
- Titas ir Benas
- Voldemaras Petersonas
Pabandom iš naujo 2021 is due to begin on Saturday 19 January.
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