In December Lithuania confirmed that its preselection for Eurovision Pabandom Iš Naujo had been confirmed for 2021 and that 23 acts would be taking part. Well January brings some sad news: One of them just withdrew from the competition.
Well-known singer and Eurovision 2011 alum Evelina Sašenko was among the favourites to challenge The Roop. But because of travel restrictions in Lithuania due to COVID-19 pandemic, she’s decided to pull out. Evelina said that she can’t leave her house and travel so easily, which won’t allow her to prepare a performance worthy of such a competition. You have to respect her respect for the show.
Evelina is familiar to Eurovision fans since she already represented Lithuania in Düsseldorf with the beautiful ballad “C’est ma vie”. She successfully qualified from her semifinal and finished 19th in the Grand Final.
She previously revealed that the song she wanted to perform in 2021 is called “Malda/Prayer” or “We Are Strong”. The song is about the difficulties brought about by the pandemic.
Broadcaster LRT officially confirmed her withdrawal today.
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There are also rumours that Gintarė Korsakaitė has had to withdraw from the preselection. However, neither the singer nor the broadcaster have confirmed that in Lithuanian media. ESC Portugal says the singer has confirmed the news with them.
The first show will air on January 16th.
Currently there are 22 acts competing in this year’s selection show. They are:
Black Spikes and Indre Launikonyte
Cosmic bride (Natalja Chareckaja)
Gebrasy (Audrius Petrauskas)
Norbert / Norbe
Sunday Afternoon (Vilija Matačiūnaitė)
Titas and Benas
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