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.

Will other acts withdraw from Lithuania’s “Pabandom Iš Naujo” 2021?

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:

Aistė Brokenleg
Aldegunda
Be U
Black Spikes and Indre Launikonyte
Cosmic bride (Natalja Chareckaja)
Donata Virbilaitė
Evita Cololo
Gabrielė Goštautaitė
Gabrielius Vagelis
Gebrasy (Audrius Petrauskas)
Martyna Jezepčikaitė
Milita Daikerytė
Norbert / Norbe
Rapolas Meškauskas
Sunday Afternoon (Vilija Matačiūnaitė)
The Roop
Thomas Tumosa
Titas and Benas
Twosome
UnoBand
Voldemaras Petersonas

What are your thoughts about Evelina Sašenko leaving? Which act are you most excited to see perform in the nation selection? Tell us your thoughts below!

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blueeyed
blueeyed
13 days ago

No loss at all. She’s so boring!

Badwoolfgirl
Badwoolfgirl
15 days ago

When I was trying to bring up how the travel restrictions and virus prevention measures might affect the broadcaster’s ability to put on the national final, this is what I was talking about. I’m sorry Evelina won’t be able to perform this year. Will there be more withdrawals because the artists are unable to travel freely to reach Vilnius to perform in the national finals? I hope the bulk of them are residents of Vilnius so they can get to the studio easily.

Jamie
Jamie
14 days ago
Reply to  Badwoolfgirl

The broadcaster has released the final song list, so the final number is 21. There should be no more withdrawals. I hope so.

Badwoolfgirl
Badwoolfgirl
14 days ago
Reply to  Jamie

Let’s cross our fingers. I noticed that heat 1 has 11 singers, but heat 2 only has 9. I bet Evelina and the other woman (forgot her name) were probably originally assigned to heat 2 before they withdrew.

Jamie
Jamie
14 days ago
Reply to  Badwoolfgirl

The heats will get rearranged I think. There should be 10 in every heat. The Roop goes straight to the final.

Badwoolfgirl
Badwoolfgirl
13 days ago
Reply to  Jamie

I wonder when the article about the revealed song titles will be up on wiwibloggs.

Whisker
Whisker
15 days ago

Quite ironic, the title of the song plus the situation. #ohoh. This sxxks

Una
Una
15 days ago

How sad to know that Evelina had to withdraw. Will they release her song for the fans? Maybe keep it for another occasion? Who knows. All the best to her.

Colin
Colin
15 days ago
Reply to  Una

Agreed. Evelina is a great vocalist and I hope to hear more from her in the future.

Una
Una
15 days ago

Voldemaras Petersonas? Same as the “Wings of Freedom” singer and writer from this year??

Colin
Colin
15 days ago
Reply to  Una

Yes, it’s the same singer. 🙂

Una
Una
15 days ago
Reply to  Colin

Hvala yes! I am so excited!! I had not noticed his name among the names published earlier. I still listen to “Wings of Freedom”. It’s one of my biggest musical discoveries of 2020 along with “L-ahhar bidwi f’wied il-Ghasel”!!

Jamie
Jamie
15 days ago

The broadcaster failed so hard. They could’ve sent The Roop and don’t even think twice about it. Yet they will air a selection a that’s full of uncertainty just to milk the format. Classic LRT.

maladroite
maladroite
15 days ago

Kind of sad for her, but hopefully we can see her in another year! this has been a strange national selection season so far~~

John
John
15 days ago

There’s 21 acts left, not 22 (Gintar? Korsakait? withdrew also). Your count above is only 21.

Erasmus
Erasmus
15 days ago

well, don’t really care.

on the other hand I can’t believe there’s less than 2 weeks till the beginning of the national final season.

Ashton
Ashton
15 days ago
Reply to  Erasmus

how empathetic of you

Erasmus
Erasmus
14 days ago
Reply to  Ashton

sorry I didn’t read the article, I thought it was on her own will not because of the situation..

Stian F
Stian F
14 days ago
Reply to  Erasmus

First of all: Do care, or come across as a total douche bag. You choose.
Second: the National final season started with the Albanian selection in December!!!