Just two days before Christmas, Lithuania’s LRT announced the names of all the acts which will compete in Pabandom iš Naujo! 2021.
Unlike other national selections for Eurovision, Lithuania doesn’t tend to have a set rule regarding song release dates. Once Eurovision’s 1 September rule is abided by, artists are free to drop songs whenever they please.
So, even though the first show won’t air for another week, several of the entries are already available to listen to online. These include efforts from Sunday Afternoon (aka Eurovision 2014 singer Vilija) and the 2020 viral sensation Twosome.
Here are some you can check out right now.
Pabandom iš naujo! 2021: All the songs released so far in Lithuania’s Eurovision selection
Aldegunda — “Sit Down”
Aldegunda last attempted Eurovision in 2019 when she reached the semi-final stage of Lithuania’s domestic contest with “I Want Your Love”.
Gabrielė Goštautaitė — “Freedom”
Rapolas — “Degam”
Sunday Afternoon — “Open”
Lithuania’s Eurovision 2014 star Vilija Matačiūnaitė returns using a new stage name — Sunday Afternoon. “Attention” just missed out on qualification in 2014, finishing 11th in its semi. She last took part in the national selection in 2017. On that occasion, she failed to make it past the first round.
Twosome — “I Love My Bear”
Twosome went viral in 2020. While “Playa” did not make it out of the Pabandom iš naujo! heats, 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.
Voldemars Petersons — “I Never Fall for You Again”
Voldermars will be hoping that it’s third time lucky. He’s entering Lithuania’s selection on the back of two appearances in 2019 and 2020. He failed to progress past the opening heats on both occasions.
What is your favourite of the six songs above? And which song are you most excited to hear? Let us know in the comments below.