She was one of the big names in Pabandom iš naujo! 2022. However, Monika Linkytė will not be going to Eurovision this time as she has withdrawn from Lithuania’s national selection process. The Voice alum Artūras Aleksiejus-Alekas has also pulled out.
Pabandom iš naujo! 2022: Monika Linkytė and Artūras Aleksiejus-Alekas withdraw
Monika — who represented Lithuania at Eurovision 2015 with Vaidas Baumila — is pulling out for health reasons. “I have a cold, I’m getting sick and now, unfortunately, I have to refrain from singing and be in silence”, she told LRT. “It is very unfortunate and very sad, but health and voice are the most important thing in this case”.
Alekas was less forthcoming with his reasons for quitting. “Personal problems, I do not want to talk about it in public,” he said in a comment to LRT.
However, amidst the news of the two withdrawals, the broadcaster was able to confirm that Basas Pegasas will continue in the process after missing their scheduled appearance in last week’s first PiN heat due to health issues. They will instead compete in the third qualifying heat next week.
Pabandom iš naujo! 2022 Heat 2 Running Order
The second heat for the 2022 selection show was pre-recorded on Monday night. Ahead of Saturday’s TV broadcast, LRT has released the running order. The line-up includes Eurovision 2018’s Ieva Zasimauskaitė.
- Viktorija Kajokaitė “Piece of Universe”
- Gabrea “Make It Real”
- Clockwork Creep “Grow”
- Emilija Katauskaitė “Illuminate”
- Justė Kraujelytė “How to Get My Life Back”
- Titas ir Benas “Getting Through This”
- Ieva Zasimauskaitė “I’ll Be There”
- Queens of Roses “Washing Machine”
- Cosmic Bride “The Devil Lives in Spain”
- Justin 3 feat. Nanaart “Something That Is Natural”
- Moosu X “Love that Hurts”
Will you miss Monika and Artūras? Are you excited for Saturday’s second heat? Let us know in the comments.