The third and final heat of Lithuania’s Pabandom iš Naujo! 2022 was filmed on Tuesday 18 January. This means we now know the last twelve acts who will appear in the televised broadcast on Saturday 22 January.
This heat will have 12 acts, which means that we will say goodbye to the half of them. At the end of it we will know the final line up of semifinalists of Pabandom iš Naujo! 2022. It is quite interesting to see that all of the songs in the national language were left to compete in this heat.
Now let‘s get to know some of the competing artists.
Emilija V – “Overload“
Lithuanian singer-songwriter Emilija Valiukevičiūtė moved to London at the age of 18 to pursue her dreams. She has already performed in sold-out arenas and on national TV, and opened for multi-award winners like Krept & Konan and Melissa Steel. Emilija has also been featured on Capital Xtra Music Potential and appeared on the tv series Holby City (BBC), Eastenders (BBC), The Royals (E!), Jason Bourne 5 and Black Mirror (Netflix, Channel 4).
Gebrasy – “Into Your Arms“
You’ll remember Audrius Petrauska, who goes by his stage name Gebrasy, from last year‘s national selection, where he placed second right behind The Roop. Gebrasy is back and trying his luck with another power ballad called “Into Your Arms“. He wrote it himself. Gebrasy has been growing as a songwriter, cutting his teeth and gaining skills by writing a number of popular songs for other artists. But now it’s his time to shine.
Lolita Zero – “Not Your Mother“
Probably the most famous Lithuanian drag queen, Lolita Zero is back in the preselection for a second time. We expect another impressive performance. She’s improved her singing abilities since her first attempt and hopefully she’ll sing her song all by herself this time — and without needing help from others.
Mėnulio fazė – “Give Me a Sign“
This group has a very interesting name: It translates as “Phase of the Moon”. As a group they are relatively new — let’s say their blood moon is still rising. But their lead singer Vladas Chockevičius has already tried his luck in multiple singing competitions. Even if this is their first big debut as a group, their laid-back style will no doubt help them stand out.
Monika Liu – “Sentimentai / Sentiments“
The Lithuanian music industry is full of famous singers named Monika. And this time we’re going to hear from Monika Liu, an established artist who has gifted the country several hits already. All of her written songs are in Lithuanian, so it’s no surprise that her entry is also in the native language. Monika was a judge on The Voice of Lithuania and for sure knows how to give an interesting performance. This year she is one of the most talked-about acts who could win it all.
Vasha – “Nepaleidi / Not letting go“
Gabrielė Rutkauskienė, who goes by her stage name Vasha, is a well-known singer. It’s really surprising to see her join Pabandom iš Naujo, as she never showed any interest in competing at Eurovision. But her entry “Nepaleidi / Not letting go“ is a very catchy pop song in Lithuanian and it will for sure stand out in this selection. We do miss some pop bops in native language.
Živilė Gedvilaitė – “Lioness“
After a short break Živilė is back at the national selection and this time with a song written by famous Swedish Eurovision songwriters Ylva & Linda. Živilė — an experienced performer — will no doubt deliver live. But will this song reach enough fans to make it out of this heat? We have to wait and find out.
Vilija – “Šimtas ir vienas / Hundred and one“
Another Eurovision star is back at Pabandom iš Naujo, but this time she’s dropped her surname — among the most complicated last names to pronounce in Lithuanian. Vilija won the selection in 2014, but sadly she stalled at Eurovision, failing to qualify from the semi and finishing 11th. This time Vilija will sing in her native langue. It’s a song she wrote all by herself.
Pabandom iš Naujo! 2022: Heat three running order:
(Don‘t quote us on this since the running order might be changed, like last week)
- Gebrasy – “Into Your Arms“
- Mėnulio fazė – “Give Me a Sign“
- Emilija V – “Overload“
- Lolita Zero – “Not Your Mother“
- Monika Liu – “Sentimentai / Sentiments“
- Rūta Loop – “Call Me From the Cold“
- Basas Pegasas – “Ponai / Misters“
- Vilija – “Šimtas ir vienas / Hundred and one“
- Vasha – “Nepaleidi / Not letting go“
- Geleibra – “Aš jaučiu tave / I am feeling you“
- Gintarė Korsakaitė – “Fantasy Eyes“
- Živilė Gedvilaitė – “Lioness“
Tune in on Saturday 22 January to see who will be the last six qualifiers from this heat of Pabandom iš Naujo 2022!
Who do you think will qualify? And which song are you most excited to hear on Saturday? Let us know in the comments below.