Pictures: J. Staceviciaus (LRT)

On Saturday evening, national final season continued in Lithuania with heat three of Pabandom iš Naujo! 2022. Six of the twelve acts advanced to the final of the show. They are: Monika Liu, Rūta Loop, Lolita Zero, Gebrasy, Gintarė Korsakaitė and Vilija Matačiūnaitė.

The result was determined by both a jury and televoters, who each accounted for half of the score. Among the jury members were LRT popular music editor Ramūnas Zilnys, musicologist Darius Užkuraitis, songwriter Vytautas Bikus, performer Ieva Narkutė and presenter Gerūta Griniūtė.

Pabandom iš Naujo! 2022: Heat three qualifiers

Monika Liu – “Sentimentai”

Rūta Loop – “Call Me from the Cold”

Lolita Zero – “Not Your Mother”

Gebrasy – “Into Your Arms”

Gintarė Korsakaitė – “Fantasy Eyes”

Vilija Matačiūnaitė – “101”

Pabandom iš Naujo! 2022: Heat three results

Jury results

  • Monika Liu – “Sentimentai” (12 points)
  • Vilija Matačiūnaitė – “101” (10 points)
  • Rūta Loop – “Call Me from the Cold” (8 points)
  • Gebrasy – “Into Your Arms” (7 points)
  • Lolita Zero – “Not Your Mother” (6 points)
  • Gintarė Korsakaitė – “Fantasy Eyes” (5 points)
  • Basas Pegasas – “Ponai” (4 points)
  • Vasha – “Nepaleidi” (3 points)
  • Geleibra – “Aš jaučiu tave” (2 points)
  • Mėnulio Fazė – “Give me a Sign” (1 point)
  • Emilija Valiukevičiūtė – “Overload” (0 points)
  • Živilė Gedvilaitė – “Lioness” (0 points)

Televoting results

  • Monika Liu – “Sentimentai” (12 points)
  • Lolita Zero – “Not Your Mother” (10 points)
  • Rūta Loop – “Call Me from the Cold” (8 points)
  • Gebrasy – “Into Your Arms” (7 points)
  • Gintarė Korsakaitė – “Fantasy Eyes” (6 points)
  • Mėnulio Fazė – “Give me a Sign”  (5 points)
  • Živilė Gedvilaitė – “Lioness” (4 points)
  • Vasha – “Nepaleidi” (3 points)
  • Basas Pegasas – “Ponai” (2 points)
  • Geleibra – “Aš jaučiu tave” (1 point)
  • Vilija Matačiūnaitė – “101” (0 points)
  • Emilija Valiukevičiūtė – “Overload” (0 points)

Combined final results

  • Monika Liu – “Sentimentai” (12 points) – ADVANCED
  • Rūta Loop – “Call Me from the Cold” (10 points) – ADVANCED
  • Lolita Zero – “Not Your Mother” (8 points) – ADVANCED
  • Gebrasy – “Into Your Arms” (7 points) – ADVANCED
  • Gintarė Korsakaitė – “Fantasy Eyes” (6 points) – ADVANCED
  • Vilija Matačiūnaitė – “101” (5 points) – ADVANCED
  • Basas Pegasas – “Ponai” (4 points)
  • Vasha – “Nepaleidi” (3 points)
  • Mėnulio Fazė – “Give me a Sign” (2 points)
  • Geleibra – “Aš jaučiu tave” (1 point)
  • Emilija Valiukevičiūtė – “Overload” (0 points)
  • Živilė Gedvilaitė – “Lioness” (0 points)

This year’s series of Pabandom iš Naujo! has returned to the original format from 2020 after being shortened last year. It includes three heats, two semi-finals and one grand final. A total of 36 acts are taking part in the Baltic state’s music competition, which will determine their artist and song for Eurovision 2022.

The 18 acts that advanced through the heats will perform in the semi-finals on 29 January and 5 February. Eventually, eight acts will make it through to the final and will compete for the right to represent Lithuania at Eurovision 2022.

What do you think about the Pabandom iš Naujo! 2022 heat three results? Are you satisfied with the qualifiers?

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msmljnt
msmljnt
4 months ago

I expected i little bit more from Gebrasy and Monika, but they still have time to make a right changes before SF and NF . I’m suprised with Ruta Loop, what a sleeping masterpiece there! Can you imagine how nice it can sound in May? It can really grow to modern version of Nocturne ’95. Best of luck!

Jamie
Jamie
4 months ago
Reply to  msmljnt

Except they don’t have much time, because semi 1 is being recorded today, and semi 2 tomorrow. LRT is rushing because of covid. If anyone’s interested, here are the allocations (running order not known).

Semi 1
Joseph June
Elonas Pokanevic
Erica Jennings
Juste Kraujelyte
Emilijana
Queens of Roses
Gintare Korsakaite
Gebrasy
Lolita Zero

Semi 2
Mary Mo
Vilija Mataciunaite
Urte Šilagalyte
Ieva Zasimauskaite
Auguste
Ruta Loop
Titas ir Benas
Monika Liu
Moosu X

Last edited 4 months ago by Jamie
BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
4 months ago
Reply to  Jamie

How did you find out about the semifinal allocation? It seems a little inbalanced to me. I was hoping Ruta and Monika would be split. Based on this assignment, Here are my predicted finalists:

Semi final 1:

Gebrasy
Gintare
Lolita zero
Queens of roses/Erica Jennings

Semi final 2:

Monika
Ruta loop
Ieva
Moosu x

Jamie
Jamie
4 months ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

In a Discord group about PIN. Some Lithuanian fans have inside information.

Devito
3 months ago
Reply to  Jamie

That is not an inside information though. LRT posted an article claiming Semi-Final 1 was pre-recorded on 24 January.

lrt. lt/naujienos/muzika/680/1596181/nufilmuotas-pirmas-eurovizines-atrankos-pusfinalis-dalyviai-keite-ivaizdi-ir-pasirodymu-detales

Jamie
Jamie
3 months ago
Reply to  Devito

I posted this before this article came out though.

Dzidzi
Dzidzi
4 months ago

The most famous Monika’s moment on tv was when she took a piece of meat (cooked but without any paper or whatever) out of her purse during Lietuvos balsas and ate it. Probably could get some votes in Turin, otherwise could be an NQ.

Jamie
Jamie
4 months ago
Reply to  Dzidzi

Don’t get what’s weird about this. It was literally during a break. People have to eat you know.

Last edited 4 months ago by Jamie
BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
4 months ago

You know, I can already imagine what Graham Norton would say when it’s Lithuania’s turn to perform.

“ next up is Lithuania with the song ‘Sentimentai’ by Monika Liu. You know, the greatest trick this song pulls is that it lures you into thinking you’re listening to a sultry French cabaret song, but surprise! It’s actually in Lithuanian which hasn’t been present at Eurovision since the country’s 1994 debut – a year they don’t look too fondly back on. Hopefully this song will not face the same ‘nul point’ fate as its long ago predecessor. Enjoy!”

Laimis
Laimis
4 months ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

Gurl, u are getting annoying. Why are you being so salty:Dddd

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
4 months ago
Reply to  Laimis

I was just trying to be funny and imitate Graham Norton sardonic sense of humor, but I guess it doesn’t really come through with text . Here’s a highlight video of his Eurovision 2021 commentary. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=MtznQCHr1Mc&t=5s. That might give you a better picture of what I was going for. I was trying to be a little more positive and have fun.

Norton’s got some really good zingers like “Germany’s song is like marmite if everyone hated marmite.”

Nikki
Nikki
4 months ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

Yeah, Monikas song can go both ways – can be nill , can be top 5. It doesn’t look that Lithuanians are televoting for her with the objective to win Eurovision as much as they are just supporting the singer and they relate to the song a lot.

lasse braun
lasse braun
4 months ago

monika and her song is pure gold – she is a mile above all other in lithunia this year!
i would take her without a doubt.
she will deliver very well in turin.

🙂

Graham B
Graham B
4 months ago

Monika is great, with a fun and quirky retro kitsch vibe; if she wins, congratulations, but I really think Lithuania have a better chance in Turin with Ruta Loop.
PIN is really heating up

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
4 months ago
Reply to  Graham B

That’s what I think too, but I am enemy number one on this page

Kosey
Kosey
4 months ago

Lolita Zero is right up my street – I love love love it.

I also really enjoyed Ruta Loop and it was a shame that Vasha didn’t make it.

Lithuania has some good options here.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
4 months ago

Monika’s televote is almost at 2020 Roop levels for the heats. No-one is really close either. So yeah, that’s 12 points in the final there and I can’t imagine the jury are going to hit her too hard either considering she won that vote here up against the likes of Gebrasy and Ruta.
In that case, enjoy Turin, Monika.

NickC
NickC
4 months ago

I think this is Monika’s to lose. See you in Torino.

Stian F
Stian F
4 months ago

Didnt see the show and dont know how the live performances were, but I am so disappointed to see Vasha and Geleibra not making it through. Together with Monika Liu they are the best songs in the Lithuanian language to take part ever in the Lithuanian selectio. Geleibra’s song is just beautiful and Vasha’s song is so cool…. With good staging and vocals they all would have had a shot in Eurovision i feel, thankfully it seems like its going to be Monika to win it overall of the ones that are left and I think Lithuania might be in… Read more »

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
4 months ago
Reply to  Stian F

Frankly, I think Lithuania getting a top ten or top 5 result feels like a pipe dream.

Kaija
Kaija
4 months ago
Reply to  Stian F

I think Sentimentai could go either way. Might NQ, but might also get top 10.

Last edited 4 months ago by Kaija
BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
4 months ago
Reply to  Kaija

It would have to be an extremely weak year for the Song to make a top 10 finish. I just see it more as a non-qualifier than a qualifier to be honest. I actually do like the song, but I just don’t think it’s strong enough to survive the semi finals at eurovision.

Kaija
Kaija
4 months ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

To be honest, so far it does look like a weak year, based on the national selections going on right now. Still have a lot of songs and live performances to come, so we will see.

Dent
Dent
4 months ago
Reply to  Stian F

Vasha’s song was a typical Lithuanian radio hit, almost too typical, nothing original about it.
Geleibra’s lyrics were least to say questionable and cheesy, they don’t click well in Lithuanian.
I think these factors put people off from voting

finnished
finnished
4 months ago

Lolita Zero’s song would be perfect for doing drugs

Kelley
Kelley
4 months ago
Reply to  finnished

Are you promoting life with drugs here? If this a joke it’s disgusting!

finnished
finnished
4 months ago

Monika’s song is actually very interesting, I quite like it!

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
4 months ago

What did I tell you people? Despite a weak start with Heat 1, I had hoped it would finish strong with Heat 3 and I was right. Overall this year’s PIN was a mixed bag. While I think it was better than 2021 (I really hated every song other than the Roop and Gebrasy), there was still a lot of coal to shove away to get the gems. For the first time, we finally have a consensus with the Jury and Televote–both of them gave their 12 points to Monika Liu and that could indicate that they want her to… Read more »

Dent
Dent
4 months ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

concerning 12, Gytis Ivanauskas is a very well known Lithuanian actor who started doing drag for fun and his participation is nothing more but self expression for fun, what started out as a joke became his regular act. he’s not a good singer but he delivers it well

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
4 months ago

Now that we have all 18 semi-finalists, which 8 artists do you want to see make the final? Of course, this is before we know how they will be split, but here are my picks: August? Vedrickait?: Yes Joseph June: No Elonas Pokanevi?: No Urt? Šilagalyt?: Yes Mary Mo: No Erica Jennings: No (but probably will make it because of name familiarity) Just? Kraujelyt?: No Titas & Benas: No Emilijana: No Ieva Zasimauskait?: Yes Moosu X: Yes (if his vocals improve) Queens of Roses: No (but wouldn’t mind it in the final) R?ta Loop: Yes Vilija Mata?i?nait?: No Gintar? Korsakait?:… Read more »

Ashton
Ashton
4 months ago

I just do not understand what everyone sees in Monika’s song

Jezinky
Jezinky
4 months ago
Reply to  Ashton

Me neither, it’s just a meh song. I guess it’s because she’s famous or something…

Jamie
Jamie
4 months ago
Reply to  Jezinky

The thing is… she’s not really that famous in Lithuania. Had one semi-popular song and that’s pretty much it. Most of her career was underground. It’s just that the song is very nostalgic and reminiscent of interwar chanson. It speaks to a lot of people.

Last edited 4 months ago by Jamie
Ind
Ind
4 months ago
Reply to  Jamie

She IS famous in Lithuania. For a long time she wasn’t living in Lithuania, later and till now she was known as jazz, POP music performer. Now in Lithuania she is a known face of many music, cultural events and projects. People loves Monika in Lithuania as a person and performer.

Dzidzi
Dzidzi
4 months ago
Reply to  Jamie

She is actually famous and that song isn’t just semi-popular 😉

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
4 months ago
Reply to  Ashton

It could be a case of a famous name that everyone knows moreso than the song itself. I like the song, but I think it could struggle at Eurovision.

Pearli
Pearli
4 months ago
Reply to  Ashton

Me, neither. It sounds like like an old classic song and that’s it.

Last edited 4 months ago by Pearli
Esc
Esc
4 months ago

Unfortunately I just don’t connect with Monika’s song, I feel like overall, I haven’t been the biggest fan of the song in PiN this year. I loved Gebrasy’s song last year and this year I wanted to like it but its not really gripping me. Ruta Loop’s song has some promise in the studio version but I didn’t connect with it in the live version unfortunately. It looks like Monika could win the selection seeing as she’s the only person to have gotten full points from jurors and televoters alike. If it is selected, it won’t be my cup of… Read more »

Last edited 4 months ago by Esc
BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
4 months ago
Reply to  Esc

That’s all you can really do. As much as I like the song, I don’t think it will actually do well at Eurovision. There is appreciation that it’s in Lithuanian and that it hasn’t been heard at Eurovision since the 90s but I can actually see it failing to qualify, especially if Lithuania is assorted to a semi final with no allies.

fionn
fionn
4 months ago

why is lolita zero kinda slaying tho

europotato
europotato
4 months ago
Reply to  fionn

she’s almost falling all over the place. I wanted to like this so much but theres way too much hiccups.

Jacob
Jacob
4 months ago
Reply to  fionn

Are you deaf by any chance? This was terrible.

Kaija
Kaija
4 months ago
Reply to  fionn

I want Lolita to win. Need to polish the performance a bit, definitely need to work on the lights more, and then it will be fantastic. However, I don’t see juries letting Lolita win, sadly.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
4 months ago

That is, if Italy is drawn to vote in the semi final Lithuania is in.

Stefan
Stefan
4 months ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

Eurovision is not a horse race.

Last edited 4 months ago by Stefan
BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
4 months ago
Reply to  Stefan

No, but the semi final allocation is coming up on Tuesday. That could make or break a country.

Kaija
Kaija
4 months ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

If the song is good enough, semi final draw will not matter.
It only matters for countries whose songs are borderline (e.g. Croatia last year), and those would not be the contenders for high places in the final anyway. Relying on your neighbors saving you is not the way to go (although it works for some countries).

sam
sam
4 months ago

MONIKA YESSS these are the best possible results. i think gebrasy is overrated by fans but monika is truly something special

Zy999
Zy999
4 months ago

Monika Liu is a STAR!!! She looks like The Oscars perfomance !!! 🙂

Zy999
Zy999
4 months ago

Eurovision 2023 we are ready with Monika Liu Sentimentai get the trophy from Italy !!!! Vilnius is ready in 2023 for its 700 year anniversary!!!

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
4 months ago
Reply to  Zy999

Keep dreaming. Maybe you’ll win Eurovision next year in 2023. I hope next year spin will have a much better crop of songs

Dzidzi
Dzidzi
4 months ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

Why so much hate? How do you release all the hate you’ve got when ESC is not around?

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
4 months ago
Reply to  Dzidzi

I don’t have hate, But I know I have written a lot of comments on this page that were way out of line. For that I am sorry and I hope you can forgive me.

Devito
4 months ago

Funnily enough, Monika Liu is the only artist to get the maximum amount of votes in Heats (12+12). She is currently #1. The other qualifiers from tonight’s show: Ruta Loop (6th), Lolita Zero (7th), Gebrasy (11th), Gintare Korsakaite (16th) and Vilija Mataciunaite (18th). I’m excited to see how LRT will divide Semi-Finals. Is there going to be a bloodbath of fan-favourites or is it going to be a balanced fight, hm…

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
4 months ago
Reply to  Devito

Yeah, it’s like for once the jury and the terrible actually agree on something. Monika Liu is definitely driving up the conversation here.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
4 months ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

I meant to write televote, not terrible. This is what happens when you dictate on your phone.

Stefan
Stefan
4 months ago

Yes, I had the same feeling! A tribute to the late 80s Sanremo music. She was stellar in her live performance! Lolita was great and fab 🙂
But all the performers were great and I enjoyed the show

Last edited 4 months ago by Stefan
Monika but Not Liu
Monika but Not Liu
4 months ago
Reply to  Stefan

Its actually a tribute to a interwar period in Lithuania

Devito
4 months ago

Well deserved victory. Like Darius Uzkuraitis said, although she is singing retro music, her capabilities to putty a retro music with electronica elements is what it makes so great. I think that in these never ending pandemic restrictions, people want to re-live those retro-ish times when everything was better because it was back then, then you were younger and the only thing you cared about was to have fun.

Devito
4 months ago
Reply to  Devito

By the way, the page is ready: pabandomisnaujo. lt/heat-one-six-in-five-out/

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
4 months ago
Reply to  Devito

It’s not working for me.

Devito
4 months ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

Hmmm, are you sure you erasing that space left before the country code? It does upload to me. Try this one: pabandomisnaujo. lt/heat-three-final-six/

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
4 months ago
Reply to  Devito

Maybe I’ll work better from at my laptop instead of my phone but at this point I’m giving up.

Kristian
Kristian
4 months ago

I don’t really connect with Monika’s song and performance .

Jezinky
Jezinky
4 months ago
Reply to  Kristian

Me neither, I feel like it’s just another meh song. I guess she is already famous or something…

Danny
Danny
4 months ago
Reply to  Jezinky

She’s a coach in The Voice Lithuania so yeah she’s definitely the most established name this year.

blueeyed
blueeyed
4 months ago

I never liked Monika Liu and I don’t like her even now. Not a worthy winner in my opinion. Ruta Loop was good. Something is lacking to send this song to Eurovision, but visuals are good and I like the song, I’ll definitely add it to my playlist. Lolita Zero can’t sing (she is a professional dancer/choreographer not a singer) but I like instrumentals and staging. Gebrasy was much much better last year, this year his song is just okay. Other 8 entries are not worth talking about. If I get to choose, it would be Ruta Loop and then… Read more »

Last edited 4 months ago by blueeyed
Kaija
Kaija
4 months ago
Reply to  blueeyed

Do we know Lolita’s pronouns?

blueeyed
blueeyed
4 months ago
Reply to  blueeyed

Because when Lolita is Gytis, then it’s “he”, when Lolita is Lolita, then it’s “she”. When Gytis talks about Lolita in Lithuanian, he uses “she”.

Name
Name
4 months ago
Reply to  blueeyed

Lolita is a character played by a dude. She’s a character, he’s the actor.

aichan
aichan
4 months ago

I love Fantasy Eyes, she is so charismatic and the song is a very catchy bop. I wouldnt mind to see it in Eurovision

Levi21
Levi21
4 months ago
Reply to  aichan

Why are there so many dislikes to your comment, Fantasy Eyes is awesome and she is a great performer

Aria
Aria
4 months ago

Would Monika keep it Lithuanian at Eurovision? I hope so, it’s the most interesting aspect for me.

Xxx
Xxx
4 months ago
Reply to  Aria

She said she wants to show how beautiful Lithuanian language is, so there’s 0% chance she will translate it.

Last edited 4 months ago by Xxx
Aria
Aria
4 months ago
Reply to  Xxx

Perfect. And I agree. We need more Lithuanian in the contest.

Mr X
Mr X
4 months ago
Reply to  Aria

And not only Lithuanian…

Mr X
Mr X
4 months ago
Reply to  Xxx

She is absolutely right and by the way a very professional performer.

Thank you, Monika – you would be a worthy successor of The Roop !

Zy999
Zy999
4 months ago
Reply to  Mr X

Agree!!!

Gino
Gino
4 months ago

Is jurij doing the vocals for Lolita again?

Last edited 4 months ago by Gino
Žilvinas
Žilvinas
4 months ago
Reply to  Gino

Nop, Lolita is singing this time

Zy999
Zy999
4 months ago
Reply to  Gino

Its Lolita Zero voice (Gytis Ivanauskas actor)

OhhHoney
OhhHoney
4 months ago

I’m so happy Monika nailed it. I adore her song.

Giusepe
Giusepe
4 months ago

what can you say about jury if they put Vilija and Lolita ahead of Gebrasy?

Jamie
Jamie
4 months ago
Reply to  Giusepe

Let’s be honest. Gebrasy did not sound very confident.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
4 months ago
Reply to  Jamie

Yes, I agree. He didn’t really have the best vocal performance tonight, so I was at first surprised he was fourth, but once I saw the video, I understand why. He needs to really get it together for the semi finals either next week or the week after depending on when he’s performing. Into your arms is one of the best songs from this selection, but that means Jack all if you can’t perform well.

Kaija
Kaija
4 months ago
Reply to  Giusepe

The only reason why Gebrasy got 2nd last year was that there was no competition. Additionally, that song was better than this year. While he is a good singer and decent song writer, his stage presence is not the greatest. A lot of room for improvement.

Apollo
Apollo
4 months ago

The strongest semi-final by far!

Lolita is my preferred choice for Turin though. Alternative techno drag is something we’ve never seen at Eurovision and I know people would LOVE it.

Lalala
4 months ago
Reply to  Apollo

mine too

Devito
4 months ago
Reply to  Apollo

Indeed. Except that Semi-Finals only will start. These were 3 qualification shows (Heats). There are going to be 2 Semi-Finals: first on 29 January and second on 5 February. 🙂

Sabrina
Sabrina
4 months ago

Though the heats were unbalanced (I can see some acts from 2nd and 3rd qualifying if they were in the 1st), it’s another good year for PiN. The results tonight indicate that Monika Liu is the frontrunner and she totally deserves this status. “Sentimentai” is a great song and her charisma on the stage is impressive. I also love what Ruta Loop does with her song and Gebrasy, if still a little shy on the stage, did it again with a great contemporary ballad. Any of those 3 would do Lithuania proud in Turin.

Colin
Colin
4 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

Easily the top 3 of the night, and top 5 overall. 🙂

Sabrina
Sabrina
4 months ago
Reply to  Colin

I would even say top 3 overall, though I still have hopes that Moosu X gets the vocals right, because that chorus is amazing. I guess Ieva is the one stopping you to claim tonight’s trio as the top 3, right? I love her, I just wish she could take more risks with her music. Though the simple emotional songs fit her style and personality like a glove.

Anyway, if a national final can have a top 5 like that, it’s because a country is doing things right. Lithuania feels on the rise with Eurovision.

Colin
Colin
4 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

Yeah, I’d definitely put Ieva in overall top 5! I agree, it’s not a risky song at all, but it’s a very sweet one, and works for me. 5th would likely be either Urte or Cosmic Bride for me. I listened to Sentimentai once again, and I like it more and more. Monika is certainly hypnotizing, as you said below, and her voice is fantastic. I agree, objectively speaking, Monika, Gebrasy, and Ruta might be overall top 3, each with a top 10 potential in Turin (early to say, but I said *potential*).

Sabrina
Sabrina
4 months ago
Reply to  Colin

Well remembered, Cosmic Bride should be on the mix too. The biggest and unfairest casualty of the heats. And I also like Urte, she would definitely be one of my finalists.

Colin
Colin
4 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

I agree with what you said, Lithuania is on the rise. While selections like Spain, Czech Republic, and Finland will probably have a signifincantly higher average score in my rating than Lithuania (because of the lack of really weak entries), ultimately it doesn’t matter. Lithuanian top 6 (Gebrasy, Ruta, Monika, Ieva, Cosmic Bride, Urte – in whichever order one likes) can easily rival any of these selections, even surpass some. After a prolonged fun in the heats, they deliver quality. I like that approach as much as I like the on point approach of some other countries.

Last edited 4 months ago by Colin
Jamie
Jamie
4 months ago

Monika Liu received the most votes out of all three heats. Both from the jury and the televote. The winner is pretty clear. She is so hypnotizing! Would be a dark horse in ESC for suuureee.

Sabrina
Sabrina
4 months ago
Reply to  Jamie

Hypnotizing is the perfect word to describe her. It’s not easy to be alone on a stage and make the world around you disappear, but she did it. Plus she sounded just like the studio version.

Mr X
Mr X
4 months ago
Reply to  Jamie

Absolutely !

rackham
rackham
4 months ago
Reply to  Jamie

I agree, I was absolutely blown away by how good she was! Easily my favourite song out of all the heats, by a large margin. I really hope she goes to Eurovision.

Roelof M
Roelof M
4 months ago

Ruta was great tonight, but honestly Monika Liu totally won me over, she had great vocals and stage presence tonight. It’s a really fun entry which would honestly stand quite a nice chance in Turin. But I’m not hyping myself up just yet, as Lithuania is very good at NOT picking my absolute faves in their selections (still upset about their 2019 choice).

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
4 months ago
Reply to  Roelof M

Funny, if Ruta ends up being an upset winner, I wouldn’t be upset at all

Domas
Domas
4 months ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

Me too. I really like Ruta this year, she is my winner. But I can see why Monika is loved. I do not mind her winning the selection.

Nikki
Nikki
4 months ago

Monika Lu all the way!

Zy999
Zy999
4 months ago
Reply to  Nikki

She is awesome and Lithuanian!!!!

Jacob
Jacob
4 months ago

Lolita Zero ahead of Gebrasy and Gintare, and advancing in general, is a tasteless joke. No singing at all. How is it possible it’s in top 3?

Monika Liu will probably win whole thing from what I can see.

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Kaija
Kaija
4 months ago
Reply to  Jacob

Some people like spice. We don’t judge you for preferring mild food (like Gebrasy), we like mild food as well, our palette is just broader, so don’t judge others.

Xxx
Xxx
4 months ago

Queen Monika LIU!

Mr X
Mr X
4 months ago
Reply to  Xxx

She´s already a great discovery for Europe. I´m looking forward to see her on stage in Turin.

ete sech
ete sech
4 months ago

Judging by the results, Monika Liu looks like this year’s winner! She topped both the jury and the televote with a Lithuanian entry, which is impressive.
I’m so happy for her and I hope she wins, she deserves it! 😀

Lalala
4 months ago

My personal favorite was Lolita. Knowing jury wont let it happen and people are too conservative Monika will win. It is my second choice and very good entry as well. Goodluck to both !

Aria
Aria
4 months ago

Btw, what’s Lolita’s deal? I was intrigued by the big horns but there really was no singing.

Jamie
Jamie
4 months ago
Reply to  Aria

It’s kitsch. People find that entertaining.

Jane
Jane
4 months ago
Reply to  Aria

The character was created for a movie and Get Frighten was more or less just a publicity stunt. However, the local gay community took to the character so it still existed to some capacity, and this year’s attempt is a more genuine attempt, but because of the way the character is presented it still has to have that certain level of kitschiness

Kaija
Kaija
4 months ago
Reply to  Aria

Mozart doesn’t sing either.
You sound like American saying that Eurovision is like The Voice.

Music is not just songs with lyrics and singing. It can be just instrumental, or spoken word. I wish there was more stuff like that in national selections. Would be nice to see some instrumental classic piece eventually (yes, people still make those even after Mozart’s death, woah!).

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Colin
Colin
4 months ago

I was watching PIN full time tonight are here are my thoughts: My winners, shoulder above the rest, are Gebrasy and Ruta Loop. Too bad that their chances of winning are now small. I’m still glad they were somewhat recognized on both fronts. I’ll definitely keep both songs on my playlist and NF top list. 🙂 Monika winning is okay by me. We didn’t have a song in Lithuanian since 1999, and this song is interesting. The lyrics are also good (they are available online). The only thing that makes it less instantly impactful for me is the loungy structure,… Read more »

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Colin
Colin
4 months ago
Reply to  Colin

As a song, I don’t find it good, but as a performance piece, it is interesting. Sure, I’ll remember it more than several others. Even if it wins (which is unlikely, but still a possibility), at least it would give us something to talk about in Turin. An eternal struggle when ranking: Is cringe better than bland or the other way around? 🙂

Aria
Aria
4 months ago
Reply to  Colin

What if it is bland AND cringe? (I.e. Germany, Poland, North Macedonia 2021?)

Colin
Colin
4 months ago
Reply to  Aria

Germany 2021 is not an example of that in my book, but yeah, if something was both, it would be dead last (something like Netherlands 2009 comes to mind).

Colin
Colin
4 months ago
Reply to  Colin

I have put it again, and you know what, it’s less of a cringe I thought at first. 🙂 The lyrics are tosh, and his singing is just okay, but the instrumental actually slaps more than I initially gave it credit for.

Yeah, Monika is a frontrunner now, and I understand that. She was amazing tonight!

Colin
Colin
4 months ago
Reply to  Colin

Nope. 🙂 Which is why I usually listen to songs at least twice before finishing my lists (which is a task I gladly took, so it’s not hard, but it can mean my ranking can get later than what is average when people are reacting). With most of my favorites, it’s a love at first listen (even if there are far more times a song *really* grew on me than I can count), but if the song is somewhere in the middle, that second take can sometimes be even more vital than the first. That’s just me, though. I perfectly… Read more »

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rackham
rackham
4 months ago
Reply to  Colin

Personally, I always want to root for uniqueness, and I can also look past poor vocals as long as the charisma/performance/visuals are entertaining enough to make up for it… but that wasn’t there for me either. Lolita stood still the entire time! I don’t mind that the song made it, though (and even if it wins I won’t be upset: at least it’s something different!)

Aria
Aria
4 months ago

Monika Liu could bring the Lithuanian language back to Eurovision, it’s been a long time. Vilija has a rather disappointing song, she was actually one of my faves in 2014, but this one won’t bring much attention.

Zy999
Zy999
4 months ago
Reply to  Aria

I think every country should sing in its language, its very UNIQUE!!!

A A
A A
4 months ago

Lolita is the best for me. Monika will win, but Lolita my personal favorite.

Roro31
4 months ago

Seeing the points of the jury and the televote it’s ON: Monika Liu, representative of Lithuania 2022! I will be very happy if she wins because her song is just a monumental masterpiece!! A great presence on stage, charisma, emotions, a just perfect voice, for me Top 5 for Lithuania with her!! When I see the winners from Lithuania in recent years, the jury and the televote usually have the same 12-point candidate so she wins for sure!!! Very happy in advance !! <3 <3 On the other hand, Lolita Zero…….. No comment it’s just horrible, a very weak voice… Read more »

Donkey
Donkey
4 months ago

Monika Liu demolished everyone, looks like she will win. Although Ruta Loop also won me over today.

Oh my
Oh my
4 months ago

Monika Liu and Lolita killed it omg i wish all the best luck for two of them

Josef
Josef
4 months ago

Fantasy Eyes really surprised me, so good!

Žilvinas
Žilvinas
4 months ago

Looks like 2022 is going to be Monika Liu’s year.