Popular Lithuanian songstress Monika Liu has won the Pabandom iš Naujo!, the country’s Eurovision 2022 national selection. She’ll sing her song “Sentimentai” in Torino.

Eight acts took the stage during the final of Pabandom iš Naujo! after surviving three heats and two semi-finals. The big favourite, Monika Liu, emerged as the clear winner of the selection. And it’s not that surprising. Her song “Sentimentai” topped the local Agata Top 100 and dominated Spotify streams.

The results were determined by a combination of jury and televoting. This time, a seven-piece jury accounted for half of the votes instead of the five-member panel that we saw during the previous shows. LRT popular music editor Ramūnas Zilnys, journalist Gerūta Griniūtė, producer Vytautas Bikus, musician Stanislavas Stavickis-Stano, singer Ieva Narkutė and Eurovision alumns Aistė Smilgevičiūtė and Vaidotas Valiukevičius completed the jury. 

Pabandom iš Naujo 2022 winner: Monika Liu – “Sentimentai”

Pabandom iš Naujo! 2022 final results

Jury results

  1. Monika Liu – “Sentimentai” – 12 points (84 votes)
  2. Augustė Vedrickaitė – “When You’re 6ft Under” – 10 points (60 votes)
  3. Lolita Zero – “Not Your Mother” – 8 points (57 votes)
  4. Rūta Loop – “Call from The Cold” – 7 points (51 votes)
  5. Gebrasy – “Into Your Arms” – 6 points  (42 votes)
  6. Justė Kraujelytė – “How to Get My Life Back” – 5 points (37 votes)
  7. Ieva Zasimauskaitė – “I’ll Be There” – 4 points (33 votes)
  8. Queens of Roses – “Washing Machine” – 3 points (21 votes)

Televoting results

  1. Monika Liu – “Sentimentai” – 12 points (23604 votes)
  2. Lolita Zero – “Not Your Mother” – 10 points (20929 votes)
  3. Augustė Vedrickaitė – “When You’re 6ft Under” – 8 points (4147 votes)
  4. Rūta Loop – “Call from The Cold” – 7 points (1830 votes)
  5. Gebrasy – “Into Your Arms” – 6 points  (1404 votes)
  6. Justė Kraujelytė – “How to Get My Life Back” – 5 points (1164 votes)
  7. Queens of Roses – “Washing Machine” –  4 points (1108 votes)
  8. Ieva Zasimauskaitė – “I’ll Be There” – 3 points (729 votes)

Combined results

  1. Monika Liu – “Sentimentai” – 12 points
  2. Augustė Vedrickaitė – “When You’re 6ft Under” – 10 points
  3. Lolita Zero – “Not Your Mother” – 8 points
  4. Rūta Loop – “Call from The Cold” – 7 points
  5. Gebrasy – “Into Your Arms” – 6 points  
  6. Justė Kraujelytė – “How to Get My Life Back”  – 5 points
  7. Ieva Zasimauskaitė – “I’ll Be There” – 4 points
  8. Queens of Roses – “Washing Machine” – 4 points

Who is Monika Liu?

Born in Klaipėda, Monika Liu is one of the better-known singers in Lithuania. After graduating from university, she studied at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. A four-time M.A.M.A. nominee, she has been part of the jury for the Baltic state’s adaption of The Voice and The Masked Singer

She will sing “Sentimentai” — a song that reminds many Lithuanians of the retro music of the 20th century. Although some jurors doubted the song’s Eurovision potential in recent weeks, Lithuanians have fallen in love with the track. It will be the first time since 1994, the country’s first appearance in the contest, that Lithuania will send a song fully in Lithuanian. 

Was Monika Liu your favourite too? Will you root for Lithuania at Eurovision 2022? Let us know in the comments down below!

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Midnight Gold
Midnight Gold
11 months ago

My absolute favorite so far, 100% voting for her if she makes the final as my country is voting in the other one…

Midnight Gold
Midnight Gold
11 months ago
Reply to  Midnight Gold

Also, likes of Ronela Hajati could really learn a thing or two about class and actually engaging the viewer without having to resort to kindergarten stuff like flipping your hair back and forth like that.

fan
fan
11 months ago

A very weak song ..with a touch of Shirley Bassey

noone
noone
11 months ago

Sigh… I know, I’ll get much hate and downvotes now, but sorry… this is a sure NQ if there ever was one.

Devito
Devito
11 months ago

Lithuania was not supposed to have a final in 2018 before the rehearsals either. You just wait for this dark horse to take it all!

Klara
Klara
11 months ago

I love her charm – she is a true performer. Love that it’s in Lithuanian language, however, it’s not a very typical Eurovision-esque song, the second half of the song could use some change in pace/key or something else (staging maybe?), to grip the viewers even more. Nevertheless – love it or hate it, this is pure class.

Mr X
Mr X
11 months ago

I see Monika very well scoring from Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, Latvia, France and perhaps Iceland, the Netherlands, Austria and Italy (all these countries are allowed to vote in the first semi final). This could be enough for reaching the final.

Last edited 11 months ago by Mr X
BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
11 months ago
Reply to  Mr X

What makes you think Austria, Iceland, and the Netherlands would go for Lithuania this year? I can’t really see it. The other countries you listed make sense, even France and Italy because this song probably sounds similar to music in those countries. Don’t forget that Norway Is also in semifinal one, and their televote usually gives Lithuania 12 points. However, I have a feeling they might prefer to support Greece this year Because the singer is a greek Norwegian And Lithuania might get just eight or 10 points from them.

Denis
Denis
11 months ago

Singing in national language worked for Italy and France because they have big languages that most people have heard. Not sure if a small language like Lithuanian has the same effect on people. It does stand out but time will tell if it is successful.

Mr X
Mr X
11 months ago
Reply to  Denis

But these wonderful lyrics wouldn´t work in English… It´s too specific.

Look at Albania: The last three entries in native language reached the final.

Last edited 11 months ago by Mr X
Mr X
Mr X
11 months ago
Reply to  Denis

I think that you are underestimating the people….

Jamie
Jamie
11 months ago
Reply to  Denis

Works for Portuguese, Ukrainian, Russian, but Lithuanian is an exception huh. Touch some grass please.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
11 months ago
Reply to  Jamie

What does that expression mean, “touch some grass?”

ete sech
ete sech
11 months ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

If I have to guess, it means “go outside” or something like that

Ravencrow Neversmiles
Ravencrow Neversmiles
11 months ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

It’s a way of saying someone is disconnected from the real world.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
11 months ago

You can make a compound expression out of it. “ Get your head out of the clouds and touch the grass.”

Anhel
Anhel
11 months ago

There is nothing interesting to me in this song. It’s like I’m watching 90’s Eurovision

Last edited 11 months ago by Anhel
sam
sam
11 months ago

i just know that the fandom will underrate monika until they eat their words when she qualifies in may

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
11 months ago
Reply to  sam

It wouldn’t be the first time.

Noel
Noel
11 months ago

I love for Lithuania to win the eurovision song contest

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
11 months ago
Reply to  Noel

Me too, and I believe they would’ve won or reached top five in 2020 have the contest not been canceled, but I don’t think they’re gonna win the contest this year. I just hope for the best for Monika And maybe Lithuania will win the contest in the future.

ete sech
ete sech
11 months ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

With how weak this year is turning out, Lithuania might have an actual chance to win

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
11 months ago
Reply to  ete sech

Both Estonia and Latvia won Eurovision during pretty weak years (2001 and 2002), So it would be on brand for the last Baltic country Lithuania to win During a weak year. But like I said above, I don’t think it’s going to actually happen and I still have doubts about whether Lithuania qualifies at all, but we’ll see how the rest the semifinal one shapes up. It might feel weak now, But things could still perk up as we close out the national final season and we get more internally selected songs out. I think once all the songs are… Read more »

alex8
alex8
11 months ago

Amazing song, she really sells it. I’m very surprised eurovision fans seem to prefer some other songs selected last night. I think she will do very well in may

Andrew X
11 months ago

I do not agree with sending a song in my own language, because we are not Italians or French, we are not interested in Lithuania. As we say we will be left without a finale and as the betting predictions show, we fell down after the performer was chosen. And the 50 people who like this song are too few.

Chupacabra
Chupacabra
11 months ago
Reply to  Andrew X

If you read my comment you know that I realy don´t like the song but I´m sure if she sing in engtlish this song would be on my bottom right after Bulgaria. To use Lithuanian give this song more than yout imagine and your language is realy soundy for my ears 😉

Wth
Wth
11 months ago
Reply to  Andrew X

Who are we? You?

Ted
Ted
11 months ago

I’ve really enjoyed the past two songs from the Roop.
This one will be a bit of a grower for me I think. She’s very watchable and the song style draws me in.
Currently in my top 10 worthy contenders

Mr X
Mr X
11 months ago

The second country after the Netherlands which unexpectedly sends an entry in native language for such a long time. I´m very happy about that. Let´s see who anyone else….

That´s the spirit of Eurovision !

Last edited 11 months ago by Mr X
Ria NL
Ria NL
11 months ago

Monika was my favoriete from the first time I heard her song and I hope she sinds her song in Lithuanian , I will vote for her

Disappointed German
Disappointed German
11 months ago

I don’t understand the negative comments to the song here. The song will be unique in the contest and her performance is mesmerizing. This will 100% qualify! I predict a Top 10 finish!

West
West
11 months ago

It’s a good song, but doesn’t really stand out – maybe elevate a staging a bit? I don’t know, but it seems to me like a song you need to actively invest your attention in in order to enjoy it and most people are not willing to do that.

Teddie
Teddie
11 months ago

Yep, this is still a sure NQ

Lily
Lily
11 months ago
Reply to  Teddie

lol because if they send something bland/boring/worse than Monika, her chances to qualify will rise

Chris
Chris
11 months ago

Good job Lithuania!

Im so fab
Im so fab
11 months ago

Lithuania will qualify. And I am super happy they finally sing in their language.

Sergod Legendzarev
Sergod Legendzarev
11 months ago

The Berklee College of Music graduate, real diva, perfect entry

Chupacabra
Chupacabra
11 months ago

Sorry, this is so boring! Even the hairstlye is similar but she is not Mireille Mathieu. She haven´t the charisma and the voice to give the song this classy “Fado-Chanson-Whatever-Mix-Feeling”. And the hardest nordic block voting support can save this song form a flop! I just can´t see this in the final… but hey… if you like this song I respect this and I wish Lithuania good luck 😉

Chupacabra
Chupacabra
11 months ago
Reply to  Chupacabra

MAH… i forget this… a big plus is that she sings in her native language! First I try to understand what she is singing in Portuguese and than recognizing hey it´s Lithuanian! A realy beautiful language so hope you will send us more songs in your language even if I don´t like this song 😉

Lol
Lol
11 months ago
Reply to  Chupacabra

Monika Liu does not have charisma? Are you blind?:D

Chupacabra
Chupacabra
11 months ago
Reply to  Lol

Not for me… sorry she just try to be a diva nothing more!

:::
:::
11 months ago

So hypnotizing.
Such a wonderful voice.
I love it.

Mr X
Mr X
11 months ago

Lithuania 10/12

Esc addict
Esc addict
11 months ago

Lithuania has won the Baltic race for me tonight, out of the 3 songs selected it’s my favourite, I’m not into cowboy’s songs and I don’t like salad sorry. Good job Lithuania.

Mr X
Mr X
11 months ago
Reply to  Esc addict

My ranking list of the baltic entries

Lithuania 10/12
Estonia 8/12
Latvia 3/12

Devito
Devito
11 months ago
Reply to  Mr X

Do you mean 10, 8 and 3 points out of 12 or what? Because as far as I am concerned, we know 13, not 12 songs at the moment bruh.

Tomi
Tomi
11 months ago
Reply to  Devito

Of couse, 10 points out of 12. Then 8 & 3 out of 12.

Mr X
Mr X
11 months ago
Reply to  Devito

Yes, I give the points out of 12

Emkay
Emkay
11 months ago

A pretty cool retro vibe that we don’t often hear. Almost an upbeat lounge song.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
11 months ago

Congrats to LRT on a great national final. A lot of the performers and choreographers really stepped it up for the final as well. Monika’s final performance looked and sounded so much better than in the previous rounds. Actually I was thinking “Shirley Bassey” when I heard it, but now that I have read the other’s feedback, I understand that Soviet-era is being evoked. It’s still a solid entry for Lithuania, even if it is perhaps not a Eurovision winner. 🙂

ivev
ivev
11 months ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

Actually, at least for me (as Lithuanian) this gives post-war pre-soviet era vibes. Like in 20’s. And I enjoy it!

Agent 007
Agent 007
11 months ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

Yes, it is a Soviet, or better said Eastern-bloc song, one that you could hear at Sopot festival in early 1980’s, for example. I like it.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
11 months ago
Reply to  Agent 007

And, including Lithuania, there are 6 ex-Soviet countries In the first semifinal (Latvia, Moldova, Ukraine, Armenia, and Russia) And Bulgaria is a former eastern bloc country too. We keep fretting about whether Sentimentai can pick up televote points, And we’ve got this swath of countries from that former bloc here that might have people who are drawn to this type of music. No, I don’t expect them to give Lithuania their full 12 points (More likely somewhere within the 4 to 8 range), But It could give Lithuania a little boost to help it go forward to the final, if… Read more »

Apollo
Apollo
11 months ago

For some reason, this song gives me Soviet-era burlesque vibes.

I would suggest sleek and stylish staging in Turin to avoid the vibes stated above.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
11 months ago
Reply to  Apollo

Well, from what I’ve read in the comments in previous articles, Monika is planning on doing something completely different for the eurovision staging, although I don’t know what that will be. Hopefully it will be enough to convince the producers to not place her at the number two spot.

Last edited 11 months ago by BadWoolfGirl
Jamie
Jamie
11 months ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

She said today “I will do everything to lift up my Turin performance to the maximum”. So yeah, it’s getting changed. Maybe completely even.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
11 months ago
Reply to  Jamie

Yep, and I just read the official interview on another Eurovision new site. Staging can be one factor that uplifts a song from being doomed to remain in semifinals to making it to the final. Think about Portugal last year. It was practically written off as a sure fire non-qualifier early in the season, but then come to the live show and it had such a gorgeous staging that it actually qualified. Maybe something similar could happen to Lithuania, but I’m still not 100% confident.

Tomi
Tomi
11 months ago

First impression: I love this, love the instrumental filled with nice little details, love the vocals & love the use of their national language. One of the best songs from Lithuania ever. The only concern is: my taste is most of the time very different from what euro fans like & from what does well at the actual contest. So, it could mean this song will have a hard time qualifying.

Jamie
Jamie
11 months ago
Reply to  Tomi

Eurofans are like 1% of ESC viewers

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
11 months ago
Reply to  Jamie

Yeah, there are countless times when the taste of the euro fan base and the general larger audience don’t always align. Something that is ignored by the euro fans could actually be very popular by the general public, and something beloved by the Eurofans could flop with the general public.

Sam
Sam
11 months ago

Those saying this won’t qualify, you may be right, but I wouldn’t write off this song quite yet. I think this could slip through to the final with jury support. However, I can see this song being done the dirty and given second spot in the final running order.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
11 months ago
Reply to  Sam

Yes, that has also been on my mind too. I could see Lithuania being assigned to the second spot in the semi final which could torpedo any chance it has to qualify Or maybe it gets lucky and it’s placed elsewhere. Once semi final one is filled up, we’ll see where it lands.

AlexisMateoFan45
AlexisMateoFan45
11 months ago

I love this entry to bits, but she really is begging for a complete restaging and restyling. I feel like something more to the vibe of the visualizer of the song on YT would work much much better, and would easily consolidate her as a jury favorite.

Franky
Franky
11 months ago

Absolutely agreed. It needs to look more like the artwork for the song on youtube where she looks like a french femme fatale.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
11 months ago

I think she’s planning to do something very different for her Eurovision staging, so The staging she has right now for the national finals isn’t going to carry over.

John
John
11 months ago

Some Soviet nostalgia realness. Best of the boom-chica-boom era that will appeal to the over 50 set in Eastern Europe. Not enough to qualify.

Xxx
Xxx
11 months ago
Reply to  John

Had this been France or Italy nobody would call it Soviet nostalgia and it would’ve been hyped as a winner.

Last edited 11 months ago by Xxx
Jamie
Jamie
11 months ago
Reply to  Xxx

If this was from France eurofans would eat up this song like it’s a godsend miracle. But since it’s Lithuania it’s “Soviet nostalgia”. That’s like the biggest insult to Lithuanian people. They never wanted to be Soviet, it was forced upon them.

pastel de nata
pastel de nata
11 months ago

She really sells it well! Great performance, even if the song itself isnot that great, still enjoyed the whole thing.

Last edited 11 months ago by pastel de nata
TheDrMistery
TheDrMistery
11 months ago

Cool that we’ll get another song in Lithuanian at last. Ieva not getting even 1000 votes, though…

ete sech
ete sech
11 months ago
Reply to  TheDrMistery

Ieva’s song was disappointing tbf. And I say this as someone who loved When We’re Old 🙁

Last edited 11 months ago by ete sech
Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
11 months ago

Lithuania will not qualify with this

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
11 months ago
Reply to  Eurovision fan

Ok, so we are being delusional.

Roodi
Roodi
11 months ago

last place

Roro31
Roro31
11 months ago

Very fantastic song from Lithuania !! Monika is beautiful, captivating, professional and this jazzy side of the 70s charms me a lot!

Good Job Lithuania and all Baltic countries !! (and Ukraine : Masterpiece) !

Jake
Jake
11 months ago

I’m actually surprised how much the fandom loves this. I think she is a great singer and this is an interesting song. Part of me feels like it needs to score well with juries. It’s a very bold choice by Lithuania and they might be rewarded. But if it didn’t qualify—I wouldn’t be shocked since I get 2018 Franka and Laura Rizzotto vibes. The Lithuanian language sets it apart however and does elevate it.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
11 months ago
Reply to  Jake

While it seems to be mostly beloved within this comment section, It’s not really ranked that highly in several eurovision YouTube ranking lists that I’ve seen so far (7th to 11th Is the approximate range I’ve seen so far), but things could shift overtime. It’s not my number one favor, but I placed somewhere between fifth and seventh place for my own ranking.

Polegend Godgarina
11 months ago

deserving winner. this is an extremely atmospheric song with huge staging potential in turin. i believe this will do well.

Kosey
Kosey
11 months ago

Monika deserves the chance to shine on that Turin stage, she gave a coherent performance. It is unfortunately in a genre which does absolutely nothing for me. But I know she has an audience and performs very well to it.

Devito
Devito
11 months ago

Just like Monika Liu said after her victory – enjoy the moment. It really does not matter if Lithuania is going to the TOP-3, TOP-5, TOP-10, BOTTOM-5, Borderline or Non-Qualifier. What matters is to show Europe what WE, LITHUANIANS, love. It is not a competition of “Send the song you think Europe will vote for” but rather “Send the song you like the most”. And for that my respect to Monika Liu is even higher. After all, even if she will be #1 or #41, it will not change the fact her song and performance are mesmerizing!

ete sech
ete sech
11 months ago

I’m glad Monika won! She’s a fantastic performer with such a beautiful bop that’s both retro and modern at the same time.
I’m also happy that both the jury and the audience backed her up! 😀

Last edited 11 months ago by ete sech
Iv***
Iv***
11 months ago

Next.

Ressay
11 months ago

I dont Know what she is saying but she catch me with her eyes and the movement of her hands. It’s like a drug for me.

Yasser Rojas
11 months ago

One of the best song so far. It’s very classy and fine. She has suach a strong stage presence and good vocals, and the song is very different from what we used to listen to. It gives me vibes of such a classy french song.

Btzbtz
Btzbtz
11 months ago

It’s very charming, I hope it qualifies but I am nervous for Lithuania this year.
My only criticism, and I don’t want to be mean but it needs to be said, is that she needs to slick back her hair like in the official audio video. The pencil hair (Fleabag reference) ages her 10 years and looks ridiculous (Mireille Mathieu anyone?). The slick back makes her look so chic. Small detail I suppose, but when your song is already quite grownup, you don’t want your styling to say ‘dated’.

ivev
ivev
11 months ago
Reply to  Btzbtz

You might dislike her hair, but she likes this hairstyle herself a lot as it get a comeback after some years since she had it last time.

Yoo
Yoo
11 months ago

I like it, becouse it’s in lithuanian language, and I will vote for this.
But also I think that, if Lithuania sent in past 10 years, idk, 5 times songs in lithuanian, that I wouldn’t like this at all.
Maybe all this don’t make senece 😀 , but its my opinion.

Nils
Nils
11 months ago

Interesting and captivating. Good choice. Her staging needs to be fixed though.

Last edited 11 months ago by Nils
Ravencrow Neversmiles
Ravencrow Neversmiles
11 months ago

This is kinda the same category as Barbara last year. I appreciate the quality and technical execution of the song but I just don’t like to listen to this type of music.

Mikey
11 months ago

It is very old fashioned, but not in the modern cool retro style, so I don’t see this scoring high. But she sings it okay..