The first heat of Lithuania’s Pabandom Iš Naujo 2023 was filmed on Tuesday 17 January. This means we now know the 15 acts that will appear in the televised broadcast on Saturday 21 January.

As always, there is some drama surrounding Lithuania‘s national selection. Lina Stalyte was disqualified for releasing her entry too early and was subsequently replaced by the group The PiXLS.

For those who stuck to the rules, the competition is about to begin.

Pabandom Is Naujo 2023: Heat one acts

  • Aistė Pilvelytė – “We’re Not Running“
  • Joseph June – “Vacuum“
  • Il Senso – “Sparnai / Wings“ 
  • W.I – “You Can Not“
  • Multiks – “London“
  • Lukne – “Paradise“
  • Gabrielius Vagelis – “Sauksmas / Scream“
  • Alen Chicco – “Do You“
  • Ruta MUR – “So Low“
  • Justin 3 feat. Dj AugustYno – “Not Giving Up“
  • Baiba – “When the Lights Go Out“
  • Justa Rubežiute – “When I’ll Find”
  • NOY – “Destiny’s Child“
  • Paulina Paukstaityte – “Let Me Think About Me“
  • Juste Kraujelyte – “Need More Fun

Some of the acts have already released their songs, but not all.

Nevertheless, now that we have a list of the artists and their song titles, let‘s get to know some of them a little bit more.

Aistė Pilvelytė – “We’re Not Running”

If you follow Lithuania‘s national selections then you are for sure going to know Aistė Pilvelytė. A veteran of the selection, this will be her 13th time competing. Aistė‘s first attempt was way back in 1999 and the last one was in 2020 with “Unbreakable”. Will 13 be her lucky number and provide her the time to shine? Only time will tell. But, if Aistė is back then you can count on the fact she has a great song behind her.

Joseph June – “Vacuum”

Joseph June’s music is not tied to one genre or idea. His songs touch on elements of jazz, hip-hop, R&B and indie. This is Joseph‘s second attempt in Lithuania‘s national selection. He competed in 2022 and made it out the first round, but was subsequently eliminated in the semi-final. With more experience behind him this year, Joseph June might do even better.

Il Senso – “Sparnai”

This group is comprised of four young opera soloists who came together in the name of common goals – to go forward, to never stop believing, to nurture and spread the beauty of opera music to the wider stage. Their song “Sparnai” (“Wings”) will be performed in Lithuanian.

Gabrielius Vagelis – “Sauksmas”

Gabrielius started his music journey on Lietuvos Balsas (The Voice of Lithuania). He’s taken the stage  of Lithuania’s Eurovision selections on multiple occasions — 2023 will be his sixth try. Gabrielius returns to Lithuanian for this latest attempt with “Sauksmas” (“Scream”). Perhaps this will give him the edge and we might hear another Lithuanian song on the big Eurovision stage once again.

Alen Chicco – “Do You”

Alen Chicco is another returnee. Beloved for his avant-garde look, expressive voice and sense of theatricality, he’ll no doubt put on a great show and he is one of the early favourites to make it far this year. He last competed in 2020 with “Your Cure”. His 2023 entry, “Do You”, is a power ballad  with which Chicco wants to show a different face of Lithuania.

Ruta MUR – “So Low”

Ruta MUR might still be a new name in Lithuania but she for sure has a very unique and strong voice to help her stand out from the rest. She’s bringing the ’80s back with her song “So Low”, which shows her unique voice very well. This is Ruta‘s first time on the Pabandom Is Naujo stage, so wish her best of luck.

Justin 3 feat. Dj AugustYno – “Not Giving Up”

You might know Justin 3 from the iconic Lithuanian group Twosome. This year, he is working with well-known Dj AugustYno, who has already had some great hits in Lithuania. Their song “Not Giving Up” has not been released yet, but it will most likely be something fun and jazzy.

Baiba – “When the Lights Go Out”

Baiba Skurstene-Serdiukė is a very experienced singer in Lithuania and she has already graced the big Eurovision stage as the backing vocalist for several acts. A versatile singer, she has competed in Lithuania’s national selection several times. For 2023, she is returning with the beautiful ballad “When the Lights Go Out”.

NOY – “Destiny’s Child”

Nojus Zebrauskas is a very charismatic young performer who rose to fame on Lithuania’s X Factor, where he proved to be a big threat. While he is one of the youngest in this preselection, NOY can definitely give an impressive show. His song “Destiny’s Child” promises something fresh and fun to dance to.

After a very successful debut last year, Justė Kraujelytė is back with her second try at Pabandom Is Naujo. Last time her song was quite dark and mysterious, but this year she “Need More Fun” and brings something lighter to the table. Can Justė repeat her success of last year and once again reach the final of the national selection?

Tune in this Saturday to see which acts will be the first qualifiers from heat one of Pabandom Is Naujo 2023.

Who do you think will qualify for the semifinals? And which song are you most excited to hear on Saturday? Let us know in the comments below.

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BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
11 days ago

I wonder when the discussion posts will be up for Norway and Lithuania today. I can’t wait to chat and discuss.

Tom
Tom
12 days ago

Gabrielus song is ace! Fingers crossed.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
11 days ago
Reply to  Tom

I just listened to it and I have to agree. Even though there are four songs not available from heat 1, “Šauksmas“ absolutely stands out. It’s gonna move on for sure.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
12 days ago

So, as of now, Lithuania has climbed to the eighth spot in the odds for tomorrow night. This seems like a good omen that Lithuania have something really special, but I’m still keeping a sense of caution so that I don’t end up disappointed. I do not expect every song in this selection to be a masterpiece because somebody has to stay behind in the heat and semi finals, but I do hope that there are a few pearls among the sand. I wish everyone good luck tomorrow. Let’s hope for a good show.

Devito
12 days ago

If anyone is curious, I will do my best covering tomorrow’s heat comments once again.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
12 days ago
Reply to  Devito

We look forward to it.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
12 days ago
Reply to  Devito

Didn’t you have that website where you tracked up everything about Pabandom Is Naujoand uploaded the judges’ comments on each PIN show? I’d like to get back on if the site is still active.

Devito
12 days ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

That’s correct. You can access that website by either clicking on my name there on Wiwibloggs or going directly to: https://pabandomisnaujo.lt/ 🙂

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
11 days ago
Reply to  Devito

Thank you for providing the link. I look forward to it.

XOOOD
XOOOD
12 days ago

“Let me think about me” is the one!

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
12 days ago
Reply to  XOOOD

I just listened to the song and I have to say I’m digging it. It actually reminds me a bit of Zara Larsson’s song “symphony” at times.

XOOOD
XOOOD
11 days ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

Yeah, i get Zara’s vibes as well!

Jamie
Jamie
12 days ago

Lithuania jumping to 12th spot in the odds before PIN even started. Really interesting. What’s the magic? 😀

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
12 days ago
Reply to  Jamie

Maybe somebody put down a drunken bet, or there’s something special in the lineup. It’s also the day before the first heat airs so maybe somebody is trying to drive up interest.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
12 days ago
Reply to  Jamie

Guard your hearts because Lithuania just jumped into the top ten in the odds at number 9!

Devito
12 days ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

Most likely because of Gabrielius. Although, I’ve heard rumors Paulina did awesome in the first heat. Not to mention the favourite – Beatrich – which still has to release a song. And despite not so many releases yet, songs by Paulina, Petunija, Ruta Mur, Agne and Donata are very very decent entries. Donata surprised me the most – her entry “Made of Wax” made me puke inside previously, “Dreamer” is a huge improvement.

Jamie
Jamie
12 days ago
Reply to  Devito

Beatrich’s song is out as a snippet for a while now… it’s not special or interesting. It’s either Gabrielius or Paulina doing this magic. Or something got leaked?? 8th in the odds now.

Rise
Rise
12 days ago
Reply to  Jamie

Yes 8 place I am wondering what is doing all this magic, Paulinos song is Amazing. Also waiting for Gabrielius and Monika posted on Ig that she is really waiting for 23rd of january because the long wait will be over what does that mean, is she releasing her song on Sunday 23rd

Devito
12 days ago
Reply to  Jamie

Yeah, I just checked it. It’s a good song but it does not feel like there is anything unique in these 11 seconds snippet. Very radio friendly though, I would not write her off just yet.

Most likely yep, it has something to do with either Gabrielius or Paulina. Or Both. Having two strong songs is even better. Not sure who else could be a secret bomb to attract odds… Gebrasy? Monika Linkyte? Mario Junes?

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
12 days ago
Reply to  Devito

Donata also last competed with “the way I am” in 2021 and that was also an atrocious song. She’s definitely improving for this year. I’ve got to give her credit for that.

Devito
12 days ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

Yes, but “The Way I Am” was still an improvement compared to that piece of wax she presented previously. Fingers crossed her visualisations won’t look terrible. That’s what I’m afraid of from Gabrielius too. He tends to compete with decent songs but keep failing with his staging and outfits massively. The picture of the video premiere is kinda intriguing though. I love the excitement Lithuania delivers. It seems that with 2020, Lithuania has come to a new decade most Europeans were not ready for neither in politics, nor in the music industry. Sweet!

Jamie
Jamie
12 days ago
Reply to  Devito

I’ve been to the filming. His staging is great this time. Very minimal and clean. No more atrocious clothing haha

Devito
12 days ago
Reply to  Jamie

Great news!

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
12 days ago
Reply to  Jamie

That’s good to hear. It seems like he’s finally learning to rein it in.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
13 days ago

Another song has been released for heat 1–Lukne – “Paradise“

Ritoli
Ritoli
13 days ago

Hmm.. yes.. Gabrielius is the whole package! Smoking Hot! His voice is an ear orgasm and I loved the song. So yes, in my opinion he is Lithuania’s best chance!

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
12 days ago
Reply to  Ritoli

The full song will drop tomorrow, so we’ll see if it lives up to the promising snippet.

Jofty
Jofty
14 days ago

This all sounds great and I am usually a fan of Lietuwa’s entries. However with 100% Televote in semi, they will qualify whether they send Baa Baa Black Sheep or Bohemian Rhapsody.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
14 days ago
Reply to  Jofty

But that depends if they get into a semifinal with all of their allies. If they are alone, it’s more critical that they send the strongest song they have. In fact, there have been years were the televote Didn’t help Lithuania at all. In the 100% televote era in the 2000s, lithuania actually did not do that well, with the exception of 6th place in 2006. It’s not always a guarantee.

Jofty
Jofty
14 days ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

True but that was almost 20 years ago. If they draw Ireland, Norway and UK (voting in their semi) that’s 36 points minimum with no jury to drag them down. Regardless of the song quality. But it’s more likely to be good than not. Going back to 2006, “neighbourly voting” cost Polànd a spot in final. We’ll see what happens but if a powerhouse gets kicked out, the jury will be back. You probably know who I mean (clue 2010)

Mbappe
Mbappe
14 days ago
Reply to  Jofty

Osterdahl needs to come to his senses and reverse this irresponsible decision for next year regardless, the contest will only suffer because of it.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
14 days ago
Reply to  Jofty

But what if Lithuania doesn’t get those three countries in their semifinal? That could hurt them if they don’t have a very strong song to compete with.

Oh, I know who you’re referring to (Sweden, right?), but they failed to qualify in 2010 because of the juries. If there was just televote vote in 2010, Sweden would’ve qualified. In fact, Sweden has never failed to qualify with the televote.

TastyWardrobe
TastyWardrobe
14 days ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

They wouldn’t have qualified in 2008 if there wasn’t a backup jury

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
13 days ago
Reply to  TastyWardrobe

I completely forgot about that.

Jofty
Jofty
13 days ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

With an annoying generic entry which squeezed out a great entry (FYROM)

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
13 days ago
Reply to  Jofty

That’s why I really hated the wild card rule for 2008 and 2009. It was really unfair to the countries who finished 10th and would’ve qualified in any other year. North Macedonia got unlucky to be 10th for both years and not qualify because of the stupid wildcard.

Jofty
Jofty
13 days ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

I agree re 2008, but I was glad in 2009 because Lose Control was one of my favourite entries. I would like to see the rule back though as a safety mechanism. So Croatia would have ij qualified in 2021.

Horny stud
Horny stud
14 days ago

Wow! Gabrielus looks hotter every year! Hope he wins! That would be a Great edition with Gabrielus, Marco Mengoni, Agoney and Andrew Lambrou;)

Xxx
Xxx
14 days ago

Rooting for Gabrielius!

Amar pelos dois
Amar pelos dois
14 days ago

Now it´s finally time for Gabrielius.

Zanoni
Zanoni
14 days ago

Not really feeling any of these yet, but I love “Love of My Life.”

Colin
Colin
14 days ago

Already fully published songs I like the most are in the other semi, but Gabrielius’ snippet feels very promising! Is it his time to represent his country? Based on the snippet, I wouldn’t mind at all. I hope that the full version is amazing. Good luck, Gabrielius!

Paul
Paul
15 days ago

I was obsessed with unbreakable!!

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
15 days ago
Reply to  Paul

That was her 2020 PIN entry. Her 2023 entry is not out yet. Unless you just like the song.

Paul
Paul
15 days ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

I do just like the song – even now!

Jamie
Jamie
14 days ago
Reply to  Paul

People that attended the recording yesterday said she had the worst song of the night lol

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
14 days ago
Reply to  Jamie

Oh dear. Is it bad enough that she could not make it to the semi finals Or could she still make it because of the wide net and her name. Who had the best and worst performances?

Jamie
Jamie
14 days ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

There is a chance that she won’t make it. Best performance by far: Gabrielius. Also Paulina is quite strong, even though I’m not a big fan of the song. Very Zara Larsson in every way. Worst: Aiste, Baiba

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
14 days ago
Reply to  Jamie

As it is released, Baiba’s song is bad, I agree. She definitely won’t make it out of the heat this Saturday.

Tom
Tom
15 days ago

Ruta Mur or Gabrielus for me. I think both are of a good and unique quality.

Esc addict
Esc addict
15 days ago

I must say that each time Gabrielus enters the competition I really like his entries and I think listening this snippet this year won’t be an exception. I’ve watched only NOY’s Music Video so far and this guy seems fun and talented too, his MV looks expensive.

OhMy1
OhMy1
15 days ago

Paulina Paukstaityte might surprise everyone, because her song sounds really good. There’s a snippet on her tiktok

Vaida
Vaida
12 days ago
Reply to  OhMy1

Her song is good !

Roro31
Roro31
15 days ago

Petunija with “Love of my life” is out also and this is…. GOOD !!! (Ballad yes but very emotional & good vibes).

Vaida
Vaida
13 days ago
Reply to  Roro31

Yes, Petunija have a real chance to win PIN2023 🙂 I love love her song

Kosey
Kosey
15 days ago

I’m really enjoying Ruta Mur, that song is a nice vibe.

Ritoli
Ritoli
15 days ago

Gabrielius Vagelis! OMG! How can I even concentrate on the song when the singer looks like that? I have to say.. the male beauty in this world just never ends..

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
15 days ago

With 15 songs, I wonder how many are going to move on to the semi finals because there’s an odd number. My guess it will be somewhere between 7-8 maybe 9 songs moving on (10 would leave just five songs behind).

it’s about time for an article on Lithuania. I’m tired of talking about it on other article comments.

Jamie
Jamie
15 days ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

It’s 8.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
15 days ago
Reply to  Jamie

That sounds about right, but how do you know that? Was it written in the rules?

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
15 days ago
Reply to  Jamie

Actually, I was reading the wiki entry for Lithuania in the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 and it actually quoted A Lithuanian article that there will be ten qualifiers from heat 1. Now I’m confused. I guess we’ll have to find out on Saturday.

Jamie
Jamie
15 days ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

That article says nothing about 10 qualifiers. I attended the pre-recording, hosts said only 8 will advance. Then 4 from each semi. There will be 8 acts in the grand final, as always.

Jamie
Jamie
15 days ago
Reply to  Jamie

Oops, probably misheard it. Sorry, 10 will advance. You’re right!

Devito
14 days ago
Reply to  Jamie

So my devil-ish plan of wishing for 10 acts in the Grand Final was confirmed? Praise my powers, you folks! 😀

Jamie
Jamie
14 days ago
Reply to  Devito

Nothing is known about the final yet, but this makes sense. 20 qualify from the heats, then 10 qualify from the semis.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
14 days ago
Reply to  Jamie

I really wish we had all the songs out (at least for this heat), so I can make a prediction of who will make it to the semi finals and who will be left behind. It’s hard to do that because something that I think should remain in the heat may end up making to the semi finals because the wide net of 10 qualifiers.

On the other hand, the math makes sense. 30 songs for the heat, 20 songs for the semi finals, and 10 songs for the final if that’s the case.

Jamie
Jamie
15 days ago

Gabrielius Vagelis sounds very promising. He’s gotten big in Lithuania recently, so this could bring him the long awaited victory. Adding to the fact how weak the other acts sound and the hopefuls falling short (Monika Linkyte, Beatrich). There’s still Gebrasy and AKD left though, so we’ll see.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
15 days ago
Reply to  Jamie

Have you heard Petunija’s song love of my life? I think it actually sounds really good. Could be a dark horse.

Tommm
Tommm
15 days ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

Not rly 🙁

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
15 days ago
Reply to  Tommm

You don’t like it, or you don’t think it’s a dark horse? everybody has different tastes. I just think at the moment it feels like the best song of this selection for now with the 11 songs that are currently out right now. It might get surpassed by a few other songs when more are released, but that remains to be seen.

Jamie
Jamie
15 days ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

I liked it, a lot actually. But now I’m kinda bored of it. Maybe the live performance will lift it up, we’ll see.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
14 days ago
Reply to  Jamie

you probably listened to it too many times. That could make somebody sick of a song. Just take a break from it.

Jamie
Jamie
14 days ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

Yeah probably. Petunija said the live performance will be a bit different and will feature a studio instrumental. It could sound even better!

Panna
Panna
15 days ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

I cried when listened to Love Of My Life the first time, cuts deep