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.
Justė Kraujelytė – “Need More Fun”
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.