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The Lithuanian national final Pabandom iš naujo! is no more. In a press release issued on Wednesday, LRT, Lithuania’s national broadcaster, announced that it is looking for their Eurovision 2024 act through the brand-new contest Eurovizija.LT.

After finishing on the left-hand side of the leaderboard in a respectable 11th place at Eurovision 2023, the Baltic country is hoping this new competition will provide Lithuania its first Eurovision crown at next year’s contest in Malmö, Sweden.

Rules for Eurovizija.LT

Artists can already submit applications to participate in the new national selection Eurovizija.LT, the winner of which will represent Lithuania at the Eurovision Song Contest 2024.

Here is a quick breakdown of what you need to know about Lithuania’s new show:

  • The television program Eurovizija.LT is a new song contest organised by the Lithuanian National Radio and Television Company.

  • Applications from songwriters or performers are accepted until 11th December 2023.

  • Only artists that are citizens of the Republic of Lithuania can participate in the competition.

  • The competition is open to both Lithuanian and foreign authors or groups of authors.

  • Eurovizija.LT will feature at least 20 artists and will stretch over four or five semi-finals. The number of participants in the semi-finals is determined by the organiser of the contest each year based on the number of applications received.
  •  Each artist will receive a budget of no more than €1500 for their performance.

  • If for whatever reason the winner of the contest is unable to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest, the decision of who will replace them as Lithuania’s representative is made by LRT.

For the full rules of Eurovizija.LT click on the following link.

Lithuania at Eurovision 

Lithuania has qualified for the Eurovision grand final six times in the last eight years and finished on the left-hand side of the scoreboard in four of them. Before then, you would have to go as far back as 2006 to find Lithuania on the left-hand side of the scoreboard, when LT United came sixth with “We Are the Winners”. Will Eurovizija.LT continue the positive trend or perhaps do even better?

Next year’s Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Malmö, Sweden, between 7-11th May following Swedish singer Loreen’s victory in 2023.

Who do you want to see take part in Lithuania’s new national final? Let us know in the comments.

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Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
4 months ago

The previous name was more iconic, but nevertheless I think they corrected the mistakes from last year.

Roro31
Roro31
4 months ago

One day, Lithuania will win Eurovision because now, I see that it has done well in recent years. Perseverance is the key !

Jamie
Jamie
4 months ago

Not fond of the generic name change. Having Eurovision in national final names is so lazy. But maybe they’ll cooking something good with this, who knows. PIN was cheesy but it had its charm.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
4 months ago
Reply to  Jamie

Did you find the name cheesy or the whole selection itself? As much as I have some trepidation for Lithuania, competing in a year ending in four, because they usually don’t do well in those years, I do hope that they’ll have something strong enough to get through to the final, at least, and break the curse.

Jamie
Jamie
4 months ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

The name.

Vivian
Vivian
4 months ago

Pretty sure the new NF is just a different name for the same selection

Charlotte Cowan
Charlotte Cowan
4 months ago
Reply to  Vivian

As always with Lithuania. With the exception for the disastrous 2014-2015 format, they always stuck to the same format under different names. There’s a lot that needs to change, such as the voting system (proportional would make more sense rather than fixed points) or the messy semi-finals, they should focus on that.

Zanoni
Zanoni
4 months ago

The only thing I hated about PIN last year were those semi-final results that seemed fishy, allegedly because of some kind of SIM card purchasing scheme.

Devito
4 months ago

I’m hoping for a new, Lithuanian concept in a Lithuanian language to represent us. No more SVEurovision, please. No matter where we end up, at least we could claim we brought something of our own and not just some random plastic while still failing. ?

Jonas
Jonas
4 months ago
Reply to  Devito

More “Strazdas”, please!

Devito
4 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

I’m hoping for less Aiste and more Liu. For all it means, Strazdas is better than most plastic, though. I’m pro-Monikas, though, because I dislike the Samogitian dialect since it sounds dirty to speakers of Standard Lithuanian.

Jamie
Jamie
4 months ago
Reply to  Devito

I think it sounds beautiful when sung though.

Jamie
Jamie
4 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

Damn, Strazdas was a masterpiece. It’s a shame it was sent too early.

Yuarith
Yuarith
4 months ago

Pabandom is Naujo was fine, why the sudden selection change?

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
4 months ago
Reply to  Yuarith

If they want to make tweaks to better their Eurovision results, that’s one thing, but I don’t see the reason to change the name. I wonder what’s happening behind the scenes

Yup
Yup
4 months ago
Reply to  Yuarith

I guess it’s because it means “Lets try again”, and now that Lithuania has had good results it’s not about trying anymore, but continuing.

Zanoni
Zanoni
4 months ago
Reply to  Yup

I get a ‘plucky underdog’ feeling from the PIN name, and ok, maybe they don’t want that anymore, but what they’ve changed it to has no character at all.

Yup
Yup
4 months ago
Reply to  Zanoni

The underdog feeling came to me as well, but I never put much thought on what the previous name meant, but Eurovizija.LT continues the usual pattern a lot of countries have, where “Eurovision” is embled onto the selection name.

Devito
4 months ago
Reply to  Yup

There are too many parallels to the 2007 Lithuanian selection. You may be aware that we weren’t as successful back then. Even though PIN had a name that implied a prior failure, compared to other attempts with more neutral names, it only ever delivered success.

Yup
Yup
4 months ago
Reply to  Devito

Well yes, and I’m superstitious myself too, but let’s hope the new name brings some continuity that PIN started.

Devito
4 months ago
Reply to  Yuarith

It has nothing to do with the results, as I indicated under the other section, in my opinion. PIN was a well-known brand, which increased Lithuania’s visibility to a level comparable to that in 2006. I believe it has something to do with the LRT government. Not the Lithuanian government, but rather the executive branch of the organisation. To begin with, there were reorganizations within the organization itself. Prior to 3 October 2023, Monika Garbaciauskaite-Budriene, the newly elected General Director, also served in that position.However, she suffered severe reputational harm as a result of the committee’s decision not to reappoint… Read more »

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
4 months ago

Funny how people were just talking about this in the Comment section of another article, but there’s nothing here in the actual article about the lithuania national selection. I guess I’ll start the conversation here.

I won’t lie, I have a lot of mixed feelings because I’ve noticed that Lithuania has never done well in a competing year ending in four, and the name change for the national finals doesn’t ease my anxiety for their fate next year. I really hope that Lithuania can send something good enough to cross into the final.

Jamie
Jamie
4 months ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

Well, it’s not a numbers contest haha. If you send garbage, you will get garbage results. Lithuania has improved greatly from 2004 or 2014 (Attention wasn’t qualifying in any universe). Lithuanians would have to get really drunk to send something like that again. Even the runner-ups of PIN from 2020 to 2023 have been pretty decent.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
4 months ago
Reply to  Jamie

That’s fair, Lithuania has seen an improvement over the last few contests and you have been on a steady top 15 path for this decade so far. I think rain of revolution was the last truly awful song that Lithuania had sent to Eurovision, and while you didn’t qualify in 2019, the worst you could say about run with the lions is that it was bland. In fact I’m still surprised that it missed out qualifying by just one point! I’m not a superstitious person, but the reason I keep bringing up “lithuania Performing badly in a competing year ending… Read more »

Algimantas Fedaravi?ius
Algimantas Fedaravi?ius
4 months ago

Pabandom iš naujo is great, i don’t know why they decided to change it…