Junior Eurovision 2023 is only a week away. Many of the 16 participating countries’ delegations have already flown off to Nice. Lithuania, of course, is not among these 16 countries. For more than a decade Lithuanian fans have had to live with a sad truth: there’s no one waving the Lithuanian flag, as we’ve been absent from the competition since 2011.
But could change be in the air?
With Estonia is making its debut, this will be the first Junior Eurovision with at least one Baltic nation in a decade. And we can see that it has attracted the attention of at least one neighboring national broadcaster. Lithuania’s LRT has announced it will broadcast Junior Eurovision 2023 live. It’s the first time the Lithuanian audience will be able to enjoy the show on LRT since 2011 — the year they last attempted to take the trophy back to Vilnius with Paulina’s ‘Debesys’. The song finished 10th out of 13 entries at the contest held in Yerevan, Armenia.
Lithuania achieved its best result in any Eurovision — adult or children’s — back in the 2008 contest in Limassol, Cyprus. The joyful Eglė Jurgaitytė — with the song ‘Laiminga Diena’ (Happy Day) — finished third with 103 points and received the country’s first-ever set of 12 points, with Serbian viewers crowning her their winner. Lithuania has taken part in the contest four times in total, debuting in 2007. It holds the best overall and average placing for the Baltic countries at Junior Eurovision.
Now fans are questioning the reasoning behind the LRT decision to broadcast this year’s show. Regardless of their motives, the occasion provides the perfect reason to celebrate the broadcaster’s choice. So OGAE Lithuania and Eurodiena.lt have together organized a viewing for fans at ‘Action by Apollo’. Lithuania’s Eurovision fans will be able to watch and see if Estonia can top Eglė’s 3rd place result at the ‘Ozas’ shopping center in Vilnius.
Could LRT’s decision to broadcast the contest mean that the channel is testing the opportunity to return to the song competition next year? Do you think Lithuania could win Junior Eurovision 2024? Would you like to hear the Lithuanian language in the Junior version of Eurovision? Let us know in the comments!