Lithuania in the Eurovision Song Contest

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Lithuania
Flag
Member station LRT
National selection events Lietuvos Dainų Daina
Appearances
Appearances 14 (10 finals)
First appearance 1994
Best result 6th: 2006
Worst result Last: 1994, 2005 SF
External links
Lithuania's page at Eurovision.tv

Lithuania has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 14 times, debuting at the 1994 contest. After Ovidijus Vyšniauskas finished last without a single point Lithuania withdrew from the contest, not returning until the 1999 contest, where Aistė Smilgevičiūtė sang "Strazdas", a song in the Samogitian dialect of Lithuanian. Having been relegated from the 2000 contest the country returned with Skamp and "You Got Style", the first Lithuanian song to include English. They received 35 points, placing 13th. However the following year, Aivaras could only manage to come second last with 12 points.

Since the semi-finals were introduced Lithuania again came last with Laura and the Lovers and "Little by Little". The following year the Lithuanian broadcaster Lietuvos Nacionalinis Radijas ir Televizija (LRT) sent LT United to the 2006 contest with the football chant-like song "We Are the Winners". They took Lithuania to the final for the first time since 2002, coming sixth in the final with 162 points, Lithuania's best placing as of 2012.

The following year Lithuania automatically qualified for the final, however 4Fun could not replicate LT United's success, coming 21st with only 28 points, 12 of which came from Ireland. In 2008 Jeronimas Milius failed to reach the final, coming 16th of 19 competing nations in the second semi-final.

Lithuania threatened to boycott the 2009 contest "if Russia continues to showcase power and ignores international law" (ironically since Russia is the country Lithuania has given the most points to). The statement was made in reaction to the Russia's actions in the 2008 South Ossetia war.[1] Culture Minister Jonas Jucas stated that it was too early to discuss the boycott since "spontaneous decisions might aggravate the efforts of diplomats" and thus make the situation worse. At the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 Lithuania qualified from the semi finals and at the end of the voting in the final had received 23 points, placing them 23rd.[2]

4Fun performing "Love or Leave" at Helsinki (2007)
Jeronimas Milius performing "Nomads in the Night" at Belgrade (2008)

LRT announced in December 2009 that, due to a lack of necessary funds, Lithuania would formally withdraw from the 2010 Contest. However in the event that the necessary funds of 300,000 litas (90,000) would be found the broadcaster announced that they would attempt to continue the country's participation.[3] Ultimately, private company TEO LT provided the necessary funding and Lithuania participated in Bærum.

In 2011 Lithuania participated in the first Semi Final on the 10th May 2011 and after coming 5th, qualified for the Final. In the final, Lithuania performed 4th and at the end of the voting had received 63 points putting them 19th.

Contestants[edit]

Table key

     Winner
     Second place
     Third place
     Last place
     Automatically qualified to the final
     Did not qualify for the final
     Did not compete or was relegated
Year Artist Language Song Final Points Semi Points
1994 Ovidijus Vyšniauskas Lithuanian "Lopšinė mylimai" 25 0
No Semi-Finals
1995
Did Not Compete
1996
1997
1998
1999 Aistė Samogitian "Strazdas" 20 13
No Semi-Finals
2000
Relegated from Participating
2001 SKAMP English, Lithuanian "You Got Style" 13 35
No Semi-Finals
2002 Aivaras English "Happy You" 23 12
2003
Relegated from Participating
2004 Linas and Simona English "What's Happened To Your Love?"
Failed to qualify
16 26
2005 Laura & The Lovers English "Little by Little"
Failed to qualify
25 17
2006 LT United English, French "We Are the Winners" 6 162 5 163
2007 4Fun English "Love or Leave" 21 28
Top 10 Previous Year
2008 Jeronimas Milius English "Nomads in the Night"
Failed to qualify
16 30
2009 Sasha Son English, Russian "Love" 23 23 9 66
2010 InCulto English "Eastern European Funk"
Failed to qualify
12 44
2011 Evelina Sašenko English, French "C'est ma vie" 19 63 5 81
2012 Donny Montell English "Love Is Blind" 14 70 3 104
2013 Andrius Pojavis English "Something" 22 17 9 53
2014 Vilija Matačiūnaitė English "Attention"

NOTE: If a country had won the previous year, they did not have to compete in the semi-finals the following year. In addition from 2004-2007, the top ten countries who were not members of the big four did not have to compete in the semi-finals the following year. If, for example, Germany and France placed inside the top ten, the countries who placed 11th and 12th were advanced to the following year's grand final along with the rest of the top ten countries.

Voting history[edit]

As of 2013, Lithuania's voting history is as follows:

12 points[edit]

Table key

     Winner – Lithuania gave 12 points to a winning song / Lithuania won the contest.
     Second place – Lithuania gave 12 points to a runner-up song / Lithuania was runner-up in the contest.
     Third place – Lithuania gave 12 points to a third place song / Lithuania came third in the contest.
     Qualified – Lithuania gave 12 points to a song that qualified to the Grand Finals / Lithuania qualified to the Grand Finals.
     Non-qualified – Lithuania gave 12 points to a song that did not qualify to the Grand Finals / Lithuania did not qualify to the Grand Finals.
Year Given Received
Final Semi Final Semi
1994  Poland No semi-finals
None
No semi-finals
Did not participate between 1995 and 1998
1999  Ireland No semi-finals
None
No semi-finals
2000 Relegated Relegated
2001  Estonia
None
2002  Latvia
None
2003 Relegated Relegated
2004  Ukraine  Ukraine Did not Qualify
None
2005  Latvia  Latvia Did not Qualify
None
2006  Russia  Russia  Ireland  Ireland
2007  Georgia  Latvia  Ireland Did not Participate
2008  Russia  Latvia Did not Qualify  Latvia
2009  Norway  Norway
None
 Ireland
2010  Georgia  Georgia Did not Qualify  Ireland
2011  Georgia  Georgia  Georgia
 Poland
 Poland
 United Kingdom
2012  Azerbaijan  Georgia  Georgia
None
2013  Azerbaijan  Ukraine
None
None

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lithuanian Broadcaster Head supports his Estonian colleague in Eurovision boycott". ESCKaz. 2008-08-22. Retrieved 2008-08-22. 
  2. ^ Vaida, Petras (2008-08-25). "Culture minister of Lithuania: too early to speak about boycott of Eurovision". The Baltic Course. Retrieved 2008-08-25. 
  3. ^ Hondal, Victor (2009-12-15). "Lithuania seeking funding for Eurovision 2010". ESCToday. Retrieved 15 December 2009. 

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