Lithuania in the Eurovision Song Contest 1999

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Eurovision Song Contest 1999
Country  Lithuania
National selection
Selection process National Final
Selection date(s) 31 December 1998
Selected entrant Aistė
Selected song "Strazdas"
Finals performance
Final result 20th, 13 points
Lithuania in the Eurovision Song Contest
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Lithuania returned to the Eurovision Song Contest in 1999, having withdrawn after their debut entry in 1994. Lithuania's second Eurovision entry came from Aistė, who performed "Strazdas" (The song thrush) at the 1999 Contest in Jerusalem, Israel.

National final[edit]

For Lithuania's return to Eurovision after five years, the Lithuanian broadcaster Lietuvos radijas ir televizija (LRT) held a national final to select the second Lithuanian entry. The contest was held on 27 December 1998, but was not broadcast on television until 31 December, and was recorded in the capital Vilnius, hosted by Vilija Grigonyte and Vytautas Kernagis. Both televoting and jury voting was used during the show, however only the votes of the jury decided the winner.

The televote results showed that RebelHeart had won with 40%, with Aistė Smilgevičiūtė coming second with 33%. The winner was decided by a jury, with only the top 4 songs being known. The winner of the jury vote was Aistė with "Strazdas", performed in Samogitian, a dialect of Lithuanian.

National Final - 31 December 1998
Draw Artist Song Points Rank
1 Aistė Pilvelytė "Nubudusi širdis" - -
2 B'Avarija "Nešk mane" 17 4
3 Violeta Riaubiškytė "Aš dovanoju" - -
4 Džeirana Kazlauskaitė "Viena naktyje" - -
5 Aistė Pilvelytė "Tylos verinys" - -
6 Otilija "Mano žvaigždė" - -
7 Rūta Ščiogolevaitė "Vasaros buvo per daug" - -
8 Rene "Sapnas" - -
9 Aistė Smilgevičiūtė "Strazdas" 57 1
10 B'Avarija "Pamiršk" - -
11 Rosita Čivilytė "Apie tai" 22 3
12 RebelHeart "Kelias pas tave" 27 2

At Eurovision[edit]

Aistė opened the 1999 contest, performing first in a field of 23, preceding Belgium in the running order. "Strazdas" received 13 points: 1 points from Malta; two points each from Estonia and Croatia; three points from Israel; and 5 points from Cyprus, placing 20th in a field of 23. As such Lithuania was relegated from the 2000 Contest, due to low average scores over the past 5 years.


Points awarded to Lithuania[edit]

Points Awarded to Lithuania
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point

Points Awarded by Lithuania[edit]

12 points  Ireland
10 points  Slovenia
8 points  Iceland
7 points  Poland
6 points  Croatia
5 points  United Kingdom
4 points  Netherlands
3 points  Sweden
2 points  France
1 point  Estonia

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