Lithuania in the Eurovision Song Contest

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Lithuania
Lithuania
Member stationLithuanian National Radio and Television (LRT)
National selection events
Internal selection
  • 1994
National final
  • 1999 (as part of Muzikinis viešbutis)
  • 2001–2002
  • 2004–2008
  • Lietuvos Dainų Daina
  • 2009
  • Eurovizija
  • 2010–2012
  • "Eurovizijos" dainų konkurso nacionalinė atranka
  • 2013–2019
  • Pabandom iš naujo!
  • 2020–2023
Participation summary
Appearances22 (15 finals)
First appearance1994
Highest placement6th: 2006
Nul points1994
External links
Lithuania's page at Eurovision.tv
Song contest current event.png For the most recent participation see
Lithuania in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022

Lithuania has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest (known in Lithuania as Eurovizijos dainų konkursas) 22 times since its debut in 1994, where Ovidijus Vyšniauskas finished last, receiving "nul points". Lithuania withdrew from the contest, not returning until 1999. LT United's sixth place in 2006 with the song "We Are the Winners" is Lithuania's best result in the contest. The country reached the top ten for a second time in 2016, when Donny Montell finished ninth with "I've Been Waiting for This Night", and for the third time in 2021, finishing eighth with The Roop and "Discoteque".

As of 2022, Lithuania remains the only Baltic country that is yet to win the contest after wins for Estonia in 2001 and Latvia in 2002. However, since the introduction of the semi-final round in 2004, Lithuania has more final appearances than the other Baltic nations, with eleven, compared to eight for Estonia and six for Latvia.

History[edit]

2000s[edit]

Having been relegated from the 2000 contest the country returned in 2001 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 2022.

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". The statement was made in reaction to the Russia's actions in the 2008 South Ossetia war.[1] Culture Minister Jonas Jučas 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]

2010s[edit]

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 Oslo.

In 2011, Lithuania participated in the first semi-final on the 10 May 2011 and after coming fifth, qualified for the Final. In the final, Lithuania received 63 points, to finish 19th.

In 2012, Lithuania qualified for the final with Donny Montell and his song "Love Is Blind", placing 3rd with 104 points. They eventually finished 14th in the Grand Final.

In 2013, Lithuania qualified to the final with "Something" by Andrius Pojavis, placing 9th in the first semi-final, with 53 points, qualifying Lithuania to the final for the 3rd time in row. In the final, he ended on 22nd place with 17 points.

In 2014, Vilija didn't qualify to final finishing 11th of 15 entrants in the second semi-final, scoring 36 points.

In 2016, Donny Montell returned to the contest in 2016 and achieved Lithuania's best result of the decade, finishing ninth with "I've Been Waiting for This Night".

In 2018, Ieva Zasimauskaitė achieved Lithuania's fifth top 15 result, finishing 12th with "When We're Old".

2020s[edit]

In 2021, Lithuania qualified to the final with the song "Discoteque" by The Roop, placing 4th in the first semi-final with 203 points. In the final, The Roop reached 8th place with 220 points, thereby achieving Lithuania's second best result to date. The Roop was previously chosen to represent the country in the later-cancelled 2020 edition with "On Fire".

In 2022, Monika Liu performed her song "Sentimentai" in Lithuanian, which marked the second appearance of the language in the contest, and the first one since 1994, the song qualified from the semifinal. (except partial usage in 2001)

Participation overview[edit]

Table key
3
Third place
Last place
X
Entry selected but did not compete
Upcoming
Year Entrant Song Language Final Points Semi Points
1994 Ovidijus Vyšniauskas "Lopšinė mylimai" Lithuanian 25 ◁ 0 No semi-finals
1999 Aistė "Strazdas" Samogitian 20 13
2001 Skamp "You Got Style" English, Lithuanian 13 35
2002 Aivaras "Happy You" English 23 12
2004 Linas and Simona "What's Happened to Your Love?" English Failed to qualify 16 26
2005 Laura and the Lovers "Little by Little" English 25 ◁ 17
2006 LT United "We Are the Winners" English[a] 6 162 5 163
2007 4Fun "Love or Leave" English 21 28 Top 10 previous year[b]
2008 Jeronimas Milius "Nomads in the Night" English Failed to qualify 16 30
2009 Sasha Son "Love" English, Russian 23 23 9 66
2010 InCulto "Eastern European Funk" English Failed to qualify 12 44
2011 Evelina Sašenko "C'est ma vie" English[c] 19 63 5 81
2012 Donny Montell "Love Is Blind" English 14 70 3 104
2013 Andrius Pojavis "Something" English 22 17 9 53
2014 Vilija "Attention" English Failed to qualify 11 36
2015 Monika Linkytė and Vaidas Baumila "This Time" English 18 30 7 67
2016 Donny Montell "I've Been Waiting for This Night" English 9 200 4 222
2017 Fusedmarc "Rain of Revolution" English Failed to qualify 17 42
2018 Ieva Zasimauskaitė "When We're Old" English[d] 12 181 9 119
2019 Jurij Veklenko "Run with the Lions" English Failed to qualify 11 93
2020 The Roop "On Fire" English Contest cancelled[e] X
2021 The Roop "Discoteque" English 8 220 4 203
2022 Monika Liu "Sentimentai" Lithuanian 14 128 7 159
2023 TBD 18 February 2023[4] Upcoming

Songs by language[edit]

  English (79.17%)
  Lithuanian (16.67%)
  Russian (4.17%)
Songs Language Years
19 English 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
4 Lithuanian 1994, 1999, 2001, 2022
1 Russian 2009

Awards[edit]

Winner by OGAE members[edit]

Year Song Performer Final Points Host city Ref.
2020 "On Fire" The Roop Contest cancelled Netherlands Rotterdam

Barbara Dex Award[edit]

Year Performer Host city Ref.
2014 Vilija Matačiūnaitė Denmark Copenhagen

Related involvement[edit]

Heads of delegation[edit]

Year Head of delegation Ref.
20022009 Jonas Vilimas
2010–present Audrius Giržadas

Jury members[edit]

A five-member jury panel consisting of music industry professionals is made up for every participating country for the semi-finals and Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest, ranking all entries except for their own country's contribution. The juries' votes constitute 50% of the overall result alongside televoting.[7]

Year 1st member 2nd member 3rd member 4th member 5th member Ref.
Linas Rimša Linas Adomaitis Egmontas Bžeskas Edita Vilčiauskienė Rūta Lukoševičiūtė
Deivydas Zvonkus Rūta Lukoševičiūtė Povilas Varvuolis Kristina Zmailaitė Kristina Žaldokaitė
Lauras Lučiūnas Jolita Vaitkevičienė Jurga Čekatauskaitė Jurgis Brūzga Rosita Čivilytė
Nomeda Kazlaus Vidas Bareikis Justas Čekuolis Vytautas Lukočius Eglė Nepaitė-Abaravičienė
Vytenis Pauliukaitis Giedrė Kilčiauskienė Viktorija Navickaitė Rafailas Karpis Vaidas Stackevičius
Lauras Lučiūnas Jurga Šeduikytė Dovilė Filmanavičiūtė Mindaugas Urbaitis Leon Somov
Vytautas Bikus Andrius Mamontovas Jurgis Brūzga Girmantė Vaitkutė Gerūta Griniūtė
Jievaras Jasinskis Rafailas Karpis Giedrė Kilčiauskienė Bjelle Darius Užkuraitis
Aistė Lasytė Darius Užkuraitis Ieva Narkutė Jurga Šeduikytė Vaidas Baumila

Commentators and spokespersons[edit]

Year Commentator Spokesperson Ref.
1994 Darius Užkuraitis Gitana Lapinskaitė [8]
1998 Unknown Did not participate [9]
1999 Darius Užkuraitis Andrius Tapinas
2000 Ramūnas Česonis and Vilija Grigonytė Did not participate
2001 Darius Užkuraitis Loreta Tarozaitė
2002
2003 Unknown Did not participate [10]
2004 Darius Užkuraitis Rolandas Vilkončius
2005
2006 Lavija Šurnaitė
2007
2008 Rolandas Vilkončius
2009 Ignas Krupavičius
2010 Giedrius Masalskis
2011 [11]
2012 Ignas Krupavičius
2013 [12]
2014 [13][14]
2015 Ugnė Galadauskaitė
2016 [15]
2017 Darius Užkuraitis and Gerūta Griniūtė Eglė Daugėlaitė [16][17]
2018 [18]
2019 Giedrius Masalskis [19]
2021 Ramūnas Zilnys Andrius Mamontovas [20][21]
2022 Vaidotas Valiukevičius [22]

Other shows[edit]

Show Commentator
Congratulations: 50 Years of the Eurovision Song Contest Rolandas Vilkončius
Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light Ramūnas Zilnys

Stage directors[edit]

Year Stage director(s) Ref.
2008 Dalius Abaris, Vytautas Dambrauskas
2016 Sacha Jean Baptiste
2017-2022 Povilas Varvuolis

Photogallery[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Includes two phrases in French
  2. ^ According to the then-Eurovision rules, the top ten non-Big Four countries from the previous year along with the Big Four automatically qualified for the Grand Final without having to compete in semi-finals. For example, if Germany and France placed inside the top ten, the 11th and 12th spots were advanced to next year's Grand Final along with all countries ranked in the top ten.
  3. ^ Also contains phrases in French, and American Sign Language was also used in the live performance
  4. ^ Contains one line in Lithuanian
  5. ^ The 2020 contest was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

References[edit]

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