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ESC Reporter | January 17, 2018

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Lithuania's extensive national selection returns!

Lithuania’s extensive national selection returns!
Iain Cameron

For 2015, Lithuania’s national broadcaster, LRT, has decided to retain its rigorous national selection process! It will be divided into 10 shows, outlined below, with the winning song being chosen on February 14 and the winning artist being selected the following week.


The first show (January 3, 2015) will introduce the 12 selected artists singing Lithuanian songs (written by a Lithuanian author in Lithuanian language). The jury and the audience will be able to vote during this round, but instead of eliminating an artist immediately, their votes will be carried over into the next show.

The second show (January 10) will focus on the 12 artists singing worldwide hits. The jury and audience will vote again and these votes will be added to those from the first show. The artist with the least cumulative votes will be eliminated.

The third show (January 17) gets slightly more complicated! Here, the 11 remaining artists will sing their competing songs. This show will focus on the artists and the songs separately so after the jury and audience vote, the two artists with the lowest scores are eliminated and the two songs with the lowest number of votes will be eliminated. In the event of an artist being eliminated, the song performed by that artist is not eliminated by default.

The fourth, fifth and sixth shows (January 24, January 31, and February 7, respectively) will follow the same format as the third show.

The seventh show (February 14) will be the platform for the jury and audience to decide on the song. This will be a non-elimination round for the three remaining artists.

The eighth show (February 21) will see the jury and audience decide which of the three finalists will sing the winning song in Vienna in May.

The ninth show (February 28) will reflect on the best of the national selection and the tenth show (March 1) will be the winning performer’s support concert. The top six artists will be contractually obliged to take part in this concert.


Whilst composers/authors can send in songs from any country, the artist must be Lithuanian. Final deadline for submissions is December 15, 2014. If you would like to take part in the national selection process, you can find more information here.

Vilija Matačiūnaitė represented Lithuania in Copenhagen this year with the song “Attention.” She finished 11th in Semi-Final 2 and unfortunately did not qualify for the Grand Final.


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