VILNIUS, LITHUANIA – The second show for LRT’s national selection kicked off tonight. The magnificent studio set and the well produced show took place tonight at 21.00 through LRT. 10 acts participated tonight in the first elimination round also known as Heat 1. Through SMS voting and jury voting the participants bid for a spot in the final.
Aistė Pilvelytė made an impressive opening with the performance of “Europhoria” the song which won he 2012 Eurovision Song Contest in Baku, but vocally she was just on the edge for a good scoring.
Aleksandra Metalnikova performed Ruslana’s “Wild Dances”. Her performance was averagely good. At least she can sing and dance at the same time.
Vaidas Baumila performed the Italian entry of 2013 “L’essenziale”. A flawless vocal performance in style with perfect Italian. A true Eurovision performance. He seems to have gotten great comments by the jury.
Julija Jegorova performs “Shady Lady” by Ani Lorak (Ukraine 2008). Although perfect vocal performance the tight dress and the extra weight of the singer give a little bit of drag-show allure in the performance
Vilija Matačiūnaitė perfumed the 2005 Israli entry by Shiri Maimon and gave indeed a great performance. The jury seems also to have praised that performance.
Jurijus Veklenko performed Roman Lob’s “Standing Still” 2012 Eurovision entry. Handsome singer and flawless performance. A very good artist for Eurovision with a full package!
Justinas Lapatinskas performed the 2011 Danish entry “New Tomorrow” by A Friend in London and gave a true theatrical and artistic performance. This guy should go to the final although SMS voting is not favouring him so far.
Sasha Song is a former Eurovision participant and this time he tries to get the Eurovision ticket performing Celine Dion’s “Ne parted pas sans moi”, the 1988 Eurovision winner song. Not a bad performance and good vocals but this is not a song for him and his style.
Juozas Butnorius performed the 2000 winner song “Fly on the wings of love” by Olsen Brothers. Interesting performance and somehow vocally Juozas was good.
VIG Roses last but not least performed the 2005 Swiss entry “Cool Vibes” which is one my favourite songs in Eurovision. Not really impressed by the presentation but it was a descent effort.
Overall I have toa emit that the production and the quality of the artists this year in Lithuanian preselection are quite improved and levelled up. Interesting heat in Lithuania tonight, well done LRT!
RESULTS (50% JURY 50% PUBLIC)
01 Vilija Matačiūnaitė (Qualified)
02 Vaidas Baumila (Qualified)
03 Aistė Pilvelytė (Qualified)
04 VIG Roses (Qualified)
05 Justinas Lapatinskas (Qualified)
06 Julija Jegorova
07 Jurijus Veklenko
08 Sasha Song
09 Aleksandra Metalnikova
10 Juozas Butnorius