Lithuania in the Eurovision Song Contest

Lithuania has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest (known in Lithuania as Eurovizijos dainų konkursas) 20 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".

Lithuania
Lithuania
Member stationLithuanian National Radio and Television (LRT)
National selection events
Participation summary
Appearances20 (13 finals)
First appearance1994
Best result6th: 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 2020

HistoryEdit

2000sEdit

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 2019.

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 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]

2010sEdit

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 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 placing 3rd with 104 points Donny Montell finished 14th in the Grand Final with the song "Love Is Blind".

In 2013, Lithuania quafiled to the final,he placed 9th in the first semi-final, with 53 points, qualifying Lithuania to the finals 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 so far, finishing ninth with the song "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".

As of 2019, Lithuania remains the only Baltic country not to win the contest after wins for Estonia in 2001 and Latvia in 2002. However, since the introduction of the semifinal round in 2004, Lithuania has more final appearances than the other Baltic nations, with nine, compared to seven for Estonia and six for Latvia.

ContestantsEdit

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

AwardsEdit

Winner by OGAE membersEdit

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

Barbara Dex AwardEdit

Year Performer Host city Ref.
2014 Vilija Matačiūnaitė   Copenhagen

Related involvementEdit

Commentators and spokespersonsEdit

Year Commentator Spokesperson Ref.
1994 Darius Užkuraitis Gitana Lapinskaitė
1995-1998 No broadcast Did not participate
1999 Darius Užkuraitis Andrius Tapinas
2000 Did not participate
2001 Loreta Tarozaitė
2002
2003 Did not participate
2004 Rolandas Vilkončius
2005
2006 Lavija Šurnaitė
2007
2008 Rolandas Vilkončius
2009 Ignas Krupavičius
2010 Giedrius Masalskis
2011
2012 Ignas Krupavičius
2013
2014
2015 Ugnė Galadauskaitė
2016
2017 Darius Užkuraitis and Gerūta Griniūtė Eglė Daugėlaitė
2018
2019 Giedrius Masalskis

PhotogalleryEdit

NotesEdit

  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 two lines in Lithuanian.
  5. ^ The 2020 contest was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Lithuanian Broadcaster Head supports his Estonian colleague in Eurovision boycott". ESCKaz. 2008-08-22. Archived from the original on 2012-03-14. 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. Archived from the original on 2009-05-22. Retrieved 2008-08-25.
  3. ^ Hondal, Victor (2009-12-15). "Lithuania seeking funding for Eurovision 2010". ESCToday. Archived from the original on 17 December 2009. Retrieved 15 December 2009.
  4. ^ "Lithuania wins OGAE Fan Contest!". esc-plus.com. 16 May 2020. Retrieved 19 May 2020.
  5. ^ Adams, William Lee (9 July 2015). "Poll: Who was the worst dressed Barbara Dex Award winner?". Wiwibloggs. Retrieved 8 December 2019.
  6. ^ "D. Užkuraitis "Euroviziją" šiemet komentuos ne vienas - LRT". Lietuvos Radijas ir Televizija. 5 May 2017. Archived from the original on 5 August 2017. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  7. ^ "Eurovizinius Lietuvos balus šiemet skelbs E. Daugėlaitė". lrt.lt. 2 May 2017. Retrieved 2 May 2017.

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