Monika Linkytė

Monika Linkytė (born 3 June 1992) is a Lithuanian singer and songwriter. She represented Lithuania in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 along with Vaidas Baumila with the song "This Time", placing 18th. She also represented Lithuania in the New Wave 2014 competition and was a finalist on season two of Lietuvos Balsas. She represented Lithuania again in the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 with the song "Stay", placing 11th .[1]

Monika Linkytė
Linkytė in 2015
Linkytė in 2015
Background information
Born (1992-06-03) 3 June 1992 (age 31)
Šilutė, Lithuania
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • Vocals
Years active2005–present

Linkytė has previously attempted to represent Lithuania in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2007.

Early life and educationEdit

Linkytė was born on 3 June 1992 in Šilutė. After completing gymnasium in Gargždai, she moved to Vilnius to attend Vilnius University, studying public health, but left after three semesters.[2] In 2014, she began studying law at Vilnius University, but in 2016 left to study music education at the British and Irish Modern Music Institute in London.[3]


In 2007, Linkytė competed in the Lithuanian national selection for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2007 when she was 15 years old. She later returned to Eurovision in 2010 when she competed in Eurovizija 2010 with the song "Give Away". She qualified from the first semi-final and placed tenth in the final.[4][5] Subsequently, she competed in Eurovizija 2011 and 2012, placing fourth and third in the finals with the songs "Days Go By" and "Happy", respectively.[6][7] She went on to place second on the second season of Lietuvos Balsas, the Lithuanian version of The Voice.

After the Eurovizija national final was scrapped in favor of Eurovizijos Atranka 2013, Linkytė continued to take part, competing with the song "Baby Boy", written by Sasha Son. She was forced to withdraw from the competition following the second semi-final due to contracting laryngitis.[8] The next year, she competed in Eurovizijos Atranka 2014 and placed fourth.[9] Afterwards, she represented Lithuania in the New Wave 2014 competition, placing fourth.[10] The following year, she competed in Eurovizijos Atranka 2015 and also submitted the self-penned song "Skęstu" to the competition. While the song was eliminated during the sixth show, she went on to win the competition performing the song "This Time" with Vaidas Baumila.[11][12][13] Linkytė and Baumila went on to represent Lithuania in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 in Vienna, where they qualified from the second semi-final in seventh place, and went on to place 18th in the final.[14][15]

After Eurovision, Linkytė released the single "Po dangum", which went on to be certified platinum in Lithuania.[16] Her debut studio album Walk with Me was released on 17 September 2015, and was also certified platinum.[17] She went on to win Best Album for Walk with Me, Best Song for "Po dangum", and Best Female Act at the 2015 M.A.M.A. Awards, the largest music awards ceremony in Lithuania.[18] She was nominated for Best Female Act once again at the 2016 awards.[19]

On 18 February 2023, Linkytė won Pabandom iš naujo! 2023, Lithuania's national final, with her song "Stay", making her the country's official entrant at the Eurovision Song Contest 2023. She performed at the second semi-final on 11 May 2023, where she placed fourth and qualified for the final. Linkytė ultimately placed 11th overall, with a score of 127 points.[20]


Studio albumsEdit

Title Details Certification
Walk with Me

Extended playsEdit

  • Old Love (2018)
  • Healing (2023)


Title Year Peak chart positions Certification Album

"Give Away" 2010 Non-album singles
"Days Go By" 2011
"Happy" 2012
"Baby Boy" 2013
"Skęstu" 2014 Walk with Me
"This Time"
(with Vaidas Baumila)
2015 59
"Po dangum"
"Žodžių nereikia"
"Krentu žemyn" 2016
  • LIT: Gold
Non-album singles
"Prisimink mane"
"Leisk man pasiklyst" 2017
"Gal tai meilė?"
"O tu?" 2018
"Šilkas" 2020
"Visada šalia"
"Degtukas" 2022
"Stay" 2023 5 45 Healing

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Work Result Ref
2015 M.A.M.A Awards Best Pop Act Nominated [18]
Best Album Walk with Me Won
Best Song Po dangum Won
Best Female Act Won
2016 Best Female Act Nominated [19]


  1. ^ Veen, Renske Ten (18 February 2023). "Monika Linkyte wins Pabandom iš Naujo and will represent Lithuania at Eurovision 2023 with "Stay"". Wiwibloggs. Retrieved 18 February 2023.
  2. ^ "Monika Linkytė visuomenės sveikatos mokslus iškeitė į teisės studijas" (in Lithuanian). 15Min. Retrieved 28 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Monika Linkytė: "Daugelį metų aš tarsi gyvenau ne savo gyvenimą"". 15Min. Retrieved 28 January 2018.
  4. ^ Grillhofer, Florian (2010-03-04). "Lithuania sends InCulto to the Eurovision Song Contest". ESCToday. Retrieved 4 March 2010.
  5. ^ Webb, Glen (2010-03-04). "East European Funk for Lithuania". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 4 March 2010.
  6. ^ Hondal, Victor. "Lithuania sends Donny Montell to Baku". Archived from the original on 4 March 2012.
  7. ^ "Evelina Sašenko to represent Lithuania in Düsseldorf". EBU. 24 February 2011.
  8. ^ Busa, Alexandru (20 December 2012). "Watch now : National final in Lithuania".
  9. ^ Leon, Jakov I. (15 February 2014). "Lithuania: Mia, Vaidas and Vilija qualified for the Semi-final". Retrieved 15 February 2014.
  10. ^ "Международный конкурс молодых исполнителей популярной музыки «Новая волна 2014» - Участники". 2014. Archived from the original on 27 May 2015. Retrieved 27 May 2015.
  11. ^ Ko, Anthony (21 February 2015). "LITHUANIA: MONIKA AND VAIDAS WIN EUROVIZIJOS 2015, WILL SING "THIS TIME" AT EUROVISION". wiwibloggs. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
  12. ^ Brey, Marco (14 February 2015). ""This Time" will be the Lithuanian song for Vienna". Retrieved 14 February 2015.
  13. ^ Omelyanchuk, Olena (21 February 2015). "Lithuania: It's a duet!". Retrieved 30 December 2015.
  14. ^ "Eurovision Song Contest 2015 Second semi-final". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 6 March 2015.
  15. ^ "Eurovision Song Contest 2015 Grand final". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 6 March 2015.
  16. ^ a b "Auksiniu disku įvertinta Jazzu: nesureikšminu apdovanojimų". DELFI. Retrieved 2016-02-25.
  17. ^ a b "Auksiniu disku įvertinta Jazzu: nesureikšminu apdovanojimų". DELFI. Retrieved 2016-02-25.
  18. ^ a b "M.A.M.A 2015: trigubas Monikos Linkytės triumfas, metų grupė – „Leon Somov & Jazzu"". Žmonė Retrieved 2016-02-06.
  19. ^ a b "Paaiškėjo pretendentai į M.A.M.A. apdovanojimus, sąraše – netikėtumai". Retrieved 2016-12-15.
  20. ^ "Liverpulį sudrebino „Eurovizija": trofėjus – švedės Loreen rankose, Monika Linkytė užėmė 11-tą vietą". Delfi (in Lithuanian). 13 May 2023. Retrieved 14 May 2023.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  21. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discographie Monika Linkytė". Austrian Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung).
  22. ^ Naujienos
  23. ^ OCC

External linksEdit

Awards and achievements
Preceded by Lithuania in the Eurovision Song Contest
(with Vaidas Baumila)
Succeeded by
Preceded by Lithuania in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by