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Thursday, 20 December 2012 18:53

Lithuania: National Final - LIVE

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LRT, the national broadcaster in Lithuania has been pretty successful at the Eurovision Song Contest in recent years noting that they have managed to make it through to the final on two successive occasions, first in 2011 thanks to Evelina Sasenko and her entry C'Est Ma Vie which finished in nineteenth place and then in 2012 with Donny Montell whose track Love Is Blind fared better in fourteenth place. This time round, they decided to keep the format in a similar manner to how it has been recently due to the achievements and it seems that the result might pay off again considering that fans of the international competition have been quite positive about the quality of songs in the final stages despite one or two that you have been there instead of others which is always the case.

The final which is set to start at 20:15 CET will be aired live through the official website of the broadcaster as well as the official website of the Eurovision Song Contest which has once more got the transmission rights having already aired the selection of Belarus earlier this month and will also be responsible for showcasing the Festivali I Kenges Final on Saturday of which a live report will also be taking place on escflashmalta.com There are eight entries competing this evening having qualified at the hands of a panel of judges as well as tele-voting with each having 50% stake in the result. Amongst the participants, there are a number coming from music reality shows such as X Factor and The Voice whilst former representative; Lina Adomaitis also tries his luck for another year as a soloist. 

Pop Ladies start off the show with an electric rendition of the famous 'We Are The Winners' that represented Lithuania in 2006 and finished in sixth place, the best ever result for the country. The male host Andrus welcomes the audience and does the introductory  speech before tonight's show kicks off. The singers are introduced to the stage and it seems that Monika who was meant to sing Baby Boy won't be performing tonight so that leaves the Lithuanian grand final with seven songs. The jury is introduced and it seems that the night is stuck around the number seven as the panel of judges is made up of seven members. Off we go with the show...

Božolė – Happy And Free (Andrius Borisevičius, Audrius Balsevičius)

A pop number with some soft electronic touches to start off the show. It a good opening show but can't really get the groups movements, they all seem like having fits on stage and all the strutting around the stage is a bit outdated. The song is a happy one but I don't think it is good enough to even stand a chance at being chosen tonight. It's one of that entries that will be lost at the Eurovision Song Contest. It reminded me a little bit of the song Lithuania sent back in 2002.

Ieva Zasimauskaitė & Gabrielius Vagelis – I Fall In Love (Raigardas Tautkus, Raimondas J.Nabus)

The next number is by a duo singing your typical love song but they have an interesting twist. The song starts off with just a mime on stage and the main singers join in later on. There are three backing vocalists on stage too and the act seems too sweet not to like it. The song has your typical key change but although the contemporary number is actually good, the vocals hit rock bottom after the key change. I was enjoying it before that happened. What a pity! In general I think this song has potential though! 

Gerai Gerai & Miss Sheep – War In The Warderobe (Vilius Tamošaitis)

A dance pop number is next. The visuals are great tonight and I love the hologram effect of the singer wearing different outfits behind her. She is joined on stage by a drummer who later becomes a trumpeter. Four dancers join the number as the show progresses. It has a hint of being a joke entry but it does not really fall into that genre. Overall, I think it an interesting number but I doubt it has any Eurovision potential in general. Again, I think it is one of those entries that will get lost on the Eurovision stage. 

Linas Adomaitis – I W 2night (Linas Adomaitis, Bjorn Hansen)

Bizarre! Some won't get this entry but the modern hip-hop with the cheesy pop chorus works perfectly. It's original and although I can't really get the title but it is a happy sing along. He is no stranger to Eurovision and he returned to the contest with an even better entry than his 2004 attempt. Their vocals during the semi-finals were more compact but overall I guess it was the best song so far. The presentation is hip and cool, and if it makes it through to the Eurovision stage I expect to see a car on stage. 

Dar – Jump! (Arvydas Martinėnas, Gorgi)

The Lithuanian Alcazar take on the stage after the commercial with their pop dance number with some techno influence. They have some weird movements on stage and in general the vocals are not up to scratch tonight. The song is too generic and it has no climax and it follows along the same vein it starts in. Nothing more to say... after the last entry this seems to be just another song in another random selection unfortunately and that says a lot I guess. 

Girmantė Vaitkutė – Time To Shine (Vytautas Bikus, Girmantė Vaitkutė)

Your typical Eurovision ballad and I wouldn't be surprised if this triumphs tonight. The song is good and it has a nice climax to it. The singer has a strong voice and if she can work a bit on her diction it would be just great. The melody is nice and it builds well into the chorus and the bridge later on although I would have loved if it was a bit slower towards the beginning before it picks up. Still, I think it will be difficult to beat this one tonight especially after Lithuania reached the final with a similar song back in 2011. 

Andrius Pojavis – Something (Andrius Pojavis)

A different presentation to his semi-final performance. He is wearing a top hat and he has three other performers on stage doing some acrobatic movements. This dance song with some rock touches goes nowhere though and although it is a good song in general I don't think it will leave any impact at the Eurovision Song Contest. The show with the song was the most important thing in this and I do not think that, that is the aim of this show. Apart from that the melody seems to remind me of the 2009 Swiss entry.

 The Show (Part 2)

The second part of the show has just started and with their best entry at the Eurovision Song Contest, We Are the Winners, tele-voting is officially announced with a recap of each entry being shown live on television. The entertainment is being provided by the group Sarka who are closer to murdering the hit pop song Stop in certain areas. Another recap with War in the Warderobe leading the charge during the interval. It will be quite interesting to see which entry ultimately gets the best result. Another female group performance currently taking place as the final results are being tallied. LRT have to be commended on their presentation t his evening noting that they have indeed come a long way in the past couple of years. The finalists are all being welcomed on stage at the moment.

Super-Final

  • Andrius Pojavis – Something
  • Gerai Gerai & Miss Sheep – War In The Warderobe
  • Girmantė Vaitkutė – Time To Shine
Last modified on Thursday, 20 December 2012 21:32