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Friday, 12 April 2013 03:45

Lithuania: Reviewing the track 'Something'

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escflashmalta.com has engaged a number of professional individuals from the music industries to listen to the competing entries in this years' Eurovision Song Contest and pass forth their analysis as well as an individual and collective grading. All of the information is obtained from the official website of the international spectacle and indeed, pertaining to the running order as decided by the producers, Lithuania will be performing in slot number ten (10) from the sixteen (16) entries which will be competing during the first semi-final. LRT, the broadcaster resposible for the participation of Lithuania in the Eurovision Song Contest will be represented by the song Something which has been written by Andrius Pojavis who will also be taking to the stage as the main vocalist.

Andrius Pojavis (29) is the artist that will represent Lithuania in the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest. Born in Jurbarkas, Lithuania, in 1983 he started singing at the age of five and never stopped since! His first band at school was called “No Hero”. After moving to Vilnius he played with some other bands. With one of them, The Hetero, won EuroRock 2006. He started his career as a songwriter in Ireland were he lived for one year. Astuoni (Eight) is the title of his debut album. As the title suggests, the album has eight tracks and is a good representation of the artist style. Astuoni was recorded in Massive Arts, Milan, in 2012. Now Andrius divides his time between Italy and Lithuania. His first single Traukiniai (Trains) arrived in a good position in the Lithuanian Top 20. His next plans include to do a tour around Lithuania while he keeps on writing new songs for the next album.

1994, always a memorable year for the simple reason that Ireland had managed to come out on top for the third consecutive time following the success of Why Me? sung by Linda Martin in 1992 and Niamk Kavanagh with the song In Your Eyes in 1993. Nevertheless, the issue here is Lithuania and it was during that year that they took part for the very first time with the track Lopšinė mylimai sung impeccably by Ovidijus Vyšniauskas. It seems that the language barrier was one of the main elements behind the disappointing result. Lithuania had never competed in such an international spectacle when it comes to music and the song did not pick up points from the juries. It is worth noting that Poland, another debuting nation finished in second place with To Nie Ja by Edyta Gorniak. Lithuania withdrew for four consecutive years, returning in 1999. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYXhPXt_y5E

The representative then was Aiste and the track entitled Strazdas managed thirteen (13) points to finish in twentieth place. Nevertheless, going forward in time, the introduction of the semi-finals has somewhat been of great help to the baltic nation noting that on their third outing in the pre-qualification stage, We Are the Winners by LT United finished in fifth place before reaching sixth place in the final, that being the best resulf for Lithuania thus far. In the meantime, in three of the past four years, the country has successful qualified to the final of the prestigious music event and thus has high spirits. Last year, the country was represented by Donny Montell and his track Love is Blind. Many were skeptical about the track but it managed third place in the semi-final and fourteenth place in the final, being the third best result of the country behind 2006 and 2001 respectively.

Lithuania are somewhat renowned in several fan circles with regards to their selection procedure for the Eurovision Song Contest noting that Eurovizijos takes place in a number of heats, and semi-finals respectively before finally coming to the actual final. The genres which competed in the final were extremely varied and it seemed that one of the main artists to keep in mind was Lina Adomaitis who had already represented Lithuania before but nevertheless, despite finishing first in the early stages, he finished last in the actual final. Ultimately, Andrius Pojavis with the track Something was selected by the jury to represent the nation, just ahead of Girmantė Vaitkutė whose song Time to Shine was a beautiful ballad, very similar to C'Est Ma Vie sung by Evelina Sasenko two years earlier.

Professional Critics Voice their Opinion

Rating: 27%

Magnus Kaxe: "Something" could've had something. Andrius is a happy chap with a decent voice. The composition is ok but some parts are just boring and anonymous. It doesn't reach the necessary heights to make it stand out in this year's contest.

Lina Eriksson: An attempt to do a modern popsong gone wrong. Andrius please work on that english pronunciation as well as on hitting those notes. NO.

Matt Mercieca (Muxu): Not my kind of song, his voice and diction bugs me. and I don't like the song, its a very weak pop/rock song. I think the music in the background isn't terrible, his voice just irritates me, and the melody line is so poor.

Source: eurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCZ6RRwKcIE

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