Aistė Pilvelytė has attempted to represent Lithuania in the Eurovision Song Contest 9 times in the past. This year she makes the move from singer to judge.
In an interview with Lithuanian outlet 15min, Aiste didn’t promise to be a rigorous judge. She said:
I myself was on the other side of the barricade, I know what it means to be criticized.
In her most recent attempt in 2017, the singer finished in second place in the Lithuanian national final for Eurovision. She was narrowly beaten by Fusedmarc with Rain of Revolution. Fusedmarc didn’t manage to take Lithuania to the Eurovision final in Kyiv. Aiste’s song I’m like a Wolf was co-written by Aminata, the Latvian Eurovision representative in Eurovision 2015.
Aiste’s fellow judges are Dovilė Filmanavičiūtė, Darius Užkuraitis and Ramūnas Zilnys. Their votes in the first heat of the Lithuanian selection were revealed yesterday with Godo and Ieva Zasimauskaitė coming out on top. The show has been pre-recorded and will be broadcast on LRT on Saturday when the public will be able to cast their votes.
Over 50 artists will compete in the Eurovizijos series this year including past participants Greta Zazza and Erica Jennings. Lauras Lučiūnas, the producer of the show, revealed that over 100 songs were entered into the contest. Some of the submitted entries are still being worked on to be three minutes or less, as is required by Eurovision rules.
The Lithuanian selection process will last over three months, with the final taking place in March.
Lithuania in the Eurovision Song Contest
Lithuania debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1994, however on their debut they finished in last place with nul points. Lithuania didn’t return to the contest until 1999 when Aiste finished 20th with the song “Strazdas”. Lithuania’s best result came in 2006 when LT United performed “We Are The Winners”, they finished 6th in the final with a total of 162 points. Lithuania’s only other top.10 finish came in 2016 when Donny Montell performed “I’ve Been Waiting For This Night” in Stockholm, he received 12 points from the public in Ireland, Norway & United Kingdom.