Kaunas, the second largest city in Lithuania will be the host city for the final of Eurovizija 2018, the Lithuanian selection process for the Eurovision Song Contest.
LRT has confirmed that the final of Eurovizija will once again travel away from the LRT studios to a large arena setting. This year the contest will travel to Kaunas in central Lithuania, with the show being held at the Žalgiris Arena.
The Žalgiris Arena was opened in 2011 and can hold up to 20,000 people. The Arena is home to BC Žalgiris who compete in the domestic Lithuanian basketball league and the EuroLeague. It is the largest indoor arena in Lithuania and represents a doubling in size of the venue from last years host city of Šiauliai.
The final of Eurovizija 2018 will take place on March 11, with seven singers competing to represent Lithuania in Lisbon. The winner will be decided by a combination of jury and public televote. Currently eighteen singers are in the running to represent Lithuania, with the next show taking place tonight from 20:00 CET.
Lithuania was represented by Fusedmarc at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kyiv, Ukraine. They performed the song “Rain of Revolution”, where they went on to finished 17th in their semi-final with 42 points. This represented Lithuania’s worst result in the competition since 2005, when the contest was also head in Kyiv.
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.