The Lithuanian national broadcaster has confirmed that it will be cutting the length of its national selection down for the 2019 season.
LRT has confirmed that it will be cutting its Eurovision selection process down to eight shows, instead of its current run that sees is held over nearly three months. Audrius Giržadas the nations Head of Delegation confirmed changes on Laba Diena, Lietuva.
Mr Giržadas explained that the shows will take place in January and February, with the changes hoping to encourage more artists to apply. Previous the length of show was criticised by potential participants, with LRT now saying that the shorter selection will enable more preparation for the contest in Israel. LRT will reveal the full rules for the 2019 selection process at the end of this month.
Ieva Zasimauskaite represented Lithuania at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, Portugal. With her song “When We’re Old”, she placed 12th in the Grand Final.
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.