Eurovision 2018 Singer Ieva Zasimauskaité will host the Green Room for Lithuania’s national selection show in 2020.
Ieva Zasimauskaité has confirmed that she will be returning to Eurovizijos Atranka in 2020 as a Green Room host. She won the competition in 2018 and went on to represent Lithuania in Eurovision 2018 with her song When We’re Old.
The singer confirmed the news on a morning interview on Lithuanian broadcaster, LRT, and in a Facebook post, saying that the job was a “dream come true”:
Ieva finished in 12th place in Eurovision 2018. Before 2018, she had participated in the Lithuanian selection process 4 times. 2020 will be her first time as a host.
The Lithuanian national broadcaster has previously announced changes to its Eurovision selection process for 2020. The broadcaster is shortening the selection process to six shows running from mid-January, with the final of the contest on 15 February. The first four shows will be elimination heats where half the acts will be eliminated each week. Furthermore, the number of songs that artists can compete with has been limited to just one.
The voting process for the jury will evolve, they will no longer comment on all performances and will view the performances in a separate space. In addition, the public vote will no longer be shown during the show, with the results only known at the end of the show.
LRT has also committed to spending additional funds on the winning act from the selection process. The broadcaster will commit to spending on stage effects, directing, vocal lessons, costumes and more. The song submission period closed on 8th December.
In 2019, Lithuania was represented at Eurovision by Jurijus with his song Run with the Lions. He finished in 11th place in the second semi-final with 93 points, thus missing a slot in the final.
Source: Ieva Zasimauskaité, Eurovisionary
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.