A total of 60 songs have been submitted for Lithuania’s Eurovision 2020 national final.
Lithuanian broadcaster LRT has revealed that 60 entries have been submitted for Eurovizijos Atranka 2020, the show which will determine Lithuania’s next Eurovision Song Contest entry. The submissions have been reviewed by the jury and will be whittled down to 36 competing entries. These will be revealed in due course.
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.
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.
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.