Lithuanian artist Donny Montell has stated that he does not want to return to the stage of the Eurovision Song Contest.
Speaking to the Lithuanian news website 15min.lt, Donny Montell has expressed that he believes the Eurovision Song Contest is a “good platform to break through”. Therefore he would prefer to hand over the opportunity to younger artists as to represent the country at the contest.
The artist has represented Lithuania twice at the Eurovision Song Contest. In 2012, he sang the song “Love Is Blind” and reached the 14th place in the final. Upon his second attempt in 2016, he came 9th in the final with his song “I’ve Been Waiting For This Night”.
Lithuania is currently looking for participants for Pabandom iš naujo 2022. Song submissions are open until November 25, with up to thirty-six acts being selected to compete to represent the nation in Turin.
Source: 15min.lt | Image Source: LRT
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.