We’re into the final weekend of national finals, and after several months our friends in Lithuania will have a song to throw into the mix in Stockholm. If you’ve been glued to what’s been happening in downtown Vilnius, you’ll know there will be six acts tonight. You can find our previous article on the selection process HERE.
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- Ruslanas Kirilkinas – In My World
- Erica Jennings – Leading Me Home
- Aistė Pilvelytė – You Bet
- Rūta Ščiogolevaitė – United
- Donny Montell – I’ve Been Waiting For This Night
- Ieva Zasimauskaitė – Life (Not That Beautiful)
How The Winner Will Be Selected
.A jury consisting of nine individuals will constitute 50% of the final votes. Televoting will account for the other 50%
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So we start with last year’s Lithuanian performers Monika and Vaidas, and they’re looking well after their year in the spotlight. The crowd like them too. Our hosts are looking quite dapper too.
We now get introduced to the jurors who will provide some of the vote. Maybe this is so they can be identified by those who don’t win tonight.
OK, so the running order above isn’t necessarily the right one, although Ruslanas is on first. His hair is certainly noteworthy. His song is a pleasant ballad with lots of emotion, if perhaps a little dated. I’m getting distracted by the interesting look and very high forehead. Concentrate. This is a ballad-by-numbers that has been the mainstay of Eurovision ballads for years and years and years. It’s OK, but I think we’ll hear better tonight.
Song 2, ‘Life’, from Ieva Zasimauskaitė is introduced by a walk in the woods with a barefoot. She must like getting back to nature. She’s a dark-haired beauty with an interesting voice range. She’s doing her best with what could have been a big big power ballad from the 1980s, but given a 21st Century twist for that contemporary sound. I’ve heard this sort of thing before in national finals, but unfortunately they rarely progress beyond a national final. In her defence, she’s very photogenic which will hopefully count for something.
On to song 3, which is called ‘You Bet’ and is performed by Aistė Pilvelytė is another ballad. She’s gone a bit more rock chick in look, with jeans and a white top. It looks like she works out a little too. There are a lot of very challenging notes in this song. Aistė hits most of them but I’m not entirely convinced about some of the others. As a song, it doesn’t seem to quite know whether it’s a power or a subtle ballad – it seems to slip into the gap in between. I can’t actually see this song winning.
Song 4 is ‘Leading me home’ by Irish-born Erica Jennings. You might remember her from the group Skamp back in 2001. Her husband also appeared in the contest as part of Inculto. She’s kept her maiden name. In a change to the standard ballads so far, her song (OK, it’s another ballad) has a more gospel feel. Immediately it’s the best thing so far. She hits every note and goes for the static approach which does suit this song. No histrionics or weird dancing. There’s just Erica in a sea of dry ice, doing her stuff in a competent way. Best so far.
Onto song 5, which is ‘United’ by Rūta Ščiogolevaitė. Rūta is dressed in white and has that thing usually used by Swedes – a wind machine. Just for a change, it’s another ballad. Oh, wait. Rather than a love song, it’s all about being nice to the world and being as one. Hence the title I suppose. Whilst it is a ballad by numbers, it is quite a good attempt at one. There is that positive vibe about but I can’t help thinking it may be – just may be – several years out of date. I’m willing to be convinced otherwise though. It even has the key change which has been lacking from a few other songs tonight. This has an outside chance of winning.
Finally, it’s Donny time. He’s here with ‘I’ve been waiting for this night’. No-one more than LRT I suspect. He’s gone for, yes you’ve guessed it, another ballad. But something just a tad more uptempo. And we have rain on a backdrop. Hang on, has that been done before? When it opens into the chorus it does actually grab you. I also gte the impression that there could be a little bit of ‘leaning’ towards this by LRT. He gets those smoky pyros, a cameraman following him around the stage, and a very daring leap over more pyros. He does look all fired-up (no pun intended) and I think I know which way this contest will be going now.
We speak briefly to the three non-Lithuanian jurors. Peter Freudenthaler of Fools Garden from Germany tells us that to perform before up to 100,000 people the best thing is to picture them naked or sitting on the toilet. Take note people. Denis Ingoldsby from the UK has high hopes for whoever wins tonight. Syron tells us that Youtube is very important, so performers should develop a following on there. All wise words I’m sure. They all seem to like Donny.
Before we get votes, we get brief snippets of some of the other songs. Including Ireland (Airija), naturally. And lots of others. They must have plenty of time to kill.
More talk backstage with Monika and Vaidas. They have a heraldic flag that’s been signed by a variety of people. No doubt it’ll be coming to an online auction site near you soon.
Voting over, but before results we get Syron.
It‘s been a very ballad-heavy contest that was hard-going at some points. Donny will win this. Erica and Rūta are fighting for second and third.
After the televoting, the results are as follows:
These got converted to 12, 10, 8, 7, 6 and 5 respectively.
The expert jury had voting as follows
The second jury had voting thus:
So a clean sweep for Donny Montell, scoring a maximum off all three voting elements. But what do you think of his song? Will he do better than 2012?
Author: John Stanton
Source : Eurovision Ireland