Lituanie 2010

Lithuania participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2010, with the Lithuanian entry selected by a national final – Eurovizijos dainų konkurso nacionalinė atranka 2010 – organised by Lithuanian broadcaster LRT. On 4 March the final of Eurovizija 2010 was held, where it was decided by a joint jury and televoting decision that InCulto would represent Lithuania at the Contest in Oslo, Norway with the song « Eastern European Funk« .[1][2]

Possible withdraw

In December 2009 it was announced that LRT would formally withdraw from the 2010 Contest owing to problems in finding the required funds to send a Lithuanian entry to the Contest. A total of 300,000 litas (90,000) was required by LRT to send a Lithuanian delegation to the contest in Oslo, Norway.[3] However funding was given by Lithuanian company Teo LT which allowed a Lithuanian participation. According to Nerijus Ivanauskas, deputy director of Teo LT, « it was decided to support LRT for two reasons: the international image of Lithuania and Teo LT digital development ».[4]

Eurovizija 2010

On 6 January LRT revealed the first details of the national final. Performers must be Lithuanian or living in Lithuania to be eligible to participate. Songwriters however can be foreign. Songs could be submitted to LRT until 24 January,[4] and on 1 February LRT announced 36 names that will compete in three semi-finals, beginning on 13 February, leading up to the final on 4 March.[5][6]

Semi-finals

From each semi-final three acts will qualify through jury and televoting, each giving 1-8, 10 and 12 points to their ten highest songs. The nine qualifying acts from the semi-finals will be joined by three other songs not to progress to the final.[7]

Semi-final 1

The first semi-final was held on 13 February. 11 acts competed for three spots in the final.[8] Donata Virbilaitė was to perform during the semi-final with the song « Nupirkta pasaka », however the song was withdrawn before the show.[7][9]

Sasha Son & Nora, Aistė Pilvelytė and Monika Linkytė qualified to the final. Sasha Son & Nora were the favourites with the jury, however Aistė Pilvelytė was the clear favourite with the televoting, receiving more than 4 times move votes than the runner-up.[7][10]

Semi-final 1–13 February 2010
Draw Artist Song Jury Televote Total Place
1 Kafka, Rūta & Kivi « Tonight » 6 6 12 4
2 Mindaugas Mickevičius – Mino « Angela » 4 5 9 6
3 Monika Linkytė « Give Away » 8 7 15 3
4 Gabrielė « Girl » 2 8 10 5
5 Avenue Acoustic « Aklomis myliu tavo varda » 7 1 9 6
6 Imantas « Won’t U Come Back » 3 3 6 9
7 Onsa « Will You Be My Wife » 2 2 4 10
8 Daina Bilevičiūtė « Myliu gyventi » 0 0 0 11
9 Sasha Son(g) & Nora « Say Yes To Life » 12 10 22 2
10 Urtė Šilagalytė « Angelai » 5 4 9 6
11 Aistė Pilvelytė « Melancolia » 10 12 22 1

Semi-final 2

The second semi-final was held on 20 February. 11 more acts competed during this semi-final. Merūnas was to perform with the song « Rosa » during this semi-final, but withdrew beforehand due to medical issues.[11][12]

AGAMA, Ruslanas Kirilkinas and Donatas Montvydas progressed to the semi-final, with Donatas Montvydas getting full marks from both jury and televoting.[11][12] However, on 22 February Donatas Montvydas, the winner of the semi-final 2, had been disqualified after it was revealed that his song, « Running Fast », had been performed before 1 October 2009, breaking fundamental Eurovision rules. They were replaced by Amberlife in the final, who came fourth.

Semi-final 2–20 February 2010
Draw Artist Song Jury Televote Total Place
1 Mariaana Seppern « My Home is Europe » 0 4 4 9
2 Mundis & Electric Ladies « Sielos muzika » 3 10 13 5
3 Raimonda Masiulytė « Ledinė širdis » 1 0 1 11
4 AGAMA « Field of Kings » 10 8 18 2
5 Audrius Zavadskis « Right Now » 4 3 7 8
6 Ruslanas Kirilkinas « I Love a Boy Who’s in Love with a Fairytale » 7 7 14 3
7 Marta Lukošiūtė « Meilės ruduo » 3 1 4 9
8 Amberlife « Material World » 8 6 14 4
9 Saulės kliošas « Tu atėjai » 6 5 11 6
10 Mini Me « Amžinai » 6 2 8 7
11 Donatas Montvydas « Running Fast » 12 12 24 1

Semi-final 3

The third semi-final was held on 27 February, with 12 acts competing. InCulto, Evelina Sašenko and Merūnas were selected by the professional jury and public televote to progress to the final, with InCulto winning with full marks from the televoters but only 6 points from the juries.[13][14] On 1 March the three jury wildcard entries were selected from this semi-final: Ramūnas Difartas, Jūratė Miliauskaitė and Eden joined the semi-final winners in the final.[15]

Semi-final 3–27 February 2010
Draw Artist Song Jury Televote Total Place
1 Ramūnas Difartas « Blues of Life » 12 2 14 4
2 Soliaris « So High » 2 10 12 5
3 The Cavaliers « We Are About To Love » 3 3 6 9
4 Eden « Nirvana » 5 5 10 7
5 Eva « Nes tu pamiršai » 0 1 1 11
6 Merūnas « Rosa » 8 7 15 3
7 Širdelės « Aš ir tu » 0 0 0 12
8 Gaudentas Janušas « Man nieko nereikia » 1 6 7 8
9 4Fun « Don’t You Know » 4 0 4 10
10 InCulto « East European Funk » 6 12 18 1
11 Evelina Sašenko « For this I’ll pray » 10 8 18 2
12 Jūratė Miliauskaitė « Let It Rain » 7 4 11 6

Final

The final of Eurovizijos 2010 was held on 4 March. Nine semi-final qualifiers and three jury wildcards will compete in the contest, with jury and televoting deciding the winner. The line-up was complete on 1 March, with the announcement of the three wildcards, all selected from the third semi-final.[15]

InCulto was the winner of the final with the song « East European Funk« , receiving full marks from both the jury and televoting.[1][2]

Final – 4 March 2010
Draw Artist Song Jury Televotes T. Points Total Place
1 AGAMA « Field of Kings » 8 2,778 5 13 4
2 Aistė Pilvelytė « Melancolia » 10 17,447 10 20 2
3 Ruslanas Kirilkinas « I Love a Boy Who’s in Love with a Fairytale » 3 1,301 4 7 7
4 Merūnas « Rosa » 5 4,135 7 12 6
5 Ramūnas Difartas « Blues of Life » 6 345 0 6 8
6 Monika Linkytė « Give Away » 0 1,256 3 3 10
7 InCulto « East European Funk » 12 23,767 12 24 1
8 Evelina Sašenko « For This I’ll pray » 8 3,257 6 14 3
9 Sasha Son(g) & Nora « Say Yes to Life » 4 4,418 8 12 5
10 Jūratė Miliauskaitė « Let It Rain » 1 388 0 1 12
11 Eden « Nirvana » 2 785 2 4 9
12 Amberlife « Material World » 0 476 1 1 11

At Eurovision

Lithuania competed in the second semi-final of the contest, on 27 May.

Points Awarded by Lithuania[16]

Points Awarded to Lithuania (Semi-Final 2)
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point

References

  1. ^ a b Grillhofer, Florian (2010-03-04). « Lithuania sends InCulto to the Eurovision Song Contest ». ESCToday. Retrieved 4 March 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Webb, Glen (2010-03-04). « East European Funk for Lithuania ». European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 4 March 2010. 
  3. ^ Hondal, Victor (2009-12-15). « Lithuania seeking funding for Eurovision 2010 ». ESCToday. Retrieved 2009-12-15. 
  4. ^ a b Hondal, Victor (2010-01-06). « First details on the 2010 Lithuanian national selection ». ESCToday. Retrieved 6 January 2010. 
  5. ^ Hondal, Victor (2010-02-01). « 36 candidates to feature at Lithuanian selection ». ESCToday. Retrieved 1 February 2010. 
  6. ^ Webb, Glen (2010-02-01). « Lithuania announce selection details ». European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 1 February 2010. 
  7. ^ a b c Webb, Glen (2010-02-13). « Lithuania choose first three finalists ». European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 13 February 2010. 
  8. ^ Klier, Marcus (2010-02-13). « Tonight: First semi final in Lithuania ». ESCToday. Retrieved 13 February 2010. 
  9. ^ « D. Virbilaitė nespėjo pasiruošti nacionalinei « Eurovizijos » atrankai » (in Lithuanian). LRT. 2010-02-13. Retrieved 13 February 2010. 
  10. ^ « Results: Three acts qualified in Lithuania ». ESCToday. 2010-02-13. Retrieved 13 February 2010. 
  11. ^ a b Klier, Marcus (2010-02-20). « Results: Three acts qualified in Lithuania ». ESCToday. Retrieved 20 February 2010. 
  12. ^ a b Webb, Glen (2010-02-20). « Lithuania: Three more finalists known ». European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 20 February 2010. 
  13. ^ Klier, Marcus (2010-02-27). « Results: Three acts qualified in Lithuania ». ESCToday. Retrieved 27 February 2010. 
  14. ^ Webb, Glen (2010-02-27). « Three more songs to Lithuanian final ». European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 27 February 2010. 
  15. ^ a b Klier, Marcus (2010-03-01). « Three wildcards for Lithuanian national final revealed ». ESCToday. Retrieved 1 March 2010. 
  16. ^ Eurovision Song Contest 2008

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