Lituanie 2016

Lithuania participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 with the song « I’ve Been Waiting for This Night » written by Jonas Thander and Beatrice Robertsson. The song was performed by Donny Montell, who previously represented Lithuania in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 with the song « Love is Blind« , placing fourteenth in the final. The Lithuanian broadcaster Lithuanian National Radio and Television (LRT) organised the national final « Eurovizijos » dainų konkurso nacionalinė atranka (English: « Eurovision » Song Contest national selection) in order to select the Lithuanian entry for the 2016 contest in Stockholm, Sweden. The national final took place over ten weeks and involved 28 artists initially competing in two different competitive streams: artists that applied with a song and artists that were matched with a song from the song submissions LRT received because they did not have a song. The results of each show were determined by the combination of votes from a jury panel and a public vote. In the final, six artists and songs remained and « I’ve Been Waiting For This Night » performed by Donny Montell was selected as the winner.

Lithuania was drawn to compete in the second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest which took place on 12 May 2016. Performing during the show in position 9, « I’ve Been Waiting for This Night » was announced among the top 10 entries of the second semi-final and therefore qualified to compete in the final on 14 May. It was later revealed that Lithuania placed fourth out of the 18 participating countries in the semi-final with 222 points. In the final, Lithuania performed in position 16 and placed ninth out of the 26 participating countries, scoring 200 points.

Background

Prior to the 2016 Contest, Lithuania had participated in the Eurovision Song Contest sixteen times since its first entry in 1994.[1] The nation’s best placing in the contest was sixth, which it achieved in 2006 with the song « We Are the Winners » performed by LT United. Following the introduction of semi-finals for the 2004 contest, Lithuania, to this point, has managed to qualify to the final seven times. In the 2015 contest, « This Time » performed by Monika Linkytė and Vaidas Baumila qualified to the final where the song scored 30 points and placed 18th.

For the 2016 Contest, the Lithuanian national broadcaster, Lithuanian National Radio and Television (LRT), broadcast the event within Lithuania and organised the selection process for the nation’s entry. Other than the internal selection of their debut entry in 1994, Lithuania has selected their entry consistently through a national final procedure, a method that was continued for their 2016 participation. LRT confirmed their intentions to participate at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest on 13 July 2015.[2] On 6 October 2015, the broadcaster announced the organization of « Eurovizijos » dainų konkurso nacionalinė atranka, which would be the national final to select Lithuania’s entry for Stockholm.[3]

Before Eurovision

« Eurovizijos » dainų konkurso nacionalinė atranka

« Eurovizijos » dainų konkurso nacionalinė atranka (English: « Eurovision » Song Contest national selection) was the national final format developed by LRT in order to select Lithuania’s entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016. The competition involved a ten-week-long process that commenced on 9 January 2016 and concluded with a winning song and artist on 12 March 2016. The ten shows took place at the LRT studios in Vilnius and were hosted by Andrius Rožickas and Gerūta Griniūtė.[4] The shows were broadcast on LRT televizija, LRT Lituanica and LRT Radijas as well as online via the broadcaster’s website lrt.lt. The final was also streamed online at the official Eurovision Song Contest website eurovision.tv.[5]

Format

The Lithuanian broadcaster overhauled the format of the national final from that of previous years. For the 2016 competition, entries initially competed in two different subgroups: artists that entered without a song and artists that entered with a song.[3] The process for these two subgroups was as follows:

  • Artists that entered with a song were higher in number (16) and therefore two shows consisting of eight entries each were held on 9 and 16 January resulting in the elimination of six entries all together.[6][7] The remaining ten entries participated in an additional two shows on 30 January and 13 February where first two and then three of the entries were eliminated, leaving five entries remaining in the group.[8][9]
  • Artists that applied without a song were matched with songs that LRT received during the submission period.[10] An initial show was organised for this subgroup on 30 January consisting of all 12 entries and resulting in the elimination of two entries.[11] The remaining ten entries in this group participated in an additional two shows on 6 and 20 February where first two and then three of the entries were eliminated, leaving five entries remaining in the group.[12][13]

During the eighth show, the remaining five entries from each group participated together for the first time and the bottom two entries were eliminated, while the remaining eight entries advanced to the competition’s semi-final.[14] In the semi-final, an additional two entries were eliminated and the top six proceeded to the final.[15] In the final, the winner was selected from the remaining six entries.

The results of each of the ten shows were determined by the 50/50 combination of votes from a jury panel and public televoting.[10] The ranking developed by both streams of voting was converted to points from 1-8, 10 and 12 and assigned based on the number of competing songs in the respective show.[10] During the first eight shows, the jury votes consisted of a combination of a Lithuanian jury panel consisting of four members and an international jury panel consisting of three members. For the semi-final, the jury votes were determined by a five-member Lithuanian panel only.[15] In the final, a six-member Lithuanian panel and a three-member international panel voted.[5] The public could their votes through telephone and SMS voting.[10] Initially, ties in all shows but the final were to be decided in favour of the entry that received the most votes from the public, however, during some shows, ties were decided in favour of the entry that received the most points from the jury, while in the final, a tie would be decided in favour of the entry that was awarded the most points by the jury.[10]

Competing entries

In late October 2015, LRT opened two separate submission forms: one for artists and another for songwriters to submit their songs.[2] The submission deadline for both applications concluded on 1 December 2015.[3] Artists that applied to compete with a song were required to indicate which song they wanted to compete with on their application.[10] On 21 December 2015, LRT announced the 28 artists selected for the competition during a press conference.[16] Among the artists are previous Lithuanian Eurovision contestants Erica Jennings, who represented Lithuania in 2001 as part of SKAMP, and Donny Montell, who represented the nation in 2012. On 19 January 2016, the final changes to the list of 28 competing acts were made with the addition of Dovydas Petrošius and Evelyn Joyce to the list of performers and the withdrawal of the girl group HIT and singer Gabrielė Grygolaitytė-Vasha.[17][18] Singer Aistė Pilvelytė was originally assigned to perform the song « You Can’t Leave Me Now » written by Niklas Bergvist, however, she later opted to switch her song.[19] Eglė Jakštytė originally entered the competition with « Leisk dar būti », a song entirely in Lithuanian, but decided to translate the song to English after the second show.[8]

Artist Song (English Translation) Composer(s)
4 Roses « Butterfly » Calle Kindbom, Dan Fernström, Viktor Brunö
Aistė Pilvelytė « You Bet » Rafael Artesero, Aistė Pilvelytė
Alice Way « Hero » Vaida Kalkauskaitė, Leon Somov
Baiba « Mayday » Daniel Persson, Magnus Mikaelsson
Behind the Moon « Did It All » Ugnė Kudlaitė
Berta Timinskaitė « Stars in a Rainbow » Aidan O’Connor, Claus Christensen, Mikael Nordmark, Matilde Hemmingsen
Catrinah « Be Free » Jekaterina Pranevič, Vitalij Rodevič, Pavel Rodevič
Deividas Žygas « Survivors » Ylva Persson, Linda Persson, William Taylor
Donny Montell « I’ve Been Waiting for This Night«  Jonas Thander, Beatrice Robertsson
Dovydas Petrošius « Starlight » Oleg Jerochin
E.G.O. « Long Way From Home » Erik Dahlqvist, Aidan O’Connor, Göran Frid, Linda Dahl, Peter Dahl, Jimmy Glavå
Eglė Jakštytė « Leisk dar būti » (Let me be) Eglė Jakštytė, Marius Matulevičius
« Let Me Show You » Eglė Jakštytė, Marius Matulevičius, Andrius Kairys
Elena Jurgaitytė « I Won’t Come Back » Elena Jurgaitytė, Viktorija Šatkutė
Erica Jennings « Leading Me Home » Erica Jennings
Evelyn Joyce « When it Sings » Franz Bengtsson, Hans Olov Furberg
Ieva Zasimauskaitė « Life (Not That Beautiful) » Joacim Dubbelman, Andreas Karlsson, Daniel Ström, Magnus Öunapuu, Mats Lekman
Ištvan Kvik & Ellada « Please Don’t Cry » Brandon Stone
Jurgis Brūzga « Hold On » Jurgis Brūzga, Akmėja Brūzgė
Lawreigna « Falling » Philip Bloom
Milda Martinkėnaitė « If Tomorrow Never Comes » Joacim Dubbelman, Håkan Glänte
Neringa Šiaudikytė « Never Knew Love » Tina Almqvist Hilli, Daniel Persson
Petunija « Tomorrow » Vilius Tamošaitis – GeraiGerai, Agnė Šiaulytė
Ruslanas Kirilkinas « In My World » Niklas Bergqvist
« Ilgiuosi » (I do miss) Niklas Bergqvist, Arūnas Valinskas
Rūta Ščiogolevaitė « United » Rūta Ščiogolevaitė, Michael James Down, Primož Poglajen, Thomas Reil, Jeppe Reil
Saulenė Chlevickaitė « Strong » Aidan O’Connor, Fred Endresen
Ugne Smile « You Don’t Know » Ugnė Kudlaitė
Valdas Lacko « Stay Tonight » Valdas Lacko, Paulius Jasiūnas, Monika Ratomskytė
Vlad Max « Don’t Wanna Let It Go » Silver Darter

Shows

Show 1 (9 January 2016)

The first show of the competition aired on 9 January 2016 and featured artists who already had a song when they applied to compete. The show was filmed on 5 January 2016. The members of the Lithuanian jury consisted of Darius Užkuraitis (LRT Opus director), Donatas Ulvydas (director), Ramūnas Zilnys (music reviewer) and Dalia Michelevičiūtė (actress). International jury members included Peter Freudenthaler (lead singer of the German group Fools Garden), Denis Ingoldsby (British producer) and Dave Holmes (British guitarist). Five entries advanced in the competition, while three were eliminated.[6][20][21]

Draw Artist Song Jury Public Total Place
Lithuanian
Jury
International
Jury
Total Points Televote Points
1 Alice Way « Hero » 8 5 13 8 343 6 14 5
2 Dovydas Petrošius « Starlight » 5 6 11 7 308 5 12 6
3 Behind the Moon « Did It All » 7 8 15 10 357 7 17 4
4 Erica Jennings « Leading Me Home » 12 10 22 12 720 8 20 2
5 Elena Jurgaitytė « I Won’t Come Back » 4 4 8 6 237 4 10 7
6 Vlad Max « Don’t Wanna Let It Go » 3 3 6 5 109 3 8 8
7 Petunija « Tomorrow » 6 7 13 8 794 10 18 3
8 Donny Montell « I’ve Been Waiting for This Night » 10 12 22 12 1,418 12 24 1
Show 2 (16 January 2016)

The second show of the competition aired on 16 January 2016 and featured artists who already had a song when they applied to compete. The show was filmed on 6 January 2016. The members of the Lithuanian jury consisted of Darius Užkuraitis (LRT Opus director), Nomeda Kazlaus (opera singer), Ramūnas Zilnys (music reviewer) and Vaidas Baumila (singer). International jury members included Peter Freudenthaler (lead singer of the German group Fools Garden), Syron (British singer) and Karl Frierson (American member of German jazz ensemble De-Phazz). Five entries advanced in the competition, while three were eliminated.[7][22]

Draw Artist Song Jury Public Total Place
Lithuanian
Jury
International
Jury
Total Points Televote Points
1 Jurgis Brūzga « Hold On » 8 4 12 6 506 5 11 6
2 Ugne Smile « You Don’t Know » 4 6 10 5 145 3 8 8
3 Lawreigna « Falling » 5 5 10 5 153 4 9 7
4 Ištvan Kvik & Ellada « Please Don’t Cry » 7 6 13 7 1,004 10 17 2
5 Catrinah « Be Free » 10 7 17 10 898 7 17 3
6 Eglė Jakštytė « Leisk dar būti » 6 8 14 8 636 6 14 5
7 Valdas Lacko « Stay Tonight » 3 10 13 7 945 8 15 4
8 Rūta Ščiogolevaitė « United » 12 12 24 12 2,139 12 24 1
Show 3 (23 January 2016)

The third show of the competition aired on 23 January 2016 and featured artists that did not have songs when they applied to compete. The artists were matched with songs that LRT received during the submission period. The show was filmed on 19 January 2016. The members of the Lithuanian jury consisted of Darius Užkuraitis (LRT Opus director), Nomeda Kazlaus (opera singer), Ramūnas Zilnys (music reviewer) and Laima Lapkauskaitė (producer).[23] International jury members included Vanessa Lancaster (vocalist for the British jazz-pop ensemble Touch and Go), Dave Holmes (British guitarist) and Denis Ingoldsby (British producer).[24] The top ten entries advanced in the competition, while the bottom two were eliminated.[11]

Draw Artist Song Jury Public Total Place
Lithuanian
Jury
International
Jury
Total Points Televote Points
1 Ieva Zasimauskaitė « Life (Not That Beautiful) » 6 12 18 10 463 5 15 3
2 Baiba « Mayday » 4 3 7 3 180 1 4 10
3 Evelyn Joyce « When it Sings » 4 0 4 2 160 0 2 11
4 E.G.O. « Long Way From Home » 2 8 10 5 303 3 8 9
5 Berta Timinskaitė « Stars in a Rainbow » 5 6 11 6 464 6 12 5
6 Deividas Žygas « Survivors » 0 0 0 0 98 0 0 12
7 Neringa Šiaudikytė « Never Knew Love » 8 4 12 7 204 2 9 8
8 4 Roses « Butterfly » 1 10 11 6 457 4 10 7
9 Saulenė Chlevickaitė « Strong » 3 6 9 4 712 7 11 6
10 Milda Martinkėnaitė « If Tomorrow Never Comes » 7 4 11 6 895 8 14 4
11 Ruslanas Kirilkinas « In My World » 10 5 15 8 1,112 10 18 2
12 Aistė Pilvelytė « You Bet » 12 7 19 12 1,819 12 24 1
Show 4 (30 January 2016)

The fourth show of the competition aired on 30 January 2016 and featured the artists who already had a song when they applied for the selection. The ten acts that qualified from the first and second shows competed. The show was filmed on 26 January 2016. The members of the Lithuanian jury consisted of Darius Užkuraitis (LRT Opus director), Nomeda Kazlaus (opera singer), Ramūnas Zilnys (music reviewer) and Kazimieras Šiaulys (music critic and journalist).[25] International jury members included Peter Freudenthaler (lead singer of the German group Fools Garden), Syron (British singer) and Karl Frierson (American member of German jazz ensemble De-Phazz).[26] The top eight entries advanced in the competition, while the bottom two were eliminated.[8]

Draw Artist Song Jury Public Total Place
Lithuanian
Jury
International
Jury
Total Points Televote Points
1 Catrinah « Be Free » 6 8 14 7 1,293 7 14 4
2 Erica Jennings « Leading Me Home » 10 7 17 8 1,340 8 16 3
3 Behind the Moon « Did It All » 5 3 8 4 298 2 6 9
4 Alice Way « Hero » 4 2 6 3 228 1 4 10
5 Rūta Ščiogolevaitė « United » 12 10 22 10 1,838 12 22 2
6 Valdas Lacko « Stay Tonight » 5 5 10 5 990 6 11 6
7 Petunija « Tomorrow » 5 6 11 6 453 3 9 8
8 Donny Montell « I’ve Been Waiting for This Night » 12 12 24 12 1,578 10 22 1
9 Eglė Jakštytė « Let Me Show You » 7 4 11 6 482 4 10 7
10 Ištvan Kvik & Ellada « Please Don’t Cry » 8 6 14 7 678 5 12 5
Show 5 (6 February 2016)

The fifth show of the competition aired on 6 February 2016 and featured artists that were matched with songs that LRT received during the submission period as they did not have a song when they applied for the competition. The ten acts that qualified from the third show competed. The show was filmed on 2 February 2016. The members of the Lithuanian jury consisted of Darius Užkuraitis (LRT Opus director), Gintaras Rinkevičius (director), Ramūnas Zilnys (music reviewer) and Olegas Aleksejevas (member of the band Biplan).[27] International jury members included Denis Ingoldsby (British producer), Karlis Auzans (Latvian musician and composer) and Dave Holmes (British guitarist). The top eight entries advanced in the competition, while the bottom two were eliminated.[12]

Draw Artist Song Jury Public Total Place
Lithuanian
Jury
International
Jury
Total Points Televote Points
1 Baiba « Mayday » 1 7 8 4 167 1 5 10
2 Berta Timinskaitė « Stars in a Rainbow » 3 5 8 4 399 4 8 9
3 Ieva Zasimauskaitė « Life (Not That Beautiful) » 6 12 18 10 413 5 15 3
4 Neringa Šiaudikytė « Never Knew Love » 8 6 14 7 180 2 9 7
5 4 Roses « Butterfly » 7 10 17 8 484 6 14 4
6 Ruslanas Kirilkinas « In My World » 10 4 14 7 986 10 17 2
7 Aistė Pilvelytė « You Bet » 12 8 20 12 1,682 12 24 1
8 Saulenė Chlevickaitė « Strong » 5 5 10 6 635 8 14 5
9 Milda Martinkėnaitė « If Tomorrow Never Comes » 2 3 5 3 566 7 10 6
10 E.G.O. « Long Way From Home » 4 5 9 5 265 3 8 8
Show 6 (13 February 2016)

The sixth show of the competition was aired on 13 February 2016 and featured the artists who already had a song when they applied for the selection. The eight acts that qualified from the fourth show were competing. The show was filmed on 9 February 2016. The members of the Lithuanian jury consisted of Darius Užkuraitis (LRT Opus director), Nomeda Kazlaus (opera singer), Ramūnas Zilnys (music reviewer) and Valdas Burnys (member of the group Išjunk šviesą).[28] International jury members included Peter Freudenthaler (lead singer of the German group Fools Garden), Karlis Auzans (Latvian musician and composer) and Syron (British singer). The top five entries advanced in the competition, while the bottom three were eliminated.[9]

Draw Artist Song Jury Public Total Place
Lithuanian
Jury
International
Jury
Total Points Televote Points
1 Valdas Lacko « Stay Tonight » 5 6 11 7 1,348 8 15 4
2 Catrinah « Be Free » 7 7 14 8 1,102 6 14 5
3 Ištvan Kvik & Ellada « Please Don’t Cry » 8 3 11 7 729 5 12 6
4 Donny Montell « I’ve Been Waiting for This Night » 12 12 24 12 1,234 7 19 3
5 Eglė Jakštytė « Let Me Show You » 6 4 10 6 622 4 10 7
6 Erica Jennings « Leading Me Home » 10 10 20 10 1,474 10 20 2
7 Petunija « Tomorrow » 5 5 10 6 508 3 9 8
8 Rūta Ščiogolevaitė « United » 12 8 20 10 1,808 12 22 1
Show 7 (20 February 2016)

The seventh show of the competition aired on 20 February 2016 and featured artists that were matched with songs that LRT received during the submission period as they did not have a song when they applied for the competition. The eight acts that qualified from the fifth show competed. The show was filmed on 15 February 2016. The members of the Lithuanian jury consisted of Darius Užkuraitis (LRT Opus director), Nomeda Kazlaus (opera singer), Ramūnas Zilnys (music reviewer) and Dalia Ibelhauptaitė (director and playwright).[13] International jury members included Will Wells (American producer and musician, touring member of Imagine Dragons), Denis Ingoldsby (British producer) and Karl Frierson (American member of German jazz ensemble De-Phazz). The top five entries advanced in the competition, while the bottom three were eliminated.[29] In addition to the performances of the competing entries, 2000 Latvian Eurovision entrants Brainstorm performed as the interval act.[13]

Draw Artist Song Jury Public Total Place
Lithuanian
Jury
International
Jury
Total Points Televote Points
1 E.G.O. « Long Way From Home » 4 5 9 5 315 3 8 8
2 4 Roses « Butterfly » 5 4 9 5 763 7 12 6
3 Ieva Zasimauskaitė « Life (Not That Beautiful) » 7 12 19 10 844 8 18 2
4 Aistė Pilvelytė « You Bet » 12 10 22 12 1,577 12 24 1
5 Ruslanas Kirilkinas « In My World » 10 7 17 8 988 10 18 3
6 Milda Martinkėnaitė « If Tomorrow Never Comes » 5 5 10 6 686 6 12 5
7 Neringa Šiaudikytė « Never Knew Love » 8 6 14 7 524 4 11 7
8 Saulenė Chlevickaitė « Strong » 6 8 14 7 644 5 12 4
Show 8 (27 February 2016)

The eighth show of the competition aired on 27 February 2016 and featured all remaining entries in the competition. The five acts that qualified from both the sixth and seventh shows compete. The show was filmed on 23 February 2016. The members of the Lithuanian jury consisted of Darius Užkuraitis (LRT Opus director), Nomeda Kazlaus (opera singer), Ramūnas Zilnys (music reviewer) and Justė Arlauskaitė (singer).[30] International jury members included Will Wells (American producer and musician, touring member of Imagine Dragons), Dave Holmes (British guitarist) and 2000 Latvian Eurovision entrants Brainstorm. The top eight entries advanced to the semi-final, while the bottom two were eliminated.[14]

Draw Artist Song Jury Public Total Place
Lithuanian
Jury
International
Jury
Total Points Televote Points
1 Catrinah « Be Free » 5 4 9 5 1,042 4 9 7
2 Ruslanas Kirilkinas « In My World » 6 7 13 7 1,042 4 11 6
3 Milda Martinkėnaitė « If Tomorrow Never Comes » 3 6 9 5 839 2 7 9
4 Erica Jennings « Leading Me Home » 8 6 14 8 2,214 8 16 3
5 Saulenė Chlevickaitė « Strong » 2 3 5 4 643 1 5 10
6 Aistė Pilvelytė « You Bet » 10 8 18 10 1,830 7 17 2
7 Valdas Lacko « Stay Tonight » 1 3 4 3 1,211 5 8 8
8 Rūta Ščiogolevaitė « United » 7 5 12 6 2,287 10 16 4
9 Donny Montell « I’ve Been Waiting for This Night » 12 12 24 12 2,309 12 24 1
10 Ieva Zasimauskaitė « Life (Not That Beautiful) » 4 10 14 8 1,474 6 14 5
Semi-final (5 March 2016)

The semi-final of the competition took place on 5 March 2016 and featured the remaining eight entries that qualified from the eighth show.[15] The semi-final was the first show in the competition to be broadcast live; all other preceding shows were pre-recorded earlier in the week before their airdates.[15] Jury voting in the semi-final was decided by a five-member Lithuanian panel only; no international jurors were included.[15] The members of the jury consisted of Darius Užkuraitis (LRT Opus director), Dalia Ibelhauptaitė (director and playwright), Ramūnas Zilnys (music reviewer), Justė Arlauskaitė (singer) and Tomas Sinickis (musician, singer-songwriter). The top six entries advanced to the final, while the bottom two were eliminated.[31] In addition to the performances of the competing entries, Vidas Bareikis performed as the interval act.[15]

Draw Artist Song Jury Public Total Place
Televote Points
1 Ieva Zasimauskaitė « Life (Not That Beautiful) » 6 1,843 6 12 5
2 Valdas Lacko « Stay Tonight » 3 1,102 3 6 8
3 Catrinah « Be Free » 4 1,307 4 8 7
4 Erica Jennings « Leading Me Home » 12 3,021 12 24 1
5 Donny Montell « I’ve Been Waiting for This Night » 10 2,727 10 20 2
6 Aistė Pilvelytė « You Bet » 7 1,911 7 14 4
7 Ruslanas Kirilkinas « In My World » 5 1,385 5 10 6
8 Rūta Ščiogolevaitė « United » 8 2,374 8 16 3
Final (12 March 2016)

The final of the competition took place on 12 March 2016 and featured the remaining six entries that qualified from the semi-final. Jury voting in the final was decided by a six-member Lithuanian panel and a three-member international panel.[15] The members of the Lithuanian panel consist of Ramūnas Zilnys (music reviewer), Nomeda Kazlaus (opera singer), Dalia Ibelhauptaitė (director and playwright), Justė Arlauskaitė (singer), Tomas Sinickis (musician, singer-songwriter) and Vaidas Baumila (singer).[5] The international panel consisted of Peter Freudenthaler (lead singer of the German group Fools Garden), Denis Ingoldsby (British producer) and Syron (British singer).[5] « I’ve Been Waiting for This Night » performed by Donny Montell was selected as the winner after gaining the most points from both the jury vote and the public vote.[32] In addition to the performances of the competing entries, Vaidas Baumila and Monika Linkytė opened the show with the 2015 Lithuanian Eurovision entry « This Time » and international juror Syron performed as the interval act.

Draw Artist Song Jury Public Total Place
Televote Points
1 Ruslanas Kirilkinas « Ilgiuosi » 5 1,756 5 10 6
2 Ieva Zasimauskaitė « Life (Not That Beautiful) » 7 3,558 6 13 4
3 Aistė Pilvelytė « You Bet » 6 4,826 7 13 5
4 Erica Jennings « Leading Me Home » 10 13,854 10 20 2
5 Rūta Ščiogolevaitė « United » 8 7,293 8 16 3
6 Donny Montell « I’ve Been Waiting for This Night«  12 18,962 12 24 1

Preparation

Following Donny Montell’s win during the Lithuanian national final, discussions began in regards to the staging of the song with choreographer Sacha Jean-Baptiste.[33] Baptiste also directed Montell’s music video for « I’ve Been Waiting for this Night », which was released earlier on 4 December 2015.[34] Montell flew to Sweden in late March and throughout April to rehearse the choreography, which included tests for a jump performed on a trampoline.[35]

LRT aired a support concert on 28 March 2016 where Lithuanian viewers could call to donate funds to support the Lithuanian Eurovision participation.[36] The concert was filmed on 26 March at the Žalgiris Arena in Kaunas and featured guests Edgaras Montvidas, Gytis Valickas and the 2015 Lithuanian Eurovision entrants Monika Linkytė and Vaidas Baumila.[37] The concert raised €10,004 from the public donations with phone lines remaining open until 31 March for additional donations.[38]

Promotion

Donny Montell focused his promotional efforts in the lead up to the Eurovision Song Contest within Lithuania.[39] Montell performed a concert tour of Lithuania to promote his album #BLCK, which was released on 14 April 2016.[40] In addition to his concerts, Montell recorded a performance of « I’ve Been Waiting for This Night » for the LRT programme Dainų dainelės, which aired on 10 April and he performed a show on 15 April for Lithuanian and NATO troops at the Lithuanian Air Force Aviation Base in Šiauliai.[41][42]

In addition to his appearances within Lithuania, Donny Montell also promoted « I’ve Been Waiting for This Night » between 11 and 13 April by taking part in promotional activities in Tel Aviv, Israel and performing during the Israel Calling event held at the Ha’teatron venue.[43]

At Eurovision

Donny Montell during a press meet and greet

According to Eurovision rules, all nations with the exceptions of the host country and the « Big 5 » (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) are required to qualify from one of two semi-finals in order to compete for the final; the top ten countries from each semi-final progress to the final. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) split up the competing countries into six different pots based on voting patterns from previous contests, with countries with favourable voting histories put into the same pot.[44] On 25 January 2016, a special allocation draw was held which placed each country into one of the two semi-finals, as well as which half of the show they would perform in. Lithuania was placed into the second semi-final, to be held on 12 May 2016, and was scheduled to perform in the first half of the show.[45]

Once all the competing songs for the 2016 contest had been released, the running order for the semi-finals was decided by the shows’ producers rather than through another draw, so that similar songs were not placed next to each other. Lithuania was set to perform in position 9, following the entry from Macedonia and before the entry from Australia.[46]

The two semi-finals and final were broadcast in Lithuania on LRT, LRT HD and LRT Radijas with commentary by Darius Užkuraitis.[47]LRT Kultūra also broadcast the three shows interpreted in international sign language for the hearing impaired.[48] The Lithuanian spokesperson, who announced the top 12-point score awarded by the Lithuanian jury during the final, was Ugnė Galadauskaitė.[49]

Semi-final

Donny Montell during a rehearsal before the second semi-final

Donny Montell took part in technical rehearsals on 4 and 7 May, followed by dress rehearsals on 11 and 12 May.[50] This included the jury show on 11 May where the professional juries of each country watched and voted on the competing entries.[51]

The Lithuanian performance featured Donny Montell performing on stage alone with blue and green stage colours and the LED screens displaying stars.[52][53] The performance also featured pyrotechnic effects and Montell using a trampoline prop to perform a jump. The stage director and choreographer for the Lithuanian performance was Sacha Jean-Baptiste.[33] Donny Montell was joined by four off-stage backing vocalists: Justina Budaitė, Kotryna Juodzevičiūtė, Rasa Doniela and Karolina Rasten.[54]

At the end of the show, Lithuania was announced as having finished in the top 10 and subsequently qualifying for the grand final.[55] It was later revealed that Lithuania placed fourth in the semi-final, receiving a total of 222 points: 118 points from the televoting and 104 points from the juries.[56]

Final

Shortly after the second semi-final, a winners’ press conference was held for the ten qualifying countries. As part of this press conference, the qualifying artists took part in a draw to determine which half of the grand final they would subsequently participate in. This draw was done in the reverse order the countries appeared in the semi-final running order. Lithuania was drawn to compete in the second half.[57] Following this draw, the shows’ producers decided upon the running order of the final, as they had done for the semi-finals. Lithuania was subsequently placed to perform in position 16, following the entry from Serbia and before the entry from Croatia.[58]

Donny Montell once again took part in dress rehearsals on 13 and 14 May before the final, including the jury final where the professional juries cast their final votes before the live show.[59] Donny Montell performed a repeat of his semi-final performance during the final on 14 May. Lithuania placed ninth in the final, scoring 200 points: 96 points from the televoting and 104 points from the juries.[60]

Voting

Voting during the three shows was conducted under a new system that involved each country now awarding two sets of points from 1-8, 10 and 12: one from their professional jury and the other from televoting. Each nation’s jury consisted of five music industry professionals who are citizens of the country they represent, with their names published before the contest to ensure transparency. This jury judged each entry based on: vocal capacity; the stage performance; the song’s composition and originality; and the overall impression by the act.[61] In addition, no member of a national jury was permitted to be related in any way to any of the competing acts in such a way that they cannot vote impartially and independently. The individual rankings of each jury member as well as the nation’s televoting results were released shortly after the grand final.[62]

Below is a breakdown of points awarded to Lithuania and awarded by Lithuania in the second semi-final and grand final of the contest, and the breakdown of the jury voting and televoting conducted during the two shows:[56][63][64][65]

Points awarded to Lithuania

Points awarded by Lithuania

Split voting results

The following five members comprised the Lithuanian jury:[61]

  • Nomeda Kazlaus – Chairperson – pianist, opera singer
  • Vidas Bareikis – songwriter, vocal coach
  • Justas Čekuolis – guitarist, songwriter, producer, musician
  • Vytautas Lukočius – Conductor of Lithuanian chamber orchestra
  • Eglė Nepaitė-Abaravičienė – music producer

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