Sasha Song has been eliminated from Eurovizijos and will not return to the Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of Lithuania. Contenders like Aistė Pilvelytė and Paula are still in the running.
After a lengthy and sometimes complex selection process which has seen many unique performances over the past few months, the Lithuanian national selection for Eurovision 2017 seems to be reaching it’s climax.
Below you can read back the live blog for the semi final of Eurovizijos in Lithuania, with the results on top:
2150- After a thorough and in depth analysis of the remaining entries by the juries and scrutiny of the televote, our six finalists in Lithuania are:
Paula “Let U Go”
Aistė Pilvelytė “I’m Like a Wolf”
Kotryna Juodzevičiūtė “Love Shadow”
Fusedmarc “Rain of Revolution”
Gabrielius Vagelis “Feel Myself Free”
Greta Zazza “Like I Love You”
2124- “Like I Love You” by Greta Zazza is the last song to be performed tonight and it is KILLER. This performance is by far the one of the night. She’s changed it up every time she’s performed this dance influenced pop song and this time she’s wearing a furry red jacket and accompanied by four dancers in black. The synchronized dancing with the dance beats and the flashing lights really make this stand out as a stellar entry. This one will qualify with ease.
2115- Gabrielius Vagelis is next with “Feel Myself Free” and this one is very popular among the fans. His eccentric outfits and model looks have made him a hit with Eurovision fans across Europe. “Feel Myself Free” is a heartfelt ballad, it’s very heavy on the piano and emotional. Everything about the performance just clicks. It’s really captivating, he has a beautiful voice and the dark yet simplistic staging really draws the audience into this. This could be one of tonight’s finalists.
2100- Song 6 is “Rain of Revolution” by Fusedmarc. It’s 90’s pop at it’s best. The song is a mid tempo pop song which features heavily on the trumpets. The performance is energetic and features fireworks in the background and a red backdrop. The lead singer really belts out the big notes but the whole thing has a very “dated” feel. I highly doubt she’ll make it through tonight.
2048- Kotryna Juodzevičiūtė is next with “Love Shadow”. The vocal harmonies with the backing singers is really strong in this song. It’s a mysterious pop song, bright, yet dark. On stage, everything is white, outfits, dancers, screens, lights. The song is very unique, with dance music influences, somewhere between a ballad and a soulful pop song. It relies heavily on electropop influences and synthpop sounds. What the song lacks in memorability, it makes up for with style. It’s difficult to tell if this will be a hit or a miss.
2037- The crazy chick from Lithuania Aistė Pilvelytė is next on stage with”I’m Like a Wolf”. This song has proven extremely popular with the judges, having received top marks twice among the jury throughout the process. The song is edgy, gritty, and dark, and the performance has much remained the same as the weeks have gone on, it’s eccentric, over the top, crazy, gothic, and perhaps a little dated. The whole thing is very “Eurovision 2007”. The performance needs a modern twist to it to alleviate the whole song, I think with a good staging this could be a very good and memorably Eurovision entry for Lithuania.
2028- “Let U Go” by Paula is next and she’s changed it up from previous weeks. The performance features her hair in a high ponytail and she’s sporting a black blazer. She’s accompanied by four dancers and the performance features heavily on the words of the song projected onto the screens. The song is a dancepop song, it’s very good and radio friendly and it’s good that she’s experimenting with different performance ideas for the song. In my opinion, a simpler staging really captures this one and brings the impact to the performance.
2017- Ieva Zasimauskaitė is up next with “You Saved Me”. Ieva looks absolutely stunning in a floor length black dress in front of a background of paper lights. The ballad is good but it doesn’t have any impact, no impressive vocals, interesting hooks, fancy stagings, nothing that makes this “pop”. It’s a wonder in a field of 50 songs that this one has slipped through the net, I doubt this is strong enough to qualify for the final.
2009- The first song is Sasha Song’s “Never Felt Like This Before” and little has changed about this throughout the selection process, he’s still wearing the same hat, same outfit, same dancers, same lighting, same vibe. The whole song is distinctly average pop. It is uptempo and full of energy but Sasha Song is perhaps much better known for having soul and passion in his music and this high power europop anthem seems a little flat for him. The judges and televoters have consistently been behind this though so perhaps there is a connection there to be made.
2000- The show begins! Our hosts introduce us to the panel of judges before opening the televoting lines and giving viewers all of the voting details before we’re right on to the performances.
We began in December with 50 entries and throughout the weeks since, we’ve lost some fan favourites and now we’re down to just 8, reaching our last semifinal before next week’s grand finale where the winner will be crowned. Tonight eight will become six as we discover which artists will make the final of Eurovizijos. These performers have passed through three semifinal stages before making it to this stage in the competition so these songs are all well known in Lithuania and many have become fan favourites in the competition so it’ll be interesting to see who progresses. The eight semi finalists are:
1 Sasha Song “Never Felt Like This Before”
2 Ieva Zasimauskaitė “You Saved Me”
3 Paula “Let U Go”
4 Aistė Pilvelytė “I’m Like a Wolf”
5 Kotryna Juodzevičiūtė “Love Shadow”
6 Fusedmarc “Rain of Revolution”
7 Gabrielius Vagelis “Feel Myself Free”
8 Greta Zazza “Like I Love You”
With a combination of jury/televoting which can be very inconsistent in selecting a singular popular entry, the field is wide open for anything to happen. With artists also changing up their staging throughout the weeks, getting it right tonight will be crucial in their success. ESCDaily will of course be writing the liveblog from 2000CET so be sure to join us as we analyze the live show and bring you all the latest in the Lithuanian selection.