Review: Lithuania (“We Go Again! 2020” ) – Semi-Final 2

LITHUANIA

On Saturday, the 8th of February 2020, Lithuania will hold the second semi-final of their national selection “We Go Again! 2020“.

8 artists will fight for 4 spots in the final. The decision will be made by 50% public voting and 50% jury voting.

In this post. I will review the 9 competing acts in the second semi-final:

#1. Meandie – “Drip” (3rd place, Heat1)

Meandi

The performance starts with a ringing telephone and sitting next to the keyboards. It’s a Rap song with electro motives. Meandie performs on stage while wearing a yellow jacket and blue pants and he mentions it in the lyrics. Moreover, he speaks about “West Side” in the lyrics which connects to Rap and Afro-American music. It has nothing to do with Lithuania. In a specific point, It becomes monotonic and inspirational. I see the song as a catchy advertisement song. not a Eurovision entry.

 

#2.  Petunija – Show Ya (6th place, Heat 1)

Petunija

It’s a mid-tempo pop song. Petunija has a limited vocal range. The lyrics contain the phrase “Making Lithuania Famous” which may hint about how Lithuania is longing for better achievements in Eurovision. The beat od the song is based on percussion instruments and electronic production. The melody is stringer than the lyrics and vocal performance. I would change the arrangement of the song, so it would include more use of backing vocalists. Generally, it a song from the kind that needs to be revamped in aim to be competitive.

 

#3.Germantas Skoris – Chemistry/ Breaking Free (6th place in Heat2)

Germantas Skoris

It’s a rock song with a nostalgic American spirit. Actually, it can be categorized as a Rock Country Folk song. The melody is based on electric guitar, bass, and drums alongside computerized processing. The chorus is being performed in a higher voice. In the verses, he has some backing vocalists. In the last transition, we get an electronic guitar solo.
Eurovision lacks rock songs and it’s a good effort, but not excellent.

 

#4.  Moniqué – Make Me Human (winner of  the Heat2)

monique

It’s a ballad that is opened with a basic piano playing. In the beginning, the singing is gentle and soft, it’s almost a lullaby. Afterward, it becomes more powerful and dramatic. There is a smart use of lighting and camera angles. The chorus is touching, catchy and emotional. In the second half of the song, the lighting is moderate and we finally can see clearly Monique. Before the second chorus, she uses a lower voice, but she will use a higher voice later on. The backing vocalists can be heard only in the phrase “Make Me Human”. Monique has a great stage presence, wonderful interpretation, and an excellent voice. The song is well written and the melody isn’t complicated which I see as an advantage. The whole act seems very shole and ready. We have a strong contender for winning the national final and even for taking Lithuania to the top of the table.

 

#5.  Rokas Povilius – Vilnius Calling (5th place in Heat3)

Rokas Povilius

It’s a rock ballad with humor motives. It’s a musical entity with a dimension of entertainment. The song describes the life experience via the Eurovision world (12 points, 10 points and etc…).
“There is nothing on Tv tonight, for the lonely guys” – the phrase describes the tv as a life savior. Afterward, he wants to be likable, whether he is from a neighboring country or not. In that way, he mocks some phenomenons in Eurovision. Another example is “Make a song with Swedish start”. He describes the holding of the phone as a solitude solution, and not as a way for voting. The melody is based namely on guitars.
The advantage is that the song has a musical existence. The disadvantage is that the song aims firstly to entertain us. The singer tries to follow the footsteps of Lithuania in Eurovision 2006 with ” We are the winners”.

 

#6. Monika Marija – If I Leave  (winner in Heat 1)

Monika Marija

It’s a country Pop ballad with motives of Soul. The melody is based on עuitar strumming. The main element is the strong and attractive voice that Monika has to suggest. The melody seems very familiar because is pretty basic. The stage presence is very noticeable. In my opinion, the chorus is more interesting than the verses. The performance becomes more effective when her singing is stronger, right after the “Oh oh oh” transition. To sum up, we have here an excellent singer with a good (but not excellent) song.

 

#7.Andy Vaic – Why why why (5th place in Heat 1)

Andy Vaic

It’s a mid-tempo pop with electro foundations. Andy has a special, stable and effortless voice. The performance includes a lot of flickers and changeable lighting. In the last third of the song, he gets strengthening of backing vocalists and wind Instruments. The last half-minute is an interesting swerve point in the song: The production is more electronic- dance and it takes the song to a higher level. The song lacks a kicking production which will lift it up.

#8.  The Backs – Fully (6th place in Heat 3)

The Backs

The song starts with a beat of percussion instruments which create an interesting frame to the song. On the stage, we have 4 women wearing black clothes and black hats. It’s a dark Pop Indie ballad. Some of the singers sing their solo parts in the song in a Soul style. At the beginning of the last third of the song, they throwing their hats on the floor. I love the combination of their voices and the harmonizes. This is a good song that grows on me, but it lacks any surprising moment.

 

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My Ranking
#1. Moniqué – Make Me Human
#2. Monika Marija – If I Leave
#3. Germantas Skoris – Chemistry
#4. The Backs – Fully
#5. Andy Vaic – Why why why
#6. Rokas Povilius – Vilnius Calling
#7. Petunija – Show Ya
#8. Meandie – “Drip”

 

 

My Prediction

The 4 qualifiers will probably be

#1. Moniqué – Make Me Human
#2. Monika Marija – If I Leave
#3. Meandie – “Drip”
#4. Andy Vaic – Why why why

I live in Israel and watch Eurovision since the early 2000s. I work as a mathematician but have a big interest in singing, music, and writing

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