Earlier this week Lithuanian broadcaster LRT was filming 1st heat of Pabandom iš Naujo!.
During this filming we learned the running order for heat 1, hosts for selection and jury for heat 1.
As we know Pabandom iš Naujo! 2021 is national final format developed by LRT in order to select Lithuania’s entry for the Eurovison Song Contest 2021.
On 31st of March 2020, LRT Opened the submissions for artists and songwriters to submit their songs. On 23rd of December 2020 LRT announced the 23 artists selected for the national selection. Among the artists were potential Eurovison returnees Evelina Sašenko (Who represented Lithuania in 2011), Vilija Matačiūnaitė (who represented Lithuania in 2014) and now she is part of group of ‘Sunday Afternoon’ and The Roop (who were supposed to represent Lithuania in 2020).
Final changes to the list of 21 competing acts were made with the withdraw of Gintarė Korsakaitė (unkown reasons why she withdraw) and Evelina Sašenko (withdraw due to travel restrictions/difficulties due to Covid-19 restrictions)
Pabandom iš Naujo 2021 hosts were announced during the filming of heat 1 and they are Vytautas Rumsas Jr, Ieva Stasiulevičiūttė and Vaidas Baumila The jury for heat 1 also were announced and they are Ramūnas Zilnys, Jievaras Jasinskis, Vytautas Bikus, Ieva Narkutė and Aistė Smilgevičiūtė (represented Lithuania in 1999).
1st up in running order is Black Spikes ft. Indrė Launikonytė with song “Don’t Tell Me“
Black Spikes and Indre Launikonyte dressed in spectacular costumes and eye catching make-up, the girls performed the song ‘Don’t tell me’. The shaky sounds of their performance dissipated the quarantine snooze. Vocalists were supported by the thunderous sounds of the electric guitar and bright red lights playing on the stage were playing on the stage.
Next up in running order is act Thomukas with song called “Wish“
Thomukas was wearing a orange T-Shirt and wearing white sports shoes, he performed song about desires while standing up, then kneeling and finally lying directly on the stage. Later he said to LRT.lt that his song and performance stage symbolizes a life in which there are ups and downs and song inspires to have desire and strive for it. According to Thomukas all forces are focused on desire so there is no space for dark thoughts especially increased during quarantine.
Next up in running order preforming a band called ‘Be U‘ with song called ‘Love Yourself’.
Band consits of 5 members vocalist Guoda Gailiūtė, guitarist Saimonas Stasytis, drummer Dovydas Stoškus, bassist Dovydas Mažonas and keyboardist Martynas Stoškus. The perfomance staging was big and comfortable so all 5 members feel comfortable. According to Vytautas Bikus bands ‘Be U’ number was to be modern and fashionable.
After brief comments from Jury about first 3 acts, next up on stage Voldemars Petersons with song “Never Fall for You Again”.
Voldemars Petersons returns to selection with song “Never Fall For You Again” who came to stage with shiny guitar and this time supported with several more guitarists. T-shirts of all musicians were related to broken heart (perhaps a symbol of broken heart) and later on Voldemars confirmed that this guess was true.
Next up to stage comes Martyna Jezepčikaitė with song “Thank You Very Much”.
Martyna Jozepčikaitė said that her stage image was costume decorated with butterflies, exclusive footwear and shiny jacket and her outfit designer was Agnė Kuzmickaitė. Her song starts with no lack of excitement but during performance turns with a smile and emotions. Singer stated that song about disappointment and all those who have ever experienced unhappy love.
Next up on stage Donata Virbilaitė with song “The Way I Am”.
Donata Virbilaitė this year chose classic image for her song. She wore black dress below the knees and brightened her lips in red. Donata told to LRT.Lt that she chose not to repeat last year’s mistake when instead of a theatrical performance, the audience focused on her outfit.
Next on the stage with running order number 7 comes Twosome with song “I Love My Bear”.
Twosome started a real party on stage with bright make-up, cheerful rhythm of the song and ingenious dance steps. During the performance Twosome joined with unicorn and bear and joined in dance party.
Next up on stage comes Milita Daikerytė with song “Shadows”.
Milita Daikerytė dresses as shiny costume that looks like Latex outfit. She told LRT.lt that song about what is happening in the world, with people and among people.
Next up comes to stage as 9th in running order comes Aldegunda with song “Sit Down”.
Even the song title is in English, song itself mostly is in Lithuanian. Aldegunda later told to LRT.lt that created song in English when she lived in United States but now she realize that time for song was coming, it needed to be sung in Lithuanian. During the performance Aldegunda is joined by 2 dancers.
As last act of the heat 1 comes up duet Titas and Benas with song “No”.
Duo of cousins Titas and Beno they said been a big fan of Eurovison since childhood, the cousins are trying their luck in this competition without fear and quarantine restrictions. The performers told LRT.lt that pandemic not only restricted but also help to learn new creativity.
During the televote, we going to witness interval act from Beissoul & Einius who previously tried to represent Lithuania for few times.
Who will qualify from heat 1 and goes to semi final to chance to perform against The Roop and others.
Pabandom iš Naujo! 2021 Heat 1 will be seen on 16th January 2021 (This Saturday) at 20:00 CET on LRT official website or LRT official YouTube channel livestream.
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