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Lithuania claims a victory today!

It’s finale time!

Lithuania and Eurovizijos come to and end today, sadly, but it’s bound to be exciting! After 10 shows and a litany of contestants, performances, outfits, strange stagings and excited mannequins, will Lithuania end up with a song that will score well with Eurovision audiences? I think they might.

Wrapping up from last week, two veteran acts left as was highly suspected, leaving a neatly divided remaining group — exact numbers of vets and newcomers. However the bottom end turned out, the top end changed up quite dramatically due to the judges’ and televoting scores. Erica Jennings, who had found herself battling in the middle for the last few weeks made a strong surge to take the lead from incoming leader, Donny Montell. Much has been made about Donny’s support and lack thereof with the judges this year. Sometimes he’s touted as the most obvious choice, while at other times he’s chided for even the mildest of errors. Further cementing a veteran hold on the top, Rūta Ščiogolevaitė jumped back, or possibly moved into the vacuum left by Aistė Pilvelytė’s plummet from being second best to being out the medals….if we were doing that, you know. The other newcomers seemed to crumble under the competition, begging the question of why only two people were being eliminated in the semi final.

With Valdas Lacko and Catrinah now gone, the renaming performers today are:

  • Aistė Pilvelytė “You Bet”
  • Donny Montell “I’ve Been Waiting for This Night”
  • Erica Jennings “Leading Me Home”
  • Ieva Zasimauskaitė “Life (Not That Beautiful)”
  • Ruslanas Kirilkinas “In My World”
  • Rūta Ščiogolevaitė “United”

Judges and televote will both happen live today as with last week. Starting at 20:00 CET on the Lithuanian broadcaster streams:

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The big thing to watch for tonight is who the judges really support in the end. Was picking at Donny a bit of a ploy to keep his fans interested? To push public attraction to other acts? While they may or may not have had any effect on the public, the televote is really where the most difference was made last week. Montell made some mild gains, but Jennings tacked on nearly 800 points! A number that is so wild, it easily invites suspicion. The only explanation other than tampering is that the Lithuanian public could only just be getting interested in their national contest, which seems rather surprising. Whatever the case, the answers that at some times may have seemed obvious, Montell, is now more up in the air than ever. We may have a repeat of the Romanian/M I H A I upset of last week, but we’ll hopefully get a good song regardless.

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About Derrick Schiff (USA)

Derrick Schiff (USA)
One of those rare creatures, the American Eurovision fans, I found the Eurovision pool and dived in head first. More knowledgeable about the current years, I'm excited to watch as Eurovision evolves into the credible launching platform for the finest pop acts in Europe and the World.