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post Nov 25 2016, 09:55 PM
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Lithuania are giving us another lengthy selection courtesy of a return for Eurovizijos, although they have seemingly made it only 8 weeks long for 2017 rather than 10 weeks as it was last year. Then again, we thought this last year until it was extended due to high viewing figures in Lithuania. Nevertheless, 2016's competition was by far the strongest Lithuania ever put together with strong songs from Erica Jennings, Ruta, Aiste and of course Donny Montell which gave them their best quality entry in HISTORY and got a deserved top 10 in Stockholm.

The selection begins at the beginning of January:

https://escxtra.com/2016/10/11/lithuania-an...tails-for-2017/

Initial rumours stated that Donny may be considering another comeback to the selection, vying to continue to do so until he wins Eurovision for Lithuania. He's gone from 14th to 9th so far, so perhaps he'll manage it after a couple more attempts? Indeed, Donny is Lithuania's biggest popstar and would surely be selected yet again if he did take part in Eurovizijos 2017 - judging by the quality of his most recent album I'd certainly be up for it. I think Lithuania could make a niche for themselves as "little Sweden".
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post Dec 5 2016, 09:22 PM
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Aminata is back in the Eurovision family, this time she's gone next door and wrote a song for a Lithuanian act. She's wrote a song for Aiste from this year's selection so that should be an immediate contender! *.*
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post Jan 1 2017, 03:45 PM
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The names and writers of all the songs have been put up here for your reading pleasure. Aminata is down as a songwriter for Aiste from last year as rumored and Vilija from 2014 is competing again. That's about it on first scan as famous names goes but Ryan can probably identify a good 50% of them.

The actual songs are starting to filter out and, to my shock and amazement, there is an actually really good song out there (written by Swedes, obviously).



Not sure if I'm ready for Lithuania potentially having a run of three good songs in a row!


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post Jan 5 2017, 04:59 PM
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Heard this a few days ago and it really is sensational by Lithuania's standards. I'd go as far as saying that it is the most Eurovision winner-sounding song out of all the favourites I've heard from the selections so far (Finland, Estonia, Hungary, Switzerland, Lithuania, Georgia, Belarus, Malta and maybe more).

That said, I think the biggest fanbase always tends to prevail in Lithuania when there is a big artist in the selection and this is of course Sasha Song in this case. Thankfully his song is much better than I expected, he's jumped on the tropical bandwagon but it's a nice bop and would still be above anything Lithuania offered pre-2015. Of course the jury could sink him, but I'm not sure the jury would sink him enough to get Greta through in place of him.

Basically Sasha is the Donny of 2017 (comeback male with much improved song on their original Eurovision entry), Greta will probably be the Erica (fan favourite female) and then Aiste can be Aiste again.

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Greta came first in the jury vote of her heat which was recorded tonight and she got the pimp slot! cheer.gif LRT know they have something here, let's hope the televoters join the train when they vote on Saturday!
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Lithuania may be carrying on their annual "make it up as we go along" reputation as despite initially issuing a denial it is rumoured that negotiations are ongoing between LRT and Donny Montell's team regarding letting Donny take part with his brand new single which was released today. Donny has recently reconfirmed that he wants to return to Eurovision again as he believes he can win and is improving his position each time.



I don't *think* it will happen but at the same time I wouldn't be surprised to see him shoe-horned into heat 4 next week.
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That's a brilliant song but I'm unsure if Donny would be able to improve on 9th with it, especially so soon after last year and with 'I've Been Waiting For This Night' being a lot more Eurovision friendly.
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Great song but it doesn't very Eurovision
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Greta won her heat this evening, 1st with juries and 2nd in the televote! That said her vocals and stage presence need a lot of work to make her become a winner.
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Oh my GOD - this (which won the televote last night of whatever heat out of the SEVENTEEN THEY HOLD FOR THIS every year) has just been brought to my attention and I am HEAD OVER HEELS! *o*



I AM FRIGHTEN
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OH MY LITERAL JEZUS CHRISTO
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I need it to win so badly.
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Omg call the whole thing off now *.*
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What a racket, at least choose something which has a bit of humour in it if we're ignoring pop perfection!!11



And appreciate our Greta of course heart.gif

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I Love My Phone is a BOP AND A HALF. Completely ridiculous but the production is actually really good!
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I do like Greta (and a lot of this year's selection actually - add in Sasha Son and I Love My Phone and you have a bizarrely high quality selection from the country that had that laughable A Million Voices rewrite genuinely contending most of the weeks last year), but Eurovision really is ALL THE POORER without at least one entry of LOLITA'S ILK anymore
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Those two are also bops - Greta in particular surely would be a smash. This years If Love Was A Criminal perhaps?

I agree though, Get Frighten is just the sort of bizarre thing I miss in Eurovision and really want. Sure, I'd rather have it from some random country like Montengro and it is a dilemma to have that or a brilliant pop song like Like I Love You, but it's just so bonkers that I can't help but love it laugh.gif
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