Lithuania: Eurovizija 2017 artists revealed; final on 11 March

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LRT, the Lithuanian national broadcaster, has released the names of the 51 artists bidding to becoming the nation’s next representative at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, as well as further details regarding the country’s selection process.

As confirmed by the Lithuanian national broadcaster, the nation’s selection process for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, Eurovizija 2017, will kick off from the 7 January 2017 over the course of 10 weeks, in which we will see a grand total of 51 acts bid for the right to represent the nation in Kyiv next May.

Eurovizija 2017 participants

  1. Aistė Pilvelytė
  2. Alanas Chošnau
  3. Audrius Janonis
  4. Audrius Petrauskas
  5. Augustė Vedrickaitė
  6. Benas Malakauskas
  7. Dagna Kondratavičiūtė
  8. Deividas Žygas
  9. Dovydas Petrošius
  10. E.G.O.
  11. Edgaras Lubys
  12. Elvina Milkauskaitė
  13. Erika Astrauskaitė
  14. Evaldas Vaikasas
  15. Fusedmarc
  16. Gabrielius Vagelis
  17. Golden monkeys
  18. Gražvydas
  19. Greta Zazza
  20. Hit
  21. Ieva Zasimauskaitė
  22. Julija Jegorova
  23. Justin 3
  24. Kotryna Juodzevičiūtė
  25. Lawreigna
  26. Liepa Maknavičiūtė
  27. Lolita
  28. Marius Petrauskas
  29. Mia
  30. Milda Martinkėnaitė & Saulenė Chlevickaitė
  31. Monika Mėčiūtė
  32. Neringa Šiaudikytė
  33. Otreya
  34. Paula Valentaitė
  35. Queens Of Roses
  36. Rasa Kaušiūtė
  37. Shiny Raia
  38. Rugilė Daujotaitė
  39. Ruslanas Kirilkinas
  40. Rūta Andruškevičiūtė
  41. Sasha Song
  42. Soliaris
  43. Strėlės
  44. Tadas Rimgaila & Tina
  45. Valdas Lacko
  46. Valerija Iljinaitė
  47. Varjetė
  48. Vidas Bareikis
  49. Vilija Matačiūnaitė
  50. Virgis Valuntonis
  51. Vlad Max

From the 2017 Eurovizija line-up, a total of 2 former Eurovision participants will be making a return to the selection in a bid to represent the nation for a second time; Sasha Song (Love, 2009) and Vilija Matačiūnaitė (Attention, 2014).

Small changes to selection

Unlike with previous years which saw each bidding artist perform at the majority of the shows throughout the selection, LRT has decided to make a slight change to the first few weeks of the competition.

Throughout the first 4 weeks of Eurovizija 2017, a total of 12-13 artists from the 51 participants will perform to the public for the very first time, with only around half of the acts qualifying to the next stage of the competition in the fifth show.

Explaining the decision behind the small changes to the selection process, Eurovizija organiser and producer Lauro Lučiūno revealed:

Last year, some participants complained that the selection phase was long and had to appear quite often, so this year the singer will appear in the first show, and if qualify to the next round – then they  will next appear in the fifth show.

In total, at least 6 acts will compete in the Grand Final of the selection on the 11 March 2017, in which the winner will be determined via a 50/50 jury/public vote, once again including the vote of an international jury.

Eurovizija 2017 dates

  • 07/01: Show 1
  • 14/01: Show 2
  • 21/01: Show 3
  • 28/01: Show 4
  • 04/02: Show 5
  • 11/02: Show 6
  • 18/02: Show 7
  • 25/02: Show 8
  • 04/03: Show 9
  • 11/03: Show 10 (Grand Final)

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