After the imaginary singer 'Justė Kriauzaitė' who fooled LRT by submitting a remake of Michael Jackson's hit Ben, had been disqualified, three more participants have withdrawn from the Lithuanian national selections. The singers will not be replaced.
The total amount of songs in the Lithuanian selection has decreased from 54 to 50 this week. Three more selected artists have withdrawn from the contest: Diana with Who you are, Smoggaz with When the night comes and Ubalda with Gloria.
Earlier this week, the song You submitted by Justė Kriauzaitė' appeared to be a remake of Michael Jackson's world hit Ben. In case the people who fooled LRT hadn't revealed their joke, the song by the imaginary singer Justė Kriauzaitė would have taken part in tonight's semifinal. An upset LRT disqualified the song and only seven songs will thus appear in LRT's third semifinal, which can be seen as of 20:00 CET by clicking here.
Tonight's semifinalists and the results of the previous two semifinals can be found on esctoday.com's Lithuanian pages by clicking here. Lithuanian broadcaster LRT has not yet announced how the withdrawals will influence the further organisation of the Lithuanian semifinals.