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Tonight, the second wave of Eurovision hopefuls in Lithuania fought for the ticket to Lisbon. With the exception of their initial 1994 entry that was selected internally, Lithuania has used a national final to field all of their Eurovision entries. The show’s length has varied in size over the years, but this year the show will feature 7 heats, one semi-final, and the final show on March 11th.
Tonight’s show featured many returning artists such as Paula, Mia, and Adrius Petrauskas, but their fame did not promise them any favor with the judges.
The running order for tonight’s heat was determined prior to the show.
Elvina Milkauskaitė & Balys Kulikauskas
Eurovizijos Atranka utilizes a 50% jury vote, while the Lithuanian public carries the other 50% of the points via televoting. This mean that the jury’s points could save an entry that the public dislikes, or vice versa. Such was the case when the public vote saved Germantė’s entry in Heat 1 but Natalija failed to qualify despite earning 7 points from the judges.
After the jury and televote points were revealed, it was announced that Saulės Kliošas, Twosome, Paula, Elizabeth Olshey, Jouzas Martin, and Audrius Petrauskas would be advancing to the next round of the competition. Below are the combined point totals and placements.
Saulės Kliošas – 18 total points
Twosome – 18 total points
Paula – 18 total points
Elizabeth Olshey – 13 total points
Jouzas Martin- 12 total points
Audrius Petrauskas – 12 total points
Mia – 11 total points
Rūta Kotryna – 7 total points
Elvina Milkauskaitė – 5 total points
LJ – 2 total points
Justina Žukauskaitė – 0 total points
Emilija Valiukevičiūtė – 0 total points
Next week, Heat 3 of Eurovizijos Atranka will kick off, and the artists are expected to be announced in the next coming days.
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