Lithuania’s public broadcaster has decided to make several changes, notably shortening the duration of Eurovizijos Atranka 2020, the country’s national final for Eurovision. Every Saturday from 11 January until 15 February, we will be watching the efforts of artists who will attempt to bring Lithuania its first Eurovision contest victory.
36 songs will compete at Eurovizijos Atranka 2020
60 songs have been submitted to Lithuanian public television for Eurovision 2020. Of these, a panel has selected the 36 best which will participate in Eurovizijos Atranka 2020. The structure of the national selection has not been announced so far. How many qualifiers and semifinals will we have?
What we do know, however, is that Eurovizijos Atranka 2020 will consist of six shows, with the last of course final, on 15 February. So it is possible to have four qualifiers, one semifinal and one final.
But we also know the presenters. For the second consecutive year, Eurovizijos Atranka 2020 will be presented by Gabrielė Martirosian and Giedrius Masalskis. But Ieva Zasimauskaitė, who in 2018 represented Lithuania with When We Great Old, taking the twelfth position,will join them . Ieva will be the presenter of the Green Room.
With changes to Eurovizijos Atranka 2020
In addition to the shorter duration of Eurovizijos Atranka 2020, Lithuanian public television has made other changes to its national selection show. The jury will not be in another studio nor judge the songs, just comment in general. Also, the results of the televoting during the show will only be seen at the end.
Also, each artist could submit a single song. Lithuanian public television has pledged to raise funds to finance its participation in Rotterdam.
This year, in Tel Aviv, Lithuania, Jurijus represented the country with “Run With The Lions”, winning 11th place in the second semifinals, failing to qualify.