Lithuania: It's a duet!21 February 2015 at 22:41 CET
The Lithuanian national final was the eighth show broadcast live from the LRT studio in Vilnius. It was hosted by Simona Nainė and Arūnas Valinskas. Tonight's jury consisted of the international (Eric Lehmann, Ralfs Eilands, René Romkes) and national (Rosita Civilytė and Ramunas Zilnys) professionals.
A lot of fans and also the author of This Time, Vytautas Bikus, were impressed by duo performance, so the Lithuanian national broadcaster LRT have decided to let Monika and Vaidas sing together tonight. So, during this exciting evening, Mia and Monika & Vaidas, sang different songs: two favourite ones and their version of the Eurovision entry This Time.
In the first round, the contestants performed songs of their choice:
- Mia - Dangerous
- Monika Linkytė and Vaidas Baumila - Saulės Pėdomis
- Mia - Take A Look At Me Now
- Monika Linkytė and Vaidas Baumila - Tiktai Tu
In the second round, the TV viewers could watch the Eurovision entry This Time sang by Mia and the duet by Monika and Vaidas.
In the commercial break, Ralfs Eilands' band PeR performed their song Smile. The Swiss representative in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest, Mélanie René, sang her entry Time To Shine.
It was a joint decision of the TV viewers and the expert jury to send Monika and Vaidas to Vienna. So, the duet will perform This Time in the first half of the Second Semi-Final.
Here are the final results of the televoting:
Here are the jury results:
Tonight, Eurovizija reached its peak - the national final, but the show goes on: next Saturday, you can watch The Best of the National Selection on the LRT website. And on the 1st of March The Winning Performer’s Support Concert with participants from this year's selection will take place in Vilnius.
About the winners
Music is Monika’s passion. She learnt playing piano in the age of four. Later on, Monika started practicing her vocals. “I am sure that the biggest human achievement is self-discovery. I can say it from my own experience”, Monika says on her facebook page. Her vocals teachers Kristina Jatautaitė and Rosita Čivilytė are very impressed by Monika’s talent, and support the young artist on her musical career. Monika took part in different festivals, concerts and TV shows.
Vaidas Baumila is Lithuanian singer and actor. He became known after finishing 3rd in TV3 music reality show Dangus in 2005. He released his first album Ką Tu Mėgsti? in 2006.