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Right on time from Lithuania: Silvester Belt’s wait is over

23 April 2024 at 10:00 CEST
Silvester Belt is representing Lithuania at the 68th Eurovision Song Contest Armida Čepukaitė
Hold up Malmö, Silvester Belt is in town. He’s representing Lithuania on the Eurovision Song Contest 2024 stage with the song ‘Luktelk.’ And it’s finally his time to shine.
Silvester Belt is representing Lithuania at the 68th Eurovision Song Contest Armida Čepukaitė

Fresh from winning the super final of Eurovizija.LT, where Lithuania chose its Eurovision entry by a public vote, Silvester has got his ticket to Malmö. There were 5 weeks of semi-finals, but after Silvester won the very first semi, Luktelk, which means “wait” went straight to number 1 on Spotify Lithuania.

Silvester, whose real name is Silvestras Belte, knows a lot about TV music competitions. In 2010, he made a bid for representing Lithuania at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, by competing in their pre-selection competition, Vaikų Eurovizijos Nacionalinė Atranka, with the song Pi-Pa-Po. It involved an upbeat pop tune, pyjama-clad dancers carrying pillows with Silvester’s face on them, and a light up dancefloor. He wasn’t so lucky on that occasion, but a few years later, he won Lithuanian TV talent show Aš – superhitas. And in 2024, he’s set for the ultimate televised music competition, the Eurovision Song Contest.

Silvester has had plenty of moments in the limelight, but his most memorable comes from when he was only 12 years old. He performed a solo on national TV with the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra and choir, with a VIP audience that included various presidents.

A less enjoyable memory was performing at his mum’s 50th birthday, which he describes as a cringe fest. We bet she loved it though.

Silvester Belt is representing Lithuania at the 68th Eurovision Song Contest Armida Čepukaitė

If Silvester could have dinner with any three famous people, he’d choose Troye Sivan, Olly Alexander, and Billie Eilish. He says it “would be a queer brunch rather than a dinner, but we’d all be so late, it would end up just being a dinner party.”

We might be able to help you out with one of those guests… Just please both be on time for your stage calls, Eurovision doesn’t wait.

When we asked Silvester who his Eurovision hero is, he resisted saying Loreen, because he wants to meet her and is well aware of the advice, “Don’t meet your heroes.” So he suggests we leave the heroes to Måns Zelmerlöw (who of course was Sweden’s Eurovision 2015 winner, with the song Heroes). Very clever, Silvester.

Whatever you do, don’t ask this popstar to join in with karaoke. Despite being a professional singer, he hates it. But you might find him secretly singing or dancing to some of his favourite songs, which include Far&High’s Alone, Todd Terje’s Inspector Norse, and Bob Moses’ Time And Time Again. His playlist of top tunes is packed with electronic loops and synth pop sounds, just as you’d expect.

Silvester told the Official Eurovision Song Contest Podcast: “I was not expecting everything to change so drastically, it’s just crazy. I don’t even have time for my thoughts, to get everything in and enjoy the moment. I’m trying to take some time just for myself!”

Before the Eurovision whirlwind, Silvester says he was sitting at home writing songs, and not doing a lot else. But now everything else will have to wait — Malmö is calling!

Hear more from Silvester on episode 9 of the Official Eurovision Song Contest Podcast.

You can learn more about Silvester Belt from Lithuania right here.

You can listen to all 37 songs of Eurovision 2024 via your favourite streaming service or watch the music videos on our YouTube channel.

The Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Malmö, Sweden on Tuesday 7 May (First Semi-Final), Thursday 9 May (Second Semi-Final) and Saturday 11 May (Grand Final) 2024.

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