Lithuania in the Eurovision Song Contest
This article deals with the history of Lithuania as a participant in the Euro Vision Song Contest.
Regularity of participation
Lithuania took part in 1994 for the first time in the competition, but had to stop because the last place already in the following year. In the following years, Lithuania did not participate again until 1999 and returned to the Euro Vision Song Contest. Due to poor results in 1999 and 2002 Lithuania had in 2000 and 2003 to take a year off. Since 2004, the semi-finals were introduced, the country took part always and often reached the finals, since 2011 every year. Together with the Baltic neighbors, Estonia is shared since 2008 the fate of the semifinals: either both or none of the countries reached the final.
The first Lithuanian Post 1994 compliant rule presented in the local language. 1999, the contribution Strazdas in the little-known dialect was presented Samogitian, all subsequent posts were mostly sung in English, only the rap part of the song You got style from 2001 contained an additional line in Lithuanian, French and German. It was also the contribution of 2009 Love from the last chorus in Russian and the song of 2011 C'est ma vie, partially presented in French. Also from Love or leave from the year 2007, a Lithuanian version was recorded.
List of posts
Color legend: - Victories. - A tie to the last place. - Contributions finals.
Success in competition
So far, Lithuania rather belongs to the unsuccessful countries in the Euro Vision Song Contest: the so far only finished in the top ten reached the group LT United in 2006 after successful qualification for the finals and leaving in the semi-final rounds in 2005 and 2004, these two semi-final rounds landed in the calculation except said. song, 2006, the thirteen other posts in the second half of the scoring, seven of them, even among the last five. Lithuania reached twice now the last place in 1994 and 2005 with zero points in the semifinals with 17 points. In addition to Portugal, it is the only country that did not receive a single point on his debut.
National preliminary decisions
Lithuanian Post Only in 1994 was selected internally in the other years were national preliminary decisions instead. 1999, 2001 and 2002, these were each on one evening with 12 or 15 participants instead, each envisioned a title. The winner was determined by a jury in 1999 alone (although a parallel telephone vote was held, but had no effect ), 2001 and 2002 through a combination of jury and televoting. In 2002, the winning song We all B'Avarija the group was disqualified after the preliminary round.
From 2004, the preliminary decisions were significantly more elaborate by previously held semi-final rounds with a relatively large number of participants, especially in the years 2006 and 2007, than before the semi-final rounds were held each quarter-final rounds in which the singers were divided into groups known singers, less well-known singers and newcomers. 2004 was still chosen by jury and public vote, as of 2005 only by phone.
Since 2011, the preliminary round consists of several preliminaries and the finals, which stretch Since 2013 over several months, from October to December 2013 and 2014 from December to March. Thus, the Lithuanian preliminary decision is currently the longest of all.
- Lithuania 17 points in the semifinal of 2005, until such time as the highest score for a last-place post at a Euro Vision event since the introduction of force without a break until today points system in 1975.
- Published in 1999, the Lithuanian delegation a day late to the samples in Jerusalem, ostensibly to save the cost of an overnight stay.
- The band created in 2007 4Fun the illusion of a shadow theater. Due to the extensive renovation work asked the Lithuanian delegation to insert another pause before the moderation contribution, but this was rejected.