Although 2017 wasn’t the best year at Eurovision for Lithuania, national broadcaster LRT have announced there will be no change in the format used to select their Eurovision artist and song for Eurovision 2018. The mammoth (if not somewhat outdrawn) selection show Eurovizijos will return in the new year.
The application process to submit songs to be considered for the Lithuanian Eurovision 2018 entry has opened. As always the contest will accept applications for both performers and for songwriters. The performers must be from Lithuania and the songs can be penned by Lithuanian songwriters or songwriters from outside the country as well.
The deadline for submissions is 1 December and it has been announced that at least 20 songs will be selected to advance to the live heats round, which typically last for up to eleven weeks with a combination of jury and public votes combined to give a total score.
The show has been responsible for selecting the Lithuanian artist and song since 2013 with mixed results. Artists like Donny Montell, Monika Linkyte and Vaidas Baumila and our favourite monobrowed creep Andrius Pojavis all secured a place in the Eurovision Final, whereas Vilija and last year’s pick fusedmarc failed to make it through.