Artist: Ieva Zasimauskaite
Song: When We’re Old
Betting Odds: 101/1
Lithuania concluded their marathon selection show Eurovizijos in March. Their 2018 edition crowned regular competitor Ieva Zasimauskaite the winner, competing with the heartfelt ballad ‘When We’re Old’.
The song effectively conveys a lovely sentiment of loving someone unconditionally for your entire life. Sticking with each other through thick and thin until your old age. This is reflected in the video that celebrates love at all stages of life but is particularly attentive to the images of many older couples spending time together. I defy even the most cold hearted person to watch the video and not have an emotional reaction.
The closing line of the song ‘I’m not afraid to grow old, if I have you hand to hold’ in particular just got me. I’m actually typing these words with tears starting to form in the corner of my eye. Maybe it’s tiredness from writing so many reviews today, but I’d say that the song is just so beautiful and had a part to play in it too. Ieva’s vocals are understated, sweet and perfectly suited to the content of the song.
Unfortunately for Ieva, in the running order for semi final 1, she is sandwiched between two of the favourites to win this year’s competition outright. The brassy and infectious ‘Lie To Me’ from the Czech Republic will take to the stage before her and the sublimely ridiculous, chicken clucking ‘Toy’ from Israel will come on after. The loveliness and the understated yet effective sentimentality of ‘When We’re Old’ may get sidelined for the more showier performances both before and after it.
For more information on the artist here is 10 Things About…Ieva Zasimauskaite!
The full lyrics to the song are here and check out the video below!