Saturday 8th of January 2022 is the first heat of Lithuania’s National Final – Pabandom iš naujo! Translated as “Let’s try again!”, Lithuania will be looking to build on their 8th place result at Eurovision 2021 with Discoteque by The Roop.
Pabandom iš naujo! will consist of six shows and will be voted by the Lithuanian public and a jury. These shows are three heats, two semi-finals and a final – made up of 36 acts. Let’s take a look at the 11 acts that will be looking to qualify on Saturday.
Elonas Pokanevič – Someday
Not much can be found about Elonas, he does however have a few covers such as Post Malone – Circles and Tiësto – In The Dark on his Instagram, so you can get a taste of his voice and sound before the show. We look forward to hearing more on Saturday!
Joseph June – Deadly
Ahead of the show, Joseph June’s track “Deadly” has already been released. The bass-led track featuring techno sounds brass instruments infuses many genres and keeps you guessing throughout. He even tries his hand at rapping! Hopefully the performance is just as intriguing as the studio track.
Urtė Šilagalytė – Running Chords
Urtė is already a known name in the Lithuanian public eye and has already tried her hand at various music and art projects. Her song for Saturday, Running Chords has been released – soulful and powerful ballad with big vocals.
Gabrielė Goštautaitė – Over
No stranger to Eurovision fans, Gabrielė tried her luck at Pabandom iš naujo! in 2021 with her song Freedom, placing 8th in her heat. Will she fair better this year with her guitar-led track Over?
Mary Mo – Get Up
Mary Mo already has some moderate success with the song “Love Affair”, racking up 28k views on YouTube. The electro-infused RnB pop track could be the sound of Get Up – her song for Pabandom iš naujo! on Saturday. Let’s see what she can bring to the competition!
Augustė Vedrickaitė – Before You’re 6 ft Under
Augustė is a veteran of Lithuanian national finals, first entering in 2006 and now with her sixth attempt to represent Lithuania with Before You’re 6 ft Under. Can she do better than her fourth-place finish in 2007 with Fate?
Sun Francisco – Dream Again
Sun Francisco made their musical debut in 2021 with the EP Nice to Meet You. The band describe themselves on their Instagram as having “alt-pop melodies” and that’s exactly what you’re going to get with their current back catalogue. They have opted for a simpler style for their track for the national final, with their piano-led track Dream Again.
Voldemars Petersons & the Break Hearters – Up
Another name known to Eurovision fans, Voldemars Petersons tried his luck at Pabandom iš naujo! in 2021 with Never Fall For You Again, finishing third place. His song for this year, Up, has already been released. The song features catchy melodies with an electro feel – not forgetting a guitar solo! Will he be able to build on his very respectable third place from 2021?
Aldegunda – Holiday
A further returnee, Aldegunda made it to the semi-final stage of Lithuanian national selection Eurovizijos in 2019 with I Want Your Love. Her 2022 song, Holiday, is already out and features again her jazzy vocal tone with an uptempo beat. Will it take her to the next stage in 2022?
Viktorija Faith – Walk Through the Water
Viktorija Faith is a singer, songwriter and actress. Her latest releases such as Pray and I Used To feature chill but atmospheric low-fi beats with smooth vocals – she has brought elements of that to her Pabandom iš naujo! song, Walk Through the Water.
Erica Jennings – Back To Myself
Our final returnee of this heat, but not just to the national final stage – Erica Jennings has been to Eurovision in 2001 as part of Skamp with the song You Got Style, finishing 13th in the final. She’s tried to represent Lithuania again a further two times. Her third solo attempt Back To Myself is already out ahead of Saturday. How will her 80s infused pop track with gospel elements favour in 2022?
Who are you most looking forward to seeing in the first heat of Pabandom iš naujo!? Let us know in the comments!
You’ll be able to watch the show on LRT’s website on Saturday 8th January 2022, starting at 8pm CET.