Lithuania in Eurovision Song Contest Odds
The national selection process lasted more than ten weeks, with Fusedmarc winning the final with “Rain of Revolution” out of six other acts last night. The voting system featured a combination of a Lithuanian expert jury, an international jury, and televoting.
In Lithuania, the winner was chosen by public vote (50%), the national jury (25%) and the international panel (25%). The Lithuanian group has achieved the highest score both the televote and the jury . It was six nominations that had reached the final of the shortlist with the soloist Lolita Zero to which they had replayed and sang their song "Get frighten".
Lithuania’s selection has been described as “a marathon not a sprint” and that has been particularly evident this year as, during the early stages of the competition, Fusedmarc lacked both public and jury support as Aistė Pilvelytė (who eventually placed second) won all of her heats with her Aminata penned song “I’m Like a Wolf”. However, things began to change as through the weeks Fusedmarc developed and improved their performance and gained traction with the public and jury through the heats later in the selection, winning the semi final and now the final.
Fusedmarc is a duo consisting of Victoria Ivanovo and Denis Zuev. In 2005, Fusedmarc were called the breakthrough of the Lithuanian alternative scene. During 2007, Fusedmarc was acclaimed the best experimental music band in Lithuania and in 2008 they got the award in the ”Best Lithuanian Electronic Band” category. Today the band has developed its own style.
"When we started working on this song, I told Victoria that our goal is a trip to Kiev and the victory at the Eurovision which is exactly we always believed in and hoped for," Denis said.
According to him, the audience understands their song not from the first time, but after listening to it several times: "I've already talked a lot about the title of the song and of itself, but one did not say - Victoria - victorious name with that mindset and we will go to Kiev", - said Denis.
Victoria at the conference after the victory was less talkative. "I'm happy, I'm ready, I'm very grateful to everyone who participated and helped us being better and I promise to give everything that I have." - Victoria said, choking back emotion."
”In our deep belief, ”Rain of Revolution” is so alive and true, that we wish to share and spread this strong energy with people! Our song reflects on what is going on in many people's lives and souls. "
“Rain of Revolution” is a unique song with a strong energy, and according to the artists, it reflects on what is going on in many people’s lives and souls. It is a modern, alternative song featuring a lot of trumpets and percussion as the lead singer provides very strong vocals which clearly impressed the juries.
Lithuania will compete in the second half of the second semi-final on the 11 May in a bid to qualify to Saturday’s Eurovision final on the 13 May.
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