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Lithuania: Monika Linkytė wins Pabandom iš naujo – to Eurovision 2023 with "Stay"

Monika Linkytė has won Pabandom iš naujo, Lithuania's selection process for Eurovision. She'll perform her song "Stay" in Liverpool this May

After many weeks of shows, Lithuania has now crowned their successor to Moniku Liu. Monika Linkytė has just won Pabandom iš naujo 2023, Lithuania's national selection process for Eurovision, and will represent the country at Eurovision in Liverpool this May.

Lithuania 2023: Monika Linkytė – "Stay"

Pabandom iš naujo 2023 – Final

The song was written by Monika Linkytė and Krists Indrišonoks.

The final took place at LRT Studios in Vilnius, and was hosted by Giedrius Masalskis, Augustė Nombeko, and Richardas Jonaitis.

Pabandom iš naujo 2023

Lithuania will select its representative through a national selection, Pabandom iš naujo 2023. There are five shows which will be used to select their representative for Liverpool.

  • Heat 1: 21 January 2023
  • Heat 2: 28 January 2023
  • Semi-final 1: 4 February 2023
  • Semi-final 2: 11 February 2023
  • Final: 18 February 2023

All five of the scheduled shows were hosted by Giedrius Masalskis, Augustė Nombeko, and Richardas Jonaitis, and broadcast live from LRT studios in Vilnius.

Monika Linkytė

Monika Linkytė was born in Gargždai, Lithuania. Linkytė is a singer-songwriter and has been active in the industry since 2005, building quite a name for herself in Lithuania.

She's attempted to go to Eurovision six times in the past: in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 where she went on to represent Lithuania with Vaidas and their song "This Time," placing 18th in the Grand Final with 30 points.

As of right now, she has two certified singles in Lithuania - "Po dangum" which is certified Platinum and is on her first album, Walk with Me, and "Padovanojau" which is certified Gold. In 2015, she also won three awards: Best Album with Walk with Me, Best Song with "Po dangum," and Best Female Act.

Lithuania in the Eurovision Song Contest

Lithuania has taken part in the Eurovision Song Contest 22 times since its debut in 1994.

Lithuania 2018: Ieva Zasimauskaitė - "When We're Old"

In their debut year, 1994, Lithuania finished last. Their best result is from 2006, when LT United performed the iconic song "We Are The Winners (of Eurovision)." Although they didn't win, they finished 6th.

Since the introduction of the Semi-finals in 2004, Lithuania has been in Eurovision every year, and qualified for the Grand Final 11 out of 18 times.

Lithuania 2018: Ieva Zasimauskaitė - "When We're Old"

With Estonia's victory in 2001 (Everybody) and Latvia's victory in 2002 (I Wanna), Lithuania is the only Baltic country that hasn't won the Eurovision Song Contest.

About the author: Justina Helgeson (United States of America)

authorJustina is a correspondent from the United States. She is a more recent fan as she first started following Eurovision in 2021. Since then, she has followed every Eurovision related event and developed a passion for the contest as a whole. If you were to ask them what their favourite all time Eurovision song is, Fairytale by Alexander Rybak will always be their answer.

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