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Lithuania: Monika Liu wins Pabandom iš naujo – To Eurovision 2022 with "Sentimentai"

Monika Liu won Lithuania's Pabandom iš naujo 2022 and will wave the country's flag at Eurovision 2022 with the song "Sentimentai"

It has been a whole month since Lithuania's search for The Roop's (Lithuania 2021) follow-up started and has concluded with Monika Liu winning Pabandom iš naujo 2022 with the song "Sentimentai". The bookmakers already predicted her victory.

The final show was broadcast live from LRT's studios, in Vilnius, and was hosted by Giedrius Masalskis and Ieva Stasiulevičiūtė. Richardas Jonaitis was again the moderator of the jury section.

Besides the eight finalists, The Roop also took the stage to perform, not only their Eurovision song "Discoteque" but, "On Fire".

Lithuania 2022: Monika Liu – "Sentimentai"

"Sentimentai" is composed by Monika Liubinaitė.

Pabandom iš naujo 2022 – Final

The results were split between the televote and the jury each accounting for 50% of the decision. Tonight's jury panel was composed by:

  • Ramunas Zilnys
  • Ieva Narkutė
  • Gerūta Griniūtė
  • Vytautas Bikus
  • Stanislavas Stavickis-Satno
  • Aistè Smilgevičiūtė (Lithuania 1999)
  • Vaidotas Valiukevičius from The Roop (Lithuania 2021)

Monika Liu

Monika Liubinaitė, professionally known as Monika Liu, is a 34-years-old Lithuanian singer and songwriter.

Music has always been in her blood and it was at the age of five when she started learning how to play the violin. A few years later she discovered singing and started taking part in competitions.

Before moving to Boston, in the United States, Monika studied music in Lithuania's Klaipeda University. Even though she currently lives in Vilnius, Monika also lived in London where she continued to develop her music skills.

Her music genre is described as "electro-pop" and got her comparisons with Björk.

Pabandom iš naujo 2022

The Lithuanian selection for Eurovision 2022, Pabandom iš naujo (English: "Let's Try Again"), consisted of six shows:

  • 8 January 2022: Heat 1
  • 15 January 2022: Heat 2
  • 22 January 2022: Heat 3
  • 29 January 2022: Semi-final 1
  • 5 February 2022: Semi-final 2
  • 12 February 2022: Final

Giedrius Masalskis, Ieva Stasiulevičiūtė and Richardas Jonaitis were in charge of hosting the shows.

Lithuania in Eurovision Song Contest

Lithuania has been taking part of Eurovision Song Contest 21 times since its debut in 1994.

Lithuania 2021: The Roop - "Discoteque"

The debuting year 1994 Lithuania ended last, and the best result is from 2006 where LT United performed the iconic song "We Are The Winners (of Eurovision)". It didn't win though, but went 6th.

Since the introduction of the Semi-finals in 2004, Lithuania has been in Eurovision every year and qualified for the Grand Final 10 out of 17 times.

Lithuania 2021: The Roop - "Discoteque"

With both Estonias victory in 2001 (Everybody) and Latvias victory in 2002 (I Wanna), Lithuania is the only Baltic country that haven't won Eurovision Song Contest.

About the author: Pedro Santos (Portugal)

authorPedro comes from Lisbon, Portugal. He's 30 years old and graduated in journalism. He has attended Eurovision Song Contest three times live - 2018, 2019 and 2022 - and covered the show twice more (2021, 2023) but his first Eurovision memory takes him back to 2007 when Sarbel delivered his catchy "Yassou Maria" performance. Pedro's favorite Eurovision song is Albania's 2015 "I'm Alive" by Elhaida Dani which is also his favorite Eurovision edition.

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