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Lithuania: Ieva Zasimauskaitė – When We’re Old

Over in Lithuania, their 10-round selection process came to an end with the naming of Ieva Zasimauskaitė as their Eurovision representative. Ieva will perform in the first half of semi-final 1. When We're Old is a lovely gentle song that tries to mimic the simplicity and intimacy of Salvador's Amar Pelos Dois. The style and mood reminds me of Sway from the first American Pie film; and When We're Old sort of has a film soundtrack feel. Back to Eurovision, though, one recent example of this genre would be Belgium's 2012 effort from Iris, which finished last in semi-final 1. On the face…
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Lithuania could be the kingmakers in deciding which countries make it from the first half. 

User Rating: 3.93 ( 31 votes)

Over in Lithuania, their 10-round selection process came to an end with the naming of Ieva Zasimauskaitė as their Eurovision representative.

Ieva will perform in the first half of semi-final 1.

When We’re Old is a lovely gentle song that tries to mimic the simplicity and intimacy of Salvador’s Amar Pelos Dois. The style and mood reminds me of Sway from the first American Pie film; and When We’re Old sort of has a film soundtrack feel.

Back to Eurovision, though, one recent example of this genre would be Belgium’s 2012 effort from Iris, which finished last in semi-final 1. On the face of it, Lithuania sounds moderately more authentic, but loses its appeal after the first minute or so. Better lighting may keep viewers interested for longer. Anyway, unlike the Belgian example, Lithuania should be higher with the juries and televote, making the first half of semi-final 1 even more interesting given they have a few allies and diaspora to call on.

I don’t see Lithuania making the final at this point, but they could be the kingmakers in deciding which countries make it from the first half.

  • Does grab attention
  • Vocals are solid
  • Has some friends and diaspora
  • Easy to lose interest after first minute
  • Has to qualify from most difficult half of trickiest semi final
  • Probably too insipid to attract enough support

Is Ieva making up the numbers, or can she cause an upset?

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6 comments

  1. I think the song writer was a little bit inspired by Calm After The Storm.

  2. Gav, as you say, this is a sweet little song – maybe a little too sickly sweet. There can be no denying it has an appeal – similar to Spain in a way. However, it does tend to trundle along on the one note. Ieva, is voteable but I’d take issue with the four stars for the vocal. Even my tone deaf ears could hear the duff notes.

    Semi 1 is competitive and for ‘When We’re Old’ to progress to the final probably requires at least two out of seven stronger or more fancied songs in the first half of this semi to fall by the wayside.

    Therefore, I would say qualification is at best borderline, but not out of the question, especially with the diaspora support Lithuania can rely on from the UK and Ireland public vote.

  3. I always think these sort of ballads are the hardest to pull off needing vocal timbre almost like a male tenor.Ieva does a very fine job of it.I spotted her a couple of years ago and thought she had a lovely range to her voice and this really suits her.There are lots of piano intro’s this year,but this one has the best melody structure being in the best chord for these ballads (D-).Im not sure if they should maybe of increased the tempo a little bit more from halfway stage though.The strings and vocals do lift very nicely,but maybe some backing from midway and a touch more depth before Ieva drops back into the end of the refrain herself.I hope the jury do their job and give this decent points.Interesting to see how they stage this.

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