The group were described by Mamontovas on LT United's official website as the "the musical equivalent of (a) national basketball team". The group entered the Lithuanian pre-selection contest, dominating the scoring and receiving 32,669 points - almost double that of the second-placed Inculto. After performing the song, the Lithuanian President Valdas Adamkus invited the group to perform at Lithuania's Independence Day. The group also became the Lithuanian ambassadors for the United Nations' "Time To Help The Others" world development programme. The music video for the song was released for public viewing on March 23, 2006, and was directed by Donatas Ulvydas. The video consisted of clips from their pre-selection performance, along with archive footage of the six members.
The press release that accompanied the video stated that the use of archive material was to "prove the experience of each LT United member". The video received a large amount of airplay in Lithuania from March until the time of the contest in late May. Prior to the Eurovision Song Contest semi-finals, LT United notably refused to perform the song, deciding to wait until the semi-final itself (although a rehearsal performance was released on their official website just before it). The group also contacted radio stations across Europe to request the song be removed from playlists until May 22 (the day after the final). Despite this, the song became well-known within the groups following the contest, with some disgruntled at the lyrics of the song (based around the statement "We are the winners, of Eurovision" - in fact, it appears 15 times in the lyrics -, annoying some who felt it was egotistical, albeit the song is clearly tongue-in-cheek).
This resulted in, upon their appearance in the semi-final, some booing them prior to their performance (which has never occurred before in the Eurovision Song Contest). The same occurred after their performance ended. Despite that, their stage act (including Arnoldas Lukošius' dancing manically, and Saulius Urbonavičius talking into a megaphone) and the song managed to gain 163 points, which proved to be enough to finish 5th in the semi-final. Upon the announcement of their qualification, loud boos were clearly heard from the crowd. Their final performance would not differ much from that in the semi-final, and despite (less prominent) booing from the crowd present in Athens, LT United managed to finish 6th with 162 points (with big points from the English-speaking countries of Ireland and the United Kingdom, along with their Baltic neighbours of Latvia and Estonia as well as from Iceland). The 6th place is Lithuania's best contest finish to date (beating their aforementioned 2001 entrants Skamp by seven places).
During the final, Lukošius' was likened to the British comedian Harry Hill by BBC commentator Terry Wogan. Contest winners Lordi also jokingly quoted the song's title in the post-final press conference. After the contest, LT United released "[track artist=LT United=We Are The Winners[/track]" as a single, with a World Cup 2006 version of the song also included on the release. This has resulted in some sarcastically noting that their nation Lithuania didn't, and never have qualified for the World Cup. The single sold around 3,000 copies in Lithuania, and thus gone gold.
Furthermore, the song was performed by Robbie Williams at a concert in the Belgian capital Brussels, after he made jokes about the contest and their song inparticular. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lt_united Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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