Lithuania has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 20 times, debuting in 1994. After Ovidijus Vyšniauskas finished last without a single point, Lithuania withdrew from the contest, not returning until 1999, where Aistė Smilgevičiūtė sang Strazdas, a song in the Samogitian dialect of Lithuanian.
After being relegated from the 2000 contest, the country returned with SKAMP performing You Got Style, the first Lithuanian song to include English lyrics, in addition to Lithuanian, German and French. They received 35 points, placing 13th. However, the following year Aivaras could only manage to come second last with 12 points.
Since the semi-finals were introduced, Lithuania again came last in the semi-finals with Laura and The Lovers performing Little by Little. The following year, the Lithuanian broadcaster LRT sent LT United to the 2006 contest with the football chant-like song We Are the Winners. They took Lithuania to the final for the first time since 2002, coming sixth in the final with 162 points, Lithuania's best placing to date.