I think we may have just gotten ourselves a new cult hero...
Pity poor Vlad Max, here. He looks like a nice enough kid, and his intro video gave him the lustre of a cool and moody electropop waif. But then the camera cut to the studio to reveal a skinny lad with sticky up hair wearing the same expression as a baby deer who's about to be hit by a truck. Wide-eyed, trusting, but it still knows something bad's about to happen.
The moment poor Vlad started to sing, his whispy, left-of-key voice made you want to hug him and punch him in the face at the same time. It's also never a good sign when your own backing singers can barely stifle the giggles, bless him. And then came the words: "Everybody says that they know you well, they've seen you here before and they know you smell". Abso-bloody-lutely priceless!
And all of this is a shame, because he had probably the most chirpy and memorable song out of a mostly uninspiring Lithuanian bunch.
But the heart break didn't end when his song did. The first glance at the scoreboard shows him to be well-adrift at the bottom of the table with a measly 42 points. Surely a lad of his age has more than 42 friends? Surely his own mother could have texted in more than 42 SMS votes in three minutes? Unsurprisingly, he failed to qualify, with the lowest score from both the jury and the televoters.
Poor, poor lad. Let's hope he's not dissuaded from having another go next year, because we can see Apocalypse and him having a long and fruitful relationship. We love you, Vlad Max!