Fans are still waiting for heat two. But that hasn’t stopped Lithuania’s LRT from going ahead and recording the third round of its Eurovizijos Atranka selection show, which saw the number of competing entries swell to 53 on Monday.
Thirteen acts performed for the jury, including fan favourite Monika Marija and Eurovision 2001 singer Erica Jennings. However, both were pipped to the top spot by Jurijus Veklenko. Performing the yet to be released “Run With The Lions”, the former Voice of Lithuania contestant secured a maximum 12 points from the judges.
Just behind was fellow Voice alum, Monika Marija. She sang “Criminal”, the first of her two entries. It’s easily one of the most talked about songs in this year’s bunch. Yet despite the buzz, Monika must make do with 10 points.
Fans are already speculating that her Swedish songwriting team may prove to be a thorn in her side. However, Donny Montell and the Swedish-penned “Waiting For This Night” lost his first heat in 2016. He went on to give Lithuania its second highest Eurovision result ever.
There was a two way tie for third with both Cheri and husband wife duo Jurgis DID & Erica Jennings scooping 8 points.
Lithuania’s Eurovizijos Atranka 2019 Heat 3 Jury Scores
12 points – Jurijus
10 points – Monika Marija
8 points – Cheri and Jurgis DID & Erica Jennings
6 points – Antikvariniai Kašpirovskio dantys
5 points – Jurgis Brūzga
4 points – Dagna
3 points – Sofija Eitutytė
2 points – Voldemars Petersons and Kali
The expert panel had no love for Laimingu būti lengva, La Forza or 120, awarding nil points to all three acts.
Heat 3 is scheduled for a 26 January broadcast. Meanwhile, viewers can catch the second heat this Saturday, 16 January.
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Some candid behind the scenes shots from the recording of Heat 3 of Lithuania's Eurovision 2019 selection show. – Read the full report and jury scores on wiwibloggs.com. – Photos courtesy of @monikamarija_paul and team. – #eurovisionsongcontest #eurovision2019 #eurovision #daretodream
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