Lithuania – Jurij Veklenko

Forty-eight acts competed in the national selection show Eurovizijos atranka 2019 and after four heats and two semi-finals, eight acts were left to battle it out. In the end, Lithuania has chosen Jurijus as their Eurovision 2019 representative with “Run with the Lions”.

Eurovizijos atranka 2019 final running order

To ensure there were eight different acts in the final, Monika Marija withdrew her entry “Criminal” to focus on her other entry “Light On”. Alen Chicco — who finished fifth in last week’s second semi-final — completed the line-up.

Alen Chicco – “Your Cure”

Junà – “Strength of a Woman”

Henry & Tommy Modric – “Neverpart”

Jurgis Brūzga – “Ctrl Alt Delete”

Jurgis DID & Erica Jennings – “Sing!”

Monika Marija – “Light On”

Antikvariniai Kašpirovskio Dantys – “Mažulė”

Jurijus – “Run with the Lions”

Eurovizijos atranka 2019 final results

As is the case in other weeks, the Lithuanian jury panel had their say on tonight’s eight finalists and gave out their points. As usual, they count towards 50% of the overall vote, with the other 50% coming from televoting. The jury panel consisted of Ramūnas Zilnys, Vytautas Bikus, Leonas Somovas, Simona Albavičiūtė-Bandita, Darius Užkuraitis, Jonas Nainys and Mykolas Katkus.

Interestingly, the televote mirrored the jury’s sentiments, with Jurijus coming out on top on both fronts.

ENTRY JURY POINTS TELEVOTE POINTS TOTAL POINTS PLACE
Jurijus – “Run with the Lions” 12 12 24 1
Monika Marija – “Light On” 10 10 20 2
Antikvariniai Kašpirovskio Dantys – “Mažulė” 8 8 16 3
Jurgis DID & Erica Jennings – “Sing!” 7 7 14 4
Alen Chicco – “Your Cure” 6 6 12 5
Henry & Tommy Modric – “Neverpart” 5 5 10 6
Jurgis Brūzga – “Ctrl Alt Delete” 4 4 8 7
Junà – “Strength of a Woman” 3 3 6 8

 

Fan favourite Monika Marija finished second with both the jury and televote. “Light On” shone bright but Jurijus edged past. “Run with the Lions” is packed with an intimate performance. Jurijus connects with the audience and hammers home a modern and catchy chorus.

Do you agree with Lithuania’s decision? Who were your favourites in the grand final? Let us know on the comments below!

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Photo: E. Blaževič/LRT.

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FrostyW
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FrostyW

It’s an OK song, but Jurijus is very much in the running for ENTMM. ?

AngieP
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AngieP

I really liked “Light on”. It would be better. “Run with the lions” is just ok,

brunowskii
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brunowskii

Lights On would be much better
#FlopFeeling

beccaboo1212
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Will Jurijus film a music video for “Run with the Lions”? I hope so.

Colin
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Colin

The irony is, while I hate the guts of the outcome here, it’s one of the rare examples of juries and televoters actually agreeing on something this season. Just like in Croatia, terrible results, but at least without an actual scandal outside of the ESC-bubble.

Icete
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Icete

I enjoy his song so much. Best of luck in Tel Aviv

TheDrMistery
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TheDrMistery

Did such agreement between juries and televoters ever happened before in any national final? The same 8 songs in the same order.

HMmm
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HMmm

This was the first time when Jury voted AFTER announcing televote. Seems shady.

Gabija
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Gabija

However, their votes were submitted before the televoting was annouced. And the Eurovision representative attended the show to asure the transperancy

Yssy
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Yssy

Very upsetting. Lithuania had one of the most talented singers of any national selection and turned their head the other way. I personally hope the best for them but I think it will be hard to qualify.

Dalth
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Dalth

Not bad builds nicely but corus is a bit weak, shame could of been a really strong entry for Lithuania

Gurl
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Gurl

Very good entry, good luck Lithuania!

Indy
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Indy

People keep on saying that it was obvious that Jurijus would win. It couldn’t be further from the truth. I mean the girl had it in her back pocket. Even before national selection started people said that she might win. The only problem was two songs and the fact that she asked people and jury not to vote for Criminal. It was the wrong move big time. It rubbed jury the wrong way as well. Also I think people thought she was clear winner and forgot to vote.

escfan
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escfan

The jury and televote were giving Jurijus their top marks before Monika caused a stir with asking people not to vote for criminal. It’s not like Monika caused that stir and then the jury were like okay we’ll just vote Jurijus. Going into the final, Jurijus really was one of the favs so saying that Monika had it in her back pocket is actually further from the truth.

Indy
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Indy

As is Monika Marija didn’t win her heats. She won all of them except the final. She came third with a song she asked not to be voted for. Can you imagine asking everyone not to vote and still be on top. She has huge fan base and currently is a judge on The Voice kids. I’m just saying that her loss was extremely surprising.

Jonas
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Jonas

It was obvious Jurijus will represent Lithuania from his first heat. Although I wanted either Criminal or Light On. Profesional jury (as if being a decent singer is equal to being a profesional critic) stayed politic correct and praised LGBT community desires. I mean, c’moon Lithuania, sending a gay is no news to Eurovision, this title won’t shine as unique. #teamCriminal, but I noticed that some Criminal fans went full force on revenge against Monika Marija for ditching the song and so voted for Jurijus. Not that is matters since even if televote would have been won by MM, Jury… Read more »

blueeyed
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blueeyed

One more… How do you know he is gay? Did he tell that personally to you? Or are you just imagining what you want to imagine? And conspiracy theories… Stop being pathetic and just accept that MM lost.

Rokas
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Rokas

C’mon he is not a gay.

Swe
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Swe

Are you fcukups really discussing sexual preferences of the singer as if this matters? What the actual hell? Gay or not gay, who cares?! Jurijus has a great simple catchy song with a positive message. Stop seeing sex everywhere!

blueeyed
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blueeyed

Because lots of Lithuanians are homophobes and Eurovision is a gay contest to them. And only gays win because gay producers and gay jury members make them win. Conspiracies conspiracies…

Jonas
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Jonas

I’m just saying that the jury was not objective there from the very beginning. We try to imitate Western Europeans by putting politic correctness into everything. People sometimes, or as in Lithuania – most times, forget that Eurovision is a SONG contest. #Criminal was by far the best choice we had, but jury members didn’t like it, so MM pleased their ego by cutting it down. This was all organized against MM’s win. Do you think this song will do well? For sure if it was Sweden or Russia, because they can send trashy songs and get to the TOP10… Read more »

boom
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boom

Let’s believe Shane Dawson conspiracy about falsetto in songs. I hope this will work out and we will get to the finals

Padim
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Padim

In my opinion it’s just decent, not great at all, but at the same time it looked like the best option they had.

T.J.
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T.J.

Finally a good pick!

Alex
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Alex

these results are suspicious smh

Jo.
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Jo.

Fishy, to say the least.

Alexxx
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Alexxx

I mean first time in Lithuanian atranka Tlevotes were announced first, so yea it’s suspicious also with jury idk how they gave Jurijus much more than Monika

Gabija
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Gabija

Even if jury gave Manika 12 pt, Jurijus would have won, since televoting is above jury. (if it is even, then the one with more votes from the ppl will win). For Jurijus not to win, he should have been at 3rd place by jury. And to be fair, there were no songs to acctually compete with Monika and Jurijus.

qwet
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qwet

Gabija, you’re wrong, jury is above televoters. It’s written in official LRT Eurovizija rules.

Oli
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Oli

I like it! He was my favourite

Marcelo
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Marcelo

This sounds like another “I’ve Been Waiting For This Night” and that got 9th, so who knows? Average and a bit generic, but somehow it gets stuck in my head. Maybe I’m in for a bit of mainstream, I don’t know? Middle of the pack for me, I guess.

But, as of now, Lithuania isn’t a threat to win the contest.

escfan
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escfan

IBWFTN is miles better than this basic song

Marcelo
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Marcelo

IBWFTN was another basic song, despite Donny’s vocal abilities.

Titas
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Titas

Its not a bad song at all but im lowkey hoping it’ll get dq’d…

up!
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up!

I really like it. “Criminal” would have been my first choice, but it’s Monica’s own fault that she pulled it out… “Run with the lions” is a promising song and boy, his falsetto is smashing…

keith mawson
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keith mawson

yeah she really cocked up the whole thing didn’t she. Criminal was the better song, Lions is mediocre

HBau
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HBau

Definitely the best choice they had. I don’t *love* it, but it’s pleasant enough and with the right staging could be quite memorable in Tel Aviv.

Hideo for Lietuva
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Hideo for Lietuva

Well… If Jurijus will sing last in Semi final 2…. Maybe have chance take Lithuania in Grand Final.

Jesper
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Jesper

Great choice!!

KarWorld
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KarWorld

The beginning of the song sounds really promising, but then there is something so genetic in the chorus that it loses the magic for me. All in all, though, a nice song to listen to.

Pastel de nata
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Pastel de nata

Meh.

Loin dici
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It’s a good song–even if I don’t love it personally, it’s still a quality entry and deserved its victory. Great pick, Lithuania!

ErJ
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ErJ

YESSS I’M SO PROUD OF MY COUNTRY’S CHOICE <3

Jurijus is the perfect example that if you really wish for something and work hard for it, everything pays off in the end <3

Jurijus nevertas pergales
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Jurijus nevertas pergales

It’s a perfect example of a non-qualifying song! <3

xmynameis
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xmynameis

It’s a perfect example that if you have the right producer behind your back…

L’oiseau
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L’oiseau

A very decent song.

Jo.
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Jo.

spent all the money buying dresses and paying that fine, so they turned her light off for not paying the bills.

123
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123

:DDDD This one killed me.

Cocacola
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Cocacola

For me Jurijus and his song looks the way better than Monika Marija! Monika Marija has a great voice but she is too boring. And both songs of her sounds the same, I cant even say which is which! So Im really happy for Jurijus! Everything looks so simple in his performance but at the same time so warm and honest! GOOD LUCK!!!

Tom
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Tom

Oh and will wiwibloggs finally not be biased and petty tworwards Lithuania and make a goddamn reaction video or something??? Bcs Lithuanian news are just flying by and no represantation :/

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Lack of coverage isn’t bias, it is just lacking. I’m sure Romanian fans, for example, are envious of Lithuania’s lack of Wiwi coverage at the moment.

Tom
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Tom

Seems fair 😀

Robyn Gallagher
Editor

We would have loved to have made a reaction video for the Lithuanian finalists, however the line-up was only finalised two days ago which would not have given us enough time to shoot and edit a good quality reaction video. A reaction video for the winner will be forthcoming. 🙂

Jake
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Jake

well you never get the jury and televote to exactly agree on every song so at least you don’t have a repeat of Romania…it is really unbelievable how this year most of the fan favorites are not going to Eurovision…I was worried for Monika but someone replied to me that she would go through and now she didn’t…League of Lights got beat in Denmark, Wear Your Love got beat in Germany, Gregor and Middletonz got beat in Hungary, Kazka got beat again in Ukraine…all is left is for Keiino to get beaten in Norway and Conan to get beaten in… Read more »

qwet
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qwet

In Ukraine Maruv is much stronger choice than Kazka.

ESCaddict
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ESCaddict

2000 & Whatever was beaten in Australia too.

Denis
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Denis

It’s not that bad bur far from perfect. It’s sounds like a song that would reach AC in MF, and nothing more. Good but needs something more, lacks something..
Will qualify though, and I think it should.

Edward
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Edward

Monika where are you? Bralukas why?

George
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George

She’s busy adjusting her crown for next year.

Indy
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Indy

Monika Marija is a great singer. I just wish her song was better. I hope she will find something better for next year.

Jingo
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Jingo

Another gay ??

Joe
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They’re everywhere these days. Maybe even in this comment section.

qwet
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qwet

lmao

Jingo
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Jingo

I mean I am glad there is another talented gay singer this year?should have finished my sentence

Arnas
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Arnas

He is, but does that matter?

blueeyed
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blueeyed

How do you know it? Have you slept with him?

miskdisky
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miskdisky

If only…

Arnas
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Arnas

haha, sadly not. But he was on grindr before

blueeyed
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blueeyed

Oh right. Because no one has ever used other people’s pictures on grindr. If he hasn’t said personally to you (or publicly to anyone) he is gay, you can’t be sure. Even if you’ve slept with him. Because, you know, there are bisexual, bicurious and pansexual people too. Not only gay.

Sabrina
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Sabrina

It’s not exactly bad, but it’s average and forgettable. I have a big problem with the chorus, which I think it’s very very silly. He sings it well, his falsetto is pretty decent but… there’s no big moment, there’s no personality.

Lourdes
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Lourdes

Couldn’t have said it better!

Sabrina
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Sabrina

I’m surprised that they haven’t even tried something to highlight in terms of staging. They just sent the guy there wearing a leather jacket and he made it. Lithuanians really loved him, I suppose. 😀

keith mawson
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keith mawson

there was a * Running with lions* in Sweden a few years ago

Xavier
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Xavier

I wanted Monika to win, only with “Criminal” though.

Guest
Guest
Guest

same

Joe
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She robbed herself. She really is a criminal. 😛

keith mawson
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keith mawson

Her next song *I am a bloody idiot*

Idksmth
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Idksmth

FFS LITHUANIA. YOU CHOSE RIGHT LAST YEAR, BUT YOU SHOLUD’VE KEPT THE TRADITION RIGHT THIS YEAR. THIS SONG JUST GOES NOWHERE AND EVEN AFTER A MINUTE I FEEL LIKE I’VE BEEN THERE FOR 5. SUCH A SHAME THAT MONIKA MARIJA WASN’T GIVEN A CHANCE TO SAVE THIS YEAR, BUT WE HAVE MARUV KINDA DOING THAT. (apologies for all capital letters)

Guest
Guest
Guest

Criminal was better and I’m not spreading hate at all but I saw this coming. She should have competed with both songs because Light On clearly lost some support. Saying that though she did come second.

Idksmth
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Idksmth

I also saw this coming, so I wasn’t suprised, I WAS PISSED. Criminal was the better song and actually her first choice to compete with and I agree that she should have kept both songs, because if Light On was chosen there was a chance that it would be the fan favourite flop of the year. Coming second is great, but coming second to an act like Jurijus ain’t good, sorry.

George
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George

She had no chances with Criminal, no matter how good that song was.

123
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123

I can say that Jurijus song is boring same as Monika Light On. Even better, because i like “uuu” part. So dont cry poeple.

Jake
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Jake

Nothing happened for that whole 3 minutes. Meh.

Joe
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Joe

Not bad, not great. Still would’ve preferred Monika Marija, but I can’t say I hate it.

My top, updated:
1. Spain
2. Italy
3. Romania
4. Australia
5. Denmark
6. Albania
7. UK
8. Slovenia
9. Latvia
10. Czech Republic
11. Hungary
12. Germany
13. Ukraine
14. Estonia
15. France
16. Lithuania
17. Montenegro
18. Croatia

Joe
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Joe

Says a lot about the quality of this year that it only stops being great after 15 and good after 16.

Guest
Guest
Guest

Can’t say I hate it (places 16/18) haha ,sorry I just thought it was funny. Interesting top 18 . Your 3-6 are my 14-17 but lets face it Croatia are still bottom. I don’t want to spread hate or anything but I kinda thought Monika’s decision would backfire . Light On wasn’t bad but I personally thought Criminal was better. However she did come 2nd so hopefully she would be motivated to come back bigger and stronger next year (song wise 🙂 )

WannaEatMySpaghetti
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WannaEatMySpaghetti

You have strange tastes but why not! :p You’re the first person to say that this is a good year.

Polegend Godgarina
Guest

still askin myself how this happened. this song is absolutely generic n nondescript. it hurts me how it’ll probably qualify bc lithuania is in the same semi as norway, ireland, latvia n the uk aka countries that give them 10-12 televote points every year bc of neighboring/immigration…… such an undeservin victory

Indy
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Indy

As if Light On is not generic. C’mon!

Polegend Godgarina
Guest

a song bout fightin death with amazin vocals….. deffo not generic unlike this tragic imagine dragons demo

qwet
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qwet

both songs are generic. In fact I feel more feeling from Lions than from Light On, and I find Lions more interesting and pleasurable to listen to. Light on is sooooooo generic, it hurts.
On the other hand Criminal was an interesting and strong song, Monika should’ve tried to win only with Criminal.

Indy
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Indy

Yeah, about fighting death… or any other million things. The song is so generic it can be used in tampon commercial. I guess fake melodrama works well for people. Yeah, Run with Lions is generic as well, but at least its catchy.

Guest
Guest
Guest

Really tampon commercial? Light On? I dunno what kind of ads you’re watching 🙂 haha
Run with Lions is catchy though I have to say.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

I’m with Polegend this time. The song “Light On’ went beyond generic. There are emotive chord changes in the harmony throughout, so that what would otherwise be a three-chord song is peppered with layers of emotion. Then there is the vocal on the lyrics- very real; very poignant.

Idksmth
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Idksmth

YEEEEEEESSSSSSSS, HONEY, ALTHOUGH I WAS PREPARED FOR THIS VICTORY.

uzhas
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uzhas

it’s just as generic as Light On

Colin
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Colin

Generic and nondescript are the exact words taken out of my mouth, Polegend. For me, this is a locked non-qualifier.

Guest
Guest
Guest

oh yeah because Ireland are neighbours to Lithuania. In case you haven’t noticed Ireland offer their 12 points to different countries every year depending on how good the songs are and also last year the jury gave 12 points to Lithuania but the televote gave 12 to Britain. I agree with Indy too that Light On is quite generic for Eurovision (not that i give 2 shts about how generic something is but you brought it up) . Also what do you all have against Imagine Dragons seriously , they’re decent,have good songs and do decently in the charts. Honestly… Read more »

Polegend Godgarina
Guest

have u been livin under a rock? ireland’s been givin lithuania 12 televote points every time they’re in the same show bc of immigration…. same with uk n norway.

Guest
Guest
Guest

Look I’m Irish and I flippin know who we gave 12 points to and its definitely not always Lithuania, you can look it up if you don’t believe me. Also Irelands JURY gave Lithuania 12 points last year, televote gave UK 12 points. Only in 2016 did we give Lituania points and maybe a semi final in recent years. Get your facts straight before making an argument.

Phary
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Phary

No haha
You should get your facts straight, Ireland gave 12 televote points to Lithuania last year in both the semi and the final, the jury gave 12 points to Cyprus both times.
Ireland even gave 12 televote points to Fusedmarc, it’s no secret that Jurijus also already has 12 free points regardless of the song.

Guest
Guest
Guest

That’s complete bs also it published the week after the final that we gave the UK 12 points so I dunno why Wikipedia is talking bs. We 100% do not give Lithuania points loads of points all the time. In fact I think we give Belgium a lot of points more often. Were not gonna give Lithuania points for the sake of it also we don’t pity vote or vote because of immigration. I dunno why we gave fusedmarc points because it was cr*p but we don’t and won’t give points to Lithuania for the sake of it.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Jurijus’ “Run with the lions” is good, and I understand why the public likes it. Congrats Jurijus. But I wanted Monika at the ESC. She’s stunning. Will she come back? I hope so.

David F
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David F

Hope so too, Purp

Alexxx
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Alexxx

we don’t deserve her so i hope she will not or will come back but for other country

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

I would write music for her if she came to the UK. But so would hundreds of others, no doubt. (Expect Laurell Barker to ring up, very soon. It’s likely. :P)

PP77
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PP77

With good staging (LRT use Sasha like in 2016) Lihuania can be big suprise in ESC.
My TOP 181.ITA
2.UKR
3.SLO
4.SPA
5.LIT
6.DEN
7.ALB
8.FRA
9.AUS
10.EST
11.GER
12.CZE
13.ROM
14.HUN
15.MNE
16.CRO
17.UK
18.LAT

Guest
Guest
Guest

Not a bad top 18 but I’d prob switch Denmark and UK ,not that UK is the 6th best song but it’s also not the 2nd worst and Denmark’s very meh imo.

EDWARD
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EDWARD

How very dare you put the hot mess that is Croatia above the UK and Latvia

ImFromRomania
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ImFromRomania

Run With The Lions” is likely to be subject to an investigation by the EBU , cuz the song it was released in a demo version in March 2018 and if EBU respect their rules must disqualified this , andalso LRT*Lithuanian Television) states that should the EBU rule at a later date it is in ineligible to compete then they will select the second place. Did u know about this guys ?

Polegend Godgarina
Guest

didn’t happen with jamala, didn’t happen with alma, didn’t happen with alekseev….. that rule is basically useless they never enforce it

•-•
Guest
•-•

Well looks like you don’t know that yesterday EBU decide that he didn’t broke any rules & can be part of competion.

Oswald
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Oswald

It was investigated 2 weeks ago, and settled already. That’s why he performed it last night.

Alexxx
Guest
Alexxx

EBU said that they will investigate it if he wins lithuanian final so they will do it now

Guest
Guest
Guest

Weren’t they doing the same sht for Romania’s entry . Honestly I don’t get why they don’t do this on day one of the selection.

blueeyed
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blueeyed

Competing songs can’t be COMMERCIALLY released before Sep 1. Demo release is not a commercial release so no rules are broken.

avner
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avner

The EBU is really concerned with songs that had early wide exposure, and it would be petty to ban a song that had limited early impact. The rules are written in a strict way just for worse-case scenarios.

Héctor
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Héctor

Just accept Monika’s defeat and get over it. You want Jurijus to be dq just because of that. We all have lost too many of our favs in this year National Final season.

Whatever
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Whatever

This is hilarious. Can’t wait to read all the salty comments.

xmynameis
Guest
xmynameis

People voted for him because he is good looking, but well it’s not a beauty contest.

Indy
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Indy

No, he won, because Monika Marija messed up. She has had so much buzz around her for almost two years now. I mean everyone thought she’ll win. She’s on tv all the time. She won The Voice of Lithuania. Meanwhile, Jurijus is completely unknown.

keith mawson
Guest
keith mawson

he has a sort of Bryan Adams look about him.

Guest
Guest
Guest

Why would you vote for someone based on their looks?
It’s completely pointless, like you could vote for staging, outfit,song,voice but looks are just irrelevant

Indy
Guest
Indy

I honestly find Monika Marija boring and uninteresting. I think people were tuned off by all the drama and sob stories. It’s so strange that she lost, because she’s on TV all the time.

Leo M
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Leo M

It’s a pleasant song but a bit safe. Not the best vocal but there is still time to work on that before May

Zama Muscat
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Zama Muscat

I like the song but his voice is TERRIBLE.