At the national final in Lithuania, Jurij Veklenko was a ray of light in a sombre stage show.

And in Lithuania’s first rehearsal at Eurovision 2019, Jurij got some help on that front.

That’s because Lithuania’s screens focus on brightening the dark stage.

Lights pulse behind him, spotlights illuminate him from all angles, and a slew of closeup shots on his face put his warmth as a performer front and centre.

Admittedly, initial run throughs left people cold, but by the final run through Lithuania had started to pull things back.

This is a subtler show than others we’ve seen today, but Jurij’s vocal was fully put together.

Greater use of the light effects that are already in the performance, including projections, and Lithuania could be onto something.

Jurij Veklenko— “Run with the Lions”: Reviews and Reactions

Lithuania: First rehearsal at Eurovision 2019

Lithuania: First press conference 2019

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Mario
Mario
1 year ago

Jurij Veklenko will represent Lithuania in the second Semi-Final of the Eurovision 2019 Song Contest on May 16. We invite you for a #RunWithTheLions! http://bit.do/eRMbw
#Vote

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 year ago

Nothing wrong about it. But they had a low-key entry and haven’t even tried anything to improve it. I still struggle with the notion that someone would vote for it after watching all kind of different performances through the night. Unless they really like the country.

Héctor
Héctor
1 year ago

I think it could have been stage better, but it’s not bad as it is rigth now. I was expecting this when Jurij said they were not going to change the staging. Anyway, the package is still much better than people think. It could be a borderline qualifier/non-qualifier (around 9th/12th). Hopefully, Lithuania will manage to qualify.

Paul
Paul
1 year ago

Shame there’s not a real lion on stage

CRISTIANO MESSI
CRISTIANO MESSI
1 year ago

ESC fans: How many teeth do you have?
Jurij: Yes.

Denis
Denis
1 year ago

It’s decent but feels like it’s one of those Melodifestivalen songs that ends up 5th in the semi. They are not using it’s full potential!

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
1 year ago

Still like it. Nice-looking guy…singing nice song…nicely.
Lithuania are probably sitting around 12th and just need a couple of entries to have some problems.

PP77
PP77
1 year ago

Maybe simple staging, will be benefit, between Croatia, Malta and Russia.

Ezal
Ezal
1 year ago

He looks nervous. I actually like this song, hope he’ll improve. Staging rather bland tho

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 year ago

I would make a comment, but I don’t really have anything to add to this one. So here’s my non-comment.

Una
Una
1 year ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

I haven’t even bothered to see the snippet on the official channel.

Nikki
Nikki
1 year ago

Too simple, he’s getting lost amongst all the props and choreography around him

Solo
Solo
1 year ago

He will sing only in the semifinals.

Polegend Godgarina
1 year ago

uneventful song with an uneventful performance