Lithuania in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019

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Eurovision Song Contest 2019
Country Lithuania
National selection
Selection process„Eurovizijos“ dainų konkurso nacionalinė atranka
Selection date(s)Heats:
5 January 2019
19 January 2019
26 January 2019
2 February 2019
Semi-finals:
9 February 2019
16 February 2019
Grand Final:
23 February 2019
Selected entrantJurij Veklenko
Selected song"Run with the Lions"
Selected songwriter(s)Ashley Hicklin
Eric Lumiere
Pele Loriano
Finals performance
Semi-final resultFailed to qualify (11th, 93 points)
Lithuania in the Eurovision Song Contest
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Lithuania participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. The Lithuanian broadcaster LRT televizija (LRT) organised the national final „Eurovizijos“ dainų konkurso nacionalinė atranka 2019 in order to select the Lithuanian entry for the 2019 contest in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Background[edit]

Prior to the 2019 Contest, Lithuania had participated in the Eurovision Song Contest nineteen times since its first entry in 1994.[1] The nation’s best placing in the contest was sixth, which it achieved in 2006 with the song "We Are the Winners" performed by LT United. Following the introduction of semi-finals for the 2004, Lithuania, to this point, has managed to qualify to the final eight times.

In 2018, Lithuania was represented by Ieva Zasimauskaitė and the song "When We're Old", the country ended in 12th place in the grand final with 181 points, giving Lithuania its third-best position ever in the contest.

For the 2019 Contest, the Lithuanian national broadcaster, Lithuanian National Radio and Television (LRT), will broadcast the event within Lithuania and will organise the selection process for the nation's entry. Other than the internal selection of their debut entry in 1994, Lithuania has selected their entry consistently through a national final procedure.

Before Eurovision[edit]

"Eurovizijos" dainų konkurso nacionalinė atranka[edit]

Competing entries[edit]

An initial list of the artists was revealed on 14 December 2018, however more competing acts were added as the series progressed.[2]

Artist Song Composer(s)
120 "Nėra abejonių" Deivydas Zvonkus, Dovydas Laukys, Šarūnas Januškevičius
Aldegunda "I Want Your Love" Gailė Asačiovaitė
Alen Chicco "Your Cure" Faustas Venckus, Tomas Alenčikas
Antikvariniai Kašpirovskio Dantys "Mažulė" Martynas Enčius
BANZZAI "I Don't Care" Martynas Puchovičius, Paulius Šinkūnas
Cheri "Again" Viktorija Vyšniauskaitė, Vitalij Puzyriov
Dagna Kondrotaitė "The Rush" Liutauras Janušaitis, Lionel Lombard
Donata & BingBang "Doing the Loop" Lise Cabble, Christopher Wortley, DWB
Edgaras Lubys "To the Sky" Edgaras Lubys
Elizabeth Olshey "Never Enough (Of Your Love)" Konstantin Beyrer, Elizabeth Olshey, Šarūnas Vaidachovičius
Emilija Gogolytė "Riddle" Sara Sangfelt, Ian Curnow, Ina Reni Alexandrow
Filtered Tools "Survival" Donatas Sabaliauskas, Eglė Tamulionienė
Gabriela Ždanovičiūtė "Home Is in Your Heart" Agnete Johnsen, Thomas Reil, Jeppe Reil, Christopher Wortley
Gabrielė Rybko "Lay It Down" Laurell Barker, Georgie Dennis, Cameron Warren
Gebrasy "Acceptance" Audrius Petrauskas, Alex Lipnevic, Jevgenij Podskokov
Giedrius Nakas "Klaidos" Giedrius Nakas
Glossarium "Anyone" Tadas Kaminskas, Lukas Gubanovas, Saulius Šivickas
Gražvydas Sidiniauskas "Another Movie" Andreas Sjo Engen, Janieck Devy, Radboud Miedema, Fabrizio Levita
Henry & Tommy Modric "Neverpart" Tomas Sinickis
Indrė Juodeikienė "Bad Option" Nácha, Rajan Muse, Koos Kamerling
Jurgis Brūzga "CTRL ALT DELETE" Kasparas Meginis, Edgaras Žaltauskas, Jurgis Brūzga, Andrius Kairys
Jurgis DID & Erica Jennings "Sing!" Jurgis Didžiulis, Erica Jennings
Jurijus "Run with the Lions" Ashley Hicklin, Eric Lumiere, Pele Loriano
Justina Budaitė-Junà "Strength of a Woman" Donatas Montvydas, Gytis Valickas-Echoes, Glenda "Gizzle" Proby
Justina Žukauskaitė "Hit Me Harder" Vytautas Karpauskas, Justina Žukauskaitė
Kali "Don‘t B3long" Karolis Talutis, Arvydas Kriščikas
La Forza "Leisk tave paguosti" Stanislovas Stavickis-Stano
Laimingu Būti Lengva "Pasaulio vidury" Audrius Pakšys
Lukas Bartaška "River of Hope" Lukas Bartaška, Giedrius Misiūnas
MaNNazz "Blind Bird" Kamilė Kielaitė-Sienkievič, Dominykas Zalieckas
Matas Ligeika "You Came Here to Fly" Matas Ligeika, Gintarė Liseckaitė
Migloko "Rožės" Artūras Bieliauskas, Miglė Vilčiauskaitė
Monika Marija "Criminal" Benny Jansson, Monika Marija Paulauskaitė, Thomas Karlsson, Mahan Moin
"Light On" Rachel Suter, Monika Marija Paulauskaitė, Martin Wiik, Glen Eriksson
Original Copy "Power of Sounds" Ieva Ščerbinskaitė
Paola Hart "I'll Be Alright" Saxtone, Paulina Paulauskaitė
Queens of Roses "Runaway" Edgaras Koldaras, Artiomas Penkevičius
RÙTA "Paradox" Rūta Statkevičiūtė, Forest Blakk
Šarūnas Mačiulis "Traukinys" Šarūnas Mačiulis
Saulės Kliošas "Laiko mašina" Alvydas Mačiulskas, Laurynas Šarkinas, Justė Starinskaitė
Simona "This Day Begins with Love" Kęstutis Jablonskis, Raimundas Margalikas
Sofija Eitutytė "My 7th Life" Florian Buba, Charlie Mason, Rike Boomgaarden, Marcus Brosch
Soliaris & Foreign Souls "Song of My Life" Viktoras Alechnovicius, Artūras Daunys, Algimantas Minalga, Arminas Bagdzevičius
Tiramisu "The Smell of Your Eyes" Martyna Rudelytė, Egidijus Lisovoj
Twosome "1000" Paulius Šinkūnas, Justinas Stanislovaitis
Valdas Lacko "Dare" Niklas Bergqvist, Simon Johansson, Malin Bergqvist
Valerija Iljinaitė "Scars Are Beautiful" Ylva Persson, Linda Persson, Charlie Mason, John Matthews
Voldemars Petersons "Dancing with the Stars" Ashley Hicklin, Becky Jerams, Christopher Wortley
Živilė Gedvilaitė "Learn from Your Love" Anna Timgren, Alex Mullarkey

Shows[edit]

The national selection show "Eurovizijos" dainų konkurso nacionalinė atranka will begin on 5 January 2019. The first four shows will be elimination heats where half the acts will be eliminated each week.

Heat 1 (5 January 2019)[edit]

The first heat was recorded on 20 December 2018 at the LRT studios and was aired on 5 January.[3] The jury was made up of Ramūnas Zilnys (LRT music expert), Vytautas Bikus (composer) and Jonas Nainys (producer and DJ).

Draw Artist Song Jury
votes
Public Total Place
Televote Points
1 Matas Ligeika "You Came Here to Fly" 5 473 4 9 8
2 Simona "This Day Begins with Love" 0 157 0 0 12
3 Filtered Tools "Survival" 4 267 2 6 9
4 RÙTA "Paradox" 0 341 3 3 10
5 Šarūnas Mačiūlis "Traukinys" 3 686 8 11 6
6 Aldegunda "I Want Your Love" 3 828 12 15 3
7 Gabriela Ždanovičiūtė "Home Is in Your Heart" 1 223 0 1 11
8 Migloko "Rožės" 12 639 7 19 2
9 Twosome "1000" 7 633 6 13 4
10 MaNNazz "Blind Bird" 10 792 10 20 1
11 Gebrasy "Acceptance" 8 257 1 9 7
12 Glossarium "Anyone" 6 603 5 11 5

Heat 2 (19 January 2019)[edit]

The second heat was recorded on 9 January 2019 at the LRT studios and was aired on 19 January.[4]

Draw Artist Song Jury
votes
Public Total Place
Televote Points
1 Tiramisu "The Smell of Your Eyes" 0 824 8 8 7
2 Giedrius Nakas "Klaidos" 4 198 0 4 11
3 Justina Žukauskaitė "Hit Me Harder" 2 474 4 6 9
4 Lukas Bartaška "River of Hope" 8 592 6 14 4
5 Paola Hart "I'll Be Alright" 8 224 0 8 6
6 Valdas Lacko "Dare" 0 295 3 3 12
7 Emilija Gogolytė "Riddle" 6 880 10 16 2
8 Edgaras Lubys "To the Sky" 10 1007 12 22 1
9 Donata Virbilaitė "Doing the Loop" 1 517 5 6 10
10 Gražvydas Sidiniauskas "Another Movie" 5 260 1 6 8
11 Justina Budaitė-Junà "Strength of a Woman" 12 407 2 14 3
12 BANZZZAI "I Don't Care" 0 250 0 0 13
13 Original Copy "Power of Sounds" 3 603 7 10 5

Heat 3 (26 January 2019)[edit]

The third heat was recorded on 16 January 2019 at the LRT studios and was aired on 26 January.[5]

Draw Artist Song Jury
votes
Public Total Place
Televote Points
1 Laimingu Būti Lengva "Pasaulio vidury" 0 149 0 0 12
2 Voldemars Petersons "Dancing with the Stars" 2 227 0 2 11
3 La forza "Leisk tave paguosti" 0 146 0 0 13
4 Sofija Eitutytė "My 7th Life" 3 302 1 4 8
5 Antikvariniai Kašpirovskio Dantys "Mažulė" 6 906 7 13 4
6 Dagna "The Rush" 4 739 6 10 7
7 Jurgis Brūzga "CTRL ALT DELETE" 5 663 5 10 6
8 Kali "Don‘t B3long" 2 308 2 4 9
9 Cheri "Again" 8 409 3 11 5
10 120 "Nėra abejonių" 0 548 4 4 10
11 Monika Marija "Criminal" 10 978 8 18 2
12 Jurijus "Run with the Lions" 12 1533 12 24 1
13 Jurgis DID & Erica Jennings "Sing!" 8 1077 10 18 3

Heat 4 (2 February 2019)[edit]

The fourth heat was recorded on 23 January 2019 at the LRT studios and was aired on 2 February.[6] Gabrielė Rybko, one of the participants of the fourth heat, was excluded from getting televotes due to breaking the 28th selection rule.[7]

Draw Artist Song Jury
votes
Public Total Place
Televote Points
1 Valerija Iljinaitė "Scars Are Beautiful" 2 242 1 3 10
2 Indrė Juodeikienė "Bad Option" 1 375 2 3 11
3 Alen Chicco "Your Cure" 4 745 8 12 6
4 Queens of Roses "Runaway" 7 580 4 11 7
5 Živilė Gedvilaitė "Learn from Your Love" 7 643 5 12 5
6 Elizabeth Olshey "Never Enough (Of Your Love)" 0 669 6 6 8
7 Gabrielė Rybko "Lay It Down" 3 0 0 3 9
8 Saulės Kliošas "Laiko mašina" 10 527 3 13 4
9 Soliaris & Foreign Souls "Song of My Life" 7 694 7 14 3
10 Monika Marija "Light On" 12 1416 12 24 1
11 Henry & Tommy Modric "Neverpart" 8 838 10 18 2

Semi-final 1 (9 February 2019)[edit]

The first semi-final was aired on 9 February 2019 at the LRT studios.

Draw Artist Song Jury
votes
Public Total Place
Televote Points
1 Emilija Gogolytė "Riddle" 1 1694 10 11 5
2 Henry & Tommy Modric "Neverpart" 7 1171 7 14 4
3 Saulės Kliošas "Laiko mašina" 5 535 2 7 9
4 Edgaras Lubys "To the Sky" 4 994 6 10 7
5 Glossarium "Anyone" 0 506 1 1 11
6 Migloko "Rožės" 7 665 3 10 6
7 Twosome "1000" 0 286 0 0 12
8 Lukas Bartaška "River of Hope" 2 1410 8 10 8
9 Justina Budaitė-Junà "Strength of a Woman" 10 786 4 14 3
10 Monika Marija "Light On" 12 3192 12 24 1
11 Jurgis Brūzga "CTRL ALT DELETE" 10 815 5 15 2
12 Cheri "Again" 4 442 0 4 10

Semi-final 2 (16 February 2019)[edit]

The second semi-final was aired on 16 February 2019 at the LRT studios. On 14 February 2019, Monika Marija posted a video asking her fans to not vote on her secondary song "Criminal", clarifying that she wants to enter with only "Light On".[8] On 21 February, Monika confirmed the elimination of "Criminal" from the final. Alen Chicco replaced Monika's song since he ended up 5th.[9]

Draw Artist Song Jury
votes
Public Total Place
Televote Points
1 Original Copy "Power of Sounds" 3 335 1 4 10
2 Živilė Gedvilaitė "Learn from Your Love" 0 231 0 0 12
3 Šarūnas Mačiūlis "Traukinys" 0 1209 5 5 9
4 Paola Hart "I'll Be Alright" 2 224 0 2 11
5 Alen Chicco "Your Cure" 6 1415 6 12 5
6 Aldegunda "I Want Your Love" 1 1191 4 5 8
7 Soliaris & Foreign Souls "Song of My Life" 4 413 2 6 7
8 Monika Marija "Criminal" 10 1519 7 17 3
9 Antikvariniai Kašpirovskio Dantys "Mažulė" 10 1979 8 18 2
10 Jurijus "Run with the Lions" 12 4097 12 24 1
11 MaNNazz "Blind Bird" 5 628 3 8 6
12 Jurgis DID & Erica Jennings "Sing!" 7 2020 10 17 4

Grand Final (23 February 2019)[edit]

The Grand Final was aired on 23 February 2019. On 21 February 2019, Monika Marija announced she will compete only with the song "Light On" eliminating "Criminal" from the final.[10] It was announced that Alen Chicco, who finished 5th in the 2nd Semi-Final, would replace "Criminal" in the Final.[11]

Draw Artist Song Jury
votes
Public Total Place
Televote Points
1 Alen Chicco "Your Cure" 6 2980 6 12 5
2 Justina Budaitė-Junà "Strength of a Woman" 3 691 3 6 8
3 Henry & Tommy Modric "Neverpart" 5 1186 5 10 6
4 Jurgis Brūzga "CTRL ALT DELETE" 4 936 4 8 7
5 Jurgis DID & Erica Jennings "Sing!" 7 14912 7 14 4
6 Monika Marija "Light On" 10 20977 10 20 2
7 Antikvariniai Kašpirovskio Dantys "Mažulė" 8 15699 8 16 3
8 Jurijus "Run with the Lions" 12 24694 12 24 1

At Eurovision[edit]

According to Eurovision rules, all nations with the exceptions of the host country and the "Big 5" (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) are required to qualify from one of two semi-finals in order to compete for the final; the top ten countries from each semi-final progress to the final. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) split up the competing countries into six different pots based on voting patterns from previous contests, with countries with favourable voting histories put into the same pot. On 28 January 2019, a special allocation draw was held which placed each country into one of the two semi-finals, as well as which half of the show they would perform in. Lithuania was placed into the second semi-final, to be held on 16 May 2019, and was scheduled to perform in the second half of the show.[12]

Once all the competing songs for the 2019 contest had been released, the running order for the semi-finals was decided by the shows' producers rather than through another draw, so that similar songs were not placed next to each other. Lithuania was set to perform in position 12, following the entry from Malta and preceding the entry from Russia.[13]

Semi-final[edit]

Lithuania performed twelfth in the second semi-final, following the entry from Malta and preceding the entry from Russia. At the end of the show, Lithuania was not announced among the top 10 entries in the second semi-final and therefore failed to qualify to compete in the final. It was later revealed that country placed eleventh in the semi-final, receiving a total of 93 points: 77 points from the televoting and 16 points from the juries, but missed qualifying for the final by a mere 1 point difference. With the old voting system, Lithuania would have ranked 10th with 43 points and would have been qualified instead of Denmark.

Voting[edit]

Voting during the three shows involved each country awarding two sets of points from 1-8, 10 and 12: one from their professional jury and the other from televoting. Each nation's jury consisted of five music industry professionals who are citizens of the country they represent, with their names published before the contest to ensure transparency. This jury judged each entry based on: vocal capacity; the stage performance; the song's composition and originality; and the overall impression by the act. In addition, no member of a national jury was permitted to be related in any way to any of the competing acts in such a way that they cannot vote impartially and independently. The individual rankings of each jury member as well as the nation's televoting results will be released shortly after the grand final.[14]

Points awarded to Lithuania[edit]

Points awarded to Lithuania (Semi-final 2)
Televote
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point
Jury
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point

Points awarded by Lithuania[edit]

Split voting results[edit]

The following five members comprised the Lithuanian jury:[14]

Split voting results from Lithuania (Semi-final 2)
Draw Country Jury Televote
V. Bikus A. Mamontovas J. Bruzga G. Vaitkute G. Griniūtė Average Rank Points Rank Points
01  Armenia 11 9 14 11 10 13 14
02  Ireland 13 17 15 14 17 17 13
03  Moldova 12 16 17 12 11 15 15
04   Switzerland 7 12 7 4 6 6 5 7 4
05  Latvia 4 4 6 3 4 4 7 1 12
06  Romania 8 15 8 9 9 11 11
07  Denmark 14 10 16 13 13 14 8 3
08  Sweden 3 2 2 2 1 2 10 6 5
09  Austria 6 11 4 7 7 5 6 16
10  Croatia 15 13 12 16 15 16 12
11  Malta 9 14 10 8 5 8 3 10 1
12  Lithuania
13  Russia 5 7 5 10 16 7 4 2 10
14  Albania 17 5 13 17 8 12 17
15  Norway 16 3 11 15 12 10 1 3 8
16  Netherlands 1 1 1 1 3 1 12 5 6
17  North Macedonia 10 8 9 5 14 9 2 9 2
18  Azerbaijan 2 6 3 6 2 3 8 4 7
Split voting results from Lithuania (Final)
Draw Country Jury Televote
V. Bikus A. Mamontovas J. Bruzga G. Vaitkute G. Griniūtė Average Rank Points Rank Points
01  Malta 14 17 15 17 14 19 19
02  Albania 22 12 23 24 16 21 25
03  Czech Republic 1 11 4 8 6 4 7 15
04  Germany 5 10 8 6 8 6 5 22
05  Russia 8 18 9 5 18 10 1 1 12
06  Denmark 15 9 21 18 19 17 13
07  San Marino 11 13 26 26 26 20 12
08  North Macedonia 20 19 11 11 9 15 21
09  Sweden 4 5 3 2 1 3 8 8 3
10  Slovenia 9 4 14 13 4 7 4 11
11  Cyprus 21 26 13 22 23 22 18
12  Netherlands 2 1 1 1 2 1 12 4 7
13  Greece 19 16 25 21 25 23 23
14  Israel 26 24 22 25 17 25 20
15  Norway 17 3 20 20 20 11 3 8
16  United Kingdom 18 15 7 14 22 16 26
17  Iceland 7 7 5 9 5 5 6 5 6
18  Estonia 10 14 17 16 7 13 7 4
19  Belarus 23 21 24 23 21 26 14
20  Azerbaijan 3 2 2 3 3 2 10 6 5
21  France 24 25 12 15 12 18 16
22  Italy 13 8 6 7 10 8 3 2 10
23  Serbia 16 23 19 4 15 12 24
24   Switzerland 12 20 10 12 11 14 9 2
25  Australia 6 6 16 10 13 9 2 10 1
26  Spain 25 22 18 19 24 24 17

References[edit]

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