LRT has confirmed that Jurijus is at risk of being disqualified from the Lithuanian national final on Saturday evening.
The Lithuanian national broadcaster has confirmed that Jurijus is being investigated to find out whether his song “Running With Lions” was released before the deadline of September 1, 2018. According to reports the song was available online in the Spring of last year and was only recently deleted after fans of the contest had found the recording online. The producer of the song has called the situation ridiculous and that the song was never online before September 1, 2018.
The Lithuanian Head of Delegation has confirmed that he is aware of the situation and that they are investigating the matter. The matter has been reffered to the European Broadcasting Union who will determine whether the song has breached the rules of the Eurovision Song Contest. The Head of Delegation stated he hoped that Jurijus would still be able to compete in the selection on Saturday.
In the event that the EBU does not rule on the matter before Saturday and Jurijus still competes in the selection, then he could still be disqualified at a later date. Should he be selected and then be disqualified, LRT will select the artist that finishes in second place.
Lithuania debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1994, however on their debut they finished in last place with nul points. Lithuania didn’t return to the contest until 1999 when Aiste finished 20th with the song “Strazdas”. Lithuania’s best result came in 2006 when LT United performed “We Are The Winners”; they finished 6th in the final with a total of 162 points. Lithuania’s only other top.10 finish came in 2016 when Donny Montell performed “I’ve Been Waiting For This Night” in Stockholm, he received 12 points from the public in Ireland, Norway & United Kingdom.