LRT has revealed that a record number of viewers tuned in last weekend to watch the final of „Eurovizijos“ dainų konkurso nacionalinė atranka 2019.
Over 600,000 viewers watched last weekend as Jurijus was selected as the Lithuanian entrant for Eurovision 2019. The show was seen by 23% of the viewing public, with a rating of 13.4%. Interest in the show has grown year on year with the rating up 2.7 points. An additional 15,000 viewers were watching the show on the LRT website.
Overall the final of the Lithuanian selection process was the most watched program broadcast on Lithuanian television in February. The Head of LRT commented:
Eurovision is one of the most anticipated and watched projects by the national broadcaster, bringing together the whole nation and generations. We are glad that this year we managed to organize a particularly strong final, where almost all the performances were worthy of the great Eurovision, not only Lithuanian, but also foreign experts told us.
Who is Jurijus?
Jurijus is from Klaipedia on the Lithuanian coast and was born in 1990. He has previously represented Lithuania at the Eurovision Song Contest as a backing singer. In 2015 he was one of four backing vocalists for Monika Linkytė and Vaidas Baumila with “This Time”.
He has also taken part in Dainuoju Lietuvą , Lietuvos talentai and Lietuvos talenta. He will be performing “Run With The Lions” in Tel Aviv.
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.