The final version of the Lithuanian entry for Eurovision 2019 “Run with the Lions” has been released ahead of the contest in Tel Aviv.
The revamped “Run with the Lions” has been released on YouTube this week. The song has undergone changes to both its composition and the backing vocals, with the overall quality of the song increased for this years contest in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Jurijus travelled to Switzerland at the start of March to meet with the songwriters Ashley Hicklin, Eric Lumiere and Pele Loriano. The singer explained in an interview with LRT that together they went through the song line by line and made changes. At the time Jurijus said:
They are top-level professionals – there was a long breakthrough before each recording, we discussed every word of the song – what it means to impart emotion. It is important for them how the performer feels. It’s no secret that everything costs, nothing is free, but money is a third or fourth thing. It is more important for them how you feel as you sing, what can be improved.
You can really expect a new sound. We made a new middle part of the song, and it will be much more powerful. People have a lot to say about us. Although I am told not to read the comments, I still read them. The people in the comments and the viewers said that the song doesn’t have any development, so we discussed with the songwriters what else we can do.
Who is Jurij Veklenko?
Jurij 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.