Jurij Veklenko is an experienced Eurovision performer. He's taken part before as a backing vocalist but now it's his turn in the spotlight to 'Run With The Lions' as the Lithuanian entry at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. In today's rehearsal, Jurij was wearing black clothes that matched the intimate beginning of the performance and contrasted it as the song explodes.
Jurij Veklenko will take to the stage 12th in the second Semi-Final on Thursday 16 May at Expo Tel Aviv in Israel.
Jurij Veklenko is a renowned Lithuanian pop musician. He rose to fame during his successful participation in several TV shows such as 'Lithuania’s Got Talent', 'The Voice of Lithuania' and winning the popular TV show 'We Are One Blood'. He will perform Run With The Lions in Tel Aviv.
Jurij has tried his luck in the national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest more than once and has twice performed as a backing vocalist at the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest, in 2013 and 2015. This year, Jurij has decided to pull out all the stops and appear as the lead vocalist at Lithuania's national selection with the song Run With The Lions and it paid off with a victory.
READ MORE: Jurij Veklenko's participant profile
What happens on stage?
An intimate atmosphere is created at the beginning of the Lithuanian song where a slower beat highlights the many close-ups shots of Jurij that dominate the performance. The minimalistic touch rises gradually to more dynamic camerawork and stage lighting, growing with the progression of the song. Jurij is wearing black clothes, just as we saw in his winning national performance in Lithuania.