Thursday, 16th May, Europe sank into sounds of music again. In Israel, 18 nations competed to get into the final. Unfortunately, for the Lithuanian representative, the evening was not lucky. Jurij Veklenko did not pass to the final.
Antrasis Eurovizijos pusfinalis: Lietuva – Jurijus Veklenko
© DELFI / Domantas Pipas

After Tuesday’s first semi-final when 10 finalists were selected Europeans listened and watched new 18 songs. Lithuanian - among them. J. Veklenko performed a song “Run with the lions”.



The second Semi-Final of the 64th Eurovision Song Contest was brought to you by the European Broadcasting Union and Israeli public broadcasting corporation KAN. The show was hosted by Bar Refaeli, Erez Tal, Assi Azar, and Lucy Ayoub.


Second semi-final acts (bolded acts got into the final):


1. Armenia - Srbuk with Walking Out


2. Ireland - Sarah McTernan with 22


3. Moldova - Anna Odobescu with Stay


4. Switzerland - Luca Hänni with She Got Me


5. Latvia - Carousel with That Night



6. Romania - Ester Peony with On A Sunday

7. Denmark - Leonora with Love Is Forever


8. Sweden - John Lundvik with Too Late For Love


9. Austria - PÆNDA with Limits


10. Croatia - Roko with The Dream


11. Malta - Michela with Chameleon


12. Lithuania - Jurij Veklenko with Run With The Lions


13. Russia - Sergey Lazarev with Scream


14. Albania - Jonida Maliqi with Ktheju tokës


15. Norway - KEiiNO with Spirit In The Sky


16. The Netherlands - Duncan Laurence with Arcade


17. North Macedonia - Tamara Todevska with Proud


18. Azerbaijan - Chingiz with Truth


The interval act was featured by one of Israel's most popular music acts, Shalva Band. They were performing A Million Dreams.

The Shalva Band wass comprised of eight talented musicians with disabilities. They have been invited to perform at many cultural venues and dignitary events throughout the year, inspiring crowds with their musical repertoire and charm. Shalva is the Israeli Association for the Care and Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities and the band is one of Shalva’s most celebrated inclusion programs.

Also making a special guest appearance was Lior Suchard, an Israeli mentalist and self-described 'mystifier' who performs 'supernatural entertainment'.

Shining a light on 3 pre-qualified finalists

The 3 pre-qualified finalists for Saturday's Grand Final that also vote in the second Semi-Final — Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom — they also made a special appearance in the show.
While the voting lines were open, participants S!sters, Mahmood and Michael Rice were interviewed and clips of their dress rehearsal performances are shown so viewers could get to know the artists and their songs.

Juries cast their vote before

On Wednesday, during the Jury Show, the international juries from the 18 participating countries along with Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom (3 of the 6 pre-qualified finalists) cast their vote. This vote counted for 50% of semi-final's result.

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