During his Eurovision performance on Thursday night, Lithuania's Donny Montell was near-eclipsed by another great performer who translated his song into the sign language.
Laura Levita Valytė

Laura Levita Valytė, a Lithuanian sign language interpreter, is one of the people who are making this year's Eurovision Song Contest accessible to people with hearing impairment.

Valytė, who has been using the sign language to communicate since early childhood, was interpreting Montell's and five other songs for the European audience on Thursday. Her expressive and very musical rendition of "I've Been Waiting For This Night" has become an internet sensation.

Valytė says she had put in much time into preparations, analysing the lyrics and the performance in order to render her interpretation as close to the original as possible.

Each spoken language has its own version of signs, therefore Valytė also had to make sure that her interpretation is comprehensible not just to Lithuanians.

Lithuania's entry was among the ten performances that made it to Saturday's finale. Donny will be performing in the 16th spot.

Leave a comment
Commenting is allowed for registered users only!
By posting, you agree to terms
Read comments Read comments

World premiere of Ernestas Jankauskas’ Sasha Was Here to crown Lithuanian programme at Tallinn Film Festival

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (or PÖFF), the biggest international film event in the Baltics,...

Lithuanian president meets with British actress Helen Mirren

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė on Thursday met with British actress Helen Mirren who is...

A four day celebration of modern art

After months of anticipation, the MO Museum of Modern Art has officially opened its doors to general...

MO Modern Art Museum opening in Vilnius

MO Museum, a privately-owned new modern art museum built in place of a demolished Soviet-era movie...

First Baltic Film Festival kicking off in New York

The first-ever New York Baltic Film Festival is kicking off in the United States' biggest city on...