Following Lithuania’s rise as bookies favourites to win Eurovision 2020, Vilnius and Kaunas are both assessing the potential to host next years contest.
LRT, the Lithuanian public broadcaster, has reported that cities across Lithuania would be interested in hosting Eurovision 2021, should The Roop take victory this May. The nation is currently the bookmakers favourite to take victory in Rotterdam, with under half of the entries reveal for this years show.
The broadcaster has reached out to the three largest cities in the nation to gauge interest in the event, based on the current bookmakers odds. Remigijus Šimašius, Mayor of Vilnius has stated that the city would host the contest if given the opportunity. The Lithuanian capital meets all of the EBU’s required criteria to host and would propose the Siemens Arena as the venue.
Deputy Mayor of Kaunas Mantas Jurgutis explained that the city is home to the largest arena in Lithuania, which also hosted the nations selection show for Eurovision 2020. The city believes that it would able to more than adequately host the event should Lithuania win in Rotterdam.
Klaipeda City Mayor Vytautas Grubliauskas was more reserved as to whether the city would be capable of hosting. The Švyturio Arena has a capacity of just 7,500 people which would be the smallest of the three cities. Mr Grubliauskas stated he wished to assess all factors before deciding on a potential bid.
The Government of Lithuania commented that:
There have been many big international events in Lithuania, where the concerts have been organized by world stars. The government wishes The Roop success, and in the event of a victory, the state would undoubtedly be able to hold another Eurovision Song Contest and take the opportunity to present the country
The Government does not yet state information on the funding of Eurovision, its sources and whether it would be a priority on the government’s agenda for Eurovision. For the time being, we can assure you that in the event of a victory, the state would undoubtedly be able to hold it.
The Roop will represent Lithuania at the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The group won the Lithuanian selection with the largest televote total for a selection in the country to date.
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.