The Roop have recorded their backup tape Eurovision performance which will be used should The Roop be unable to make it to Rotterdam.
Today the Roop have recorded their backup tape performance for the upcoming 2021 Eurovision Song Contest. This recording will be used should The Roop be unable to perform live in May at the Ahoy arena in Rotterdam.
Filming took place at the Vilnius at an Ice Hockey on stage that is reported to be of a similar size and scale to that of the stage in Rotterdam.
Like all 40 acts, The Roop can rehearse for as long as they wish for their backup tape performance. However, only three attempts over the course of one hour are given for the filming of the performance which is monitored by the EBU. The participating country can choose which is the three performances is to be used.
Video recordings from all cameras, as well as all audio recordings from mics, are sent immediately to the EBU so that they cannot be tampered with. Each act is filmed as if this was a live show, meaning the performance is one continuous take.
From photos of the filming process, it is known The Roop appeared on stage wearing the same outfits as in the “Discoteque” music video and national final. Meaning this new performance likely will draw from elements of both the music video and national final performance.
“It is gratifying that the performance was filmed in the largest arena in Vilnius – it will look really solid, a lot of stage and lighting techniques have been used. I can safely say that you will definitely see such a good image in TV concerts not this often” – Lauras Lučiūnas, manager of The Roop
The EBU has stated the backup performance does not need to resemble the live performance in May, meaning The Roop is still free to change the staging should they be able to perform live in Rotterdam.
The full details of each backup tape performance must be kept secret until Eurovision 2021. After the contest in May, each participating broadcaster is free if they wish to release the backup performance to the public if it was not used.
A number of other countries will be travelling to Vilnius to use this same stage to record their backup performances for the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest. So far Jendrik from Germany is the only other know act who will be using the stage along with The Roop.
This year all 39 acts will need to film a backup performance as part of the many contingency measures the EBU has put in place to ensure the song contest can happen in May no matter what. The EBU will monitor the filming of all backup performances to ensure they comply with the rules set out by the EBU. So far the EBU has ruled out a standard Eurovision song contest known as scenario A. You can read more about all of the remaining contingency measures Here.
The EBU recently reaffirmed that they would continue to work towards hosting Eurovision 2021 under Scenario B, meaning as of now all acts are expected to be able to perform live in the Ahoy arena come May.
Who are The Roop?
The Roop was formed in 2014 in Vilnius and is made up of Vaidotas Valiukevičius, Robertas Baranauskas and Mantas Banišauskas. The group describes their music as a cross between pop-rock and indie. The Roop have released two albums; “To Whom It May Concern” (2015) and “Ghosts” (2017). In 2018, The Roop took part in the Lithuanian national selection for the first time and finished third in the final with “Yes, I Do”. In 2020, they entered Pabandom iš naujo! 2020 with the song “On Fire”. The Roop would then go on to win their semi-final and then the final of Pabandom iš naujo with a record number of votes from the public.
Despite not being able to perform at Eurovision in 2020, they still went on to be one of the most-streamed Lithuanian artists of that year thanks to their hit Eurovision 2020 song “On Fire”. “On Fire” was streamed 6 million times on Spotify and its official music video on YouTube was watched over 9 million times.
In late January, The Roop released their song “Discoteque” which they would be entering Pabandom iš naujo 2021 with. “Discoteque” would go on to win Pabandom iš naujo 2021. Since the release of their 2021 Eurovision entry “Discoteque” the song has gone on to break local records for views on youtube and streams on Spotify. The Roop are due to perform in the first half of the first semi-final on May 18th.
Image Source: E. Blaževič / LRT | Source: LRT
Lithuania in the Eurovision Song Contest
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.