The Roop have won four M.A.M.A. Awards, including song of the year 2020 with their Eurovision 2020 hit “On Fire”.
Last night at the 10th M.A.M.A. Awards in Lithuania, The Roop won four of the five awards categories they had been nominated in. The Roop received the following awards:
- Breakthrough of the Year 2020
- Pop Band of the Year 2020
- Song of the Year 2020 – “On Fire“
- Band of the Year 2020
The Roop also was also nominated for Best Music Video for “On Fire” but did not win this award. Over the course of the show the Roop also performed their 2020 Eurovision hit, “On Fire” and their entry for this year Eurovision Song Contest “Discoteque“. The show took place at the Žalgiris Arena which last year was suggested as a possible host venue for Eurovision should the Roop had won last year’s Contest.
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The Roop are due to perform in the first half of the first semi-final on May 18th.
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: Eurovision.tv / Jurga Urbonaite | Source: The Roop
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.