In an interview with 15min.lt, The Roop has teased that changes have been made for their upcoming Eurovision Performance
Speaking to 15 Minutes, the Roop has stated that viewers will see a completely different show that will take full advance of this year’s stage, which is far bigger and more technologically advanced than what the Roop had to work with at their national final.
However, The Roop still have been tight-lipped about any further details about these changes The Roop are due to start rehearsals in Rotterdam on May 8th. As this year’s opening act, they will be the first act of 2021 to set foot on this year’s Eurovision stage.
Back in early March, the Roop recorded their backup tape Eurovision performance which will be used should The Roop be unable to make it to Rotterdam. 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 the backup performance likely will draw from elements of both the music video and national final performance.
The Roop are due to perform “Discoteque” 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.
Image Source: Eurovision.tv / Jurga Urbonaite | Source: 15min
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.