LRT has confirmed that Ramūnas Zilnys will be providing commentary for the broadcaster at the Eurovision Song Contest 2021.
The Lithuanian broadcaster has confirmed that Ramūnas Zilnys will be providing commentary for the Eurovision Song Contest 2021. Ramūnas is one of eighteen members of the Lithuanian delegation travelling to Rotterdam.
This is the first time that Ramūnas Zilnys has commentated on the Eurovision Song Contest replacing Darius Užkuraitis who had commentated on every edition of the contest Lithuania had participated in to date. He is the Head of Popular Music at LRT and has been a juror in the nations selection for Eurovision for a number of years.
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 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.
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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.