After three heats and two semi-finals, eight finalists competed in the grand final of Lithuania‘s national final ‘Pabandom is naujo! 2020. The eight acts performed their entries, but in the end it was THE ROOP with “On Fire” who won the contest and will go on to represent Lithuania at Eurovision 2020.
Unlike the national final heats and semi-finals, which were all pre-recorded, the grand final show was entirely live. The jury assessed the eight finalists and awarded points which were added to the televote score from the Lithuanian public.
And both the jury and televoters were in agreement. THE ROOP topped the vote in both the jury and televote, securing them the ticket to Rotterdam.
THE ROOP’s entry “On Fire” is a quirky indie-pop entry, notable for its “fire/desire” rhyme and its eclectic signature dance move.
This is THE ROOP’s second attempt at Eurovision. They first competed in 2018, where their song “Yes, I Do” placed third in the grand final.
Moniqué placed second with her song “Human. She was second in both the televote and jury and proved a popular runner-up in the competition.
Latvia’s Eurovision 2020 star Samanta Tīna made an appearance during the interval. The Voice of Lithuania star and two-time Lithuanian national selection act is a familiar face to Lithuanian audiences and she took the opportunity to introduce the country to her song for Rotterdam, “Still Breathing”.
Lithuanian star Jazzu also performed in the interval act, including her songs “Welcome” and “Dumblas”.
Pabandom is naujo! 2020 – Grand final results
- THE ROOP – “On Fire” (12 points)
- Moniqué – “Make Me Human” (10 points)
- Monika Marija – “If I Leave” (8 points)
- Rūta Loop – “We Came From the Sun” (7 points)
- Aistė Pilvelytė – “Unbreakable” (6 points)
- Meandi – “DRIP” (5 points)
- KaYra – “Alligator” (4 points)
- The Backs – “Fully” (3 points)
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