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

  1. THE ROOP – “On Fire” (12 points)
  2. Moniqué – “Make Me Human” (10 points)
  3. Monika Marija – “If I Leave” (8 points)
  4. Rūta Loop – “We Came From the Sun” (7 points)
  5. Aistė Pilvelytė – “Unbreakable” (6 points)
  6. Meandi – “DRIP” (5 points)
  7. KaYra – “Alligator” (4 points)
  8. The Backs – “Fully” (3 points)

What do you think? Are you happy that THE ROOP will take their fire to Rotterdam? Tell us your thoughts below!

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issy
issy
4 months ago

let’s hope this year maybe a country who hasn’t won eurovision yet can take the crown!
lithuania giving promising hopes

Marta
Marta
4 months ago

Love it!

average cookie
average cookie
4 months ago

This is it! Could Lithuania finally do it? I have high hopes for this since it has everything to be successful. Great opening, sick beat and the dance is just OMG. Literally while listening to it you just wanna get up and move.
Really really impressed by this entry!

gilpgilp
gilpgilp
4 months ago
Reply to  average cookie

I don’t think it is a winner because the music is a little too repetitive. But I wouldn’t mind if it won!

jatojo
jatojo
4 months ago

This Serhat was to do a follow-up to his Say Na Na Na from 2019, this would be a perfect choice.

Žydr?nas Dud?nas
Žydr?nas Dud?nas
4 months ago

Europe let Lithuania to win Eurovision 2020 ! It is phenomenal! Lithuanian Radio and Television (LRT) will hold Eurovision 2021 :)!!!! Latvia won, Estonia won, let the last Baltic country to win !

Ana
Ana
4 months ago

Try to send good songs, you know. Instead of begging (although Latvia won with total trash, but those were those silly 100% tevevote years)

gilpgilp
gilpgilp
4 months ago

This one is 100x better than the ones from Estonia and Latvia that won. Those were the dark years of Eurovision when you watch those video and wonder what people were thinking?!? This one is fresh and entertaining.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
4 months ago
Reply to  gilpgilp

Estonia and Latvia deserve to win again with better entries. It’s been almost 20 years, they are overdue.

Swe esc
Swe esc
4 months ago

It’s borderline offensive to compare this quirky and fun act to that atrocious barf from portugal last year. Guys, if you want the honest truth, portugal remained in semis last year not because people did not understand the act. It was because that was literally the worst song of last year. Everything, starting from staging, finishing with the song were terrible. This, however, has so much potential! Dare I say that the dance is more catchy than the chicken dance of Netta. I hope they do good this year.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
4 months ago
Reply to  Swe esc

Considering that it has amassed over 500,000 views on the official Eurovision channel in just two days, Fire could be the toy of 2020, and dare I say, I think I like it better than toy.

gilpgilp
gilpgilp
4 months ago
Reply to  Swe esc

I think it is more like Czech 2019. But yes nothing like Portugal 2019 – that was just awful.

Kinga
Kinga
4 months ago

My favourite entry so far. It ‘s fun, catchy, with a message..

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
4 months ago
Reply to  Kinga

Like toy but better.

gilpgilp
gilpgilp
4 months ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

Not like Toy. Come on. More like Czech 2019.

AM2PM
AM2PM
4 months ago

If they tone down the gestures and go for some cool staging like Loic or Aminata then this could go all the way… it’s borderline Portugal 2019 at the moment.

Lomba
Lomba
4 months ago
Reply to  AM2PM

It’s between the backing dancers of Toy to Conan Osiris, but the song is not as memorable as Toy but also not a disaster like Teletubies or whatever that out of pitch howling was called. It’s just trying hard to be something, and i’m not sure what

gilpgilp
gilpgilp
4 months ago
Reply to  AM2PM

Nothing like Portugal 2019. That was weird, serious, and awkward, which is why it came in last place (I think) in the semi. This is funny and sarcastic.

gilpgilp
gilpgilp
4 months ago

This is the most entertaining act so far this year!

Vogzal Odessa
Vogzal Odessa
4 months ago

An interesting entry from Lithuania this year, with a well carried out staging and artists that can stand behind the performance with ease. There are parts of the song I like although the lyrics and some parts of the melody do get a bit repetitive at times. An unpopular opinion maybe, but I liked Veklenko’s song better, even if it was more cheesy. Pros: visually attractive and nicely polished performance with an artistic twist + zero outdated pop/dance vibe we still get so much at ESC. I appreciate. Cons: It’s more of a ‘stage’ song, the melody gets a bit… Read more »

Miguel
Miguel
4 months ago

Im pleasantly surprised with Lithuania. I always have the lowest expectations about them.
This song is very catchy and quite interesting. An indie song that reminds me the 80s in a good way. All I can say is that The roop are very cool and I am adding this to my playlist.

Blahhhhh
Blahhhhh
4 months ago

This is my favourite entry selected so far! Classic throwback to ‘alternative’ 80s pop mixed with a modern beat! I think this could bring Lithuania their best ever result and am actually surprised it’s not top 3 with the bookies.. far more televote friendly than anything we have seen in the swedish selection yet they are second?

eurofangr
eurofangr
4 months ago

My winner! good luck lithuania<3

Luk
Luk
4 months ago

Good luck Lithuania
I am waiting for Poland song!

ESC2020
4 months ago

Its a funny song. I like it, a lot.
Its so mutch bettet than Italy

Koen
Koen
4 months ago

I constantly have to think of ‘The Roop, The Roop, The Roop is On Fire’. Anyone familiar with Follow The Leader by The Soca Boys? 🙂 I really like this performance. It’s bizarre, yet not too much as to become unhinged with the audience. It tries something new on the Eurovision stage with a professional look, which must always be lauded. The diffence with Portugal’s Conan Osiris is that this song will be appreciated by a large audience. Telemóveis was too much of a niche in sound, look and feel. On Fire will not have that problem. Even the song… Read more »

Ana
Ana
4 months ago

I find absolutely everything about this performance just annoying. Couldn’t even watch till the end.

Daniel
Daniel
4 months ago
Reply to  Ana

Too bad for you, it’s among the favorites to win

Michael
Michael
4 months ago
Reply to  Daniel

Of 9 songs 😉

Ana
Ana
4 months ago
Reply to  Daniel

Lol, most of the countries didn’t even chose their songs ”among the favorites to win”. Conan Osiris was also among the favorites to win. How did that work for him and his contemporary dancing?

Kjokien
Kjokien
4 months ago
Reply to  Ana

I think Daniel is talking about the odds. Portugal was not a bookies favorite as Lithuania right now. The Roop is #5 and up.

Ana
Ana
4 months ago
Reply to  Kjokien

At that early stage I think portugal was even better in the odds than #5. You should check that out

Ana
Ana
4 months ago
Reply to  Kjokien

I’m actually laughing out loud rn. What odds? What are those worth when only 6 entries been revealed? Talking about the odds when not even 4th of the competing songs been chosen/revealed is another level of brilliant. And it’s no 5 after only 6 songs been revealed? I wouldn’t say that’s great, that actually sounds very bad for them.

U^U
U^U
4 months ago
Reply to  Ana

11 songs are known now. Not 5.

Ana
Ana
4 months ago
Reply to  U^U

And tell me sweety, how many songs are unknown? Are 11 getting us anywhere near 41? Are 11 even close to be half of 41?

WhySoSerious?
WhySoSerious?
4 months ago
Reply to  Ana

“Sweetie” is spelled with “ie” and not “y”. Check my previous comment for reference. THE HEAT IS GETTING HIGHER, baby, because you’re clearly obsessed with Lithuania’s entry!! 😀

Ohi
Ohi
4 months ago

I think this can win the televote this year. It’s early but every year the viral effort does well and the dance routine and general infectiousness makes this the act I want to see and join in with. This is Lithuania’s strongest entry since we are the winners and this year who knows? They might be.

Daniel
Daniel
4 months ago
Reply to  Ohi

I’m already practicing the choreography

Whisker
Whisker
4 months ago
Reply to  Daniel

That so cool.

Daniel
Daniel
4 months ago

Lithuania is 5th to win with the odds!

Una
Una
4 months ago
Reply to  Daniel

Hurray!!! 🙂

Whisker
Whisker
4 months ago
Reply to  Daniel

Amazing!

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
4 months ago
Reply to  Daniel

Really?

Ana
Ana
4 months ago
Reply to  Daniel

Now just pray that the rest of the THIRTY F*CKING TWO songs that are yet to be revealed are worse than that and you might have a 5th place. What a thrill

WhySoSerious?
WhySoSerious?
4 months ago
Reply to  Ana

Why are you so bitter, sweetie? It can finish last for all Lithuanians care, but I’m sure the band and the Lithuanian folks will have a better time dancing to “on fire” than you ever will in your life, judging by the way you get worked up over some random country’s Eurovision entry. Just chill out, it’s not that serious. 😀

Ana
Ana
4 months ago
Reply to  WhySoSerious?

Oh no, I get personal insults by someone who doesn’t even know my real name or gender. How will I continue living? I make fun of dumb sh^t and being exited about the odds in the middle of February is one of those dumb things that ESC fans do. The entry is trash. That’s my opinion. You can try to analize my personality and whatever, I don’t give half f^ck.

WhySoSerious?
WhySoSerious?
4 months ago
Reply to  Ana

Why would anyone care about your name and/or gender, Ana? Just asking why you’re so bitter. 🙁 And I’m sorry to break it to you, but you are one of them “dumb ESC fans” yourself, taking time and effort to post numerous comments about how angry you are over (and I hate to repeat myself here) some random country’s ESC entry. Stop being so stressed out over the Roop, they’re sending you positive energy, sweetheart!!! 😀

Gurl
Gurl
4 months ago

I love the song, but I am on the group of people that find the performance just too distracting for its own good. I am all about quirkiness, but these dance moves are not funny or interesting or visually appealing. I know this is their way of expression, etc. but I hope they can level it down a little bit, just like Salvador Sobral did in Eurovision comporaed to his quirky moves in Festival da Cancao. If they do it, I will enjoy this entry much more in the final night. This is a constructive critiscism. Anyway, great choice and… Read more »

Grafton
Grafton
4 months ago

Update : France’s song has been composed by Thomas G:son, Peter Boström and John Lundvik…

Mr X
Mr X
4 months ago
Reply to  Grafton

Let´s pray that it´s not true. Help !

Jo.
Jo.
4 months ago
Reply to  Grafton

jesus, I really hope not :X

Jo.
Jo.
4 months ago
Reply to  Jo.

OK the snippet is out, and it is bland as hell.

Mr X
Mr X
4 months ago
Reply to  Jo.

Sounds like a “star search” song twenty years ago. Shame on you France !

Whisker
Whisker
4 months ago
Reply to  Jo.

Where can we find the snippet pretty please? Thanks.

Whisker
Whisker
4 months ago
Reply to  Whisker

Nevermind, the whole song was published on YT.

Mr X
Mr X
4 months ago
Reply to  Jo.

Yes, it´s true and I don´t like the song, only a part of it ist sung in French. It´s a pity that even France orders compositions by G:son…

Una
Una
4 months ago
Reply to  Grafton

Yes, I’ve read that. Ridiculous. Just ridiculous. France’s way I mean, not the song which I have not yet listed to.

Vilius Hideo
Vilius Hideo
4 months ago
Reply to  Grafton

Composers not always make good enough … Like so called “dream team” who work With Lasarev, Farid , Aysel , not helped to their own nation Greece make great Song and staging. Enough remember Demy (that is my favorite singer froom Greece) got middle quality song. That is nice to listen. But not to win or get Top 10. 🙁 Hope this time they will help to their own nation and make much better than Lasarev 2 songs and also better than Azerbaijan Farid and Aysel and well better than others slso ofcourse. 🙂

Vilius Hideo
Vilius Hideo
4 months ago
Reply to  Vilius Hideo

Sorry for grammar mistakes. That happens when type too fadt xD

Darren
Darren
4 months ago

It’s quite quirky, I think I like it but I don’t know.
Definitely Lithuania’s most interesting entry.

It gives me telemoveis vibes, which I loved Conan last year, but sadly didn’t qualify. It’s hard to say, I think I need to listen to this more….I think I like it.

The guys cute 😉

Whisker
Whisker
4 months ago

CONGRATS! My favorite entry won. I don’t know the frontman’s? name, but he’s a great performer. Great act, very creative, I love what I see, I love what I hear. I hope they won’t do too many changes for the ESC. The choreo is #sogood. Well done Lithuania!!

Kristina
Kristina
4 months ago
Reply to  Whisker

His name is Vaidotas

Whisker
Whisker
4 months ago
Reply to  Kristina

Thank you so much @Kristina.

Mr X
Mr X
4 months ago

Italy 9/10
Lithuania 8/10
Spain 7/10
Norway 7/10
Czech Republic 6/10
Latvia 5/10
Australia 3/10
Albania 2/10
Armenia 0/10

Oyoy
Oyoy
4 months ago

I like this alot! Well done, Lithuania! I think this has the full package: great tune and alittle weird. I see people complaining it’s to repetative but I don’t agree. If Netta could win in 2018, why can’t this go all the way?!

Kim
Kim
4 months ago

I feel like I’ve heard the instrumental section before but can’t place what it is. Anyone can share what they think it sounds like?

Ossy
Ossy
4 months ago
Reply to  Kim

To me, it’s Pink’s “Secrets”.

Karworld
Karworld
4 months ago

I know I’m going to get a lot of dislikes, but don’t you think we’re overating the entry? Don’t get me wrong, I kind of like the song too: original performance, charismatic singer, modern tunes… But, almost no lyrics or singing, a bit somehow weird and some could consider it’s a bit repetitive too (both chorus and performance). It could call the attention of part of the audience, but I think the juries will not root for it unless it becomes somehow more powerful. Whatever, Good luck!

Aza
Aza
4 months ago
Reply to  Karworld

Exactly, the song is fun and entertaining but not competitive.

CHUPACABRA
CHUPACABRA
4 months ago

Until now most entries “belanglos”, so Lithuanian entry my Current Nr 1.

Rainer1
Rainer1
4 months ago

VILNIUS 2021!

Jaja
Jaja
4 months ago
Reply to  Rainer1

KAUNAS Zalgirio Arena, more likely

Luk
Luk
4 months ago

Brawo Lithuania!

Stephanie
Stephanie
4 months ago

To me it seems I heard this one before.. not quite original is it? Till now not even one decent song has been chosen… To the other countries to do better!!!

Noone
Noone
4 months ago

I’m very happy for The Roop, they were my winners too. But at the same time I’m sad that Europe won’t see Monique’s performance. It could be legendary, it’s far too good and polished for it to end up forgotten in a small country NF. And Ruta Loop’s song could be a hit too. Can we please send these two for Latvia and Estonia? 🙂 switch Samanta Tina for Monique and we’re good.

Milla
Milla
4 months ago

Just weird. Next.

Kosey
Kosey
4 months ago
Reply to  Milla

Don’t be so hard on yourself.

Tibor
Tibor
4 months ago

The strangest thing about this song is this comments’ section. This has absolutely nothing in common with “Telemoveis”, it’s not nearly as original an divisive. “On Fire” will do just fine – but I’m not going to speculate about qualification or placement in the final. We still only know 9 entries at the moment.

Noone
Noone
4 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

Exactly, the Latvian song from S. Tina is the new Telemoveis.

Tibor
Tibor
4 months ago
Reply to  Noone

No, that one isn’t, either.

Frenkc
Frenkc
4 months ago
Reply to  Noone

I see absolutely no similarities between these two

Riri
Riri
4 months ago

I don’t know how I feel about this.
I actually like it.
But I don’t want to.

Liisa
Liisa
4 months ago

It’s my favourite so far. I can see it as a televote magnet in May. Good that they didn’t choose Moniqué’s bland song.
Also, happy birthday, Lithuania!

Zydrunas
Zydrunas
4 months ago

It me reminds me a little bit American group Coldplay

Noone
Noone
4 months ago
Reply to  Zydrunas

Coldplay are British!

Jack Pricefield
Jack Pricefield
4 months ago
Reply to  Noone

Alexa play Curb Your Enthusiasm theme

Zydrunas
Zydrunas
4 months ago

He has very good voice !!!

Whisker
Whisker
4 months ago
Reply to  Zydrunas

Yes, very good voice, very good moves, he’s very confident.

poe-tay-toe-chips
poe-tay-toe-chips
4 months ago

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but Lithuania is the best one so far…

Zydrunas
Zydrunas
4 months ago

🙂

Ralf0711
Ralf0711
4 months ago

Absolutely agree with you. Very disappoining year, until now. That´s why i´m more than happy with THE ROOP.

Ralf0711
Ralf0711
4 months ago

Sweden iTunes charts: 34.(new) The Roop- On fire

Eu-gene
Eu-gene
4 months ago
Reply to  Ralf0711

It’s no 27 now. 🙂

Ralf0711
Ralf0711
4 months ago
Reply to  Eu-gene

at the moment it climbs up again, no.18 in sweden. YES !!

Zydrunas
Zydrunas
4 months ago

They deserved winning!

Zydrunas
Zydrunas
4 months ago

Very very good option!!! Lithuania will be number 1 from televotes (viewers ) but also the juries will love i too. He is a good performer and singer. And he has a voice 🙂 Good Luck ! Lithuania this year didn’t disappoint me. This or Monique should win. 🙂

KuhKatz
KuhKatz
4 months ago

So this can go either way, Top or Flop (actually I can see the similarities with Telemoveis that was mentioned here before, but not songwise).

Its ok but weird, has a catchy tune, BUT, most of the people that are watching Eurovision will hear (and see) this for the first time, and this is the reason, why it also can fall down as Conan Osiris did (who also didn’t gave the best performance in Tel Aviv to be honest)

Anisa
Anisa
4 months ago

It’s really catchy and it kinda reminds me of ‘Bad guy’ from Billie Eilish. The lyrics are terrible though and the staging is kinda weird, but good weird. I still have to decide if I like it or not.

Rudi in Istanbul
Rudi in Istanbul
4 months ago

Noooooooooooooooooooooooooo. The wonderful “Human” is out? Whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy? So, Lithaunia gave away its possibility to win! The Roop. Pfffffffffffff. Boring…..

Roy Moreno
Roy Moreno
4 months ago

I mean, I don’t think The Roop are going to win Eurovision, but there never a chance for Monique to win it with her song
On Fire was their best option in my opinion and it was a very good one as well :3

Tom
Tom
4 months ago

This is very good. Love it!

CRAIG
CRAIG
4 months ago

More cheese that Pizza Hut, but it kinda works and I quite like it

Tajikistan
Tajikistan
4 months ago

I’m proud of my country…

After a disappointment last year, I’m proud of my countrymen making a good choice for Eurovision! We aren’t going to win, but let’s go top 10! I’m so proud of the choice my country made, even if I can’t vote here in Scotland.

Zydrunas
Zydrunas
4 months ago
Reply to  Tajikistan

🙂

Marseille
Marseille
4 months ago

Higher, fire, desire. The holly trinity among us once more.

Tajikistan
Tajikistan
4 months ago
Reply to  Marseille

Welcome to Lithuania, the home of perfect English xD

Whisker
Whisker
4 months ago
Reply to  Tajikistan

What does “xD” stand for? I’ve seen it elsewhere in the comments as well.

NOTHING
NOTHING
4 months ago
Reply to  Whisker

LOL

Jonny
Jonny
4 months ago
Reply to  Whisker

xD is like someone typing 🙂 – it’s someone trying to show what expression their face is making through letters

Joe
Joe
4 months ago

Rare thing going on: the majority of Wiwi and YouTube comments for a Eurovision entry…are positive?! The Roop really are doing God’s work already.

Tajikistan
Tajikistan
4 months ago
Reply to  Joe

Wiwibloggs: does positive comments = a Lithuanian WIN in Rotterdam?

(Spoiler: we aren’t gonna win, but top 10 hopefully yes)

Teddi
Teddi
4 months ago

Absolutely loveeeee this! So catchy and actually really good song! My favorite entry so far! ??