Lithuania’s broadcaster LRT has yet to announce its plans for Eurovision 2021. But the country’s Eurovision 2020 act The Roop says it is ready to deliver more music for next year. Writing on Instagram, the group said they feel a “moral right” to represent Lithuania at the next edition of the song contest.

Will Lithuania confirm The Roop for Eurovision 2021?

Lithuania has not announced any intentions with regards to Eurovision 2021. In recent years, the country has held a national selection show, which The Roop won in 2020.

It’s clear that The Roop have been thinking about their song contest future. On Instagram, the group shared the following message:

“The big Eurovision has decided that current songs won’t be eligible to participate in next year’s competition. At the same time LRT is still deciding whether to keep the same winners chosen by people. We – THE ROOP – are ready to write several songs to choose from. We also feel moral right to represent our country.”

That they’re willing to write several songs suggests they would be willing to participate in either a close-door internal song selection, or in a public show where they perform all of their songs for the public to choose — as was the case in Israel and Romania.

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//EN// The big Eurovision has decided that current songs won't be eligible to partipate in next year's competition. At the same time LRT is still deciding whether to keep the same winners chosen by people. We – THE ROOP – are ready to write several songs to choose from. We also feel moral right to represent our country. . //LT// Didžiosios Eurovizijos organizatoriai nusprend?, kad su esan?iom dainom kitais metais dalyvauti negalima. O LRT vis dar sprendžia ar palikti tuos pa?ius žmoni? išrinktus laim?tojus. Mes, THE ROOP, pasiruoš? sukurti kelias konkursui dainas, iš kuri? galima bus pasirinkti tinkamiausi? variant?. Mes jau?iame moralin? teis? atstovauti savo šal?. . Photo Jurga Urbonait? #eurovizija #theroop #eurovision #eurovision2020 #onfire #esc2020 #esc

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Will The Roop be able recreate the hype of Eurovision 2020?

They offered the most Baltic promise in recent memory. After winning Lithuania’s “Pabandom iš naujo!”, The Roop quickly climbed to the top of the betting odds and watch their views climb and climb.

Lithuania, the country that had never finished even in the top 5 before, seemed to have a shot a winning for the first time in its history. The hype even led to the mayors of Vilnius and Kaunas to state their interest in hosting Eurovision 2021 if Lithuania were to win.

However, all that fire was extinguished as soon as Eurovision was officially cancelled. But The Roop are not ready to give up. Earlier on they said:

“This year Lithuania was rated very high and that is an achievement in itself. We already proved that we can be notable, brave, professional and leading. We wish all to remain that way in their lives.”

Do you want to hear The Roop’s new songs for Eurovision 2021? Do you want them to give Lithuania even more hype in the year ahead? Let us know in the comments below!

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Citizen of Memel
Citizen of Memel
1 year ago

Although I was happy (eventually) with the Roop representing Lithuania this year because the song was a bomb in the melancholic year we were supposed to have, it’s unclear if their song will be just as good and melodic as this year. There’s a thin line between what people will consider a cheap copy, too extreme and a masterpiece. Just look at their 2018 attempt with “Yes, I do” when they failed in front of Ieva with “When We’re Old”. Plus, with now re-organized PIN selection, it would be devastating to miss all the excitement. Thus I’m confused and dubious… Read more »

Fast Food Music Lover
Fast Food Music Lover
1 year ago

The quarantine, lockdown, restriction of movement or whatever countries call it is a perfect opportunity for artists including The Roop to write another great hit for next year.

Teddie
Teddie
1 year ago

Here’s a prediction for you from captain Obvious: The Roop won’t have another “On Fire” on their hands next time around, songs like this come only once in a while, and by that I mean extremely rarely. These guys have been officially robbed of their victory by the EBU’s decision. Sure, good for them for not losing confidence, yet it’s pretty clear Lithuania is back on square one.

Montell
Montell
1 year ago

The Roop also said they would like to create two songs for Lithuanians to choose from next year. If LRT actually decides to make no selection and send The Roop again I at least suggest them not to waste time and concentrate on one song only. If think selection like in Romania this year is really unnecessary.

Joe
Joe
1 year ago
Reply to  Montell

Mad respect for your icon – I love Santigold, especially “L.E.S. Artistes.” One of my favorite songs of the ’00s.

MrAlex2803
MrAlex2803
1 year ago

WE WANT THE ROOP IN 2021. <3

cipollino
cipollino
1 year ago
Reply to  MrAlex2803

I want KaYra for 2021 🙁

Pierre
Pierre
1 year ago

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evvvity
evvvity
1 year ago

Their problem (and many other artists with popular songs that have been selected again) is that no matter what kind of song they pick next year, we’ll all be mad because it isn’t the same song, or if its close it’ll be stale/a copy. We’re all going to be mad whatever they do. I love On Fire, it’s my favourite this year, but I think for their dignity perhaps they shouldnt go again. But if they do I hope we can get behind their song!

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
1 year ago

Every NF winner should get the chance to represent. They’ve already been promised it.
Festivals that stand outside Eurovision such as FiK and SanRemo can still run without the winner going to Eurovision. You can do this because competing artists can be told this BEFOREHAND. If that artist didn’t want to compete because of the lack of Eurovision, they could come back in 2022.

There is no way that any 2020 NF winner should miss out through no fault of their own.

KevininDC
KevininDC
1 year ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

I agree 100%

Colin
Colin
1 year ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

FiK and Sanremo would probably survive a year without being attached to ESC, but selections like Melfest and MGP wouldn’t. The most likely scenario in that case would be the lack of competitive acts and subsequently, really low viewing numbers. Melfest would probably consist only of joke acts, older singers with dated songs and newcomers with less impactful stuff. I also assume that votes would be counted in hundreds, not thousands. I am really torn here, because the broadcasters are put in a lose-lose situation. Many of these selections are a world on their own. Besides, we would probably find… Read more »

Ria van de Velde
Ria van de Velde
1 year ago

Yes, I want to see The Roop in 2021. Every chosen participant must have another chance to represent their country. It ‘s not their fault that the ESC has canceled . The reason why the ESC is canceled is very sad but I understand why is necessary. I hope to see in the next days that country ‘s will send their 2020 participant for 2021.

Goodmorning
Goodmorning
1 year ago

There’s absolutely now way they can make something like “On Fire”. Even if they try, it will look like a parody.

Tajikistan
Tajikistan
1 year ago
Reply to  Goodmorning

They’re very experienced musicians who have a catalogue of great music (such as their 2018 Atranka entry). It won’t be a carbon copy of On Fire but it will be very good still.

Montell
Montell
1 year ago
Reply to  Goodmorning

I have to agree. The law of averages suggests that another great song from the same band in a short period of time is highly unlikely.

cipollino
cipollino
1 year ago
Reply to  Montell

Russia’s Little Big consistently releases one successful hit after another every year. So there cannot be any excuses.

Joe
Joe
1 year ago

The Head of Delegation said he hoped they would come back as well so it’s looking good.

Ralf0711
Ralf0711
1 year ago

YES absolutely. i want them back 2021.

N.G.
N.G.
1 year ago

They should represent Lithuania. Point blank.

Colin
Colin
1 year ago

With internal choices, the decision is easy – unless the musicians decline the offer, all of them should return. With NF winners, the situation is more complicated. Even so, hearing The Roop in Rotterdam would be great.

Escf
Escf
1 year ago
Reply to  Colin

Go_A is NF winner and also confirmed for next year.

Lol
Lol
1 year ago
Reply to  Escf

Cause Ukraine doesn’t want to spend money on another national selection anyway. We all knew go a were coming back lmao

Tajikistan
Tajikistan
1 year ago

I agree with them. They got the biggest ever televote numbers from the Lithuanian public, their song was by far the most popular Lithuanian entry both within and outside Lithuania and they made my countrymen feel about Eurovision like they have never felt before. The Roop are the only moral and logical representatives for Lithuania next year! Don’t waste this LRT…

cipollino
cipollino
1 year ago
Reply to  Tajikistan

What countrymen are you talking about? Lithuanians or Tajiks?

The Roop is On Fire
The Roop is On Fire
1 year ago

It’s everyone’s moral right for The Roop to represent Lithuania again.

EuroSluuuuuutty
EuroSluuuuuutty
1 year ago

By far the most annoying vocals of the year

Andrius
Andrius
1 year ago

I’m pretty sure they would win again next year even if wouldn’t get pass from LRT to represent Lithuania in 2021. They hugely loved now and people would do the right thing

Australian Insomniac
Australian Insomniac
1 year ago

Honestly the EBU should have considered a digital contest using a mixture of the already released music videos and final revamps, and use a jury/public voting system like in JESC with the online voting. Yes, while the winner in this format won’t host the next Eurovision, it won’t waste the already released songs (which angers me thinking of not hearing ‘On Fire’ in a Eurovision capacity), and allows a consensus to which song could have won this year.

Kuhkatz
Kuhkatz
1 year ago

It should be a moral right for all of them to return in 2021!

If they won‘t be chosen directly and participate in a NF, they likely go through with a landslide, Dadi in Iceland as well and and and….

xohxoh
xohxoh
1 year ago

Lithuania do the right thing. Sweden/Estonia situation would be disgraceful.

Mia
Mia
1 year ago

Why so long to decide, choice is obvious?! LRT, if you hate your country , then you will not choose The Roop.
I’ll be very disappointed if they don’t support them!

Bob
Bob
1 year ago

I’m not a big fan of “On Fire” but I am curious to see what they would follow it up with. I wouldn’t mind if they represented Lithuania again next year.

ESCFan2009
ESCFan2009
1 year ago

I’ll give them the well-deserved hype! But I’m dreaming of (and I’m ready for the highest number of dislikes ever seen haha) “Pabandom iš naujo! 2021: Our Song For Monika Marija” 😀

Tajikistan
Tajikistan
1 year ago
Reply to  ESCFan2009

No. We don’t want her. We only want The Roop.

Skiwalko
Skiwalko
1 year ago

This is it! A one artist NF is a great idea, it allows the broadcaster to have their cake and eat it too. They wouldn’t even have to change the name – “The Roop: We Go Again” works perfectly. I’d also love to watch shows like “Eurovision: Destiny’s Destiny”, “Songvakeppin: Dadi Edition” or “Supernova 2021: Samanta Tina Is Still Breathing”.

Badwoolfgirl
Badwoolfgirl
1 year ago
Reply to  Skiwalko

That’s what I’ve been thinking too. If the broadcasters want to keep both their 2020 winners and their national finals, revamping them as NFs to choose the song for the artists would be a way to honor both.

Tajikistan
Tajikistan
1 year ago
Reply to  Skiwalko

I’ve been saying for years Lithuania should accept this format. Maybe the only benefit of this situation would be a one artist (The Roop) National final

Mia
Mia
1 year ago
Reply to  Skiwalko

Yeah, I like that slogans, great 🙂

First row at ESC & JESC
First row at ESC & JESC
1 year ago

They were for several weeks in the TOP 5 odds and they deserve everything. I’m 100 % sure that The Roop is able to write and produce a bop again till ESC 2021. Lithuania should be thankful for everything and should give The Roop that chance.

Alex
Alex
1 year ago

Lithuania and The Roop deserve it. I wish they will have another Hit for people and cool performance

Alex
Alex
1 year ago
Reply to  Alex

2021 will be so weird tho. Like.. I’m so emotionaly involved for what happened with Lithuania, Bulgaria, Iceland and Switzerland and all their artists and people.
I hope everything will go right in 2021 because I want to enjoy, trust and believe again Eurovision. This situation is so complicated on many levels.

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1 year ago

It wasn’t my favorite entry, but I recognize the quality of the song. I’ve never seen Lithuania as a clear favorite to win before. Anyway, I really hope they keep The Roop as their representative. Please, be fair, Lithuania!

Denis
Denis
1 year ago

Let’s be honest.. If they wouldn’t select them again, Lithuania will go against them. They are aiming for their top result..

Badwoolfgirl
Badwoolfgirl
1 year ago
Reply to  Denis

The broadcaster would get a lot of ugly hate mail if they try to screw the Roop over.

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
1 year ago

I neither particularly like, nor dislike their entry, but they clearly managed to build up a lot of momentum for Lithuania like nobody before. So I’m happy for everyone who likes them that they almost definitely get their turn next year. Underdog countries emerging as favorites is what would make this contest interesting again. Aiste gets a timeout and will hopefully finally represent her country in 2022 (on homeground?).

Tajikistan
Tajikistan
1 year ago

I’m not a big Aiste fan but I’d fully support her getting her time finally if we hosted

Nikki
Nikki
1 year ago

I actually do think some countries are going to go for a One Artist/ Several Songs final. My thoughts were more towards Poland, Czech Republic and probably Malta, but I can see Lithuania doing it too. Out of the three Baltics, I think they are the ones with the worst Eurovision records of the three, and The Roop has gathered a huge fan base outside Lithuania in these months, so, I can see the delegation trying to keep the momentum. And kinda off topic- Can we at least do a petition for still the Barbara Dex still be celebrated this… Read more »

Skiwalko
Skiwalko
1 year ago
Reply to  Nikki

There’s a rumour that Alicja won’t be able to represent Poland at ESC 2021, as she’s taking her school leaving exams in May, but we’ll see what happens.

Badwoolfgirl
Badwoolfgirl
1 year ago
Reply to  Skiwalko

Yeah, we have to consider the possibility that not every 2020 artist may be able to make it next year if they have other commitments in 2021.

Jonas
Jonas
1 year ago
Reply to  Badwoolfgirl

I doubt that many (or any) of them have plans 14 months in advance, and even if they do – they can change them.

Erasmus
Erasmus
1 year ago
Reply to  Skiwalko

Didn’t she say on IG that she wants to do it?

esc1234
esc1234
1 year ago

If only one act has the right to ever represent Lithuania , that is The Roop. Without a question. Their national final was great but they must send them in 2021.-