The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues to rate and review the 41 songs that had been selected for Eurovision 2020. Next up, we take a look at The Roop — winners of Lithuania‘s Pabandom is Naujo — and their song “On Fire”. Did we feel their heat? Read on to find out!
The Roop – “On Fire”
“On Fire” reviews
Angus: “On Fire” is very clever. It is a modern pop song, but also has quirky notes that identify it as a Eurovision song too. Similarly to Iceland, it really needs live performance to have full impact. But in the studio cut here, the difference is the song sounds thoroughly of this time.
Barnabas: The only Baltic nation with no Eurovision victories under their belt took a deep breath and brought out the big guns, and made their mark with a memorable indie-pop song. The modern yet still not mainstream track (with an epic synth solo) packs a real punch with their live performance, where frontman Vaidotas Valiukevicius’ subtle playing with his voice is paired with an iconic dance. A contender to win, The Roop raised the bar for the future Lithuanian entries. If they keep up the pace, the win will only be a matter of time.
Lucy: I’m a sucker for indie entries in Eurovision, and this screams “Lithuania’s Hot Chip” to me. When the video of The Dance™ appeared all over my timeline I dismissed it slightly before hearing that bassline just before it begins — a full listen was required. This is no joke entry, it’s just not your standard Eurovision performance. And run-of-the-mill doesn’t get you a trophy, y’all! The Roop have given us high-art edition It’s alternative — and I shall grieve the fact we won’t see it on the Eurovision stage forevermore.
Luis: “On Fire” is such a perfect mix of fun and serious pop. Yes, it makes you smile, but there’s no way you can take this as a camp entry. The Roop execute this perfectly, and it’s impressive to watch the performance and notice how every single detail is thought out. This should become a new dictionary entry for the word “enjoyable”.
Pablo: There is literally no way that I can listen to this song without getting a smile on my face. This is perfection. Fun without being mocking, artsy without being pretentious and familiar without being derivative. How do you do fire-desire-higher? Exactly like this. “On Fire” transmits this unabashed joy across three minutes that go by flying. Lithuania has cracked the code, and could have gone extremely far. This is one for the playlist and one for the decade.
The Roop – “On Fire” rankings
In the Wiwi Jury we have 22 jurors but only have room for five reviews. The remaining scores are below:
We have removed the highest and lowest scores prior to calculating the average. This is to remove outliers and potential bias. We have removed a low of 5.5 and a high of 10.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 7.85/10
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