At Eurovision the visual part of the performance could be the difference between a country making the final or not, between edging into people’s memories or fading away. A good dance routine has the potential to elevate a song to another level. Ruslana, Eleni Foureira and Verka Serduchka have all benefited from killer choreography in the past.
Unfortunately 2020 was the year of the dance-off that never was. We were treated to a smorgasbord of new dance crazes that could get Eurovision fans on their feet — and in many cases on to TikTok!
But who wins this year’s Eurovision dance off to claim the Best Dance of Eurovision 2020? Many countries provided some top notch dancing but we have narrowed it down to our favourite six. Let’s see some of the runners and riders.
The Best Dance of Eurovision 2020
Lithuania – The ROOP “On Fire”
The Roop was first to throw down their shapes in our dance off when the band was selected as Lithuania’s representative in February.
The quirky indie-pop entry, notable for its “fire/desire” rhyme, came with signature dance moves. The dance became a viral success and lead singer Vaidotas even put tutorials on the social platform TikTok. One of the five videos has gained over 280,000 views. Not only that, but Vaidotas also led a flash mob in Lithuania’s capital Vilnius where dozens of people recreated the dance. One of the videos that the public took of the flashmob has brought home nearly 250,000 views on YouTube.
The dance has certainly captured the public’s imagination as people around the world have been recreating the iconic dance and posting their performances online. Although The ROOP were one of the big favourites to win this year, it is not confirmed yet whether they will return next year. Lithuanian broadcaster LRT did not offer the group a direct pass to Eurovision next year, but only a place at next year’s national final.
Iceland – Dadi Freyr & Gagnamagnið “Think About Things”
Let’s now think about Iceland. I can imagine that when Daði Freyr wrote “Think About Things” as an ode to his baby daughter, he never thought it would become such a worldwide sensation. The music video, which has 6.5 million views, has attracted the attention of stars such as Russell Crowe and Rylan Clark-Neal, who tweeted their support.
The funky 80’s style song was paired with fake instruments and a simple, yet iconic dance routine. It is no wonder why “Think About Things” was one of the big favourites to win in Rotterdam. We caught up with Daði, to ask him about those amazing moves.
“The thought of the dance was it’s supposed to be easy enough that pretty much anybody can learn it, but not so easy that you know it from seeing it. And almost everybody that I have seen dance it, dances it wrong.”
Russia – Little Big “UNO”
“Tres” is Russia. Before Eurovision, the pop-punk rave band Little Big were already widely known for their lively songs and dances that fuse rave and punk styles with satire and humour. They are no strangers to their videos going viral: one of their previous hits Skibidi” went viral in 2018, amassing more than 400 million views on YouTube.
They seem to know how to recreate the big numbers. “UNO” has over 80 million views on YouTube. Their simple, fun, Spanish-esque song with a contagious knee dance and intense facial expressions has got everybody (seriously) wiggling. There are dozens and dozens of videos on social media of people doing the “UNO dance” from sports stars to doctors and everyone in between. Not only that, Little Big were also one of the favourites for the title this year.
Latvia’s Supernova veteran Samanta Tīna stunned the competition to win the right to represent Latvia at Eurovision 2020 with her song “Still Breathing”. Her empowering lyrics with her non-stop attitude make a perfect combination with the powerful hip swinging dance. Samanta meant business in Rotterdam and her dance is an excellent addition to the competition.
Another song of female empowerment with a catchy dance routine is Belarus’s VAL and “Da Vidna“. The duo’s “monocle” dance routine is a simple but effective way to mirror their upbeat pop song. Everyone can move along to that additive Belarusian beat.
Finally, a more sensual entry in our poll is North Macedonia’s Vasil with his sexy song “You”.
The stylish video oozes raw sensuality as Vasil and a woman lock eyes before engaging in heated dance moves. If Vasil would have created the same impact on stage as in the music video, then we would have seen flames.
With all these great tracks to dance to, it seemed that this year truly was the year of the dance!
What was your favourite dance this year? Do you think we are missing anyone from the list? Let us know in the comments below.