While this week’s Eurovision news has been dominated by 2020 artists who have decided not to have another attempt at their country’s national final, this won’t be the case in Lithuania. The Roop have confirmed they will compete in Pabandom iš naujo! 2021.
The trio confirmed their intention to participate with a post on Instagram. They wrote: “The question we were hearing since spring will be answered now — we decided to take part in the National Eurovision selection. We have a song and we have a vision. Let’s hope it will become Euro-vision.”
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The comment suggests that, like Iceland’s Daði Freyr, The Roop are putting as much effort into the song’s staging as the song itself.
The Roop joins other Eurovision 2020 acts like Estonia’s Uku Suviste and — reportedly — Sweden’s The Mamas in taking another shot at their country’s national final. While other acts, such as Croatia’s Damir Kedžo and Finland’s Aksel Kankaanranta have confirmed they won’t be returning for 2021.
The Roop returns to Lithuania’s national final
Last month, broadcaster LRT revealed details about the format of national final Pabandom iš naujo! 2021. They also confirmed that The Roop would have a guaranteed place in the contest’s grand final, meaning they would not have to qualify through the heats and semi-finals. There’s no sense that The Roop need to be given a shortcut to the grand final — it’s more being done as a courtesy.
The trio will also have the right to perform their entry at all previous stages of the contest prior to the grand final. This ensures that the Lithuanian public will be exposed to The Roop’s new song just as much as the entries from the acts competing in the heats and semi-finals.
Entries for Pabandom iš naujo! 2021 close in mid-December. The competing acts will be selected by a jury of experts from LRT’s entertainment divisions. The full schedule of Pabandom iš naujo! 2021 has not yet been confirmed, but the contest will kick off on Saturday 16 January.
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