Ahead of its live debut on Saturday 23 January, Lithuanian band The Roop have released the studio version of “Discoteque”, their Pabandom iš Naujo! 2021 entry. The music video will arrive a little later, at 08:30 CET on Friday morning.
Viewers will get to see the performance for the first time during Heat Two of Lithuania’s Eurovision 2021 selection show. However, The Roop will merely be showcasing “Discoteque” as they are already guaranteed a spot in the grand final.
The Roop — “Discoteque” (Pabandom iš Naujo! 2021)
As you can hear, “Discoteque” is slightly different from their Eurovision 2020 entry “On Fire”. On Instagram, the three-piece confirmed that this was very much their intention.
The new song “Discoteque” is not a copy of “On Fire”. That’s what we wanted the least. However, one thing that is in common (apart from band members) is that both sound somewhat unusual. And we love it!
Last year, “unusual” did well. They secured a record-breaking victory in the Lithuanian selection. Winning with over 50,000 SMS votes, The Roop received more votes than any other act that in all the years of Lithuania’s Eurovision national finals.
Nevertheless, the promotional pictures on LRT’s website suggest that their performance is going to be just as energetic as last year. Earlier this month, The Roop shared that dancers Migle and Marijanas, who danced with the group in 2020, will once again join them for “Discoteque”.
“On Fire” quickly became a smash. It was one of the first instances in which a Lithuanian Eurovision song was a favourite among fans and bookmakers. In May of 2020, the group won Eurovision Song Contest – the German final, the alternative competition held by German broadcaster NDR. This success led to The Roop receiving the LRT Award for “Ambassador of the Year”. This award is given to those who help spread the name of Lithuania around the world.
The Roop at Pabandom iš Naujo! 2021
The reigning Pabandom iš Naujo! champions are participating in Lithuania’s national selection once more. However, in acknowledgement of the fact that they never got the chance to perform at the cancelled Eurovision 2020, producers have given The Roop a guaranteed slot in the final. That means they don’t have to go through the heats and semi-final like the other 20 acts.
So that they’re not at any disadvantage, the band have also been given the chance to perform “Discoteque” in Heat Two on Saturday 23 January. This ensures that the Lithuanian public will be familiar with their song when the final rolls around in just over two weeks’ time.
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