The Roop Discoteque Pabandom is Naujo 2021 entry

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.

What do you make of The Roop’s “Discoteque”? Do you want it to win Pabandom iš Naujo! 2021? Let us know in the comments below!

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Collette
6 days ago

It sounds like Mika and Example in one

Mika
Mika
3 months ago

WOW!!! One of the best songs I’ve heard in months! It will be hard to beat that

Hellooooo
Hellooooo
3 months ago

I think both songs are overrated, particularly this one. It is horrible, but I don’t hate the artists , for me the problems are the songs. (ready for dislikes btw)

Hellooooo
Hellooooo
3 months ago
Reply to  Hellooooo

And clearly prefer On Fire over this “bodrio”

notyourtoy
notyourtoy
3 months ago
Reply to  Hellooooo

That’s true. Even though I gave this song a chance I really didn’t like that. They will reach the finals only because of the Televoters. Juries would never have in their top 10 list a song like that.

Sorry Lithuania, but I expected more from The Roop. Sadly I can confirm that they are totally not winning Eurovision. Now I’m rooting for Keiino’s comeback

Ohi
Ohi
3 months ago

I like this as a standalone. I think it will take a while to not compare this to on fire but I do enjoy the concept of a lockdown disco and if it wasn’t the Roop and just a general act competing I think a lot of the negative reactions would be reversed.

Josh R
Josh R
3 months ago

So when are they being selected to represent Lithuania in May? I can’t see any other song being selected.

Last edited 3 months ago by Josh R
Jamie
Jamie
3 months ago
Reply to  Josh R

6th of February. Probably will destroy the televote, not so sure about the jury. Their points are always unpredictable.

xohxoh
xohxoh
3 months ago

Pet Shop Boys vibes.I love it!

Last edited 3 months ago by xohxoh
blueeyed
blueeyed
3 months ago

This is a bomb! “On Fire” had to grow on me but I liked this one already from the first listening. The video makes it even better. It’s also very clever to take some references from “On Fire”.

MTD
MTD
3 months ago

This is QUALITY.
Nice one.

Lianne
3 months ago

This has a huuuge depeche mode, dark disco vibe. I cant stop listening to this!

tylos
tylos
3 months ago
Reply to  Lianne

Depeche Mode is a sweet band

Héctor
Héctor
3 months ago

Sounds interesting. Probably will get the same hype as “On Fire” and top a previous hit is hard.

Well, it’s not even the same music style but for some reason they remind me of Les Fatal Picards… am I the only one? Back in 2007 the were considered freaks maybe it would have been different now. I love that song.

poe-tay-toe-chips
poe-tay-toe-chips
3 months ago

Lol so there’s basically no point in the national final going on now.

Everyone else go home.

Simon
Simon
3 months ago

Ok let’s skip the heats and the final, they must go to Rotterdam!

Sabrina
Sabrina
3 months ago

The more I listen to it, the more I like it. And the more I feel The Roop and KEiiNO are somehow in similar territory. Both bands sound more sophisticated now. It’s like they took what made them unique in their previous entries and built something more elaborate around it. Maybe this hurts the initial impact of their tracks for some (which of course it’s a big deal in a contest), though it may happen just because they don’t have the surprise effect anymore, but now their songs have more to offer on subsequent listens. I’m in.

Reverb
Reverb
3 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

Very That! Perfectly said!

Kalla
Kalla
3 months ago

First listen… Not overwhelmed really. I appreciate it has a good concept and made to be a live song, but definitely isn’t a contender to last years efforts in my opinion. Compared to semi final 1 though tjis is still head and shoulders above the rest. Can’t see Lithuania being a strong contender this year, which is sad was looking forward to my eurovision holiday to Lithuania next year!

Tugay Turgay
Tugay Turgay
3 months ago

Nope, sorry…I prefer to see soldiers march hearing the sound of their feet banging on the ground..lol at least that is real this is music song like this out of tine and it doesn’t worm my heart…nothing special just an attention seeker

Whisker
Whisker
3 months ago
Reply to  Tugay Turgay

Lucky you it doesn’t worm your heart. Attention seeker!

Hellooooo
Hellooooo
3 months ago
Reply to  Tugay Turgay

Exactly, I can0t understand the hype on this particular group’s songs

Jamie
Jamie
3 months ago

If it was anything like On Fire, people would then complain for the lack of originality. Discoteque is fresh and trendy. Thank god they’ve moved on from On Fire.

Last edited 3 months ago by Jamie
Sirius
Sirius
3 months ago

With good choreography it can be brilliant. If we don’t take into account the visual representation part, then On Fire is a better track, but both are quite good.

Nicolas
Nicolas
3 months ago

If it wins the ticket to Rotterdam this will only due because of sympathy votes.
This is bad sorry.

Domas
Domas
3 months ago
Reply to  Nicolas

Just because you both do not like it, does not mean everyone pretends to like it.

Whisker
Whisker
3 months ago
Reply to  Domas

Right!

Jamie
Jamie
3 months ago
Reply to  Nicolas

I like it more than On Fire actually. Love the synth-beat in this one.

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
3 months ago

i was in no shape or form a fan of “on fire”, but this one is excellent! catchy, well-produced… can’t say one bad thing about it

Last edited 3 months ago by Polegend Godgarina
Whisker
Whisker
3 months ago

I LOVE IT! I can’t can’t can’t wait for the live performance. #discotequeonfire

Jonas
Jonas
3 months ago

It won’t be long before I’ve listened to it 1,746 times – but I’m not so confident it will get the results it deserves. I never am with songs I love, of course…

Una
Una
3 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

Why are you saying that?

Jonas
Jonas
3 months ago
Reply to  Una

No good reason, just based on other disappointments, and that all these returning performers are burdened with such high expectations which generally leads to disappointment also.

Una
Una
3 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

Eurovision is for most fans a roller-coaster of excitement and disappointments. And disappointment can pass eventually, you know?

Jonas
Jonas
3 months ago
Reply to  Una

I do know, and nothing I’ve said contradicts that – whatever happens, we’ll always have this great song.

Una
Una
3 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

I thought you were upset. Just wanted to be nice.

Jonas
Jonas
3 months ago
Reply to  Una

Thank you.

Grft
Grft
3 months ago

I’ve been listening to it all day. It’s such a grower!! I prefer it to On fire I think, it’s more edgy :))

Milla
Milla
3 months ago

I think On fire was better somehow..

Ria van de Velde
Ria van de Velde
3 months ago

I like this song very much !! I hope Lithuania chooses this song for Rotterdam.

Tibor
Tibor
3 months ago

First of all: In what universe did “unusual” do well last year? Not in the one I’ve been living in, but that’s just a sidenote. Should Lithuania send The Roop this year again I can’t see them not doing well. Yes, like Sabrina I was at first a little wary when I heard the opening. Vaidotas has such a recognisable singing style, but here he kind of only talks and whispers, it’s a peculiar choice. But once the chorus hits, you understand that this is about his showmanship and not about vocal performance – and he is such a convincing… Read more »

Jonas
Jonas
3 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

I think there are some style similarities between this and U2’s song of the same name, but maybe I’m just imagining that.

Tibor
Tibor
3 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

I’m not really familiar with this song, but U2 is nothing I can hear here – well perhaps the rapidly played guitar notes in the chorus, that’s a little 90s U2. 🙂

Sabrina
Sabrina
3 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

The whispering fits the concept, the character on this song is talking to himself after all. I already like the song the way it is, but for juries’ appreciation sake, maybe he could project his voice a little more during the chorus. But we’re in a Billie Eilish era. Eurovision jurors tend to be 1 or 2 years late, maybe they’re peaking for this kind of singing right now. Vaidota’s showmanship is incredible (plus, he’s very attractive, in a non-conventional way). I believe some that had bad first impressions would feel better about it if they started with the video… Read more »

Tibor
Tibor
3 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

Oh, yeah, the whispering is fine, it’s just a notable difference to “On Fire” where his resonant singing was in focus right from the beginning and drew you into the song. Here, his singing is very restraint and let’s say that at first listen I was under the impression that they hadn’t put as much thought into the verses than into the chorus, but that impression dissipated rather quickly. I don’t think it will be a big problem for the juries, though. Like I said, I cannot see this not doing well, it’s just thoughtfully put together. Plus it’s a… Read more »

KarmaLeon
KarmaLeon
3 months ago

Like this one but its definitly not an instant crush as On fire was … lets hear all of them but Discothèque will not have such a big success as their last year entry which i think was the winner of the entire contest

Jamie
Jamie
3 months ago
Reply to  KarmaLeon

Sure, maybe not a winner. But it could still bring Lithuania their highest place yet.

Eve
Eve
3 months ago

Definately the winner!

John
John
3 months ago

Awesome. Definitely prefer this over On Fire. However, I do agree this is less impactful but maybe it could be better perceived by the juries

nonothi
nonothi
3 months ago

Interesting fact: the Roop had 4-5 standout songs for Eurovision out of 10+, before choosing “Discoteque”. It was not even in the standout songs list. However, the group has decided to step away from “On Fire” model and present something entirely new and unique (with some tiny bits of similarities, of course). This is how they came up with this song.

CEs
CEs
3 months ago
Reply to  nonothi

No matter what, ‘Discoteque’ is a standout for sure.

nonothi
nonothi
3 months ago
Reply to  CEs

I agree!

Mia
Mia
3 months ago

OK siong is much worse than “On fire” was, but I think everyone should wote for them because last year they had song that was 100% Eurowision winner and it is so shame they were not alowed to come ant take first place because of COVID-19.

Kris
Kris
3 months ago

I think last year they were overhyped.
And not the biggest fan of this either.
But I do see it’s different and definitely better than all of semi 1 acts.

Good luck to them.

finnished
finnished
3 months ago

Music-wise, I think this is stronger compared to “On fire”. Impact-wise, perhaps not as impressive. I still think this is a very edgy take on a dance number, I really like the vibe. With an appropriate amount of quirkiness and hunour in the live performance, this will be a standout act for sure. Should this go to Eurovision, it will definitely be up there to at least match Lithuania’s best result.

Last edited 3 months ago by finnished
GrantK
GrantK
3 months ago

Brilliant song and Lithuania would be dumb to not send this, it has top 5, even top 3 potential!

Last edited 3 months ago by GrantK
Ricky Gervais
3 months ago

Vasil’s song will be released on 28th of January and it’s called ‘Destiny’.

euroboy
euroboy
3 months ago
Reply to  Ricky Gervais

It’s not his eurovision song

Ricky Gervais
3 months ago
Reply to  euroboy

True. Got distracted by the eurovision hashtag. 😛

Marc
Marc
3 months ago

I love it! I prefer it to ‘On Fire’. I know The Roop will bring even more on stage so it will be very memorable. You just keep listening and watching and waiting because you know they are going to bring something special. Well done Lithuania!

NickC
NickC
3 months ago

I agree with do many comments below. While i prefer on fire, this will be Lithuania s best placement ever.

Sam
Sam
3 months ago

I think the fact that this song is so different from ‘On Fire’ speaks to The Roop’s talent, artistry and integrity. They’ve come up with a new song, choreography, image concept and gimmick and it’s just as original as ‘On Fire’! It may not be as catchy but I think this could bring about more of a ‘wow’ moment on stage, particularly if they make good use of backing dancers. If this had been submitted last year, we’d still have gone crazy about it!

Bella
Bella
3 months ago

One thing is sure…Their performance will be ”on fire”!
Of course it will win in national selection and it will be top 5 in ESC.
It has something dark and mysterious.

Last edited 3 months ago by Bella
Ricky Gervais
3 months ago

Okay, I’ll probably get down voted, so let me say this first. I like it. Catchy. Could be a hit.

However is it just me or I hear the inspiration from Nicole Scherzinger’s ‘Poison’ (verses, pre-chorus and bridge) in here?

Lebanese esc fan
Lebanese esc fan
3 months ago
Reply to  Ricky Gervais

I do see the comparison for sure but its not like it is a complete copy so I think they will be fine.

Ricky Gervais
3 months ago

Yeah, definitely not a copy. I’m just saying that when I heard it, I had to think hard what some parts of the melody reminded me of. Nothing wrong with a good inspiration. If it was note by note the same, then it would be a problem.

Good luck to them, it’s a good track. Not ‘in-your-face’, maybe not an instant hit, but it’s up there with a great chance to place very well.

Serpent
Serpent
3 months ago
Reply to  Ricky Gervais

It’s more like “Blurred Lines”

Una
Una
3 months ago

I have a good first impression of “Discoteque”. I like some elements more than others and even got excited at times. However, the construction is a bit confusing to me like I didn’t know what to expect next as it progressed. But overall I think it’s OK. I do not want to compare it to last year’s song. I am looking forward to the live performance.

zelenovi
zelenovi
3 months ago

One thing is sure: Whether with ‘On Fire’ or with ‘Discotheque’, The Roop is still going to be Lithuania’s best-ever chance at Top 5. No other song LT has ever sent comes close in its potential.

Last edited 3 months ago by zelenovi
Tom
Tom
3 months ago
Reply to  zelenovi

Lets hope they will not invite Monique to jury panel in the final 😀

Conortje
Conortje
3 months ago

Such a difficult task to follow a song as strong as On Fire but The Roop should be so proud of this. What a unique and wonderful group.

Kim
Kim
3 months ago

I wish I had been this productive in lockdown. Amazing song! Only issue I have: is it too good for Eurovision?

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
3 months ago

I understand if many of you guys like on fire better, But you can’t deny one thing. As of the timing of this post late at night my time, discotheque has amassed over 130 K thousand views in just three hours! It’ll probably be more views when I checked bag right after posting this, but I’ll give you an updated number after I get a good nights sleep.

Teddie
Teddie
3 months ago

Wow! Loved “On Fire” and totally loving this! However, it’s hard to say whether “Discotheque” is as good for ESC purposes.
I mean, it lacks that memorable synth line from “On Fire” which many compared to “Bad Guy” and the choreo is now far from crazy. Overall though, as a realized concept with more mature attitude it is definitely a success. The chorus slaps me in half! Wishing The Roop all the best anyway, it’s a joy seeing them in the competition.

Roy Moreno
Roy Moreno
3 months ago

On Fire was more immediate to me but as the song kept on going, I was drawn into it more and more!
Fantastic song and I hope they get their justice! Good luck ??

???
???
3 months ago

It just so funny how everyone compare “On fire” & “Discoteque”. Why don’t add “Yes I do” too? After all there three were songs they had in Eurovision selections so far. Anyway on serious note: I loved all 3 songs they gave us & I am not fallow or listen to their other songs, but I just love these 3. They all different & meanful in their own way. So Idk why some people believe that Lithuanian will vote cuz the artist & not the song. The Roop is indie group so of course it will give us something different… Read more »

esc1234
esc1234
3 months ago

The fact that they managed to surpass the expectations of a fandon that is always ready to judge negatively makes me respect them even more. They deserve more than anyone else to go to Rotterdam.

Tom
Tom
3 months ago

Kaunas 2022 confirmed

Serpent
Serpent
3 months ago
Reply to  Tom

U from Lithuania?

Hello hi
Hello hi
3 months ago

I find this guy extremely attractive.

PTLS
PTLS
3 months ago
Reply to  Hello hi

i know, right?! Damn!

Sam
Sam
3 months ago
Reply to  Hello hi

don’t we all

CEs
CEs
3 months ago
Reply to  Hello hi

THIS!!!!! I was waiting for someone to say this out loud.

Jofty
Jofty
3 months ago
Reply to  Hello hi

Yes, he, Vasil and Vasil’s bartender a mouthwatering Top 3!