After last year’s win with “On Fire”, The Roop are the first Eurovision 2020 act to sing their way back to the contest again via a national final. The group will represent Lithuania with “Discoteque” — their catchy dance number that celebrates self-acceptance.

The Roop were the runaway favourites to win Pabandom iš Naujo! 2021 before their song was even released. But when it dropped it really dropped. With its haunting production that dances on the border with darkness, the song climbed to the top of the Spotify charts in Lithuania and helped push the country to the very top of the Eurovision 2021 betting odds. In many ways tonight felt like a coronation rather than a competition.

The group won both the jury and the televoting. The Roop even received more votes for “Discoteque” than for “On Fire” last year. Over 74,000 votes were cast for “Discoteque” tonight in Lithuania. The runner-up of the show, Gebrasy, received just over 6,000 votes.

Tonight’s performance was important for a number of reasons. Besides cementing all of the aforementioned hype, it was actually their first time performing the song in competition. Because they were pre-qualified for the final — bypassing the heats and the semi-final — their earlier performance of “Discoteque” during the second heat was done only as an interval.

Tonight’s result was determined by both televoting and a jury, with each counting for half of the result. The jury consisted of a large group of Lithuanian music experts, including Ramūnas Zilnys, Aistė Smilgevičiūtė, Jievaras Jasinskis, Gerūta Griniūtė, Stanislavas Stavickis-Stano, Ieva Narkutė, and Vytautas Bikus. The judges shared their thoughts in perfect 2021 fashion — via an online group call.  The winning songwriters also received a cash prize of €5,000.

The Roop performs “Discoteque” at the Pabandom iš Naujo! 2021 final

Pabandom iš Naujo! 2020 final results

Coming soon

Jury result

  • The Roop – “Discoteque” – 12 points (84 points)
  • Gebrasy – “Where’d You Wanna Go?” – 10 points (70 points)
  • Voldemars Petersons – “Never Fall For You Again” – 8 points (51 points)
  • Evita Cololo – “Be paslapčių” – 7 points (47 points)
  • Titas & Benas – “No” – 6 points (44 points)
  • Martyna Jezepčikaitė – “Thank You Very Much” – 5 points (40 points)

Televoting result

  • The Roop – “Discoteque” – 12 points (74,512 votes)
  • Gebrasy – “Where’d You Wanna Go?” – 10 points (6,413 votes)
  • Martyna Jezepčikaitė – “Thank You Very Much” – 8 points (2,453 votes)
  • Voldemars Petersons – “Never Fall For You Again” – 7 points (1,224 votes)
  • Titas & Benas – “No” – 6 points (1,093 votes)
  • Evita Cololo – “Be paslapčių” – 5 points (427 votes)

Combined result

 

  • The Roop – “Discoteque” – 12 points

 

  • Gebrasy – “Where’d You Wanna Go?” – 10 points
  • Voldemars Petersons – “Never Fall For You Again” – 8 points
  • Martyna Jezepčikaitė – “Thank You Very Much” – 7 points
  • Evita Cololo – “Be paslapčių” – 6 points
  • Titas & Benas – “No” – 5 points

Are you happy that The Roop is going to carry the Lithuanian tricolour once again? What chances do you give “Discoteque” at Eurovision 2021? Let us know in the comments below!

Read all our Lithuania Eurovision news here.

Picture: LRT

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AmberLynx
AmberLynx
2 months ago

I don’t understand why there are so many haters…I guess the fans of other favourite nations start their campaigns of negative comments with regard this cool, electro disco song. Well accept it as a compliment, the ROOP…This song is unique, different and rather edgy…I can feel the Twin Peaks vibe, and Vaidotas’ charisma and emotional intelligence make it really special…GO GO GO! Love from Malta x

ABC
ABC
2 months ago

That’s exactly it – Discotque is somewhat boring – even annoying in so much that it is trying to be something which it isn’t. – that is interesting.

Jamie
Jamie
2 months ago

Well, people said the same about Netta, so I guess it works….

Matija
Matija
2 months ago

I dont like it. I dont know why, just overrated.

Jamie
Jamie
2 months ago
Reply to  Matija

You don’t have to like it, but overrated? Please, the words ‘Lithuania’ and ‘overrated’ don’t go together. It’s first time they are any relevant at all.

Jenny
Jenny
2 months ago
Reply to  Jamie

Completely agreed with Jamie. Let this little country enjoy and appreciate their exceptionalism and creativity.

Jenny
Jenny
2 months ago
Reply to  Jenny

I think that it is not about the country. Had it been only about the country size, the hype about Lithuania would have happened the year before , or some time in the past. Why there was no hype previously then? In contrary, Lithuania has 0 winnings and normally doesn’t do well among Eurofans. If it was not a good song, there would be no hype like always for Lithuania (no hype is actually quite standard for the country). Having said that, I do think their song is the best because of the song itself and to me they are… Read more »

Matija
Matija
2 months ago
Reply to  Jenny

Agree with you.

I_Stan
I_Stan
2 months ago

I’m so glad they won. I don’t necessarily think Discoteque is better or worse than In Fire, but it is a really fun ear worm and has a different vibe to On Fire. Also can get some Staying Alive vibes too.

Jenny
Jenny
2 months ago

I think they have already won the big stage! It doesn’t matter if they are not going to even end up in top 10 or 20 in Eurovision. They have already managed to make themselves known, hyped and turmoiled about among Eurofans and even beyond. People are streaming their song, watching their videos on youtube in high numbers, even trying to replicate their song in different styles.. People love or hate the song and it still counts, as every hate comment adds to the songs wider and wider awareness. So they are the best!

Last edited 2 months ago by Jenny
Joe
Joe
2 months ago
Reply to  Jenny

They’ve got more receipts, so to speak, than other fan favorites have been in the past. There’s more reason to feel definitively confident that they might do well than, say, Conan Osiris, where the hype was mostly based on fan enthusiasm.

Fatima
Fatima
2 months ago
Reply to  Jenny

Very well put Jenny. They were even trending in the UK on Saturday night, something which would have been unimaginable for earlier Lithuanian acts. They seem to have rolled over support from last year too, like an unclaimed lottery prize.

Jenny
Jenny
2 months ago
Reply to  Fatima

Thank you Fatima 🙂 I am really happy for them.

Bandido
Bandido
2 months ago

Good for them they could finally actually compete, but On Fire was much better. We’ve seen these same movements and it starts getting bored. Would glad to see Lithuania winning 2020, but just not with this song.

gilpgilpgilp
gilpgilpgilp
2 months ago

I love the Roop and was a big supporter last year. I would be happy if they won this year as well. The issue though is that the song is basically a new variation of what they did last year. Maybe even a better variation. But it lost its novelty factor, which I think will hurt them.

Iván el Conquistador
Iván el Conquistador
2 months ago

Sincerely, I never liked “On Fire”. “Discotheque” as an improvement in my book because it’s a song with potential to be a summer hit if the results in May are excellent. Perhaps it’s earned the right to be considered the favourite in the contest and it’s making Vilnius/Kaunas 2022 happen.

XYZ
XYZ
2 months ago

Clown song, sorry. Hope it doesn’t win for the sake of the integrity of ESC which is ruined severely by the several past winners.

Joe
Joe
2 months ago
Reply to  XYZ

The last few winners have raised Eurovision’s reputation, if anything. We wouldn’t have seen the giant variety of entries we’ve had the last few years if more artists didn’t feel so encouraged by the results.

Tugay Turgay
Tugay Turgay
2 months ago

Horrible

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
2 months ago

Was there any doubt the Roop would win again? Okay, I did have a little, featuring an upset so much I actually dreamed about it the night before. I wish them all good luck.

The results affirmed what I suspected all along—the jury and televote were just waiting together top marks to the roop. It doesn’t mean throb with undeserving of his own success prior to final, it’s just not his year yet. I hope he does come back next year to try again.

ABC
ABC
2 months ago

So far – France is the clear winner for me! No vote for Discoteque – meh, it’s ok, but it doesn’t grab me – far too much hype!

XYZ
XYZ
2 months ago
Reply to  ABC

I also wonder why people like this. Poor ESC, where is this competition going when clown songs like this have a chance to win?

Only true winners of the last decade were Euphoria, Only Teardrops, Rise Like A Phoenix and Arcade.

Sorry Lithuanians, no hate towards you or your country.

L’oiseau
L’oiseau
2 months ago

Another great addition for 2021. Actually for me this song is much better than ‘Fire’. I just find that the live version of ‘Discotheque’ looses steam as compared to the studio version…
BTW Israel’s song is also better than 2021, so the singers coming back seems to be taking well their second chance.

Joe
Joe
2 months ago
Reply to  L’oiseau

Have yet to see a country/artist not improve on what they were planning to send last year so far. And I loved “On Fire,” so that’s saying something.

Mr X
Mr X
2 months ago

France 10/10
NEW Lithuania 9/10
Albania 6/10
Ukraine 5/10
Israel 3/10

West
West
2 months ago

I admit when I first listened to the song I still couldn’t get On Fire out of my head, but after second third listen I could enjoy it on it’s own. Great song and great choise! Good luck, Lithuania!

PTLS
PTLS
2 months ago

I love this! They’re really bringing it again this year.
But ehhm, is it me, or is the zipper of his pants down? 🙂 🙂 🙂

Jamie
Jamie
2 months ago
Reply to  PTLS

During the press conference the leader of The Roop said they’ll have to fix the zippers until Rotterdam lol

eurovision suo
eurovision suo
2 months ago

can anyone tell me which songs the band „Sisters on wire“ sung at the end of the night 🙂 ? The songs were beautiful but I don’t remember the names 🙁

blueeyed
blueeyed
2 months ago
Reply to  eurovision suo

1. Taip jau gavosi
2. Melyna melyna

Last edited 2 months ago by blueeyed
Vytautas
Vytautas
2 months ago
Reply to  eurovision suo

As I was taking a break I only heard one of their songs – “Melyna Melyna”. The other was either “Taip Jau Gavosi” or “Ten Esi Tu”. 🙂

Vytautas
Vytautas
2 months ago
Reply to  Vytautas

I just checked the PIN final and it’s “Taip Jau Gavosi” + “Melyna Melyna”. 🙂
https://www.lrt.lt/mediateka/irasas/2000140355/eurovizija-2021-lietuva-issirinko-i-roterdama-keliauja-the-roop (starting at 1:31:47)

blueeyed
blueeyed
2 months ago
Reply to  eurovision suo

I would also recommend their song “Ten esi tu”

Fatima
Fatima
2 months ago
Reply to  eurovision suo

I already bought M?lyna M?lyna on iTunes. Only 59p.

Charli Cheer Up
Charli Cheer Up
2 months ago

Good choice Lithuania. This could deliver your best ever result in ESC!

Richard
Richard
2 months ago

The right song was picked of course, and this will light up the stage (assuming there is one), it’s three minutes of joy with a slightly sinister thread running through it. 2021 is shaping up nicely.

Pastora Soler
Pastora Soler
2 months ago

We will see the reality in May. You are gonna cry as Gerbasy did for letting him go. Too good for being appreciated.

Joe
Joe
2 months ago
Reply to  Pastora Soler

Give him a year. Let the Roop do their thing and maybe he’ll be a good host act.

GrantK
GrantK
2 months ago
Reply to  Pastora Soler

Lol yeah they will cry when they are clearly going to get their best result ever at Eurovision, do shut up.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
2 months ago

Great final actually. Gebrassy, Martyna and Roop’s performances were notably improved and the result was, although a little lopsided, the correct one. Glad that Gebrassy got second in both the jury and the televote as his song definitely deserved that recognition.
At this time, I would say Lithuania are the “leader in the clubhouse” so to speak when it comes to Eurovision. It’ll take something good to beat it.

Gurl
Gurl
2 months ago

I can’t be happier after the new songs of Ukraine and Lithuania. Two spots in my top 5 are already taken.

Stephanie
2 months ago

I don’t know why, but I feel like I’m among the few who don’t get the hype over The Roop. I didn’t get it with “On Fire” last year and I certainly don’t get it now – quite a few Lithuanian fans insulted me on the official ESC Facebook page because I openly stated my opinion (one of them posted a GIF telling me to stop talking). Am I alone here? Certainly they could get Lithuania its best ever result and I wish them well, but to be honest this song doesn’t scream “winner” to me as many Eurofans seem… Read more »

Pastora Soler
Pastora Soler
2 months ago
Reply to  Stephanie

Don’t worry Stephanie. They have already created the film that with The Roop they are gonna win in May with 162626252 votes. BUT… We will see if people like this song at that level. Outside of eurofans world. I don’t think so…

Bella
Bella
2 months ago
Reply to  Stephanie

I’m with you. I really liked On Fire last year and thought it was a strong top 5 contender (I still listen to it now), but Discotheque is just… ok. If that was not coming from the band who did On Fire last year people wouldn’t even be talking about it. I still wish them the best for Eurovision in May, but don’t see any reason to get that excited.

Paysbart
Paysbart
2 months ago
Reply to  Stephanie

I didn’t liked “on fire” last year and couldn’t understand the hype. This years song I like a lot more (but doesn’t give me winner fibes)

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
2 months ago
Reply to  Stephanie

To be honest, I didn’t see Portugal winning coming at all four years ago. I didn’t even think it was going to qualify much less win. Who knows, maybe we will get a first time winner this year, but it depends on the competition.

Chris
Chris
2 months ago

I am here for the downvotes, because lately too many downvotes are given to this site. So I belong to the group of people that believes that last year’ song was far better, and you know a little bit more authentic. This year is like the group tries to marginalise as much as they can their last year’s hit. Probably they ‘ll win OGAE’s contest, because it’s obvious, fans want them winners, but I am not feeling I’m hearing the winning song of 2021. And guys/gals/nongb before you downvote, remember: everyone was upset last year’s contest didn’t take place, but… Read more »

Kalla
Kalla
2 months ago

I was a little worried for the roop, the performance didn’t carry as much wow factor as the first time. Will be interesting to see how they do at eurovision, I can’t see them winning though personally. Still a big fan of gebrasy will be listening to ‘where you’d wanna go’ for a long time I’m sure

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
2 months ago

Congratulations to The Roop, again. Hope to see them in three months.

Darren
Darren
2 months ago

Not as good as “On Fire” last year, but still a bop nonetheless and I’m glad that The Roop get to finish the job they started last year too.
Should do well.

P.S. I’m very much attracted to the lead singer of the group. He’s handsome.

DonutLover
DonutLover
2 months ago

This was less intense then watching ESC 2012 GF voting lol

Last edited 2 months ago by DonutLover
Jimmy Smit
Jimmy Smit
2 months ago
Reply to  DonutLover

Lol, nice

Denis
Denis
2 months ago

In other news: Earth is still round! Was there really any alternative?
I think this could top LT United’s result in 2006. Winner; well, I put it on the winner alert for now..

AdD
AdD
2 months ago
Reply to  Denis

Was it just me, or was the stage design and camera work remarkable? I couldn’t help but think that LRT would make for an excellent host.

Jamie
Jamie
2 months ago
Reply to  AdD

The camera work is pre-programmed to look perfect every time. PIN uses CuePilot, same software as Eurovision!

Zezinho
Zezinho
2 months ago

So happy that The Roop won. Now, I hope Karetus, the portuguese group, wins also. Go Karetus!

lasse braun
lasse braun
2 months ago

a new boss is in town!

Nicolas
Nicolas
2 months ago

I’m so shocked. Never would see that coming………….

Solo
Solo
2 months ago

Boring. Unpleasant music.

GrantK
GrantK
2 months ago
Reply to  Solo

And you have no taste clearly bye!

Joe
Joe
2 months ago

Way to go, Roop! I knew it’d win and I’m glad it did. Now I’ve got two songs fighting for #1 and the 2021 hype is officially in full effect!

Jimmy Smit
Jimmy Smit
2 months ago
Reply to  Joe

And that’s before San Marino have revealed Senhit’s banger! 🙂

Joe
Joe
2 months ago
Reply to  Jimmy Smit

I’ve braced myself. I’m unironically expecting incredible things from San Marino this year based on the videos she’s made.

Jimmy Smit
Jimmy Smit
2 months ago
Reply to  Joe

Definitely! All the work and creativity that’s gone into the FreakyTripToRotterdam should be indicative of something really good for ESC 2021.

Loin dici
Loin dici
2 months ago
Reply to  Jimmy Smit

Imagine if out of all the songs we have, San Marino could possibly be a contender!

Azaad
Azaad
2 months ago
Reply to  Loin dici

If she sings in Italian then I’ll expect great things because San Marino’s two best songs were in Italian.

Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
2 months ago
Reply to  Azaad

I’ll never forgive Eurovision viewers for letting Complice come last in the semi. That song could have won the whole thing.

Jofty
Jofty
2 months ago
Reply to  Ashton Schier

1000%

Jimmy Smit
Jimmy Smit
2 months ago
Reply to  Ashton Schier

It was harshly underrated, even if the last 30 seconds could have been Dami’d up a bit. I almost wonder if it was ahead of its time–if San Marino had entered Complice in the past few years, I imagine it would have done better.

Jimmy Smit
Jimmy Smit
2 months ago
Reply to  Loin dici

I will be unironically very pleased if it is!

I still think Freaky would have been a great outside bet to win ESC 2020 — Senhit’s home concert video was the best of the bunch.

Joe
Joe
2 months ago
Reply to  Jimmy Smit

I definitely would seriously keep San Marino in the conversation to win. I have a good feeling. Call it a hunch. Also: if you like Miodio, their guitarist is judging in Eurovision: a Second Opinion 2021!

Ben
Ben
2 months ago

First of all, I think The Roop should’ve been internally selected to begin with, but either way, I’m so happy it won the Lithuanian national final!!! Not to mention that Discoteque will do very well in Eurovision because it’s a really great song!!! Also I feel like if Gebrasy won, Lithuania wouldn’t qualify.

AdD
AdD
2 months ago
Reply to  Ben

Totally agree with your opinion on Gebrasy. On the bright side, this selection will seriously raise the bar for other entries. “Discoteque” will be a serious contender, and you can tell that since its inception , it was created not to only destroy the competition in PiN (which it easily did), but to do serious damage in Rotterdam.

Jofty
Jofty
2 months ago
Reply to  Ben

I agree there should have been an internal selection, imagine the backlash if this had gone wrong. I can’t imagine though there will be furore and outrage should Uku Suviste and The Mamas not make it out of their respective NFs. Let’s see what comes out of Iceland now!

Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
2 months ago
Reply to  Jofty

I mean, with the song he has, Uku doesn’t deserve to win eesti Laul.

Jofty
Jofty
2 months ago
Reply to  Ashton Schier

Fair dinkums but I fully expect we will be seeing him in Rotterdam

Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
2 months ago
Reply to  Jofty

unfortunately yeah

Heyey
Heyey
2 months ago

I’m incredibly happy we will have The Roop back in the game and that we don’t have to worry about whether they win PIN or not again! They truly deserve it! I hope we can just get Little Big back for 2021 so that we could have our holy trinity of 2020 (aka Daði & Gagnamagnið, The Roop & Little Big) back again.

Occy
Occy
2 months ago

The Roop with song “Blurred Lines”.

Joe
Joe
2 months ago
Reply to  Occy

On what planet does this sound ANYTHING like Blurred Lines?

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
2 months ago
Reply to  Joe

Some of the front men’s vocals do sound a bit similar to Robyn thicke, but discotheque has one major advantage over blurred lines—it’s not creepy.

Sergod Legendzarev
Sergod Legendzarev
2 months ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

But blurred lines has Emily Ratajkowski <3

blueeyed
blueeyed
2 months ago
Reply to  Joe

On the planet of deaf people obviously

Jeroen
Jeroen
2 months ago
Reply to  Occy

I had to think hard which part of Blurred Lines you meant, i guess the bridge right?
It’s too farfetched tbh

Discoteque is a great song, has lived up to the expectations and maybe even more! Top 10 finish guaranteed

GrantK
GrantK
2 months ago
Reply to  Occy

Do please clean your ears! It sounds NAFF ALL like blurred lines!

Loin dici
Loin dici
2 months ago

No surprises, but I’m still pleased Lithuanians will send something they will be proud of and will proceed to hype like the Spanish Eurofans. A good choice.

Samo
Samo
2 months ago

I’m glad we’ll see them at Eurovision, but unfortunatelly I don’t see them winning it. I love Discoteque, but it’s not the winning material like On Fire – which is a pity because they would really deserve it the last year.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
2 months ago
Reply to  Samo

Who’s the say it won’t win. I know it’s too early since we don’t have your songs, but at the very least it should reach the top five

Samo
Samo
2 months ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

I wish them the best of luck because I really love the song, but I’m not sure if it manages to capture audiences who will only hear it once. This is an earworm but the kind of earworm that needs a while to get you. On Fire was more of a love at first sight.

Paul
Paul
2 months ago

Their outfits are giving me Hi de hi vibes

Jimmy Smit
Jimmy Smit
2 months ago
Reply to  Paul

Living the Ginny Lemon fantasy!

Richard
Richard
2 months ago
Reply to  Paul

Not many will understand that reference, but now you’ve mentioned it I can’t get it out of my head, could that girl be Peggy? Now I like it even more, very funny!

Jake
Jake
2 months ago

It’s a good song and comparable to On Fire. I actually think it’s not better or worse. It gives you the same vibes. I don’t know if it’s a winner given how many artists we will have this year with quirky campy pop fast beat. But glad they had their chance to perform at Eurovision.

Sabrina
Sabrina
2 months ago

Was it the largest televote margin in the history of Eurovision and its national finals? It had to be The Roop. In my opinion, they did something very difficult, they were able to keep what made them fan favorites last year and found a way to up their game. Better concept (totally in sync with the zeitgeist, like NickC mentioned in another post), equally effective staging with remarkable aesthetics (the yellow over black and white is striking) and now there isn’t a “fire/desire” rhyme to criticize. I hope they take Lithuania to their best result ever.

Sabrina
Sabrina
2 months ago

I checked it and Rybak had 78% of the votes on his first win (against 3 opponents) and 71% on his second (he was facing just Rebecca in the final vouting this time). I’ve seen someone mentioning DoReDos on Twitter and they won with 72% of the televote competing with other 15 acts. The Roop got 86% though!

Denis
Denis
2 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

Måns Zelmerlöv had a pretty big landslide win in MF 2015. Lundvik in 2019. Not sure how big they were but they wiped out that year..

Sabrina
Sabrina
2 months ago
Reply to  Denis

Mans got 35%, very impressive for Melfest standards. I went to check the numbers for “Euphoria” and Loreen got 32. John had around 15% of the televote. But it’s true that in Sweden a landslide victory is hard to happen, since there are always 12 acts dividing the votes and famous local artists involved.

Last edited 2 months ago by Sabrina
Irishesc
Irishesc
2 months ago

I am so happy the roop won they are my winners so far let’s see what will happen between now and march…..

Kuhkatz
Kuhkatz
2 months ago

First of all, we all knew this is going to happen so no surprise at all.

But I have to say that I don‘t have the same feeling with Discotheque as it was with On Fire. Could easily break into Top 10 but right now, I have some doubts that it will fight for victory.

And as I already hoped for it last year a dance off with Dadi Freyr is still possible… 🙂

Jo.
Jo.
2 months ago

AWESOME
this will be part of my workout routine

Last edited 2 months ago by Jo.
Allen
Allen
2 months ago
Reply to  Jo.

Nice suggestion

Rottendam
Rottendam
2 months ago

Are we heading for Kaunas 2022?

Jamie
Jamie
2 months ago

Easy win for The Roop, next is Rotterdam 😉

Janet
Janet
2 months ago

No surprises whatsoever. I love discoteque and think it’ll get a top 10 place in Rotterdam. I still prefer Voila at the moment though

esc_fl
esc_fl
2 months ago

Thank you Lithuania for giving me the song on the top of my playlist!

That’s Gebrasy’s, by the way, not the Roop’s 😉

esc_fl
esc_fl
2 months ago
Reply to  esc_fl

Also, does anyone know why they spelled “discotheque” without the H? Just curious

Vytautas
Vytautas
2 months ago
Reply to  esc_fl

Correct me if I am mistaken, but Vaidotas did tell it was done on purpose to make it stand out just like the song and performance are unique.