Lithuania’s The Roop have taken to the stage inside Ahoy Rotterdam for their first rehearsal of Eurovision 2021. They’re wearing their signature yellow looks. But will they shine bright at Eurovision 2021? Let’s see….
Lithuania’s The Roop “Discoteque” — Eurovision 2021 first rehearsal
William: This is how you amp it up. The Roop have taken the key elements from their stage show in Lithuania and pumped it up with steroids. The yellow outfits remain, but now they’re set against a more glorious backdrop dominated by shades of purple. At times we see a subtle clock image and at times it becomes a race car flag — it’s black and white checkerboard like the floor in their music video. The choreography seems tighter and more slick, even while retaining the quirkiness that makes it so special. At times they seem like they’ve been electrocuted with jarring, frenetic movements (potentially triggered by the LED lightning bolt on the screen). This ends with a solid party vibe. The camera looks up from the floor and Vaidotas extends his hand, so it’s like he’s taking a group selfie. In short, this is a perfect opener for Eurovision — it’s feel-good, eye-catching and memorable. Our boys are going through!
Oliver: This is brilliant. The stage this year is massive, but The Roop fill every inch with pure joy. There are many elements lifted directly from Pabandom iš Naujo! where we saw “Discoteque” for the first time. And that’s okay. If something isn’t broken, why try to fix it? Of course, there were a couple of teething issues — at one point, Vaidotas yelled “where’s my spot?” as he tried to find his positioning during the chorus. But if he hadn’t said it, you wouldn’t know anything was wrong. The whole group executed their choreography perfectly, and make full use of their three minute audience to captivate the audience. It’s hard to imagine a timeline in which Lithuania doesn’t qualify for the grand final.
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