Lithuania: By April 1st they will decide for Eurovision 2021

Lithuania’s Public Television (LRT), through its Deputy General Manager, Gytis Oganauskas, has announced that it will announce its intentions for Eurovision 2021 by 1st of April.

Already The Roop, one of the big favorites of this year’s competition with “On Fire”, had announced that they would like to compete in the next contest, not all of the artists selected this year and not finally competing, since Eurovision 2020 due to the crown. canceled. Indeed, their desire was to perform the same song. But the EBU, in its announcement yesterday, made it clear that this year’s songs cannot compete in 2021, as the September 1 regulation is also valid for the time being.

Lithuania’s public television is now called upon to decide whether The Roop will represent it in another song in 2021 or whether they will host their national final again.

Let’s enjoy “On Fire” once again, which would be Lithuania’s participation in this year’s competition:

Source: LRT


Lithuania: “On Fire” on the streets of the country because of the coronavirus

In recent days, the entire planet has remained in quarantine due to the rapid spread of the new coronavirus, COVID-19, as both outbreaks and deaths are increasing steadily.

Following the example of many inhabitants around the globe, Lithuanians in the country’s capital, Vilnius, came out to their balconies applauding the doctors fighting against this deadly virus.

An Lithuanian resident in Vilnius rushed by the Italians who tried to recover some courage because of the pandemic that has ravaged the planet, singing “Fai Rumore”, this year’s Italian participation in Eurovision, did the same with their country’s entry .

Resident Simonas Indrašius said of his initiative:

“I thought, why not try to entertain the nation a little? I have seen similar actions on the planet where people applaud doctors around the world from their balconies”

He even relayed the move via live streaming on Facebook:

Taip, gera turėti tokius kaimynus!!!Ačiū, Simonas Indrašius!

Posted by Odeta Dubraitė on Tuesday, March 17, 2020



Lithuania: Roop will not travel to the Netherlands for postcard filming

The coronavirus pandemic puts a stop to the travel plans of Lithuanian representatives. Roop, one of Eurovision’s big favorites this year, canceled their pre-parties and postcard shootings!

That means they will not be performing at the London Eurovision Party on March 29 and at the Eurovision in Concert in Amsterdam on April 4. Thus, the two big parties will be held without the presence of The Roop. Of course, they hope that the situation will have been  improved by the end of April so that they can participate regularly in Rotterdam in May!

The Baltic Sea has taken various measures in the fight against coronavirus. Among other things, schools and universities and public services have been closed to prevent further spread of the virus.

They do not travel for postcard shooting

At the same time, the band decided not to travel to the Netherlands for postcard filming this weekend. This adds another headache to the organizers, who are called upon to manage a very unfavorable situation.

As The Roop singer Vaidotas Valiukevičius explains:

“We do not want to endanger our health or public health. We will follow the government’s recommendations to avoid traveling abroad. We believe that prevention is the key to getting everyone back to normal”

The band’s guitarist, Mantas Banišauskas, features:

“The world must be very united right now. Now is not a time of war, but a period of concentration. We look forward to meeting everyone in May in Rotterdam and want to spread the good dance virus of On Fire to the world”

For his part, the head of the Lithuanian delegation, Audrius Giržadas, sees this decision as the only reasonable choice in this emergency:

“It is regrettable that we have to delay the planned trip of our delegates. But such a decision is the only right step in this case. When dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, we must be responsible and avoid as much as possible the external dangers and visits”

Lithuania: The Roop dethroned Netta from YouTube top

Confirming their potential since their appearance as Lithuania’s representatives, The Roop has accomplished in just a few days something very important in the forerunner of this year’s contest. In the video posted on the official YouTube channel of the contest, “On Fire” topped the channel’s monthly views! Not a simple achievement, considering that for two years the top was Netta’s affair! Every month, on every top, for two consecutive years, “Toy” was first on the Eurovision channel. After two years where no song has managed to topple it, The Roop in just two weeks has reversed the current situation.

This year’s top ten entries also include:

Norway – Ulrikke – Attention (10th place)
Ukraine – Go_A – Solovey (9th place)
Australia – Montaigne – Don’t Break Me (7th place)
United Kingdom – James Newman – My Last Breath (5th place)
Poland – Alicja Szemplińska – Empires (3rd place)

In addition to these 6 entries for this year’s Eurovision Top Ten, both outgoing winners and two outgoing finalists:

Cyprus – Eleni Fouriera – Fuego (8th place)
Italy – Mahmood – Soldi (6th place)
Netherlands – Duncan Laurence – Arcade (4th place)
Israel – Netta – Toy (2nd place).

Lithuania: 60 songs submitted|The dates and presenters of Eurovizijos Atranka 2020

Lithuania’s public broadcaster has decided to make several changes, notably shortening the duration of Eurovizijos Atranka 2020, the country’s national final for Eurovision. Every Saturday from 11 January until 15 February, we will be watching the efforts of artists who will attempt to bring Lithuania its first Eurovision contest victory.

36 songs will compete at Eurovizijos Atranka 2020

60 songs have been submitted to Lithuanian public television for Eurovision 2020. Of these, a panel has selected the 36 best which will participate in Eurovizijos Atranka 2020. The structure of the national selection has not been announced so far. How many qualifiers and semifinals will we have?

What we do know, however, is that Eurovizijos Atranka 2020 will consist of six shows, with the last of course final, on 15 February. So it is possible to have four qualifiers, one semifinal and one final.

But we also know the presenters. For the second consecutive year, Eurovizijos Atranka 2020 will be presented by Gabrielė Martirosian and Giedrius Masalskis. But Ieva Zasimauskaitė, who in 2018 represented Lithuania with When We Great Old, taking the twelfth position,will join them . Ieva will be the presenter of the Green Room.

With changes to Eurovizijos Atranka 2020

In addition to the shorter duration of Eurovizijos Atranka 2020, Lithuanian public television has made other changes to its national selection show. The jury will not be in another studio nor judge the songs, just comment in general. Also, the results of the televoting during the show will only be seen at the end.

Also, each artist could submit a single song. Lithuanian public television has pledged to raise funds to finance its participation in Rotterdam.

This year, in Tel Aviv, Lithuania, Jurijus represented the country with “Run With The Lions”, winning 11th place in the second semifinals, failing to qualify.