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Lithuania: Songs submission for the national final kicks off

There weren’t a few, those who interpreted the prolonged silence of the Lithuanian public broadcaster LRT as a possible cancelation of the national final, which all the same had been announced since April 2020, and as an indication that The Roop band might be selected internally for 2021. However, a few moments ago, LRT announced the opening of the submissions process for the national final, through which the next representative is going to be chosen.

With the 2020 format to Eurovision 2021

Lithuanians are going to follow the successful concept of 2020 for the national final of 2021 as well.  The initial plan is the national process to be composed of 6 shows. The submissions deadline is on 14th of December, while the selection of the contestants will be carried out by a working committee of LRT, until 23rd of December. The songs must not last more than 3 minutes, must have been released from 1st of September 2020 and onwards and the maximum number of performers on stage must be 6.

The voting process will remain the same. 50% of the result will be determined by a professional jury and 50% by the public through televoting.

The money from the televoting process will be used for the staging of the Lithuanian entry in Eurovision 2021, as well as for the promotion of the song and the video clip.

The Roop will be direct to the final

The Roop who were the representatives of the Baltic nation in this year’s canceled contest and were one of the hot favourites to bring the the trophy to Lithuania for the first time, will have the chance to be advanced direct to the final, should they submit a song (which is very possible).

Vytautas Bikus, a creator who has competed many times in the past in Eurovision with the colours of Lithuania, will lead the team that will oversee the whole process. LRT Deputy Managing Director Gytis Oganauskas said about the new project:

Last year’s changes to the national “Eurovision” selection paid off, so there will be no major innovations in this year’s selection rules, except of the circumstances related to the pandemic.

 

Let’s take a look again at the missed chance of Lithuania to win the trophy:

Source: LRT

 

 

Lithuania: “We are the winners” was inspired by Helena Paparizou’s “My Number One”

The song “We are the winners” by LT United, with which they represented Lithuania at Eurovision Song Contest 2006 in Athens and despite the fact that it was booed by the eurofans during the live show, finished 6th in the Grand Final marking the best result for the country ever. According to Andrius Mamontovas, one of  the LT United members, they were influenced by “My Number One” of Helena Paparizou.

In the interview that he gave to Eurovoix’s Euro Trip, Andrius Mamontovas refered to his Eurovision experience and how “We Are The Winners” was born.

First it started like a joke. I called one of my colleagues and said “I have an idea for a song, it’s just a very simple song, it says “We Are The Winners”

Next, he explained how “My Number One” was an inspiration for their song:

The year before the winner was Greece with a song called My Number One and I thought this is why they won because they called their song number one.

Having this in mind, they were expecting to win in Greece:

Even if we were to take the last place, it would be even more ironic. So I thought this was a good material to go there and just have some fun.

 

You can listen to the entire interview on Spotify.

Source: Eurovoix

 

 

 

Lithuania: The Roop band signed with Warner Music Group!

Today, the music group from Lithuania moved on to a very interesting announcement. In particular, the country’s representatives in the canceled Eurovision 2020 contest, The Roop, announced through their social media account the beginning of their collaboration with one of the largest record companies in the world, the Warner Music Group.

Specifically, the lead vocalist Vaidotas Valiukeviučius commented that:

This is the result of long and purposeful work. We are happy. Once more we say all countries who feel they are too small – the music world has no borders. We want to inspire others not to let their hands down, not to forsake their creativity, keep on working, and we believe that many more talents will be discovered on a worldwide level

Source: Facebook/The Roop Band

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

Source:LRT

 

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”

Source:eurovisionworld.com

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.