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The Roop will represent Lithuania at Eurovision 2021 in Rotterdam

THE ROOP’s “Discoteque” picked to represent Lithuania at Eurovision 2021. With 12 points from both the jury and televoters, band triumphed in Lithuania’s national final for a second time. THE ROOP have set a new record in Lithuania for the number of televotes (74 k).

THE ROOP’s leader Vaidotas said: “It’s a bit of a déjà vu. I want to thank everyone who voted, the jury and the audience. We’re thankful and we will definitely continue to carry the Lithuanian flag.”

The Lithuanian band has become a global phenomenon, after releasing “Discoteque” a week ago. The track has amassed over 2.8 million views on YouTube, breaking the country’s YouTube record for most views within 24 hours. THE ROOP is Warner Music Baltics first Lithuanian signing and one of Lithuania’s most-streamed artists of 2020.

The song also dominates Lithuanian digital and airplay charts – “Discoteque” for the second week in a row is #1 in Lithuanian digital and airplay charts. THE ROOP also set a new Lithuanian streaming record on Spotify – the single became most streamed song in one week in Lithuania.

Last week THE ROOP launched the official “Discoteque” TikTok challenge #theroopchallenge.

Just after the release excited reactions have been pouring in from all over the world. The song now has over 300 reaction videos on YouTube. THE ROOP were also widely applauded by local and international media. According to the Brand Lithuania, the news of the song reached over 57 M people.

The band who were fan favourites to win the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 with their song “On Fire” have been invited back to compete straight in the Lithuanian National Eurovision selection “Pabandom is naujo!” final show this year.

Official music video was inspired by 80s styles and movies “Alice in Wonderland”, “Twin Peaks” – directed by award-winning director Saulius Baradinskas is available for viewing via YouTube HERE.

The song comes together with an energetic dance which can allow you to escape and let loose. Some of the moves of the dance was inspired by legendary Lithuanian basketball player Arvydas Sabonis.

The band describes the new song as a tool to liberate and express feelings that are kept deep inside of our hearts.

THE ROOP’s leader Vaidotas says: “The new song “Discoteque” talks about personal inner liberation. Rather often we say that we are free and that we live in a free world. But most of our restraints come from the inside. So, this song and movement aims liberate our minds, which contains too much self-criticism, fear of appearing different, reluctance to accept your body, even limiting your attractiveness.”

With “On Fire” THE ROOP went on to win Eurovision 2020 – Das Deutsche Finale, the German alternative TV final which aired after the overall competition was cancelled.

The band was one of the most streamed Lithuanian artists in 2020. “On Fire” soon will surpass 6 million streams on Spotify, official music video on YouTube was watched over 9 million times. This year the band got five Lithuanian Music Awards M.A.M.A. nominations. Few weeks ago THE ROOP also won prestigious Ambassador of the Year award at Lithuanian National Radio and Television award ceremony.

Image credit: Edvard Blazevic/LRT