Lithuanian broadcaster LRT have announced that they will decide on their selection process for Eurovision 2021 by 1st April 2020. This announcement comes after the EBU confirmed that the 2020 entries would “not be eligible to compete” in 2021.
The Roop were set to represent Lithuania at the 2020 contest with “On Fire”. Deputy Director General for LRT, Gytis Oganauskas, will make a decision on whether to send The Roop again, or use a different selection for the 2021 contest.
The Roop hoping to return
The Roop’s lead singer, Vaidotas Valiukevičius, was talking on the LRT radio show, “Music Week”, on Thursday. He talked about the cancellation of the contest, and how all the acts should return next year.
I think at least the performers should be the same. That would be respectable. They won selections, struggled and made investments.– Vaidotas Valiukevičius, lead singer of The Roop
The group will still continue to work on and promote “On Fire”, despite the contest being cancelled.
We are thinking about how to popularise Lithuania and our song, which has just started with small steps on foreign radio stations. It is our desire to continue to spread that song, to promote it, to see it, to hear as much of the world as possible. The song can also be promoted without Eurovision.– Vaidotas Valiukevičius, lead singer of The Roop
Even before the cancellation of the contest, The Roop had announced they would not take part in any pre-parties. This was amid fears of the coronavirus pandemic and travel restrictions across Europe.
The group were set to represent Lithuania at Eurovision 2020 in Rotterdam, with the song “On Fire”, after winning Pabandom iš naujo! – Lithuania’s national final for Eurovision.
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