Welcome to XTRA Decides! In this feature the team here at ESCXTRA rank the national final songs, giving our choice of the winner. We are ranking the songs using the Eurovision style 12-1 scoring system. Today we decide our winner of Lithuania’s selection ‘Pabandom iš Naujo!‘
After the heats and semi-final, we had six songs to choose from for this national final. After giving our scores, the team has chosen The Roop with their song ‘Discoteque’ to win the competition. Check out our scores and the thoughts of some of the team below…
|The Roop – Discoteque|
12: Tom O, Aline, Maria, Angelos, Tom R, Nick, Costa, Tim, Justas, Lisa, Vincent
|Gebrasy – Where’d You Wanna Go?|
|Voldemars Petersons – Never Fall For You Again||3||94|
|Martyna Jezepčikaitė – Thank You Very Much||4||89|
|Titas & Benas – No||5||76|
|Evita Cololo – Be paslapčių||6||70|
“On Fire” was as song I really enjoyed. Eventhough we all know it’s hard to top a song that played the role of a fan favourite the year before, but I think The Roop did a really good job with “Discoteque”. I even dare to say I prefer it to “On Fire” because I started to like “Discoteque” more immediatly while “On Fire” needed to grow on me before I started to actually like it. I love the fact that The Roop sticks to their own music style. I think it would be refreshing to hear more variety in music styles during a Eurovision show rather than 20 ballads and 20 dancy pop songs. We can almost feel very confident that they will win their national final and if they do, Lithuania gets my support to reach their highest position ever in the Eurovision Song Contest. Can’t wait to learn the choreography and make a Tiktok!
Not that I was fond of ‘On Fire’, but even I knew The Roop had a challenge on their hands to outdo that. Somehow in ‘Discoteque’ they’ve surpassed all my expectations! They obviously paid attention to other entries in that viral/TikTok lane from 2020 and bringing more humour into it this time. That is evident from the cheeky knowing references to ‘On Fire’ in the choreography and how they want to move on from that time. As well as the reflective lyrics that pay respect to what we’ve gone through over the past year and how we had to learn how to party alone virtually. Yet also there’s an optimism for when we can get back to the dance floor together again. Hopefully sooner rather than later for this imaginative bop that takes us through the decades of Funk, Disco and House music styles. Also, yes, I can do the Spock hand trick too!
Ohhhhh yes! I must say I really enjoy “Discoteque”. It’s not the quirky fun that was “On Fire”, but it’s… quirky and fun in a whole new way and on a different level. This one has managed to get stuck in my head. There are days where I wish I could make it stop, but I can’t. I’m not one to break out into song and dance, but this may just almost do it. The Roop had set the bar insanely high for themselves after 2020, but it’s fair to say: They easily broke their own record here. If Lithuania pick it: Well done! If Lithuania don’t pick it: Shame. On. You.
Tom O (12pts)
The Lithuanian final is competivitive but it does still feel like The Roop versus everyone else. This plays very much as a sequel to ‘On Fire’, and you can see how it refers back to it. I think the song for me just about surpasses ‘On Fire’, it’s got the same catchy unique elements. Singer Vaidotas provides a memorable performance again with his expressions and moves – there’s definitely some viral potential there from the choreography.
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