The year 2020 could have been a historic year for Lithuania. Would The ROOP finally have surpassed LT United as the most successful Lithuanian Eurovision entry? We will never know.
In today’s episode we look at Lithuania in 2021. For a full review of their potential entry for 2020, check out this article on our partner website Eurovision Union. Check out our thoughts for next year below.
Key takeaways: fun song, epic dance routine
This is a tricky one. Yes, The Roop is popular in Lithuania now and high in the odds with the bookmakers. But beware: this is the case with their song ‘On Fire’ and that epic dance routine. The ROOP have taken part in the Lithuanian preselection before and not always delivered the goods. Rather then simply selecting the same band, LRT needs to make sure they have another fun song with the same potential in 2021.
How to shape Lithuania’s Eurovision preselection in 2021?
Lithuania have already announced that they will keep their long preselection format. While dreaded by many Eurovision fans, it has become quite popular within the country itself.
However, if Lithuania really wants to top its 2006 result, the current format is not cutting it. It strongly favors the more “safe” entries, and while improving on its poor qualification record, this makes it more difficult to take risks. Perhaps a format like in Norway, in which established artists can move straight to the Grand Final, would work for Lithuania as well. In any case, competing with more than one song such as Monika Marija did in 2019, should be ruled out.
Note: The ROOP has been offered a ticket for the 2021 preselection, but they are still thinking about whether they should compete again.
This was supposed to be Lithuania’s Eurovision 2020 entry
About “Next Up: Eurovision 2021”
In our series Next Up: 2021, we look ahead to the Eurovision Song Contest 2021. After the cancellation of Eurovision 2020, all participating countries now face the choice: Stick with their Eurovision singer, or come up with a new preselection or internal selection.
We make an analysis based on what we know so far. What will this country do, or most likely do? And is that the wise choice, looking at the fact that the Eurovision Song Contest remains a music competition?