Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam has began and the First Semi-Final takes place on May 18th at 21:00 CEST. Representatives from the Baltics in this year’s contest are Uku Suviste for Estonia with “The Lucky One”, Latvian artist Samanta Tīna with “The Moon Is Rising” and “The Roop” from Lithuania with their song “Discoteque” who also are the VERY FIRST performers of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.
Find out more about the artists representing Baltic countries in the Eurovision Song Contest this year.
Uku Suviste – the multi-talented Estonian is a singer, pianist, composer and music producer. The entertainment industry flows through the performer’s veins as his father is a TV producer and his mother a classically trained singer.
Uku Suviste is no stranger to festivals, singing competitions, television shows and productions as he has participated in many, locally and internationally, gaining recognition and delivering memorable performances. He studied Singing and Contemporary Writing & Production at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Massachusetts, USA, making the Dean’s List every semester. In 2011, he became a patron of UNICEF Estonia, and in 2012, he produced a song in collaboration with the Estonian Ministry of Defence & Defence Forces called Võitmatu (Invincible), dedicated to all the Estonian soldiers who had served in Afghanistan.
More recently, in 2018, Uku set his sights on international success and took part in The Voice of Russia, landing himself on the team of Ukrainian Eurovision icon Ani Lorak, and making it all the way to the semi-finals. The following year Uku competed in Eesti Laul (Estonia’s national selection show), taking the silver medal with “Pretty Little Liar”, before returning to win the contest in 2020 with “What Love Is“.
This year he represents Estonia with “The Lucky One”.
Samanta Tīna – Latvian singer and composer with a powerful vocal range making her a strong competitor in singing competitions. Samanta won a local TV show that allowed her to attend a music school in London in 2010. In 2012 she was runner up in Slavianski Bazaar in Belarus, and in 2014 she finished in the top 8 of the Lithuanian series of The Voice. In 2016 Samanta was among participants of the international contest of popular music New Wave. Samanta describes her voice as a god-given talent that needs to be heard on the big stage and once you’ve heard her sing, you will agree.
For Samanta taking part in the Eurovision Song Contest is a dream come true – and she’s probably the only ever participant to have written a diploma paper analysing the Eurovision selection process in Latvia and Lithuania. She has competed in the Latvian Eurovision selection process no less than six times, finishing second twice (in 2012 and 2013). She also tried to represent her second home, Lithuania, on two occasions in 2015 and 2017. There have been few other Eurovision acts throughout the years with this level of commitment to their goal. In 2020 Samanta finally triumphed in Latvia’s selection show with the song “Still Breathing“, winning the opportunity to represent her nation at the Eurovision Song Contest. Given the number of previous attempts she’d made to compete, the Latvian delegation invited her back unconditionally after the cancellation of last May’s competition.
About her Eurovision song “The Moon Is Rising” the artist says “This song is about powerful and admirable women, about every single one of us. I invite women to not be afraid of ourselves and of being different. My song encourages women to make a crown with their own hands and put it on the head to be the ruler of life. To love and believe in ourselves. Then we will be loved by the people around us.”
The Roop – a Lithuanian pop/rock crossover band from Vilnius, with a distinctive party vibe and an eye for an iconic dance move or two. The Lithuanian trio have appeared in all of the largest Lithuania’s music festivals as well as across the world. Their debut single “Be Mine” was released in 2014, but the artists each have long histories in other music projects. Their musical style is described as a mix of rock, pop-rock, soft-rock, dance-rock, indie and pop, and their live shows are characterized as lively, honest and having a strong relationship with the audience. The band took their name from an archaic English term “to roop” which means “to shout out” or “to make a great noise”.
Their music has been played in different countries all around the globe and after their successful appearance in the 2018 Lithuanian national Eurovision selection, The Roop was frequently asked about participating again. So, in 2020 they did and brought us “On Fire”, which stood for being in the state of excitement, feeling passionate, engaged and full of energy.
This year’s Eurovision song “Discoteque” the band describes as a tool to liberate and express feelings that are kept deep inside of our hearts and it comes together with an energetic dance which can allow you to escape and let loose. The Roop’s frontman Vaidotas says ““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.”
The song also broke Lithuania’s YouTube record for most views within 24 hours and dominates the country’s digital and airplay charts.
The First Semi-Final airs on Tuesday 18th of May at 21:00 CEST (22:00 UTC + 3:00). Lithuanian representatives “The Roop” are the first ones to take the stage in the First Semi-Finals!
The Second Semi-Final will take place on Thursday 20th of May, 21:00 CEST (22:00 UTC + 3:00). Here Estonia’s representative Uku Suviste will be the second to perform and Latvia’s Samanta Tīna – the fifteenth.
The Grand Final will take place on Saturday, May 22nd, 21:00 CEST (22:00 UTC + 3:00).