Australia had a big blue box. Serbia gave us tasteful drama and Belarus brought holographic wolves. And this was just three countries out of ten that took to the stage today in the first rehearsals of the first half of semi final two here at Eurovision 2016. But who out of today’s acts – Australia, Belarus, FYR Macedonia, Ireland, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Serbia and Switzerland – had the best rehearsal for today?

You can watch our reviews of today’s first rehearsals below. Then vote in our poll. You can vote for as many countries as you like, but you can only vote one time, so make it count. Be sure to click the box next to each act you want to support before pressing submit.

FIRST REHEARSALS: MAY 4

Australia: Dami Im with “Sound Of Silence”

Belarus: Ivan with “Help You Fly”

FYR Macedonia: Kalipoi with “Dona”

Ireland: Nicky Byrne with “Sunlight”

Israel: Hovi Star with “Made Of Stars”

Latvia: Justs with “Heartbeat”

Lithuania: Donny Montell with “I’ve Been Waiting For This Night”

Poland: Michal Szpak with “Colour Of Your Life”

Serbia: Sanja Vucic ZAA with “Goodbye (Shelter)”

Switzerland: Rykka with “The Last Of Our Kind”

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gem
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gem

Goo Dami!!! the best ..

manete
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manete

Hovi, Michael, Ivan.

Jowita
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Michal Szpak has the best vokal all participants! Today I missed only fire in this performance, in the sense of visualization but it is to fine-tune! How it manages to improve it will be number one!

Brit_bit
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Brit_bit

1) Poland
2) Ukraine
3) Australia

Love to all of you guys!

Salman
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LOL

lenny77
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lenny77

Latvia ,Serbia and Poland

bella
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bella

Does anyone know who is doing well that moment in itunes?

@EugeneESCUK
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OR :- When we spoke about this last time I said the staging may elevate the song and it seems to have done the trick. I have to say I have not seen the full 3 minutes and there are today’s rehearsals to come, but it certainly seems optimistic for that qualification at this stage. Bella :- In general I agree with what you said about Australia, I don’t think it will win either, I’m going for an upbeat winner this year. To be 100% honest, I would prefer it if Australia did not win as it would deprive a… Read more »

LIZ
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LIZ

Bella – 20 or maybe 50 thousand esc fans/people cant decide for whole 200 million people. N Frans n his song has got the swag factor which normal people at home would obviously vote for and yeah i think this could win. N don’t worry , not only me but many people are gonna vote for Frans !!!

simon
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simon

Poland is awful!! so old fashion song , for me NO.
for me:
1 Israel
2 Australia
3 Serbia
4 Latvia

dan
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dan

Israel was the best yesterday, Serbia was good as well

Loo
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Loo

For me, after a lot of research, we have four potential winners left. (In no particular order) Sweden, France, Russia and Australia. I don’t think that’s how the top four will look like, because Ukraine, Armenia and some other countries will scor high as well. But one of these I mentioned has the edge to win. Still hard to predict who, though.

NL
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NL

1. Australia (Dami can win this)
2. Latvia (Simple and good)
3. Poland (Those live vocals)

Ireland, Lithuania and Israel didn’t worked for me, like the songs less now…
Its nice to see that Rykka is doing her own thing and the wall of the Belarus entry is really good. Shelter is gonna get a 15-8 place in the final, i like it. I hope Kaliopi is going to the final, but i still can’t say if the live performance is good, or not?

Loo
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Loo

@EugeneESCUK Okey I have certainly not been following this contest as long as you (I’m much younger) HAHA and with all the respect to you and your knowledge I have seen that the contest have changed a lot the last five years. Especially after 2013. I’m very young, but I have been a fan of Melfest and ESC since birth basically. My first memory of ESC was when Dana International won in 1998. I’ve been stucked with this ever since. For I have been writing about ESC a lot for a local newspaper and I have predicted the winner every… Read more »

bella
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bella

Eugene In my aspect Australia cant win this year.The song is the classic ballad we have heard many times and
it is repetitive.And I dont think that fans want Australia to win.Some like Australia some not.It seems that Amir
have more supporters than anyone else.After the second rehearsals we will know for sure who are the clear favorites.Maybe we will see some changes in top 4 in bets or maybe not.

OR
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OR

@EugeneESCUK. Hi, what u say about israel odds since hovi won yestarday?is it improve? Thanks

Vassiliki
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Mmmmm, sounds like there are some jealous bloggers on this forum regarding Australia’s song entry this year. You can try to be overly critical, judgemental, negative and even down right nasty when you go as far as demeaning Dami’s character (tsk tsk tsk) but you can’t hide the fact that this song has all the markings of being a winner. It’s contemporary, classy and sung with a lot of emotion. Dami is the human form of a nightingale who has you mesmerised from start to finish. I think it’s a case of sour grapes for some people on this forum.… Read more »

Giedre
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Giedre

Well, as I am Lithuanian, I support Donny as much as I can and I can only hope that in the next rehearsals he will improve so much that all of u who left him at the last place with only ONE point will be embarrassed. Really. Was that so bad or were u not listening to him or what? Why just ONE point?????

Hi
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Australian song its so boooring. She only sing ” sound of silence” over and over again.

@EugeneESCUK
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Loo :- Firstly I’m only on this site to give my opinion on the ESC. I’m guessing you have not come across my name before? A bit about me then…..……..I’ve been writing about ESC, analysing, reviewing, predicting and accumulating stats for very very long time. I’m told by my parents that apparently in 1967 I chose the winner……..….Sandie Shaw of the UK and I’ve been predicting ESC winners ever since. Through a lot of research over the years I have developed a scoring system that has proved to be very accurate over the years and I am known for my… Read more »

nnnaaa
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Belarus!!!!!!

Famous Look
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Famous Look

Honestly*

Famous Look
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Famous Look

Honesly I don’t like Australian song. It’s so boring and ordinary. In my opinion Polish song is the best! Michal’s voice is awesome! I think that he can win and it will be WARSAW 2017! (BTW. I want to go to Warsaw cuz it’s beautiful) The song is very touching and powerful.

Layla
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Layla

Why belarus is so low? He was amazing yesterday!

George
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George

Guys, personally I don’t like Sound of Silence, a song without anything new to offer. In my opinion the best rehearsals were of Israel and Poland. Dami may be a cute girl but her song is soo ordinary

Agata
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Agata

I can’t understand why everybody is co crazy about Australia. The song is average and leaves simply nothing inside me. I’m afraid that it’s all because its Australia, our guest, and the girl is so Asian. If for example Belarus had such a song, it would get forgotten.

bella
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bella

I wont give up.I will support my favourites to the end.i think that this year is a bit strange and unpredictable.We have some favorites
but we cannot predict exactly the winner.i think that we will see some surprises in top ten like Hungary and Norway . Cyprus can also achieve a place in top ten.

bella
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bella

Eugene, Loo im very young like you said, but I have been watching eurovision for 16 years.

Nancy.
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Nancy.

OMG Lithuania was last with 1 point in the press poll! How underrated! Their rehearsal was very good! Also Switzerland is extremely underrated! Look at those beautiful colors! I agree with this poll australia was the best! Belarus was a hot mess! Ireland was very very bad! So why so many say that these rehearsals are better than the rehearsals of the first semi final? Why the LED screens and the visuals bother you? Remember , nowadays technology is the biggest part of our lives! Why it can’t be involved at Eurovision? Do you want cheap dancing by 4 dancers… Read more »

Andy
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Andy

Australia baby! we don’t need to see more

Panda
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Panda

Hands and feet down, the best rehearsal of the day is Australia’s Sound of Silence by Dami Im

DMS
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DMS

Better semifinal this one just from the fact that the best ones are not doing stupid things in front of a LED panel. Let’s for once performe and let the natural body expressions flow on that stage.

I liked Israel just because I think nobody expected such a fantastic staging. The song is still not one of my favorites, but hey, give it some time.

Loo
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Loo

Bella don’t give up! Like Eugene says, you sound very young and also a bit naive x) Sweden might not win this year, no, but there’s still a big chance we might do it. I still believe and will believe to the bitter end that Frans will steal the moment next saturday. Just like in Melfest. Together with the home crowd that will be a magic TV moment. Don’t give up the faith, don’t give up the hope! @EugeneESCUK Shall we surrender our recent war and knock our heads together? We both seem to have followed this for quite long.… Read more »

TyffanyJade
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TyffanyJade

*Correction Semi Final 2* (not 1)

TyffanyJade
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TyffanyJade

Semi final 1 (1st half)-
Australia, Israel & Serbia no doubt will qualify but the rest I’m not sure. Ireland & Lithuania had the weakest 40secs to shine compared to the rest. The full rehearsals might be better.This is just my opinion 🙂

Sonya
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Sonya

1)Australia
2)Serbia
3)Israel
4)Poland
5)Belarus
6)Latvia

@EugeneESCUK
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Ah bella :- I feel a bit sad because you sound a bit despondent for the first time!! Why? Don’t give up NOW!! Many of us may not be so keen on the song, but that does not mean YOU have to stop believing. (But perhaps just be aware that Frans may not win.) Most of us don’t hate Frans or the song; we just prefer other songs, nothing more. The drift is not because of last year, punters are just betting on other songs and the staging and performance were not as good as expected. Chin up. I get… Read more »

Danish
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Danish

LATVIA is the winner for me. Good job Justs!

Australia and Serbia is following in the second and third position.

silvester
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silvester

Sweden continues to drift in bets because they don’t own this contest and don’t deserve to win every year only because it’s Sweden. Especially not this year, when they copied Justin Bieber and put no or very little effort in staging. Not to mention vocal abilities of their singer Frans. 😉

Frysk
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Frysk

Don’t like power balads from screaming women. Australie for me is a big NO! I recognize het talent but it is not me. But, I do like Serbia!!

bella
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bella

Loo I really like Frans and if I were sorry but most of the fans hate if I were sorry nobody seems to like that song and Sweden continues to drift in bets .She she is 6th now.Perhaps she drifts due to the fact that people dont bet much for sweden because of yhe last years win.For many fans many countries have possibilities to win except from Sweden..I dont know…I wish that they are wrong…

silvester
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silvester

Every single contestant wants to win. 😉

David Who
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David Who

Wait, Donny Montell got only ONE VOTE from the press poll?
In his interviews he keeps saying he wants to win this year. Oh dear. 🙁
Well done Hovi Star for winning that poll; it was a close top 4.

Nick
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Nick

<3 MADE OF STARS <3
LOVE IT FROM GREECE

boyan08
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boyan08

10/10: Macedonia,Serbia,Poland
9.5/10:Australia
8/10:Israel
5.5/10:Latvia,Switzerland
2/10: Belarus
0/10:Lithuiania,Ireland

I can’t wait to see Kaliopi with her dress!

Chris UK
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Chris UK

Day 3: Latvia – good song, not sure if he will wear his voice out before the day! I hope not because it is a great song and he has a strong delivery. It was a good rehearsal and staging seems effective. Poland – Michal gave a good vocal performance again. I think the staging needs to be looked at as the text across the backdrop was not necessary and PLEASE if the text is to be kept get the spelling correct. Colour in the English language has U in it! Serbia – good strong vocal again, good staging –… Read more »

Layla
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Layla

1. Macedonia/ Latvia/ Israel – they sounds the same as their audio version.
2. Serbia/ Australia – just perfect.
3. Belarus – very interesting performance. He’s live is better than before.
4. Poland – boring visualization. Besides, I know that he can sing better, but I know he was sick.
5. Lithuania – I’t not bad, but I thought it would be more vigorously.
6. Ireland – just boring.
7. Switzerland – no comment.

silvester
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silvester

Australia, Serbia, Israel and Belarus. 🙂

OR
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OR

@georgekirkas
GOOD NIGHT 🙂

georgekirkas
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georgekirkas

@OR

Thank you, I will think of it tomorrow. Good night and lots of kisses from beautiful Greece!