Croatia’s Nina slipped into a structured Japanese gown. The Netherlands’ Douwe Bob stood on a clock. And Russia’s Sergey Lazarev scaled an LED wall. And they were just three of the nine acts who had their first rehearsals at Eurovision 2016 on Monday. We asked you who had the best rehearsal. After counting 5,622 votes, we can now reveal that our readers think Armenia’s Iveta Mukuchyan won the day. As you can tell from our reaction video, we totally agree!

The spoken introduction starts in darkness and then the music comes, with Iveta channeling Moulin Rouge. The lights flash to red during the sonic boom, while the LED’s and pyrotechnics explode on stage. During an instrumental section, more Ivetas — or rather holograms of her — emerge from the darkness adding even more fabulosity. The only thing better than one Iveta Mukuchyan is five or six…

Russia’s Sergey, who climbed — and fell — from his LED wall, received 923 votes, while Douwe Bob and his big clock also won a lot of positive feedback and a total of 678 votes.

Best Rehearsal: May 2 – Full Results

  1. Armenia: Iveta Mukuchyan “LoveWave” (2,015 votes, 36%)
  2. Russia: Sergey Lazarev “You Are The Only One” (923 votes, 16%)
  3. Netherlands: Douwe Bob “Slow Down” (678 votes, 12%)
  4. Greece: Argo “Utopian Land” (573 votes, 10%)
  5. Croatia: Nina Kraljic “Lighthouse” (514 votes, 9%)
  6. Hungary: Freddie “Pioneer” (454 votes, 8%)
  7. Moldova: Lidia Isac “Falling Stars” (174 votes, 3%)
  8. San Marino: Serhat “I Didn’t Know” (154 votes, 3%)
  9. Finland: Sandhja “Sing It Away” (138 votes, 2%)

So what do you think? Can Iveta go on and win? Let us know below…

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Albert
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A LOVE YOU ARMENIA

Norayr
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Ivetta Mukuchyan has the most original song,fabulous appearance ,strong voice and perfect performance and she has all chances to become the winner of ESC 2016.

Redfox
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Redfox

haha I think you all might be wrong. People are conservative, I bet Moldova will be in the final, Netherlands and Estonia. But not Croatia – she is kinda unappealing and people are shallow. there may be surprises. Who I want to qualify: Cyprus (rock entry makes the contest more bearable) Bosnia & Herzegovina (I kinda started to like their confidence) The Netherlands (liked it from the beginning) Estonia (my own country, so obviously, plus it is the best) San Marino (cause seriously, a final without any puns or gags? what…) Czechia ( she can sing. the song is boring)… Read more »

karminowe.usta
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karminowe.usta

In my opinion in grand final would be Russia (it`s my favourite song), Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hungary, Greece, The Netherlands, Iceland, Croatia, Austria, Croatia and Malta.

Ern
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Ern

Regarding Greece 2011 vs. Greece 2016 — Loukas Yiorkas & Stereo Mike were MUCH, MUCH better than Argo. Firstly, Loukas was gorgeous to look at, whereas the Argo singers are just normal looking. Second, Loukas has this incredible voice, and he delivered a very powerful live performance. To be honest, he probably delivered the best male vocal performance of the night (even better than the French opera singer, who flopped). Can Argo sing as well as Loukas? No! Thirdly, the dancers in 2011 were very energetic, and the fire shooting out from the stage made the whole thing seen quite… Read more »

Charles
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Charles

@Escfan16: Let me put it in a way that may be clear to you … #aintnobodygottimeforgreece #aintnobodygottimeforireland #ionlyhavetimeformusic 🙂

Kamila
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My top 18 semi final 1 1 Armenia 2 Czech Ripublic 3 Austria 4 Malta 5 Hungary 6 The Netherlands 7 Azeebaijan 8 Cyprus 9 Russia 10 Iceland/ 11 Greece 12 Croatia 13 Estonia 14 Moldova 15 Finland 16 Bosnia & Herzegovina 17 San Marino 18 Montenegro

Escfan16
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Escfan16

@Charles
Haha you will hate it if Greece qualifies again, wont you?
Stay pressed while watching Ireland staying in the semi… again.

Laura
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Laura

Just can’t wait to see more tomorrow. I’m in love with Iveta’s song after her live performance in Moscow. It is 10000 times better! She has everything to be in top3! Great song and voice, amazing staging and look. And also she said that her outfit will be smth like that and she weared it just for the first rehearsal.

Trondheim
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Trondheim

Believe when I say this 1st semifinal is WEAK.

I can’t see none of these reaching the top 5, bar Russia, purely of geopolitical reasons.

Semi 2 hides the strongest competition in my view and then maybe we could find some other(s) top 5 finisher in the Big 5 too.

ESCArgy
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ESCArgy

@Charles

I agree on both comments of yours.

Charles
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Charles

@ESCArgy: Despite how many times you rehearse something, if the final product of what you’re performing is just bad from the start, forget about it. I am sorry but there is no LED or circus trick that save you from the bad quality of the song. However sadly in Eurovision people prefer to listen with their eyes …

Charles
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Charles

Who is paying to have that awful amateurish Greek entry in the final? What is this annual obsession with having Greece every single f***** year in the final? With great songs or terrible ones it’s the same damn thing: people drive poor Greece to the final like a baby in his troll. Is it about the free alcohol? Is it about the jumping trampoline? Is it about Sakis Rouvas seducing guys with his inability to sing while jumping and dancing recklessly? This is pathetic. Certain countries have gained an “invisible status of always being in the final” because, God know… Read more »

Daniel
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Daniel

Armenia is a winner…

ESCArgy
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ESCArgy

Iveta slays the pack! The Netherlands is way too overrated, I don’t see anything special in his song and performance. Also, I didn’t really like Greece’s rehearsal either. Finland and Moldova are underrated, they both had very good rehearsals.

George
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George

Ok, I really dislike the Armenian entry she is just screaming. I personally cannot understand how it is considered to do so well!

karminowe.usta
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karminowe.usta

I don`t like Iveta`s song. Her song is screaming and her dress is strange but I know Armenia would be a great final. Performance is interesting (lights and pyrotechnic).

Fransman
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Fransman

1. Armenia – Final
2. Russia – Final
3. Netherlands – Final
4. Hungary – Final
5. Greece – Final
6. Finland – No Final
7. Croatia – Final
8. Moldova – No Final
9. San Marino – No Final

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esc 2016

@ESC84

I am impressed that you know Glykeria….
Nevertheless it dont seem to me similar…it doesnt matter it is just an opinion

oooops
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oooops

The backing singers did drown Serhat, so 8th place is overrated, Finland is behind?

MrBrightside
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MrBrightside

OMFG let Iveta perform in this outfit in her semifinal *-*

ESC84
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ESC84

@esc 2016
I dislike this song because Utopia Land is so much alike this old Greek song..
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Z3Tqt4pUoo

esc 2016
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esc 2016

@ESC84

Well,Greek song and in 2011 and now have greek elements….nevertheless they are very different…personally I like this entry more!The pontiak music gives a fresh air in the song and in ESC….Also the perfomance make it amazing!!
Moreover its something new and we dont have to hate something only because its different and new….

ESC84
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ESC84

I don’ t really like Greece entry this year.. If it’s about Greek music element I prefer something like 2011 Greek entry — Watch My Dance (Greece)