Malta ditched the projection dress, Bosnia and Herzegovina slipped into robotic costumes and Iceland went back to their original staging from the country’s national selection. And that was just three countries out of the eighteen that took to the stage today for their second rehearsals of the first semi final. But who of today’s acts — Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, The Netherlands, Russia, San Marino — had the best rehearsal?

You can watch our reviews of today’s second 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.

SECOND REHEARSALS: MAY 6

ARMENIA: IVETA MUKUCHYAN WITH “LOVEWAVE”

AUSTRIA: ZOË WITH “LOIN D’ICI”

AZERBAIJAN: SAMRA WITH “MIRACLE”

BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA: DEEN & DALAL FT. ANA RUCNER & JALA WITH “LJUBAV JE”

CROATIA: NINA KRAJLIC WITH “LIGHTHOUSE”

CYPRUS: MINUS ONE WITH “ALTER EGO”

CZECH REPUBLIC: GABRIELA GUNCIKOVA WITH “I STAND”

ESTONIA: JÜRI POOTSMANN WITH “PLAY”

FINLAND: SANDHJA WITH “SING IT AWAY”

GREECE: ARGO WITH “UTOPIAN LAND”

HUNGARY: FREDDIE WITH “PIONEER”

ICELAND: GRETA SALÓME WITH “HEAR THEM CALLING”

MALTA: IRA LOSCO WITH “WALK ON WATER”

MOLDOVA: LIDIA ISAC WITH “FALLING STARS”

MONTENEGRO: HIGHWAY WITH “THE REAL THING”

THE NETHERLANDS: DOUWE BOB WITH “SLOW DOWN”

RUSSIA: SERGEY LAZAREV WITH “YOU ARE THE ONLY ONE”

SAN MARINO: SERHAT WITH “I DIDN’T KNOW”

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Diane
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Diane

Queen Ira Losco! <3

lana
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lana

Armenia,France,Bosnia and Herzegovina

FoxyT
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FoxyT

What’s so special about Armenia?? Why is everyone praising this performance. Yes, she’s a cute, hardly dressed girl. And..? Where is anything to make this performance special??? She could stand there in lingerie and not to sing at all. Would be the same.

Ian, London
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Ian, London

Czech Republic Extra Quality !!! Winner.

Bianka
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Bianka

Ar Me NI Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa love love love

Gayane
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Gayane

Armenia.. beautiful voice

Suzan
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Suzan

Armenia is the best. She is amazing

Marianna
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Marianna

ARMENIA

Syuzanna
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The queen of Armeniaa Ivetaa We Armenians believe that the victory is in our hands.

Thanos.asp
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Thanos.asp

Greece will make it to the final!

Annie
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Annie

The best rehearsal – Armenia !!!!!!!!!!!

Alvaro
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Alvaro

And Spain? Barei has also rehearsed on May 6th!!!!

Athanasios Papatsanis
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Athanasios Papatsanis

Greece, Armenia, Russia, Czech Republic, Malta, Croatia, Cyprus, Hungary, Azerbaijan, Austria. Kisses from Greece and Good luck all the countries!

Nicky91
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Nicky91

1. Malta ( vocally it was already good, but I prefer this dress above that awful coat)

2. Armenia ( stunning looking girl and a really good voice)

3. Cyprus ( I really love this song)

4. Czech Republic ( Gabriela Slayed big time)

5. Iceland ( Greta is a good singer and the song is catchy)

this is my top 5

@EugeneESCUK
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Davve :- Yes I agree I’ve noticed the same thing. The iTunes charts are very active and volatile and change frequently but I’m not sure how often the people at Esctracker update the chart during the day. The winner of the ESC is determined by the best “package” these days, it is not necessarily the biggest selling song prior to the ESC final. Last year Il Volo was not a best-selling song and was about 5th in the iTunes charts yet it won the televote and came 3rd. In my view that was because of weaker staging than Sweden and… Read more »

SpirK
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SpirK

My prediction after the second rehearsals :
1. Armenia
2. Russia
3. Iceland
4. Malta
5. Czech Republic
6. Greece
7. Hungary
8. Bosnia and Herzegovina
9. The Netherlands
10. Cyprus
11. Azerbaijan
12. Estonia
13. Austria
14. Croatia
15. Moldova
16. Finland
17. Montenegro
18. San Marino
Numbers from 5 to 14 were really hard to write, I think it’s gonna be a blood bath with some shockers and some surprise qualifiers. Even Malta and Iceland are not surefire qualifiers, not totally convincing. Last year I had 19/20 on the semis, I think this year it will be really hard to maintain it!

@galstian
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My favourite Top 5
1. Armenia
2. Armenia
3. Armenia
4. Armenia
5. Armenia

Janus
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Armenia and Czech Republic.

esc 2016
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esc 2016

Everyone can agree with me in that (regardless if is fun of Sergey or not)

When Sergey stop to do mooves in the box and came up of it…then the song seem to be a mediocare one….

Some American Fan
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Some American Fan

If I have to rank them, it’s this:
1. Czech Rep.
2. Armenia
3. Russia (love the song, but the staging lacks heart)
4. Iceland
5. Austria
6. Cyprus
7. Malta
8. Hungary
9. Greece (my shock qualifier)
10. Bosnia
———-
11. Estonia
12. Netherlands
13. Croatia (biggest disappointment, I also think the Balkans will stand behind Bosnia’s entry instead)
14. Moldova (better than expected but not a qualifier)
15. San Marino (awesomely bad)
16. Montenegro
17. Azerbaijan (overrated and gosh, my ears are still recovering)
18. Finland

davve
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davve

This so called esctracker is poorly updated to say the least.

Peyton
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Peyton

Armenia and Czech Republic!!

silvester
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silvester

Armenia and Russia. 🙂

Zagreb2017
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Zagreb2017

Croatia the best 😀

@EugeneESCUK
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Davve :-
Just for you…….

http://esctracker.com/

This will make the French supporters happy at least.

This iTunes chart has not really kicked off yet, from Monday onwards it will go crazy. A warning though, this chart can change rapidly by the minute even.

Bella :-
As always you are entitled to your opinion.

Darren
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Darren

After the second rehearsal, my semi 1 qualifiers are:

1. Russia (was happening anyway)
2. Czech Republic (deserve top spot)
3. Armenia (Growing on me)
4. Iceland
5. Malta
6. Croatia
7. The Netherlands
8. Azerbaijan (undeserved, but it’s Azerbaijan)
9. Hungary
10. Fight between Greece, Austria and Estonia for the final spot, with probably Greece making it to the final – because it’s Greece.

davve
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davve

May i remind everyone that Russias song that everyone claims are so great.. still has not charted anywhere..

while swedens song has charted in several countries after melodifestivalen..

just saying

Anton
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Anton

I don’t see nothing similar to last winner in Russia song or staging. It’s totally different, so Eugene is right.

Richard
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Richard

Czech Republic wow

Milla
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Milla

Eugene.. I’m not sure if the juries will go for a similar type of performance like last years winner. And the song is not that current.

Anton
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Anton

No. I hate the idea that imperialistic USA is dominating the whole world.

xsandyx
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xsandyx

1. Armenia
2. Croatia
3. Czech Republic
4. Russia
5. Malta
6. Hungary
7. Iceland
8. Estonia
9. Greece
10. Austria

Charles
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Charles

@Anton: You really love the idea of communist Russia or should I say URSS dominating the whole world, don’t you?

karminowe.usta
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karminowe.usta

In my opinion Russia was the best but Sergey`s performance must be worked because it is so dark.

Crstu
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Crstu

Hungary, Czech Republic,Iceland, Netherlands,Armenia,Russia was great

bzb
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bzb

Malia

Croatia is Slovakia 2010.

Croatia wili stay in semi this year.

bzb
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bzb

Best rehearsals today Armenia, Czech
Worst rehersals today Croatia, San Marino, Spain and favorite for win France.

Hosrh
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Hosrh

@Wiwibloggs :Did you know that Gabriela Yordanova(Bulgaria JESC 2015) covered Jamala’s 1944

Allen
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Allen

Armenia, Czech Republic

@EugeneESCUK
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I have been scoring all 18 songs today based on the jury criteria :-

My Top 3 is as follows with my scores:-

1st Russia 9/10
2nd Czech Republic 8/10
3rd Armenia 7/10

There does not appear to be a press Poll on Day 5 but these were the Top 3 based on the Press Poll for Days 1 and 2 :-

1st Czech Republic 110
2nd Armenia 92
3rd Russia 90

Debeilor
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Debeilor

So many pretty girls and boys, Nina really stands out as a unique one

Jack Silver
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Jack Silver

Armenia,Malta,Czech Republic

ESC 2016 !!
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ESC 2016 !!

Czesh Republic and Azerbaijan were really good today..
I think the Top 3 will be also Russia, Czesh Republic and Azerbaijan in this Semfinal

Tim
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Tim

Austria, Czech Republic and the Netherlands

power b.
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power b.

Russia *drops the mic*

esc2016
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esc2016

Yeaahh Greece is in the final!!

Bango
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Bango

Czech Republic and Armenia 🙂

Michaela
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Michaela

Czech Republic – She has a GREAT vocals and her stage was – Wow! 🙂

Bouke
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Bouke

Czech of course 🙂 <3

Daniel E.
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Daniel E.

Armenia, Czech Republic, Russia, Iceland and Cyprus.