Greece’s Demy projected herself onto an upside down waterfall. Armenia’s Artsvik worked Hindu-inspired hand choreography. And Poland’s Kasia Mos released dozens of white LED doves. And they were just three of the nine acts who had their first rehearsals at Eurovision 2017 on Monday. But who among today’s acts — Greece, Poland, Moldova, Iceland, Czech Reoublic, Cyprus, Armenia, Slovenia and Latvia — stole the show?

You can watch our reviews of today’s first rehearsals in the playlist below — and our “winners and losers” of the day video. 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.

Reviews: First Rehearsals (May 1)

Poll: Who had the best rehearsal on May 1?

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RMK91
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Armenia won the press poll and the wiwiblog’s vote but the people here are still salty lol. Relax just cause your favorite didn’t win.

KEVAN
Guest

WELL LET ME JUST SAY THAT I WAS NOT A BIG FAN OF GREECE BUT AFTER THAT REHEARSAL YESTERDAY NOT ONLY WILL IT QUALIFY BUT IT’S A SURE TOP 5 FOR FINAL MAYBE EVEN HIGHER! I HEARD NEWS THAT GREECE IS THIS YEARS OUTSIDER THAT NOBODY WAS EXPECTING BUT REMEMBER MY WORDS IT WILL GO VERY HIGH! I AM IN UKRAINE AND EVERYONE IS TALKING ABOUT THIS! HER PERFORMANCE WAS OUTSTANDING AS WELL AS ARMENIA!! WAIT UNTIL THE SEMI FINAL AND YOU WILL SEE HOW THE ODDS WILL CHANGE AFTER!

Nar
Guest

Hey guys don’t be so mean…I understand that it’s stressful for you to see that Armenian people do their best for their contestant to feel good, safe, strong…
We will always vote for our amazing performers no matter you like it or not…

Eric
Guest

Can u just calm down?)) This is funny. Journalists put Artsvik first, wiwibloggs too. And still there’s doubt that she will not win this poll. She is the only one who deserves. What did Greece? It’s like that song was written 29 years ago. Keep Calm!!!

iprA
Guest

Yes!!! ARMMENIA!!!! Go ?ARTSVIK?!!!
We love love love love you!!
Good luck from Georgia!!!?

Jr Jason
Guest

I am so sick of these patriotic votes for Armenia all the time. Why do you guys even include them to these polls? Seriously each time they prove that they do not deserve to be in the game.

Nar
Guest

May be you are too stressed to see how united the armenian people are…it’s ok…Someday your country will be able to be like us…

Jack
Guest

armenia cheats in all polls and odds someone should stop it…GREECE UR THE WINNER!

Roxana Montoya
Guest

It would better if the site would not allow voting for your own country. That’s the only way how to stop these guys I think.Yesterday when this poll opened Armenia was 4th for an hour and then in a few minutes it rose up to first place.

Ar
Guest

Friends.Armenia has a very professional team.And every year they do great on the stage.Sweden also do great , and many times won the Contest.Why to be so anger? Enjoy the Contest and vote fir your favourite s.Mine are-Armenia, Portugal, France, Sweden.

TheRainFromAbove
Guest

It is obvious that Armenia is going to win every poll! Even The Male Supermodel! 😉

aleh
Guest
My winners: Sweden – it’s still the same concept, will look good on camera will appeal as it starts first. Australia – his voice saves him, his staging isn’t that wow but it does the job. Belgium – her voice is good, her staging is good, her song is good. Has the entire package. I like her a lot even if some people don’t. Portugal – magical, it’s a masterpiece. I’m pleasantly surprised. Moldova – it’s catchy, it’s fun – will catch people’s attention. Iceland – definitely amazing, I love it. Staging amazing, the staging goes with every single beat… Read more »
wim
Guest

About Belgium, there where a lot of technical problem’s during the rehearsel. One problem was the light ball. They will use a Light ball during here act, but that didn’t work on sunday. So Let’s hope everything is fixed during here second rehearsal and she can deliver than e better preformance. If everything works fine without any technical problem’s than she will definitely qualify for the final and will be Top 3 in the semi final and Final.

ASHKEN HAKOPIAN
Guest

Armenia is the BEST! The song the Artsvik voice and the stage.

Honestly
Guest

Oh not again people! Can’t you vote for your favorites too? It’s not like Armenians are hacking and stealing all of your votes!! I’m not Armenian and I gotta say, people, please stop complaining and start voting. If you love a song/singer/country so much, then vote for them like all Armenians do for Armenia. Stop bi***ing! Tired of this childish tantrums!!!

Ananas
Guest
My top 18 of SF1: 1. Georgia – Previously my 5th. Always adored it. Her voice is epic and beautiful. Message is also very thoughtful and important. Staging is great, full of red. Anything would be better than NF staging. 2. Czech Republic – Previously my 3rd. A warm and calming performance. I love it! I’d really like Czechia to qualify again! 3. Poland – Previously my 2nd. It’s a great song and Kasia has a powerful voice which she learned how to use correctly throughout the tour. She’ll slay the pack. 4. Moldova – Previously my 7th. Very good… Read more »
ASHKEN HAKOPIAN
Guest

Armenia is the BEST! The song the Artsvik voice and the stage. Everything new to Eurovision. All othersongs have the same rithm.

Ananas
Guest

I don’t really agree with you. For me Armenia brings similar oriental thing that they (and Turkey) brought many times before but with in a little bit different form. For me this is a little mess, but everyone has their own opinion, right? ^^

Th3
Guest

FULL rehearsal of GREECE!! <3 #ThisIsLove #ThisIsWinner #SupportDemy ..The BEST rehearsal!!!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4h_PKykR_k

Americanvision
Guest

I’m ready for SF2! I think that one will be hard who will win the first half.

edvin po
Guest

I am lost in Verona

Joe
Guest

Calm down people!!!!
Win the SF doesn’t mean nothing. Both Greece and Armenia will qualify, that is what matters. Win this poll means even less.

Johndoneit
Guest

Does anyone know where the full rehearsals are on YouTube? I can’t find them.

Americanvision
Guest

Sometimes Wiwi would post the full video during the 2nd rehearsal, so we have to wait a few more days!

JL
Guest

They’re not available publicly. Well, they’re not supposed to be.

Joe
Guest

SF1:
I think Sweden will win the televoting and Finland the juries. Armenia might be the overall winner for ranking well with both. I believe Sweden is now out of the Top 5 in the Grand Final (because of the juries).

About Belgium, it wasn’t good for sure. However, I think the press want a favourite to flop, cuz more drama = more exciting news.

Briekimchi
Guest

But international juries were what led Robin to victory in Melfest, right? The idea that juries pick the more substantial songs seems to be misplaced. If anything, they are more impressed with superficial elements such as staging and effects (Mans placed first and the juries hammered Il Volo).

Joe
Guest

He won against those songs in the Swedish NF. In the Grand Final on May 13th he will battle 26 new songs.
But I agree and I’ll never get the fact that Italy was 6th and Estonia 11th with the juries in 2015, while Sweden won with more than 100 points ahead of Latvia. If comercial potential is analyzed, why Love Injected wasn’t a bigger hit than the first two? What the juries are really looking for?

Karen Tariutriyeva
Guest

Yes, I agree Joe I have that feeling that Armenia will be like Ukraine 2016 and will surprise everyone! SF (what I think will be the top 5) 1-ARM 2-FIN 3-SWE

Iggema
Guest

My favourites of the first semi:
1. Portugal
2. Finland
3 Armenia
4. Azerbaijan
5. Belgium
6. Sweden
7. Australia
8. Czech Republic
9. Moldova
10. Latvia
11. Albanië
12. Cyprus
13. Iceland
14. Poland
15. Greece
16. Montenegro
17. Georgië
18. Slovenia

Roland
Guest

Greece should have won this. You are not playing fair, armenians.

Ron
Guest

You should say the same to the press too, I guess, because Armenia won by a landslide.

MagicMirror
Guest

Well, Cyprus came third in that vote with the half points of Armenia so.. :/

Dimmis
Guest

Hahahaha soo truth xxx

Joe
Guest

I’m not Armenian. Armenia was the best of today.

MagicMirror
Guest

I agree, but people have been complaining because Armenians have been rigging these polls ( the armenian singer is currently winning the beauty contest as well, ahead of Demy and Alma lol ).

So with the true votes counted here, Greece *could* have been in the lead.

hM
Guest

lol, I love seeing all the haters being triggered by Greece and Armenia blowing everyone else out of the water… Greece and Armenia were the clear winners, I think they will both fly through the semi, and both will be in the top 10.

Americanvision
Guest

Before 1st rehearsal, my qualifiers were:
Portugal
Sweden
Latvia
Azerbaijan
Australia
Belgium
Armenia
Poland
Moldova
Montenegro

After the 1st rehearsal, my qualifiers are now:
Armenia
Latvia
Greece
Sweden
Finland (I take back what I said earlier about Norma John; can see the appeal now)
Azerbaijan
Poland
Moldova
Australia (even though Montenegro was better in a hilarious car crash kinda way)
Portugal (I’m sure when Salvador comes, it will shoot up my chart)

Montenegro is out because as much I want a good laugh, it’ll never go through. At least that epic ponytail spin will live on as a .gif or a meme.

Unless the 2nd rehearsal is a massive improvement, Belgium is DOA!

EUROFAN MEXICO
Guest

I CAN BELEIVE THAT EVERY BODY ALS USING YHE SAME COLORS, BLUE AND PINCK. AND THE SAME EFECTS STRS, FIRE AND PEOPLE IN THE SCREEN, BUT JA JA ITS THAT THE LOIC NOTEC PERFORMANCE AGAIN CYPRUS.

Soy
Guest

Why do you keep typing in caps lock? I think you’re crazy!

Adele
Guest

Guys, Greece? Come one, we all know it’s winded up by Greeks just like the Armenia. Greek song is trashy and generic and we all know that.

MagicMirror
Guest

Did you ever watch the full rehearsal? Lol go watch it its on youtube and then think about it again

Stefanos
Guest

Armenia is not even Europe, why do they participate in this contest, always cheating like this. Greece was the BEST! <3

Bella
Guest

I guess we should kick out Azerbaijan, Australia, and Cyprus too cuz they’re not in Europe! 😀 Come on, it’s fun to have a little variety even if they don’t all belong to Europe!

Bella
Guest

but with regards to the polls, I get the frustration.

ASHKEN HAKOPIAN
Guest

Stefanos first you should learn geography to learn that Armenia is in Europe. How about Australia. They are in the Eurovision too. But you didn’t complaine. What you have against Armenia?????

ASHKEN HAKOPIAN
Guest

Adele you should respect others that they will respect you. If you don’t like the song just say I don’t like it. Everybody has his or her own opinion.

Ken
Guest

?RMENIANS VOTING MASSIVELY FOR ARMENIA ONCE AGAIN…1000 VOTES IN 30 MINUTES. WELL DONE GUYS. DON’T YOU HAVE ANYTHING ELSE TO DO? PATHETIC.

Guðrún Karlsdóttir
Guest
Guðrún Karlsdóttir

They always do that, calm down. This is not something new. It is just like when there is Armenia in a poll do not expect any other entry to win that poll. I see no point of having them in these polls seriously

Less Glamour More Music
Guest
Less Glamour More Music

armenians……

Leo M
Guest

After the first rehearsals, I predict Latvia, Armenia, Sweden, Australia, Poland, Greece, Portugal, Moldova, Azerbaijan and Finland/Montenegro will qualify. Personally I would see like to see Belgium and Cyprus qualify over Latvia and Portugal so fingers still crossed they work it out before the semis

Yerevan is calling
Guest

I’m from Armenia! Voted for Armenia! Not because of my being Armenian! Just like the journalists who watched the show on the screens I find our rehearsal the best one so far!

p.s.
Agree ! If Artsvik is next top model it will be unfair!

Erasmus
Guest

My top in semi final 1(not prediction)
1. Latvia
2. Azerbaijan
3. Armenia
4. Finland
5. Belgium
6. Sweden
7. Iceland
8. Australia
9. Czech Republic
10. Greece
11. Poland
12. Cyprus
13. Georgia
14. Albania
15. Moldova
16 Slovenia
17. Portugal
18. Montenegro

Sotiris
Guest

1.Greece
2.Armenia
3.Azerbaijan
4.Portugal
5.Australia
6.Sweden
8.Moldova
9.Poland
10.Belgium
—–
11.Iceland
12.Albania
13.Georgia
14.Cyprus
15.Czech Republic
16.Latvia
17.Montenegro
18.Slovenia

Colin
Guest

You forgot: 7. Finland, or you maybe wanted to put it elsewhere?

ErvinSass
Guest

Just look at that number. One more poll rigged by armenians. That’s just insane, dude.

Colin
Guest

Is there any point have ANY poll containing Armenian representative anymore. (S)he will win anything and everything and by a large, unbelievable margin. I count Demy as a true winner here as much as I count Alma as the true winner of Top Model.

sg
Guest

of course Armenians took over the poll

Arie
Guest

It is impossible to make a poll with Armenia in it, armenians massively vote for their entries no matter it deserves it or not.

Elle
Guest

Armenia AND Poland, I’d say…
Poland is one of the blandest song presented, still it seems like it’s a masterpiece when you read the comments… It’s always first everywhere even if ogaes, odds and outside-world don’t care much about that.

positively
Guest
(I’m Polish so I can’t be objective in that matter, but…) Are you serious? Is there no possibility that people from Europe can actually like Polish entry? I know that Polish people (mostly) support/supported Kasia and Micha?, but is it a bad thing? Being objective in polls is really important, but what is your proof of that statement that the majority of people who has been voting on Poland come from Poland? Because OGAE does not appreciate Kasia? LOL. And I’m replying on your comment not because it is negative, because everyone has its own taste of music, but because… Read more »
Prima
Guest

Well, have a positive feedback from here, I love Poland’s entry and I am portuguese. 😉

For me Finland and Poland are the best songs of this SF.

Elle
Guest
Of Course, everyone can like anything he/she wants. Did you Read what I wrote? Some People (I didn’t say “polish”, I specifically Said Poland song) is Flying high about her vocals and song while I don’t see the factual recognition of it being that stunning song and I gave you datas: odds, ogars final polls etc. Quite bland result everywhere. It’s very sensical if you bother to Read well next time, it’s not about tastes that I’m talking. See other two similar songs as Bulgaria or Belgium (except For the last troubles they had in reharsals), they both are considered… Read more »
Elle
Guest

My comment above is for the user named “positively”. Sorry.

Kostas@gr
Guest

of course Armenia will take the lead, they always do that with every single poll. pff

Roland
Guest

This is seriously getting annoying. Every year same story.

Tedi
Guest

The best today: Iceland and Moldova.
The worst: Armenia and Greece.

Sotiris
Guest

really?

Ken
Guest

The official video of the GREEK rehearsal did not show anything in these 30 seconds. There is the full performance in Youtube and it is Magical. The best of today!

Americanvision
Guest

I think someone posted the entire performance elsewhere but taken down on YouTube. It’s better than I thought. While I think the song is bland AF, it should go through at the expense that Cyprus is out.

Joe
Guest

ofc, they don’t want to spoil the performance.

Elle
Guest
Only Moldova for me, I said in another comment why… Even if I deeply dislike the song from Latvia (and will always do, but I don’t want to be rude so I’m not saying anything, only that they try to enter the esc before about a thousand times, and if this is their best effort, well… I really don’t want to hear the rest of their discography…), they can bring energy, so they will probably, and deservedly make it to the final. Most part with the audience push, so good luck! The rest is just ok, nothing really bad neither… Read more »
daniel
Guest

Semi Final 1- My Prediction
18. Czech Republic
17. Georgia
16. Slovenia
15. Cyprus
14. Montenegro
13. Iceland
12. Albania
11. Moldova
10. Belgium
9. Latvia
8. Finland
7. Australia
6. Armenia
5. Portugal
4. Greece
3. Poland
2. Azerbaijan
1. Sweden

Mony
Guest

Belgium is out, so swap places with Moldova. Not sure about Poland, Australia and Latvia – few chances of passing. Finland, too…

Étoile
Guest

Armenia, Greece and Latvia for 2nd half and Portugal, Finland and Azerbaijan for the 1rst half of semi 1. I really like their first rehearsal.

Pluma
Guest

Dont worry in a bit this poll gonna lead Armenia and not Greece(which was the real best) jejeje And everyone knows why

Ken
Guest

Yeah because all the Armenian fanatics will vote for Artsvik massively as always. 100 votes in 5 minutes. Well done. So fair! Such as in the wiwi poll about the most beautiful girl of 2017,in which Artsvik is No#1 above Alma and Demy! Ahahaha lol ?

Elle
Guest
Yes, that was funny honestly… I doubt that all people suddenly find her stunning, worldwide. Artsvik is actually a very classy and handsome woman, of course, I wouldn’t say anything discgreaceful about her. But… One can obviously vote as he/she prefer and troll a little bit if needed, but in the end we all know who was going to win (at least it happened in the male contest). Or when there was the poll about Amsterdam live preparty performance. Who was the actual best performer… Well, I checked the web searching for people who ACTUALLY WERE THERE, not “us” just… Read more »
Elle
Guest

** just because -they- refuse the evidence…**

Hi
Guest

Armenia, is that music? I dont think so.

jorgequi
Guest

I don’t like Armenian song as well. But they will be in the final for sure.

loving_ya_harder
Guest

Armenia is so overrated this year. I just don’t see it doing that well in real show.

Aaran
Guest

I may not be a fan of Armenia’s song but Armenia is now 5th in the odds. So I wouldn’t count them out.

jorgequi
Guest

My prediction for 1st semi
1. Portugal
2. Azerbaijan
3. Finland
4. Greece
5. Sweden
6. Australia
7. Armenia
8. Moldova
9. Poland
10. Georgia
11. Latvia
12. Belgium
13. Albania
14. Slovenia
15. Iceland
16. Czech Republic
17. Cyprus

jorgequi
Guest

18. Montenegro

jorgequi
Guest

1. Greece
2. Poland
3. Moldova
4. Armenia
5. Latvia
6. Slovenia
7. Iceland
8. Czech Republic
9. Cyprus

Aaran
Guest

According to the two press polls, the top 10 qualifiers from Semi Final 1 will be:

1. Armenia 100
2. Finland 72
3, Moldova 69
4. Azerbaijan 65
5. Portugal 64
6. Cyprus 40
7. Sweden 39
8. Australia 37
9. Latvia 30
10. Greece 22

I know…not very accurate, especially because of the two separate polls. However it gives you an indication of how the staging compares and perhaps an insight into how the juries will react. Early stages though, things could change.

Colin
Guest

This is interesting. That would leave out the so-far expected qualifiers, Belgium and Poland. However, I can see it happen. On the other hand, I am very glad Finland is so high as that is my favorite of the evening. I am also rooting very much for Moldova.

bella
Guest

My Greece had a good rehearsal but i expected more .Some things look a bit dated.Im sure the full performance will look much better.Off topic but i think Robin was the best yesterday and he is the only one who can shock us and Italy.

Loo
Guest

The easiest way to provoke a Eurovision fan is to say you Think Sweden can win. And yes, Sweden can win and is probably the only country left that still can upset Italy 😉

AngieP
Guest

The countries of the 1st semi did their first rehearsal, so taking it into account, here are my qualifiers:

1.Sweden
2.Australia
3.Finland
4.Azerbaijan
5.Portugal
6.Greece
7.Moldova
8.Armenia
And then I have to add two but I actually like 3: Belgium, Poland and Cyprus.

If Belgium ruins it in the semi, then probably Poland and Cyprus will get through!

Pluma
Guest

Sexo Greece the best todau

Napaw
Guest

My favorites are Armenia, Poland and Latvia for today.
Latvia, seriously, they never disappoint.