Eurovision 2017 first rehearsals day three

FYR Macedonia’s Jana Burceska took us to downtown New York. Austria’s Nathan Trent straddled the moon. And Ireland’s Brendan Murray tried to fly in a giant metal balloon. And they were just three of the nine acts who had their first rehearsals at Eurovision 2017 on Tuesday. But who among today’s acts — Serbia, Austria, FYR Macedonia, Malta, Romania, the Netherlands, Hungary, Denmark and Ireland — 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 2)

Day 3: Our Winners, Losers and Growers

Poll: Who had the best rehearsal on May 2?

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Redarrow
Guest

Malta was the besf by far. great ballad. 12points.

Anna
Guest

Woooow team OG3NE! Amazing!!!!

reuban
Guest

Ireland really surprised me with how lovely the performance clip was – and we haven’t even seen the full performance yet. I think once we see and hear the powerful second half where he hits those high notes and the choir comes in, it will elevate to another level.

Luke
Guest

Austria is my number 1 and has been since I first heard the song, I also love The Netherlands, Ireland and Romania I think all of these should qualify

Savalan
Guest

For me Ireland, Greetings from Azerbaijan.

anonymous91
Guest

for me my top 3 rehearsal

1. Austria, love the cheesy staging a lot

2. Romania, staging and song and act definitely suit each other, only i do agree with Ilinca and Alex, some better camera work just for the great Chemistry they have to be noticed

3. Ireland, I really like Brendan, and that balloon gimmick well it adds some character to his song

overall i was happy about yesterday 🙂

Nicole
Guest

The Netherlands won’t even qualify, I don’t see the point of so many useless votes in this poll anyway….

Mark
Guest

hahahaha, of course they will!

Bastian
Guest

You will be surprised then next week 🙂 It will do a LOT better than you think, mark my words. #darkhorse

ESC Yoda
Guest

The ‘cheap bubblegum’ songs of this tournament that lose their flavour quickly after only a few listens are
MACEDONIA “Dance Alone”,
ITALY “Occidentali’s Karma”
SWEDEN “I can’t go on”.
I’ve listened to all songs for about a month now and these songs will be deleted off your playlists by the end of the year.
The songs that have longevity and depth and so many layers that will have you listening to it in years to come are
BULGARIA “Beautiful Mess”
AZERBAIJAN “Skeletons”
Real artists with real songs that will last the test of time.
These songs deserve to win.

Larry
Guest

Go Ireland and The Netherlands, even if the trolls voted for their country, so what? Is good that they care about their own song and it’s more than can be said about some countries.

Aaron
Guest
One thing that annoys me with these polls is people claiming different “mobs” hijacking the voting, I mean this poll has 0 standing who the hell would waste their time first of all doing something like that for a reaction poll, serious calm the hell down. Next its a common theme that the people who claim that these mobs exist usually see their own preferred entry not doing so well because of it so they get salty as hell. I mean do we see any claims of shenanigans from the press poll or the betting agencies? calm the hell down.… Read more »
Adam
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Welcome to the wiwibloggs comments section, you’ll get used to all that eventually.

sorin
Guest

many are voting for their own country and is fine, that shows the popularity of wiwibloggs in that country. is not stealing, but it shows the traffic from that country on wiwibloggs.

Bart
Guest

There is another name for it: dishonesty and being a troll

Geo
Guest

And what are you? Mother Theresa? Give me a break…

Bart
Guest

Well I don’t invent numerous nicknames just to support one act… nor do I vote all the time for the same acts over and over again, as many people do.

Aaron
Guest
Again why the pressure its a freaking opinion poll. Unless it has some hidden value that carries over to the actual contest other than some wiwi/eurovision fans seeing a couple of seconds of their very first rehersal. I’m Irish, did I vote for Brendan?, of course I did I do think he can qualify. Did I also vote for Austria, Netherlands and Romania for the same reason?, Yes I did. Again ive seen this before in 2015 I think with Georgia. Everyone was fully convinced that the “Georgian mob” was hulking up her votes in the polls here and it… Read more »
adriana
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Welcome to the Cucu Land….I wouldnt be surprised if these cry babies will accuse the Betting Odds in being hijacked by trolls.

Nikos
Guest

Great: Netherlands, Malta, Romania
Good: Austria
Ok: Hungary, FYROM
Not Impressed: Denmark, Ireland, Serbia

annie
Guest

its republic of macedonia not fyrom – at least respect the proper name of the country if u dont like the song

Ricardo
Guest

The Netherlands fantastic voices and performance and song

cheesecake
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Quick question: Is the website currently supposed to not show any images (thumbnails) of the articles? All I see is the titles of the articles ever since Sunday. Am I the only one?

James
Guest

If I recall it right: It’s around this time that Wiwibloggs experience a huge surge of visitors so in order to prevent the site from crashing, images from the home page were removed for now in order for the site to load faster.

😀

Robyn Gallagher
Editor

Yep, we’ve done it to reduce the load on the website. So all going well, there’ll be fewer overload errors over the next two weeks 🙂

adriana
Guest

Great job Robyn,we needed this.:)

cheesecake
Guest

Oh okay, thanks!

TheRainFromAbove
Guest

Ha Ha Ha x 3
This poll Is nothing 2 compare with the last night`s! Look – Armenians voted 2,609 times for themselves!

TheRainFromAbove
Guest

OK, now serious. This is the easy semifinal! I have 12 songs that I like in Semi 1 and only 3 in this Semi 2! But – good luck to all and let`s celebrate IT! 🙂

TheRainFromAbove
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Al I see is you All I see is you
All I see is you!
😉 me to have a problem of loading wwwblogs 😉

Pjotr
Guest

Netherlands was a massive surprise! Liking austria and denmark

Ronald Adams
Guest

Best rehearsal is from The Netherlands. This is going to do very well! This could be a big surprise on 13 may!

Geo
Guest
Serbia and Macedonia…disappointing. Another two fan favorites and betting odds darlings are out (along Belgium). So who’s next? The best of today: 1. Romania (positive, fun, cheerful, great energy and chemistry) 2. Hungary ( I just love that song) 3. Ireland ( I don’t quite like it that much, but comparing to the other countries that rehearsed on day 3 I think Ireland did pretty well). I know some of you like Austria, Denmark and The Netherlands. Personally I don’t, as I find all 3 of them overrated and annoying (especially the Netherlands). Nathan is cute but Gosh, the song… Read more »
joao simoes
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gloria
Guest

who cares, enough of your spamming

Trocatroc
Guest

Netherlands bloody well slayed. I hope they are in the top five along with Hungary!

Étoile
Guest
Very good staging for many countries ! The Netherlands : coherent it’s simple and sobre because they want to focus on their harmony, for me it works Ireland : well there’s a balloon ^^ it’s more detailed than other Irish staging, not my favourite but it’s nice, I like the decors on the screen. Idon’t know if it’ll be enough for Brendan Romania : coherent stagtng too with the song! I enjoy it Austria : I was scared it’ll be to “kitsch” but no the cresent is a good idea, and he’s really showing us that he’s having fun when… Read more »
Pammy
Guest

from italy 12 points for Rumania

Americanvision
Guest

My personal top 3 was Romania, Malta, and Austria today. Two out of three in the press poll ain’t bad. I think Romania, Austria, Hungary and the Netherlands will make it to the Final eventually.

I have a feeling 6 from the second half will have a fighting chance to go through as well: Norway, Switzerland, Estonia, Israel, Bulgaria, and Belarus. Hope they have a good rehearsal tomorrow, along with Croatia, San Marino, and Lithuania.

Marcus
Guest

Hands down, Dihaj was clearly the best by far. The stage, the costuming, the live vocals… This girl can win it.

ALL Wei
Guest

My personal Top 5 of 2day in random order are: Hungary, Malta, Austria, the NLD’s and Romania!!

LAURA
Guest

I don’t think that the rehearsal video encapsulates what wiwibloggs are saying about Malta. I really think that Claudia is gonna surprise, this could really qualify and I hope it does!

Americanvision
Guest

It was my 2nd place for the day. Anja from Denmark may be the better singer, but Claudia from Malta does a better job emoting the song.

Let’s see the 2nd rehearsal changes things.

LAURA
Guest

If Macedonia and Serbia keep crashing like this, I don’t see why Malta, Romania, Netherlands, Hungary and Denmark shouldn’t qualify. Yeah its hard for 5 after eachother to make it but I’m hopeful

Bart
Guest

Netherlands, Austria and Hungary were the best. Romania was a freak show

SpirK
Guest
My top 9 rehearsals: 1. Romania: Translates great on the big stage. Definite qualifier, possible top 10. 2. Austria: Really sweet and innovative performance. Nathan is charismatic. Almost definite qualifier. 3. Ireland: Also nice and innovative, still can’t see this qualifying though. 4. The Netherlands: Simple and effective, quite sure of it’s final chances. 5. Malta: Also a nice,simple and effective performance. Has a shot to make it. 6. Hungary: Nice presence, the LEDs couldv’e been better I think. Still making it through. 7. Denmark: This left me indifferent stage wise. Bland and nothing innovative or characteristic. Still probably sailing… Read more »
escphbelgium
Guest

Reading your comment on Macedonia… Have you been reading the lyrics? She WILL BE dancing alone (to accommodate the lyrics… And the fact that she’s lost in the sound of no tomorrow)

Eve
Guest

Austria, Romania, Hungary, Malta and Ireland <3

AngieP
Guest

Realy looking forward to tomorrow!

I’m curious to see what Croatia has to offer! I also want to see my beloved Switzerland and Estonia perform and it’s interesting to see what Bulgaria is about to do on stage!

Colin
Guest

I am mostly curious about Croatia, cause Jacques is the only performer without a single live. The live will make it or break it. I can honestly expect Jacques to win the press vote tomorrow or to finish last with zero points.

Stephanie
Guest

I’m looking forward to Switzerland as well! Along with Belarus

Colin
Guest

It is so heartwarming to see all the support Austria gets! I really hope the actual results reflect that!

Ireland is my second favorite and I voted it too, but when a country suddenly starts rising so much, it’s usually a sign of trolling and staging. Pity, cause now we can never know how much *actual* support does Brendan have.

Maria
Guest

I love his song and staging tho!

Thomas77
Guest

Austria/Nathan is such a positive surpirise. By far the best perfomarance of today.

AngieP
Guest

Nothing really impressed me today!

However, big growers are probably The Netherlands and Hungary, as I wasn’t a big fan of “Origo” before!

I also want to say I was pleasantly surprised by Austria and I’m confident they will have a much better 2nd rehearsal!

Guchi
Guest

Austria – definitely.

Noone
Guest

Wiwi poll hijackers ultimate ranking:
1. Armenians
2. Polish
3. Irish
4. Moldovans
5. Romanians
6. Lithuanians

Mark
Guest

Yes indeed. I can’t take the amount of votes for the Irish entry serious. The rehearsal wasn’t that good.

Arie
Guest

There has to be a poll for these nations called “The best hijackers”. Let’s see who will win then.

Nicole
Guest

If your favorites would have been high in polls you wouldn’t say the same mambo jambo, right? Take the poll of the press for those 3 days. Armenia, Romania, Moldova and Poland were good ranked. What does that mean? The journalists are all trolls? What about the betting odds? Armenia and Romania are in top 10, Poland in top 11-20, Moldova and Ireland are even lower. What does that mean, the betting odds are hijacked, too? Damn… Get a life!

Kenan - Baku
Guest

Austria and the Netherlands were winners of the day.

ErvinSass
Guest

1. Austria – voted
2. The Netherlands – voted
3. Hungary – voted
4. Denmark
5. Malta
6. Macedonia
7. Ireland
8. Romania
9. Serbia

Mattias Sollerman
Guest

A man standing in a crescent moon was to me the strongest image of the day. Very simple, almost childish, yet audacious and grand. It will be a very special moment indeed if they can pull it off.
Romania made me smile. Can’t wait to see the whole thing.
The rest is difficult to comment on without proper context. Ireland for instance looked very goofy.

Jr esc nl
Guest

Press poll of today:
1 austria – 79 points
2 romania – 72 points
3 netherlands -54
4 hungary – 39
5 denmark – 29
6 macedonia – 18
7 ireland – 14
8 malta – 10
9 serbia – 0 points

linnea
Guest

I’ll agree with the winner. The press voted great tonight 🙂

Pierre DuPont
Guest

Any country other than a country with a meaningful song
So not u Ireland ??

cheesecake
Guest

Clearly Romania, the others were okay mostly.
Yesterday and today overall were a bit underwhelming in my opinion, I expect a lot more from tomorrow (some amazing entries in there, like Belarus, Bulgaria, Switzerland, Israel, Estonia). Day 1 was clearly the strongest so far.

Veronique
Guest

Loved the makelovenotwar cannons. 🙂 Romania rocked the stage today.

Polegend Godgarina
Guest

Almost all of them were good, but Austria was truly the biggest surprise! 🙂
Romania was also great.

@DaStarSays
Guest

The Netherlands

Bastian
Guest

Guuurrrls slay! #TeamOG3NE I cant believe Wiwibloggs loved them 🙂 thank you so much for the positive comments so far <3

Henry
Guest

Netherlands by far, they nailed it!

Stephanie
Guest

Who the heck is saying Ireland had one of the best rehearsals? I thought Austria really made a good first impression today

Polegend Godgarina
Guest

The Irish fans are known for hijacking the polls, look at the polls last year lmao

Joe
Guest

Austria, Romania and The Netherlands were the best today.

Aaran
Guest

My favourite songs from this line up is Denmark and Serbia. However my favourite rehearsals today were Austria and Romania. They’re both so bright and colourful and will stand out from the rest for sure!

Colin
Guest

Nathan Trent and Brendan Murray. B-)

Maria
Guest

I voted for Romania, Hungary and The Netherlands (my own country). O’G3NE positively surprised A LOT of people. They did not really surprise me because I’ve known them ever since JESC 2007 but I really like their staging and vocals 🙂

Avstriya
Guest

I keep humming Netherlands all day. I dont know why, but since 2013, Holland is consistently one of my favourites.

Cheers, xoxo

Maria
Guest

Ah, that’s so nice! I also believe that ever since Anouk saved our country in 2013, our entries have been a lot better than before. Well, I don’t really like Walk Along, but I absolutely LOVE Slow Down for instance. 🙂 thank you for the good luck messages. Don’t forget to vote! Xx

Grete Paia
Guest

They made the final with rubbish song last yr so anything is possible

Maria
Guest

Slow Down was a great song! Most people agreed on that, so your opinion only represents a minority. Sorry.