It was a day of musical extremes. Latvia’s Triana Park took us to the neon rave. Greece’s Demy chased waterfalls. And Moldova’s Sunstroke Project gave us hundreds of Epic Sax Guys.  In the end, only one of the nine mighty fine acts from Monday could win the day. We asked you who had the best rehearsal. After counting 7,885 votes, we can now reveal that our readers think Armenia’s Artsvik came out on top.

From the top of the song, viewers inside the venue were treated to high-class, multi-cultural, purple spleandor. And that is just the staging! Artsvik was a true star here, working the stage like the diva she is. She owned it like a queen, and did not seem at all intimidated by its immense size. This confidence alone would have been impressive, but then she managed slay every single note of her song “Fly With Me” with ease — flying away with the top spot in our poll.

Artsvik is flanked by two modern dancers to assist her in the telling of her story. Their choreography was simple yet incredibly effective. It even inspired a new term — “Bollywood voguing”.

The LED screens evolve continuously, from ancient symbols to twisting violet tendrils. The Armenian team has harnessed every technique in their arsenal of effects, both low-tech and cutting edge to deliver a truly one-of-a-kind performance.

Artsvik took the top spot in our poll with 33.04% of the vote. In second place with 18.1% of the vote was Greece’s Demy, who gave us feel-good mid-tempo dance realness with “This Is Love”. Poland’s Kasia Mos lit up the stage and our poll with 14.45% of the vote, earning our readers’ third place finish.

Poll results: Who had the best first rehearsal of May 1?

  1. Armenia: Artsvik, “Fly with Me” 33.04% (2605 votes)
  2. Greece: Demy, “This Is Love” 18.10% (1427 votes)
  3. Poland: Kasia Mos, “Flashlight” 14.45% (1139 votes)
  4. Latvia: Triana Park, “Line” 10.40% (820 votes)
  5. Iceland: Svala, “Park” 7.18% (566 votes)
  6. Moldova: Sunstroke Project, “Hey, Mama!” 7.00% (552 votes)
  7. Cyprus: Hovig, “Gravity” 3.75% (296 votes)
  8. Czech Republic: Martina Barta, “My Turn” 3.51% (277 votes)
  9. Slovenia: Omar Naber, “On My Way” 2.57% (203 votes)

What do you think? Did Artsvik deliver the best first rehearsal? Let us know below!

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peter hardy
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peter hardy

same old style of 1990s eastern nonsense what will they do without the russian vote?

SargisArmenia
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SargisArmenia

Without Russia we can do more?

peter hardy
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peter hardy

same old same old what will they do without the russian vote?

domisna
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domisna

Yeah!!! Atsvik you are the best

wingoma
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wingoma

Yes!! Artsvik!!!

Arpi
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Arpi

Wow!!! Artsvik!! My favorite this year!! She has fantastic vocal!! ARTSVIK we love love love you… Good luck !! Gooo ARMENIA!!!

AngieP
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AngieP

Definitely the best rehearsal of the day!

lemon
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lemon

omg Chanel just shows 2018 Curise Collection in Paris the theme is about Greece athens
https://youtu.be/9cyBDA2VbQ4

lemon
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lemon

Chanel love demy this is love

Ron
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Ron

Say what you will, Armenia did have the best rehearsal on May 1st and quite honestly, it’s the best overall package from semi-final 1. The press chose Armenia as the winner of May 1st rehearsal and the bookies have now placed Armenia in the top 5 and their odds are only improving. So, no, it’s not out of nowhere that Armenia won this poll. It was well deserved.

peter hardy
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peter hardy

rubbish – song makes no sense

Anushik
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Anushik

Armenia had a fantastic song in 2015, but didn’t win. In 2016 also our song was better then this. I thing that in Eurovision quality of songs isn’t so important.Wins that, who has good staging, and who nobody believed to win. This year I like song of Switzerland? But, of caurse, I want Artsvik win??Armenia!!!

Stella
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Stella

Frigging Armenian Diaspora?
Greece was the best

Ananas
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Ananas

Ehh… it seems like since last year one type of comment stays the same…
“(Nationality) diaspora attacked again..”
2016 – Poland
2017 – Armenia
2018 – ???
2019 – ???
2020 – ???
2021 – ???
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Right. I don’t like Armenia’s song that much but I respect the opinion of others… I guess some of the people commenting in Wiwibloggs should also respect it… :/

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

There’s genuinely a lot of love for Artsvik this year.

Napaw
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Napaw

It’s always rigged, when it doesn’t suit your personal likings. Smh. Armenia deserved the first place. Catchy song, strong vocals and an exciting staging. Why would it need to be rigged in the first place?

Griffin
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Griffin

The press poll are voting for Amenia at the 1st place, are they rigged too?

peter hardy
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peter hardy

probably putin wants it in armenia next year so that russia can win in 2018
and sing a duet with Trump

hasmik
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hasmik

oh poor peter, you are paranoid… there is too much fear and hate in you… go heal yourself..

peter hardy
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peter hardy

fly with me with aeroflot to moscow
i think thats what she meant to sing

Tel Aviv 2018
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Tel Aviv 2018

They probably cheats the odds the same way. Not cool, armenians.

hasmik
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hasmik

you keep forgetting this is armenia, not azerbiajan … if we had so much oil money bribery, we would do more than just win song contest

Arie
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Arie

They just rigged the poll. Pfff

Music is the key
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Music is the key

Out of curiousity – who vote on those performances? Are they watching it from the TV or from the hall? Are they objective? Or more influenced by their own opinions?

Thanks for any explaination 🙂

I don’t question the validity, I just wonder. Might be an indicator of the semi results perhaps.

Maria
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Maria

People are underrating Slovenia, man..

Colin
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Colin

Apparently, a lot of people were blown away by the Armenian staging. Even if you don’t like the song, you have to admit that it’s a darn good staging. But the margin of votes + the fact that Greece was leading the poll for few hours makes me believe that about half of Armenian votes were inflated. How does this happen all the time? Where is credibility in that?

Ps. Note to Wiwi editor: Typo; Svala’s song is named “Paper”, not “Park”.

Ar
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Ar

I am sure you will like Artsvik on stage on 9 of May.She is really doing great.

mccacaye
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mccacaye

lol) who would have tought) lol) armenians again voted for themselves)

hasmik
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hasmik

sick paranoid people… so easy to tell who the haters are from …. go get a life,, jealousy will kill you