Eurovision PreParty Riga 2018 Lithuania Latvia Czech Moldova

Preview season began in style on Saturday night as OGAE Latvia hosted the fifth annual Eurovision PreParty Riga. Four acts jetted in from all over Europe to perform their Eurovision 2018 entries before an eager crowd of Eurofans and press.

In addition, Latvia’s Markus Riva opened the show with three of his hit entries from the country’s past national selections. And Malta’s Eurovision 2015 singer Amber performed her number “Warrior” along with a Eurovision medley, her single “Power” and a cover of Camila Cabello’s “Havana”.

But the highlight of the night for Eurovision enthusiasts was hearing this year’s acts sing live — in many cases for the first time since their respective selections. So it’s time to watch Lithuania’s Ieva Zasimauskaite, Czech Republic’s Mikolas Josef, Latvia’s Laura Rizzotto and Moldova’s DoReDos one more time and sound off on who impressed you the most.

Who had the best performance? You can watch all four clips below. Then vote in our poll. You can vote for as many performances as you like, but you can only vote ONE time. Be sure to check the box next to every act you want to support before submitting your votes.

Lithuania: Ieva Zasimauskaite “When We’re Old”

Czech Republic: Mikolas Josef “Lie to Me”

Latvia: Laura Rizzotto “Funny Girl”

Moldova: DoReDos “My Lucky Day”

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51 Comments on "POLL: Which Eurovision PreParty Riga 2018 act impressed you the most with their live performance?"

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dabamba
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1. Moldova 2. Lithuania

I feel just listening the Lithuania’s song it isn’t so great or emotionally connecting but Ieva’s presence on stage lifts the song hugely.

Paola
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What happened to Mykolas? (His live performance in Ukraine was much better (
=( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlsPy2eNkYE
But still my vote for him)

Kris
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There it was on playback…. Here the playback was much lower in volume

Darth Thulhu
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Had different issues with each of the four: Czech Rep: To quote the American President: “low energy”. Easily fixed at Eurovision itself, where I imagine everyone is drowning in adrenaline and other stress hormones … but notable here. Latvia: The act “looks small” without a lot of staging, under a single steady camera angle. Also easily fixable at Eurovision proper … but also something that needs to be fixed. Lithuania: Intense accent in English is intense, especially compared to the studio cut. Unfortunate, because otherwise this is impressive … she might have been better served to do this in Lithuanian,… Read more »
keveDsmiles
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Nickolas was poor- bland! It is ironic how some ballads are being called boring but songs like this are boring when not performed. The video was good and I liked this originally but this performance is weak and awkward.

Tigerglue
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Do we know when they will announce the semi final running orders?

Robyn Gallagher
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The date hasn’t been announced yet, but traditionally it’s been in late March, early April. We should get about a week’s notice before the announcement is made. 🙂

Escphbelgium
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How will people vote for Spain if that OP ISN’T ON THE LIST!!!!

Klow vandam
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Salvador would love IEVA. She’s a great artist with a lovely song, i will be sad if she doesnt reach the final…

Marcelo
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Because it’s cheesy AF. And it feels manufactured.

Marcelo
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And I thought the Greek fans were annoying.

Marko
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I just can’t… This comment made my day…

Jose Abraham
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Fernando este chat es solo para la preparty de riga.
Aqui no pinta mucho que pidas el voto hay otro poll que se llama quien te gustaria que ganara eurovision buscalo alli tevleeran gente de todos los paises participantes.
Un saludo

Mel
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I don’t know if people are just trolling at this point, but the obnoxiously aggressive Spain fans are really getting my goat. It’s possible to be supportive and humble.

Milla
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I love “Lie to me” but it was a lazy performance in my opinion. I hope Mikolas will improve on a bigger stage. My vote goes to Laura Rizzotto. Classy.

I just have to say that these pre-party’s can be so annoying! Why can’t people just shut up? It’s so rude and it feels like people aren’t interested at all.

Polska
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This poll is useless!! Spain is not given in options

Mel
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Ha!

Jose Abraham
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Spain did not sing in Riga Polski thats why

West
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It’s interesting that Mikolas is still singing the “old” version of the song when there is a clean version. I wonder if he’ll start singing that soon, or only in Lisbon.

Eve
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Moldova don’t dissapoint with good performance and energy on stage as usual, well done! Listening to those trumpets in the begining can’t help but thinking about Guca festival, haha! Good luck <3

Marcelo
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Delusional.

X
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Good fans of Ieva. So active in the semi final and Ieva will be in the final 🙂

Rokas
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Yes, I really agree with you. I hope that people not only talk about Ieva but also will vote for her

Mary Goodlaw
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Spain can’t win the vote for who performed best in Riga – because they didn’t go. Perhaps you should t spam every thread?

Poet
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Most of them delivered strong performance. Wow

Sabrina
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Laura and Ieva were very good, though Ieva’s song fits better a small stage like this one. Laura’s performance is full of physical expressions designed to work along with the camera cuts, so it’s obvious this is much less impressive when we don’t have them. DoReDos did a nice job, but this is the kind of entry that needs some carnival around to get us in the mood. I thought Mikolas was quite shy. “Lie to Me” is a song that demands much energy and it’s difficult to deliver that when you can’t move around the stage. For example, imagine… Read more »
Eve
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Sabrina, Mikolas sends vibes of that nice guy perfect to be friendzoned, lol 😛 You right, he needs to be more energetic, song requires that! I guess he’s saving that for esc stage 🙂

Purple Mask
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Moldova was a lot better than I had expected; well done DoReDos! 🙂
My honest vote goes to Laura Rizzotto – Excellent live vocals, and the moves were all there. Well done.

Colin
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To be fair, DoReDos always had a great stage chemistry/performance, only their NF was on a really low financial bar and it all looked way cheaper than it could on ESC. All four acts were great last night, so my vote would go to Ieva just for the fact that her song makes me so emotional.

Purple Mask
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If I’m to be totally honest: (Look away now if you don’t want to read a criticism)… Ieva’s vocal performance of the lyrics “When we’re old” sounds like “When we’re owl’d” to me. 😀
I’m finding it difficult to take the song seriously when I’m constantly mishearing a critical lyric. I keep expecting owls to descend on her like in “Harry Potter”!
I haven’t reviewed Lithuania’s song in full yet, so maybe I just haven’t connected with it yet – I might like it better after that.

Colin
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No worry, this is an opinions blog. 🙂 I must know my favorites are gonna be criticized. Songs I criticize are someone’s favorites too. That’s how it goes. I know that pronunciation can butcher a song. For me, Russia/Ukraine/Belarus all have serious pronunciation problems, which put the songs down. I love Lithuania, but I can understand if someone finds the pronunciation of ‘old’ odd.

Colin
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Interestingly, My Lucky Day has zero pronunciation issues, which is amazing, considering one member doesn’t seem to be speaking English at all, the other seems to struggle to he point he doesn’t dare to form full sentences and the third one sounds like Countess Dracula. I am joking, they are actually really cute. But in all seriousness, it’s amazing how their lack of English skills never harms the song. Kudos for that! 🙂

Purple Mask
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Agreed, they are good singers. Shame about the actual song lyrics though. 😀

Esc Shane
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Have a look at my top 43! 😀
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itaBYd9Vvc4

wwooww
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Wow Ieva vocal is so beautiful and strong!

Maxime TISSOT
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Hi guys! Another poll here! You can vote from now in the semi finals of Eurovision 2018!

More informations here:
https://goo.gl/forms/X6gixXU3bbn9SYOj1

Daria
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There is no Czech Republic in the first Semi in this poll!

Jonas
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There’s – it starts with the letter R.

Timo1962FI
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I am mighty surprised of Latvia’s poor success in the polls and at the bookies. The song is full of emotions, her voice is flawless and the stage presence is professional. One of my favorites this year. Hope she is the dark horse in Lisbon and takes a respectable top 5 position in the final.

Sabrina
Guest

I was expecting some negativity towards Laura since “Esamiba” was a big fan favorite, but I also think that people are overlooking her. Since she has been very consistent on every live performance, I guess (and hope) this maybe could change when the rehearsals begin and some acts fail to deliver the same quality.

Marcelo
Guest

Those “Esamiba” stans are annoying as heck. The song wasn’t even that good. There’s no way that could have been the winner.

Jose Abraham
Guest

From the videos I see It looks like Latvia and Lithuania were the nicest.
Nikolas Josef looks a bit lost with no self confidence.

Tom
Guest

The only song I don’t like is “Lie to me”. It’s too average and you don’t need good vocals to sing it.

Duane
Guest

To be honest, the sound quality in Riga Pre Party was as poor as always, so it’s difficult to judge. But Mikolas and Ieva were quite good, the rest… so-so. Laura’s vocal is impressive itself, but sadly, she has no stage presence. DoReDos were just one big hot mess, in my opinion.

RichUK
Guest

They were all better than i expected to be honest. The one act who impressed me the most is Ieva from Lithuania, she is certainly the dark horse act to qualify in my opinion. Her live vocals were on point. A simple but polished performance.

Although this song isn’t among my favourite songs this year to be honest. I can’t deny the fact DoReDos and their song “My Lucky Day” from Moldova were really entertaining.on the stage.

Jo
Guest

Mikolas.
My favourite songs won’t probably win (Albania, France, Armenia), so I’ll root for Czech Republic. I’m not a big fan of his song, but he has vocals, charisma and stage presence. Plus Praga would be an amazing host city, and Slovakia could be back in 2019. I think “lie to Me” will be the best-charting song of the contest this year.
The 3 remaining songs are borderline entries for me, I wouldn’t bet my money on none of them to see if any qualified.

underground
Guest

Latvia Moldova Lithuania was good, Czechia was very average, the way he dance and his song are definetely bad… sorry bookies you should wake up he is not material winner not even top 5.

Billy Bob
Guest

Leva is great the others are meh…

x
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It’s ieva. Why do people think that it’s L? Why would her name start with a lower case L?! Lol.

Jonas
Guest

Yet, I think it would make common sense to put it simply “IEVA – When we’re old”. Her last name is very long and hard to be spelt by foreigners. I heard her interview where she said she’ll keep her last name in Eurovision. She’s such a mischievous person, I love it! <3

Marco A.
Guest

Moldova by far, they’re great