Another nine acts rehearsed for the first time on May 1 (“Day Three” for the press corps in Lisbon). Russia’s Julia Samoylova sang from the summit of a mountain. Norway’s Alexander Rybak taught us how to write a song. And Australia’s Jessica Mauboy reminded us that she’s got the love as she danced before a dazzling light display.

After all the pyro had settled, we asked you who had the best first rehearsal — and the results are in. After counting 4,536 votes, we can now confirm that Romania’s The Humans topped the leaderboard with 26% of all votes, or 1,175 votes to be precise.

The Romanian rock group brought dozens of black mannequins and created natural walkways and paths for lead singer Cristina to strut to and fro.

Their performance takes you to another world — a museum perhaps — and provides an almost out of body experience.

Despite a recent history of strong performances, Moldova managed to exceed expectations — delivering an eye-catching performance that is worthy of a mention. The trio DoReDos had a lucky day indeed, earning 22% of all votes or 1,013 to be precise. Telling a story of misunderstanding between one woman and two men, the performance relies heavily on door choreography to a deliver a performance that’s part cheese, part bonkers and totally on point.

Placing third in our poll was Eurovision returnee Alexander Rybak, who scored 14% or 637 votes.

He delivered an amped up performance from his national final, including more pyrotechnics and more charisma.

We might consider taking songwriting lessons from him.

See below for all the results.

 

Did The Humans top your leaderboard for May 1? Who was your favourite otherwise? Let us know in the comments section below.

Read all of our Eurovision 2018 rehearsal news here

 

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Why isn’t Romania in the odds top 5 then?

Julian
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Few people have seen the full stagings, we are to perceive them from the snippets and from stories. Their impact, especially on first viewers and in context of all the other songs can only roughly be guessed at the moment.

muriel
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Moldova = the most clever staging. Hands down.

Alex
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Alex

Romania and Moldova always come with clever staging.

EscAU
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worst song in the competish

Jo.
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Jo.

Moldova won that day, and by far.

Ally
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Ally

I cringed at this top 3

Malmo
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Malmo

Dunno how this scored first lol.

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pineapples and bananas

Deserving top 3, but Moldova should be first.

Ally
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Ally

Yeah, that kitsch fest should be first from the bottom, ESC fans are hopeless obviously.

Ser
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Their rehearsal and performance is good. The lead singer has outstanding voice, but i think, the song is not on the same level. It’s a skip..