Semi final 1 of Eurovision 2015 takes place on Tuesday May 19. Sixteen acts will compete, but only ten will survive the sing-off and advance to the grand final. Last Friday, after all 16 acts had completed their second rehearsal, we asked our readers to vote for their favourites. Over the weekend you guys cast a total of 7,506 votes and Georgia’s Nina Sublatti has emerged as the clear winner. We’re pretty sure a lot of journalists in the press room would agree: Following Nina’s first rehearsal the press corps erupted with applause. This “Warrior” is ready for battle.

Georgia: Nina Sublatti Second Rehearsal

What we said: This is how you slay. Georgia’s Nina Sublatti turned up to her first rehearsal at Eurovision 2015 with the toal package — vocals, costume, camera angles and attitude. Vocally this was dark, mysterious and pitch-perfect. That carried over to the staging, which saw Nina standing still with a lot of LED magic happening around her. At various points she sprouted wings, stood on lightning, and swirled in an other-worldly universe of clouds. During the bridge we see two large eyeballs releasing tears. But Nina, don’t cry: You’ve just threw yourself in contention to win Eurovision. Her costume — which looks like a Victoria’s Secret model at a Dracula party — is an example of a racy outfit that works.

Read our full review of her rehearsal. 

Read our full review of her song.

Belgium: Loic Nottet Second Rehearsal

What we said: During his second rehearsal, Belgium’s Loic Nottet was more self-assured and camera aware. He’s put the missed steps from the first rehearsal behind him and sang with major ferocity. He even added some of his “Nightmare in Wonderland” choreography, grabbing his face and shoving it to the side. He wore a black coat with tails. When he does his super fast triple twist the tails fly outward and it’s kind of amazing. There’s also a small splash of colour amid all the black and white: The shirt under his coat has thin orange stripes. This got better and better with each take and we’re feeling way more confident than on Monday.

Read our full review of his rehearsal

Read our full review of his song

Greece: Maria Elena Kyriakou Second Rehearsal

What we said: Aphrodite. Demeter. Maria Elena Kyriakou. Yes, Greece’s Eurovision 2015 starlet looked like a Greek goddess during her first rehearsal at Eurovision 2015. She wore a sparkly, spangly number that looked straight-up showgirl — but in an expensive, high-class way. The blue background, which features white circular displays, keeps Maria Elena in focus. They’ve really dusted off the performance from the Greek national selection. It’s a more contemporary and up-to-date, which turns a potentially dated song into one that resonates with today. As ever her vocals are fierce and on point. LOVE.

Read our full review of her rehearsal. 

Read our full review of her song.

Poll results: First semi-final rehearsals

  1. Georgia 43.91% (3,296 votes)
  2. Belgium 8.79% (660 votes)
  3. Greece 7.33% (550 votes)
  4. Estonia 6.61% (496 votes)
  5. Albania 6.49% (487 votes)
  6. Belarus 4.61% (346 votes)
  7. Russia 4.32% (324 votes)
  8. The Netherlands 4.17% (313 votes)
  9. Armenia 3.38% (254 votes)
  10. Romania 2.66% (200 votes)
  11. Hungary 2.04% (153 votes)
  12. Serbia 2.03% (152 votes)
  13. FYR Macedonia 1.23% (92 votes)
  14. Moldova 1% (75 votes)
  15. Denmark 0.76% (57 votes)
  16. Finland 0.67% (51 votes)

Total Votes: 7,506

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Review: Semi Final 1 Jury Final

Photo: Andres Putting (EBU)

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Nicj jok
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Greece and Georgia my voted for semi final one all songs were wonderful also no name your a comple idiot for writing Finland 1st and Greece last we’ve had no knes and runner up in the last 10 years get your facts right I just hope Australia is a laughing stock what a joke

Calum Macleod
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Calum Macleod

The top 10 of this poll is my top 10 qualifiers of this semi-final.

Josh
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Josh

Nina ‘s warrior is the best song ever . Good luck Georgia

Antranig Shokayan
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Nina absolutely slayed that! Can’t wait to see her in the Semi. Hoping Loic wins it, but I have a lot of favourites in this Semi.

StratosESC
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StratosESC

GREECE FOR THE WIN YA ASS!!!!! LOVE FOR RUSSIA <3

insa
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insa

She looks awful. Maybe staging is OK but she is not pretty on eye, awful clothes…

George
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@ No Name

Seems like Nordic countries love Greece. I don’t think juries have the right not to aprecciate Maria Elena’s voice.She should be voted even if she was singing the worst song in the world,only for her voice. And Finland is in first place. Are they trolling us???

Felix Prochain
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Felix Prochain

I don’t think so.. Her voice was unstable.

DToes
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DToes

Someone stop these annoying Georgians….Maria Elena <3

abedull
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abedull

Everybody knows what is going on in every poll this year.
Georgians and Albanian fans are flooding this.
Sad.
I want real polls PLEASE!!!

Anfrufrafrafra
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Bots maybe? Loic was absolutely fantastic.

Darren
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Darren

I dont think the Netherlands will qualify, I hope they do, but I doubt they will, I think Belgium will be representing the Low Countries in the final this year. Which is cool too, I think Netherlands reveals their songs way too soon, over the Christmas period is way too early I think, especially if you dont revamp the songs (like other countries who reveal them around this time) as it gets closer to the contest. I have a strange feeling that Finland will manage to qualify, but I hope it doesn’t, I dont think Georgia will win the semi,… Read more »

yst31
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yst31

Guys C’mon,always Georgia winning,this is just a total non-sense. At least don’t take it so serious….

Seddik Ghoule
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I don’t think we (Holland) will make it. We should though. It is not good, but still better then most of the others in semi final 1.

PHIPIPS
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PHIPIPS

YES YES YES GEORGIAAAAAA WINNER MY VOTES FROM AUSTRIAAAAAAA

mark lebron
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mark lebron

Armenia’s and Georgia’s rehearsals were my favorites tbh.

Maltish
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Maltish

No cheating at all taking place, I promise.

Ozzy
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Ozzy

Nina has lost her voice. I hope she still managed to do a decent job for the jury and will be fine by tmrw 🙁

Butterflies
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Butterflies

Nina Sublatti slays ???????????wohoooo

No Name
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No Name

I’ve watched preview shows from all of the nordic countries except Denmark, where juries consisting of musicians and people in the music branch (just like the real juries) rate this year’s songs. This was the combined results in points for semifinal 1: 1. Finland: 128 2. Russia: 126 2. Albania: 126 4. Romania: 123 5. Estonia: 122 6. Belgium: 117 7. Macedonia: 116 8. Hungary: 113 9. Armenia: 90 10. Denmark: 87 ———– 11. Netherlands: 85 12. Serbia: 84 13. Georgia: 66 14. Moldova: 65 15. Belarus: 63 16. Greece: 53 You might not care about this, but in fact… Read more »

lacrymea
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lacrymea

Yeah right. The difference of votes between the 1st and 2nd place doesn’t smell fishy at all. C’mon guys!

Flo
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Flo

No poll for Day 7? 🙁

wilyousing
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wilyousing

C:(

Pavel
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I really like WIWI polls. 😉 In the next poll Nina will be the winner of ESC15

wilyousing
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wilyousing

The netherlands will probably not qualify