Day three of rehearsals has come and gone. We saw Nathan Trent from Austria walking on the moon. We witnessed Romania’s Alex Florea falling off (what we hope is) a confetti cannon. And we looked on as Irishman Brendan Murray floated through his song on a hot air balloon. We asked our readers to pick their favourite rehearsals from Tuesday’s lineup and only one could triumph. After counting 9,246 votes, we can now reveal that our readers think Dutch girl-group OG3NE came out on top with their song “Lights and Shadows”.

Our team of wiwibloggers in Kyiv agreed that it was an impressive rehearsal. The three sisters of OG3NE — Lisa, Amy and Shelley Vol — worked the stage with confidence and poise well beyond their years, owing to the immense stadiums they’ve already played and knowing those tight harmonies through and through. And man did those harmonies shine! Each note was sung perfectly, and it paid off with a slick performance deserving of a grand final berth.

The staging is simple and classy. Their chicly dressed outlines sparkle under blankets of black, blue and golden lights from above as well as the the LED wall behind.

The inspiration behind the song and its refined staging is being attributed to the sisters’ mother who has been battling cancer for the past several years. The song itself evokes a picture of hope and inspires the strength needed to overcome life’s worst obstacles. OG3NE’s tightly bound harmonies and meaningful staging reinforce this important message.

OG3NE took the top spot in our poll with 32.77% of the vote. In second place with 18.66% of the vote was Ireland’s Brendan Murphy and his pop ballad “Dying to Try”. Romania’s Alex & Ilinca stomped the competition and partied through their feel-good song “Yodel It!” to 10.30% of the vote, earning our readers’ third place finish.

Poll results: Who had the best first rehearsal of May 2?

  1. The Netherlands: O’G3NE, “Lights and Shadows” 32.77% (3030 votes)
  2. Ireland: Brendan Murray, “Dying to Try” 18.66% (1725 votes)
  3. Romania: Ilinca & Alex Florea, “Yodel It!” 10.30% (952 votes)
  4. Austria: Nathan Trent, “Running On Air” 8.99% (831 votes)
  5. Malta: Claudia Faniello, “Breathlessly” 8.68% (803 votes)
  6. Denmark: Anja Nissen, “Where I Am” 6.61% (611 votes)
  7. Hungary: Joci Papai, “Origo” 5.89% (545 votes)
  8. FYR Macedonia: Jana Burceska, “Dance Alone” 5.42% (501 votes)
  9. Serbia: Tijana Bogicevic, “In Too Deep” 2.68% (248 votes)

What do you think? Did O’G3NE deliver the best first rehearsal? Let us know below!

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Max
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Max

I guess this will win

Katrinelene
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Katrinelene

Vocals are great but I don’t like the song, so boring, sorry.

coryn
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coryn

I am so unimpressed with Netherlands, they are awful! A complete disaster, they are definitely not going to the final.

Justitia
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Justitia

The Netherlands….like time travel…back….Unoriginal song and boring performance. Soooooo old fashioned!!!!
‘Eurovision’ should be renamed……’International Copy Vision’.
Original songs and performers are not welcome!

Mm
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Mm

Hahahaha
Of course they will qualify!!
If you can’t see the quality…..pffff

John
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John

Whahahahaha

Bastian
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Bastian

Okay you clearly dont know anything about music and vocals, calling this awful is…wow, something is wrong with your ears haha. They will do better than most people think, mark my words 🙂

Guido
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Guido

These girls are natural authentic and dont need shouty screaming Eastern European gibberish…they strike a chord..like the Bulgarian entry.

Justitia
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Justitia

Gibberish??? You must be very biased. These women are shouting and screaming a lot!!!! Just another old fashioned and boring Western European copy……LOL

John
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John

Whahaha

Burger
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Burger

Netherlands will qualify: the juries in particular will love it, its not as strong as 2014 but it should qualify on the strength of the harmonies.

anonymous91
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anonymous91

Romania third place here in this poll, nice and also great to see Ireland getting some appreciation 🙂

i can see Netherlands qualifying, as well as Bulgaria, Israel, Romania, Denmark and Belarus

i still see 5 open places from 6, 7, 8,9 and 10

Benny-Bjorn A.
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Benny-Bjorn A.

Well. The chances for the sisters have grown this week. But still not sure if they will qualify. If they get their story told in a good way they will get to the final. And if that happens OG3NE will land between 15th – 20th place. Best voices for sure, but a boring, old fashioned production.

Henry
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Henry

Well, Conchita also sung a boring old fashioned production back in 2014….

Benny-Bjorn A.
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Benny-Bjorn A.

Yes. But the sisters don’t have a beard…

LightvsDarkness
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LightvsDarkness

Just wait for the dress rehearsels

Jay
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Jay

Conchita had a damn good song, while this song is common, boring, flat… No potential big hit or winner, that was the difference. Conchita’s song reminded of the famous James Bond themes, while OG3NE reminds of Wilson Phillips – “Hold On”, but on a bad day of them…

Joe
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Joe

They are possibly winning this SF.

escAU
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escAU

are the automatic finalists doing semi final rehearsals again this year?

Jr esc nl
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Jr esc nl

Yes, but i’m not sure on which day they will start.

Morena
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Morena

The Netherlands has low chances to qualify…. I’d rather see: Austria, Romania, Bulgaria, Denmark, Belarus, Israel, Estonia, Hungary, Norway and Switzerland.

I see small chances of qualification for: Serbia, Ireland, The Netherlands, Macedonia, Malta, San Marino, Croatia and Lithuania.

Jr esc nl
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Jr esc nl

Just because there are countries that you would like more to qualify, doesn’t mean that our chances are small. X

Vladimir P.
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Vladimir P.

That’s true!

Morena
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Morena

You will see…

Joe
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Joe

No way. The Netherlands are totally qualifying. Likely top 10.

Joyce
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Joyce

I think you will be suprised by the outcome then:)

Madalyn
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Madalyn

You sure are in a bubble. Your wish is not Europe’s command.

Guido
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Guido

You have no clue..they can sing and will go to the Finals…whether you like it or not..learn to appreciate quality. Common Linnets also surprised everyone. Wait and see..ciao!

Geo
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Geo

The first two are not justified and won’t even qualify (especially Ireland). I have a big question mark concerning The Netherlands, too…

Carla
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Carla

Well, Og3ne does have the most YouTube views for their rehearsal by a long mile, so people wanna see them…
They currently are at 270k – with Greece coming in 2nd at 174k and Poland in 3rd with 162k.

Henry
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Henry

Netherlands will qualify for sure and they will end up in top 3 in this semifinal.
They will be THE big surpise of semifinal 2 and i even predict a top 10 in the grand final.

Nicki
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Nicki

Croatia 2000…remember? Also a 3 girls group (Femminem) with a great song (ever better than Og3ne, which I find it flat and boring… although they;re singing well, but the song counts, too)….but failed to qualify. And remember, Femminem were a fan favourite in 2010 and yet… So don’t count on the press poll or the betting odds.

Darius
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Darius

You mean Feminnem – “Lako je sve” (Croatia 2010), not 2000. And yes, they failed to qualify although they were a fan favorite and bookies darling that year. Everything’s possible, every year a surprise song sneaks into the final while some favorite songs don’t pass the semifinal….

Henry
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Henry

Results from the past are not a guarantee for the future, so Og3ne will be the first Girlgroup to break that curse. And by the way don’t compare them with “Femminem” because Og3ne is from a very different level.
I understand you don’t want them to qualify because they may be steal a spot in the final from your favorite (own) country, but they will qualify honey, they will…

Danuta
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Danuta

I don’t see them qualifying either…. They are cute, they are nice, they sing amazing but the song is not a banger and I just cannot connect to it… Sorry

Henry
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Henry

That’s fine with me, i so many people, so many tastes.
Let’s see what happens on may 11th….

N
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N

Totally!

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

Vocals and song are on point, but the backdrop is quite tragic

anonymous91
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anonymous91

song contests now are more at the whole package, and the backdrop is important i think

for me best stagings so far are from Georgia, Latvia, Romania and Portugal, which really suit the song the most

Maria
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Maria

I agree!