Eurovision 2018 day four rehearsal may 2-min

Slovenia’s Lea Sirk overcame a “technical problem”. Sweden’s Benjamin Ingrosso ported from Sweden to Portugal. And Hungary’s AWS rocked out amidst the fire and the flames. On the fourth day of Eurovision 2018 rehearsals, the last nine acts of the second semi-final took to the stage for their first rehearsals.

But which of the nine countries performing had your favourite rehearsal: Georgia, Poland, Malta, Hungary, Latvia, Sweden, Montenegro, Slovenia or Ukraine>? You can let us know your thoughts in our poll!

You can watch all of our reviews of today’s rehearsals in the playlist below. Then vote in our poll. You can vote for as many countries as you like, but you can only vote one time, so make it count. Be sure to click the box next to each act you want to support before pressing submit.

Poll: Who had the best first rehearsal on May 2?

We’ll close our poll tomorrow evening and release the results shortly after that. In the meantime, we’d love to hear what you thought about this final day of the semi-final first rehearsals. Let us know who your favourite was in the comments section below!

Read all of our Eurovision 2018 rehearsal news here

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Erzzza
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Erzzza

come on, cyprussss hope they get the first win, we need the votes, get behind Cyprus first semi final

AngieP
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AngieP

Ukraine and Hungary come up to mind instantly.

oscillate
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oscillate

Hungary wins this round. Ukraine is not far behind-.

Adriana
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MELOVIN is the best

Elvis
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Elvis

Laura Rizzoto was the Best!

Sam
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Sam

1. Latvia
2. Malta
3. Hungary
4. Ukraine
5. Georgia
6. Sweden
7. Montenegro
8. Poland
9. Slovenia

Eric
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Eric

Sweden…

Eric
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Eric

SWEDEN! Will rule this semifinal!

Yaa
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Yaa

Are you Spanish?

Maria
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Maria

Sweden’s song is boring, annoying, and no soul. It is for dancing, but it doesnt touch me emotionally at all. It is one of millions, Not special. And Benjamin is a cheap copy of Justin Bieber.
Sweden’s worst entry in years. Sorry.

Esc
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Esc

1 Georgia
2 Ukraine
3 Sweden
4 Hungary
5 Malta
6 Slovenia
7 Poland
8 Montenegro
9 Latvia

Eric
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Eric

Sweden is the best in semi 2!

Elvis
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Elvis

Latvia is the best!!!

Barcelona :)
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Barcelona :)

Ukraine. I don’t know … I think Ukraine’s most interesting idea. The way he lies inside the piano and leaves it. Fire promise to add more. I did not see anything except for salutes from Hungary, sorry

Anita
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Eric
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Eric

The only thing that is 100% certain is that San Marino will come last in its semifinal.

Lisa
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Lisa

Ukraine?

pineapples and bananas
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pineapples and bananas

Eurovision 2011 – Bookies 1 day before the Grand Final
1. France (real result 15)
2. Ireland (real result 08)
3. Azerbaijan (real result 01)
4. UK (real result 11)
5. Estonia (real result 24)

NickC
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NickC

Here is my take on semi 2: SURE BETS: Sweden, Norway. Whether you are a fan of over-produced Scandi-pop or not, there is no doubt that these two are qualifying. All signs are in the right direction: Odds, you tube views, journalist reports. Signed, sealed, delivered. MOST LIKELY QUALIFYING: Australia and Ukraine. I would not be 100 percent sure that they are qualifying, as Australia did not really live up to expectations, and Ukraine may alienate few people, but in terms of overall package, these two are miles ahead of many other songs in this semi. LIKELY TO QUALIFY: Moldova,… Read more »

NickC
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NickC

Oops. Forgot Poland- they are also in the war zone, me thinks.

Tuvddtgccj57g
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Tuvddtgccj57g

Actually polish song has over 10 mln views on youtube (studio version on gromee’s channel) – if we’re talking about views

Yaa
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Yaa

Please tell by which standard is Australia miles ahead of the others?

pineapples and bananas
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pineapples and bananas

He said : odds, you tube views and journalists reports. According to this criteria, Jamala could never win.

NickC
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NickC

Incorrect: Jamala was #3 in the odds and youtube views. In odds she was trailing Russia and Australia, in youtube she was was trailing Russia and France. There was always a chance.

pineapples and bananas
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pineapples and bananas

If I remember well, the second rehearsal is allowed to be fully recorded by blogs. So today we will see all 3 minutes of the performances, because today start 2nd rehearsals. Hope I’m right.

Susan
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Susan

You remembered right, but this year they actually changed the rules for press, like Robyn said yesterday on a live stream. Press is aloud to the hall, but they can’t film there and there is no point either, because it’s dark there. We got to see only snippets again. And honestly, I like it that way. I think it’s way better, when we see the finished performances on a big night and not before some bad quality and bad angles filmed ones ?

pineapples and bananas
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pineapples and bananas

Thank you for the answer!

napqweeb
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napqweeb

Sorry, fans of Ukraine, but objectively Hungary’s rehearsal was better imho

Ally
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Ally

That’s your objectivity, my objectivity tells me that Ukraine is better. Imho 😉

pineapples and bananas
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pineapples and bananas

Who can believe that Romania has any chance of not qualifying?
2nd running order……my […]

Mamndara
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Mamndara

It was not even in my TOP 20 before rehearsal but now it is in my TOP 10 🙂 I voted for Slovenia…. 🙂

Chex Mix
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Chex Mix

My head says Sweden, but my heart is with Ukraine.

pineapples and bananas
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pineapples and bananas

Another proof that people should listen their hearts. I never thought that Ingrosso is appealing to the brain.

Hada
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Hada

I’m loving Georgia, Hungary, Slovenia and Ukraine.

Eric
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Eric

Swedens Benjamin Ingrosso is really confident and sexy on stage. I think he will win this semi followed by Rybak. Anything else would be a huge surprise

Mr Gold
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Mr Gold

Most people are like you, and that’s why Sweden has much better chance in televoting than Norway.

Jo.
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Jo.

Me thinks:
Televoting winner: Hungary
Jury winner: Sweden or Australia

Escphbelgium
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Escphbelgium

Eurovision 2018 rehearsals my top 9 #1 Ukraine (Mélovin – Under The Ladder) >> Almost nothing changed since Vidbir. Let’s just keep it that way #2 Malta (Christabelle – Taboo) >> Yes! Dystopian realness is real! #3 Poland (Gromee – Light Me Up ft. Lukas Meijer) >> Needs more lights but it’s fantastic #4 Sweden (Benjamin Ingrosso – Dance You Off) >> Yes, he can dance me on that stage *wink* *wink* #5 Slovenia (Lea Sirk – Hvala, Ne) >> I didn’t expect that last part. #6 Latvia (Laura Rizzotto – Funny Girl) >>What was she thinking? Cause it’s really… Read more »

Eric
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Eric

Sweden was great today!

sue
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sue

I am the only one who like Georgia? However, although I would love to see them on the final, I know it’s very unlikely
Overall I don’t like most of the songs of SF2.. just Georgia, Poland and Hungary. Don’t like Moldova but it will definetly qualify and Norway as well
too bad a lot of good songs will stay out in SF1

Andrea
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Andrea

You’re not the only one!

James
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James

Shenis unite!

Ulises
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Ulises

That piano on fire ruins all its originality.

Escphbelgium
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Escphbelgium

It’s the staircase that’s on fire

Vic
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Vic

The Second Semi Final is the dictionary’s definition of mediocrity.

Matt C
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Matt C

Cyprus is 7th and seems to be closing on Estonia in the odds.. possible winner or are the odds messed up?

Elena
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Elena

I think if they both get into Grand Final, then it all comes town to running order. Put Estonia or Cyprus to the beginnig and the won’t get that good result.

Mr Gold
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Mr Gold

It’s time to open my heart to you. Love me and my truth. I want good for everyone, and preferably for myself. I love you, after all, even if you despise me, and this is how it is. You are ungrateful. You should be more human and together with me. You should support me and be on my side. I need deep love. Someone make me a stick. Please. Israel – rubbish Norway – not a winner France – almost nothing Czech Republic – radical plastic, not good for me, but Q to final Bulgaria – they are not my… Read more »

Jim Morrison
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Jim Morrison

I’m giving you love ’cause all we need is love
Riders on the storm
Into this house we’re born
Into this world we’re thrown
Like a dog without a bone
An actor out on loan
Riders on the storm

Weißbrot
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Weißbrot

You need serious help lol.

Jo.
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Jo.

Lmao

Colin
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Colin

Hungary and Montenegro are still my favorites! Ukraine is a big grower too. 🙂

ieva
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ieva

Worst semi EVER. Hungary is the best and that is only because all the others are much weaker. Russia is the worst, but I will vote for her just to mess up with mr. putin who is joking his ass off with her (and us).

Maria
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Maria

Do you normally listen to heavy metal? Or only in Eurovision you started to like it? 🙂

ieva
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ieva

No, I don’t listen to heavy metal. But I do find a nice melody in that song and I feel the energy. As, I said, it is the best among the worst songs ever in the same semi.

Maria
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Maria

to Hörnchen AT
“less probable Qualifiers: Russia
non-qualfiiers: Latvia”

Is there any logic in this?

Ndi
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Ndi

Whats illogical ab that?

Maria
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Maria

ok, ok, everyone has their own taste in music.

Bruno
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Bruno

Hungary and Ukraine!

Catriona Colville
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Catriona Colville

That would be weird, since Norway are winning the contest.

Davve
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Davve

SWEDEN!!!!!

Eric
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Eric

I agree!

Sabrina
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Sabrina

Please save a spot for Moldova. You can call it my guilty pleasure if you want, but I won’t feel guilty about that if the performance is as much fun as I’m expecting it to be. 😛

Davve
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Davve

Sweden!! By far

fugu
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fugu

I’ve heard the Swedish song so many times before, mostly in 70s compilations cds, when it was still called ‘disco’. No disco has great depth, it’s not that kind of music, but this is shallow as heck even by disco standards.

Davve
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Davve

Yeah because ESC is known for its deep lyrics and current style. Why all this bitterness?

Jo.
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Jo.

Apparently, Hungary is the first act to look like a winner. And Budapest 2019 seems just fine by me!

Jo.
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Jo.

The juries tho, they will never let a song like that win.

Catriona Colville
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Catriona Colville

The juries usually score rock entries highly.

Jo.
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Jo.

I know…but what about hard rock? Montenegro was top 10 in 2016 (SF1 jury) tho.

Anisa
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Anisa

The Albanian jury are mostly rock singers. They will totally vote for it 😉

James
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James

The Albanian jury won’t be voting in semi-2. But we’ll see how everyone else would receive the song,

Yaa
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Yaa

Romanian jury has 2 rock players and they vote in semi 2

Weißbrot
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Weißbrot

Yeah, I actually see the Televote going for it, but the juries…. I doubt it.

Hörnchen AT
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Hörnchen AT

My Prediction for both semis after the first round of rehersals:

Semifinal 1:
sure qualifiers : Bulgaria, Israel, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Finland, Estonia, Austria
more probable qualifiers: Albania, Greece, Croatia
less probable Qualifiers: Lithuania, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Belgium
non-qualfiiers: Iceland, Ireland, Switzerland, Macedonia

Semifinal 2:
sure qualifiers : Ukraine, Norway, Hungary, Australia, Sweden
more probable qualifiers: Denmark, Moldova, Poland, Slovenia
less probable Qualifiers: Romania, Montenegro, The Netherlands, Russia
non-qualfiiers: San Marino, Serbia, Malta, Latvia, Georgia

Jo.
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Jo.

Croatia might have great staging, but the song is still the same flat pancake.
Romania is totally going to the final.

Hörnchen AT
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Hörnchen AT

its not ab my preferences, its just my analysis based on the staging, the vocals, the general reception, the running order and the genres. Croatia doesnt have anyother similar song in the SF (maybe Cyprus but there are 6 songs in between with completely different genres). Romania is a rock song in a semi with the Netherlands, Hungary and Ukraine and in my opinion all 3 are better than the romanian song, the other disadvantage is that Romania is placed after Norway and its 2nd in the running order and entries going 2nd rarely qualify!

Jo.
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Jo.

Well, you might be right about Romania, but Croatia…maybe if the juries really got behind that song.

Hörnchen AT
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Hörnchen AT

i mean you never know, since RO has never missed a Final and the bottom 5 slots in second SF are rlly anybodys game. According to voting Patterns Romania has recieved most points by Moldova, Israel, Spain, Portugal, Greece and Cyprus (only 1 out of 6 Countries can vote in this semi, thus not looking good for them). SF1 on the other hand is very hard to predict which 3 acts are going thorugh besides the 7 that i think are going for sure. Even Greece has an almost guaranteed slot. According to Voting patterns Albania is also almost through… Read more »

Jo.
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Jo.

My predicition is quite similar to yours.

SF1
Sure thing: Israel, Czech Rep., Estonia, Austria, Cyprus, Finland
Almost there: Bulgaria, Albania
Borderline: Azerbaijan, Greece, Belgium. Lithuania, Armenia
Probably not: FYR Macedonia, Belarus, Croatia
Bye: Iceland, Ireland, Switzerland

SF2:
Sure thing: Australia, Sweden, Ukraine, Hungary, Norway, Moldova, Poland
Almost there: Denmark
Borderline: Romania, The Netherlands, Slovenia
Probably not: Georgia, Serbia, Malta, Montenegro
Bye: Russia, Latvia, San Marino

Yaa
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Yaa

Imo Romania being placed after Norway is huge advantage and anyway they will just qualify, be prepared!

Yaa
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Yaa

From first semifinal please remove Austria, he’s just dead on arrival for sure, and from semi 2 let’s enjoy the thought that Australia get’s a a deservedly NQ! Yey! Happyness!

Erasmus
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Erasmus

1. Sweden
2. Ukraine
3. Slovenia
4. Hungary
5. the Netherlands
6. Poland
7. Australia
8. Latvia
9. Denmark
10. Malta
quite a big gap.
11. Norway
12. Moldova
13. Russia
14. Serbia
15. Montenegro
16. Romania
17. Georgia
18. San Marino
and about predictions: I think all of my top 10 will make, but 2 will be replaced by Norway and Moldova. And these 2 will either be Slovenia/the Netherlands/Latvia or Malta. and Russia is the only other potential qualifier, but with those vocals she has no chance.

Yaa
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Yaa

The Netherlands and Australia should be ready to go, but Australia is sticked to us , infortunately so I’ ll ditch maybe Latvia, Malta?! But please could it be Australia and the Netherlands instead?!

Ally
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Ally

Ukraine and Slovenia

Alex M
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Alex M

Also my favorites of this semi 🙂

Sabrina
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Sabrina

Voted for Hungary.

Yaa
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Yaa

Yey! Me too!

Weißbrot
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Weißbrot

I mean… There are a couple of Songs I want to see in the final. Hungary (obviously, my 1st place), Norway, Ukraine, Denmark, Netherlands, Moldova, Montenegro… I don’t really think this semi is bad if you compare it to semis from the past. But if you look at Semi 1 this year ,which is like the best semi ever, it just seems much weaker than it is. Still, I wish we could just put some Songs from Semi 1 to Semi 2, because we’re all gonna be devastated after Tuesday. Today Ukraine and Hungary were the best. I’m still in… Read more »

Paul
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Paul

Benjamin Ingrosso really is the 2018 version of Adam MP3

Escmaya
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Escmaya

Lea sirk was the best omggg soo goooodddd…… she can surprise us all

Ally
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Ally

She’s a goddess!

Zuzu
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Zuzu

If this semi didnt include Ukraine and Hungary, i wouldnt mind not watching it.

Sam
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Sam

Malta may be a big surprise

impressiveinstants
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impressiveinstants

Ukraine, Malta and Hungary. The rest…. mmm… the flame is burning

Anita
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Anita

Please watch the press conference with Lea Sirk – She was singing Amar Pelos Dois.

Susan
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Susan

I voted for Malta, Hungary and Ukraine 🙂

Rory
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Rory

Can this Semi as a whole be cancelled?

John
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Lol!

musimakeup
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musimakeup

Poland maybe.