Another nine acts rehearsed for the first time on May 2 (“Day Four” for the press corps in Lisbon). It was, as ever, a day of colour. Sweden’s Benjamin Ingrosso danced before a series of light pipes in bold reds and blues, while Hungary’s AWS went for something more fiery, releasing a sea of orange as they sent fire shooting into the sky and unleashed geysers filled with sparks. Don’t stand too close, or you might get burned. Slovenia’s Lea Sirk worked a different colourway entirely, opting for blacks and dark purples — before turning out the lights entirely.
But in the minds of our readers, one act outshined them all. After counting 4,571 votes, we can now reveal that Ukraine’s Melovin delivered your favourite rehearsal, having secured 20% of all votes, or 922 votes to be precise.
Melovin rises from the dead — or so he wants us to think at the beginning of his performance, where he rests inside of a coffin with cut-outs on its lid.
When it eventually opens and he emerges from the container, we realise he’s actually resting on the top of a two-tier piano. He doesn’t just tickle the ivories — he stomps on them!
Hungary’s AWS brings metalcore to the Eurovision stage, perhaps the first since Max Jason Mai in 2012 for Slovakia. Lead singer Ors — barefoot, per his preference — manages to make screaming sound like singing. The hardcore song becomes a meditation on life, death and the journey in between.
He delivers it with passion and abandon, all informed by the story’s very personal narrative: coming to terms with the death of his father. It’s touching, despite being loud and in your face. AWS nabbed 668 votes, or around 15%.
Hvala, ne – hvala, slaaaay! Slovenia’s Lea Sirk served a thoroughly off-kilter, totally urban performance during her first rehearsal. This harked back to the Eurovision of yesteryear when people weren’t afraid to have a bit of fun.
Her euro-dance number has major swagger, which comes through her swishing hips, facial expressions and non-stop popping and locking. She got 13%, or 597 votes.
See below for all the results.
Did Melovin raise you from your graves on May 2? Who was your favourite otherwise? Let us know in the comments section below.