Poll: Which act gave the best rehearsal at Day 2 of Eurovision 2021 first rehearsals?
Photos: Thomas Hanses / EBU

Day two of Eurovision 2021 rehearsals is behind us.

In total, nine acts took to the stage in Rotterdam for their first rehearsals. We got our first glimpse at how the acts from Cyprus, Norway, Croatia, Belgium, Israel, Romania, Azerbaijan, Ukraine and Malta decided to stage their songs.

Elena Tsagrinou brought the fire, Hooverphonic went for dark glamour and Go_A brought a psychadelic rave to Rotterdam. But who gave the best first rehearsal? Take a look at all of our reactions then vote for your favourite in our poll!

Scroll down to vote in our poll. 

Eurovision 2021 rehearsals: Day Two (May 9)

Click on each entry to read our reviews, watch our reactions and see the rehearsal snippets.

Poll: Who had the best first rehearsal on May 9?

As always, you can vote for as many songs as you like, but you can only vote once. So make it count! This poll will close on May 10 and we will publish results shortly after.

Who did you vote for? Did your favourites live up to expectation? Let us know in the comments below. 

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Mr X
Mr X
1 month ago

Belgium and Ukraine are the best

Redarrow
1 month ago

Its like the end of the world here Malta will change what have to be change comeon guys give her a break is thats why rehalsals are for ? we all know destiny is an 18 yr old diva . second rehalsal will be on top again destiny we are behind you go girl skay that stage as you always did.

Luke A
Luke A
1 month ago

For me Belgium was most professional, but loved Malta and Romania as well

Pancake
Pancake
1 month ago

My Top 9 based on what I saw (again, dv or uv me for all I care) 1st Ukraine – If someone ask why Ukraine still has a qualification streak, this is why! Ukraine knows how to pull off a show and considering Go_A created a masterpiece of a performance in Vidbir 2020 with Solovey, it’s no surprise they’ll be able to pull it off in Rotterdam too. 2nd Cyprus – I think Germany made the great decision of passing this off to Cyprus, as Elena manage to become one with Oxa and stole the show. Stable vocals and creative… Read more »

Last edited 1 month ago by Pancake
justafan
justafan
1 month ago

Norway last as it should be (not last in this semi of course, but definitely last today). Never understood how he managed to stay in the bookies’ top 10 favorites until today.

Giolo
Giolo
1 month ago
Reply to  justafan

Romania should be last and Amnesia is in my top 6. I trust Roxen and I am confident she will improve, but we are judging the clips we’ve got today and Roxen was clearly the worst unfortunately.

Jack
Jack
1 month ago

Semi final 1 qualifiers after 1st rehearsal (in random order):

1. Lithuania
2. Russia
3. Sweden
4. Cyprus
5. Norway
6. Croatia
7. Israel
8. Azerbaijan
9. Ukraine
10. Malta

This is a bloodbath of a semi so could easily see Belgium, Ireland or Romania potentially qualifying.

Old mate
Old mate
1 month ago

Croatia will not be left in the semi finals

Robert
Robert
1 month ago
Reply to  Old mate

Croatia didnt come to play and I love it

Josh
Josh
1 month ago

This is a tough semi. I’m a little sad for Destiny and Malta…it doesn’t look like winner staging. I wish they had recreated some element from the music video. While Ukraine impressed, I fear this could go the route of Triana Park and Latvia 2017, being too acid trip and over the top and miss out on the final.

Nick
Nick
1 month ago

Ukraine made the biggest jump up in semi 1 odds from 16th place to 11th and it keeps growing, my respect to their team and stage manager, wow! I love Cyprus staging so much, slick and beautiful, Croatia and Azerbaijan were amazing as well, Eden looks so tiny like tinkerbell with powerful voice, adore her 🙂 Malta looks bright and joyful, maybe not the best outfit, but still looks very cool, Destiny is a queen! My poor girl Roxen, I hope they will fix things up for the staging cos now it looks a bit dreadful, but I still adore… Read more »

Last edited 1 month ago by Nick
esc1234
esc1234
1 month ago

Cyprus 56 seconds rehearsal video is trending in Greece,Spain and Germany. Last time that happened was in 2018 😉

Josh
Josh
1 month ago
Reply to  esc1234

On the night, I definitely could see Cyprus turning out big results.

IPIESC
IPIESC
1 month ago

Cyprus and Ukraine was very very good, but the Best Israel!

Luc
Luc
1 month ago

Cyprus and Ukraine delivered today! I’m so excited, because I’ve liked Shum since it was released (it’s a nice song I would dance to in a rave while tripping, and I really mean it in a good way), so seeing them uplift the song (with such an original and clean staging) and their qualification chances makes me happy. Sometimes I wish Ukraine and Australia (as they haven’t so far) to go NQ –and idk why tbh, because it doesn’t affect me, but Ukraine never fails to bring the whole package every year. I didn’t like Cyprus’ song much at first… Read more »

Jimmy Smit
Jimmy Smit
1 month ago

Cyprus had everything going right in this rehearsal. Elena looks and sounds stunning. At this point, I think Cyprus could win the semi.

voix
voix
1 month ago

Greece will have Green screen effects.

GMark
1 month ago

My top 9 for 2nd day of rehearsals: 1. Cyprus: The level of staging, choreography, outfit, is so highly professional and her voice was so stable and very close or even better than the studio version. 2. Croatia: don’t know why they re so low on the odds. Albina is such a good performer and the stage was something. 3. Ukraine: well this song is kinda addictive and the energy on the stage is strange but I like it! 4. Azerbaijan: I was about to put it on 5-6, but still hope for something more on the stage from Efendi…I’m… Read more »

Rob
Rob
1 month ago

Even though i did not like the Cypriot entry, i loved their rehearsal! Well done Cyprus!!! I can not wait for Greece and San Marino OMG

Last edited 1 month ago by Rob
Jimmy
Jimmy
1 month ago

Malta had a retina-burning train wreck of a rehearsal. If they only replicated one of the outfits from her video, it would have sealed her favorite status… but this… it can only go downhill from here.

Croatia had a big change and for the better… there are some effects that are not in the snippet. I think they went to almost certain to qualify category.

Doris
Doris
1 month ago

With televote only not even sure for qualification. Lazy juries will give high points just because the overhype and betting odds.

Tonks
Tonks
1 month ago

Croatia and Ukraine

Last edited 1 month ago by Tonks
Robert
Robert
1 month ago
Reply to  Tonks

Preach sister!

Robert
Robert
1 month ago

Bruh, betting odds mean nothing and our opinion means nothing. You think that 4 of my friends that are gonna watch esc with me know that Sweden and Norway changed nothing from NF. No they don’t. Do they care? Absolutely not.

Last edited 1 month ago by Robert
baby
baby
1 month ago

Haters are gonna hate and malta is gonna win

Jozo
Jozo
1 month ago
Reply to  baby

we are not haters, Malta was my number 1 in this semi but this is not a winning perfomance…

Bella
Bella
1 month ago

Who I think deserves to go through based on the rehearsals (in no particular order): Lithuania, Russia, Cyprus, Belgium, Romania, Azerbaijan and Ukraine.

Who I think will go through, well… That’s anybody’s guess, it’s a very unpredictable SF. I think Lithuania, Russia, Sweden, Cyprus, Romania, Azerbaijan, Ukraine and Malta are safe. That leaves 2 spots for at the very least Belgium, I hope. I really could not understand if Eurovision doesn’t reward a quality entry and flawless live performance like Hooverphonic’s with at the very least a SF qualification.

Luc
Luc
1 month ago
Reply to  Bella

Actually it’s pretty likely Sweden goes NQ with that messy staging

Bella
Bella
1 month ago
Reply to  Luc

I would be surprised if they NQ. Their song is pretty middle-of-the-road, but considering it’s Sweden I think they still have the bare minimum required to qualify. But hey, if they don’t go through at least it frees up a spot for another country, for once!

Luc
Luc
1 month ago
Reply to  Bella

I mean, you’re right, we’re talking about Sweden after all. Though I don’t know what to think about them, let me explain: Tusse is a talented and promising singer with a nice stage presence and a good voice (even though he’s recently undergone a minor operation), but his song is pretty meh, the staging is nothing special but an absolute mess and there’s at least 10 better songs in this semi tbf, so it’d be nice to see televote sink this enough so Sweden doesn’t reach the finale (obviously because Sweden’s entries these last years have been average and formulaic… Read more »

Last edited 1 month ago by Luc
Una
Una
1 month ago
Reply to  Luc

Nothing agaist Tusse but how about other performers’ careers when they don’t have the “Swedish mystique”?

Žilvinas
Žilvinas
1 month ago
Reply to  Bella

Romania is FAR from safe…

Jamie
Jamie
1 month ago

Cringe

OberonYronwood
OberonYronwood
1 month ago

Hey guys, wow, what an exciting day, wasn’t it? So, I’m gonna give my two cents and I’m gonna start by saying that all the artists have to be really proud of the work they put into their performances, thank you from the bottom of my heart, that being said, let’s go: CYPRUS: Elena is a goddess, not only she looks like an Angel but she sounds like I one too, I’m very pleasantly surprised by her vocals, the staging looks epic, sensual and powerful, which is what we all expected, well done Cyprus! NORWAY: whilst I prefer the Norwegian… Read more »

Luc
Luc
1 month ago
Reply to  OberonYronwood

Sometimes I want Ukraine to just go NQ (idk why thought), but they always deliver, it’s amazing and they have my respect tbh

Artem
Artem
1 month ago
Reply to  Luc

Ukraine can be last country in a contest that always qualified to the final,if Australia will NQ

Kate
Kate
1 month ago

I’m happy for Ukraine, Cyprus, Croatia and Israel, but I’m so worried about Romania, I love song so much but the staging gives me NQ vibes 🙁

EurovisionSpain
EurovisionSpain
1 month ago

Flo Rida isn’t coming to Rotterdam, right?

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
1 month ago

Honestly I would rather see Australia in the grand final than Azerbaijan

Grft
Grft
1 month ago
Reply to  Eurovision fan

Very that

Doris
Doris
1 month ago
Reply to  Eurovision fan

Any other than Malta and I would be happy.

Roodi
Roodi
1 month ago
Reply to  Doris

well i hate to ruin it for you but Malts is gonna qualify.

Jimmy
Jimmy
1 month ago
Reply to  Doris

Azerbeijan staging is very dull, I’m afraid.

Teddy
Teddy
1 month ago

Based off of these first rehearsals I think qualifiers will come from these 12 (VERY rough order of preference)

Ireland
Russia
Ukraine
Malta
Lithuania
Cyprus
Belgium
Israel OR Croatia
Sweden (begrudgingly)
Azerbaijan
Australia

Norway and Tix could do it but only if the camera shots and vocals are perfect, especially for the jury final

JORDAN
JORDAN
1 month ago
Reply to  Teddy

Sweden low-key doesn’t deserve to qualify in my humble opinion. I just think that the song is mediocre and the only reason the bookies are giving it so much attention is because it’s Sweden. It’s generic and, by the half way point, I’m bored. Out of interest, who do you think will qualify between Israel and Croatia as there’s been a lot of disagreement today across the fandom. I’m rooting for Eden! I love the song and I think that the staging is actually really nice and measured. It’s not massively over the top and complicated but it accompanies the… Read more »

Edward
Edward
1 month ago
Reply to  JORDAN

I think it should be Eden as well! She’s got the better vocals and Tick Tock really doesn’t do anything for me. I prefer the Mediterranean vibes from Set Me Free haha. I think Croatia does have a slight edge as pretty blonde girls always perform well in televotes but it’s possible El Diablo being in the same semi will draw some away too. Very exciting to see how it actually goes down

tomtomtom
tomtomtom
1 month ago
Reply to  JORDAN

Both Israel and Croatia will qualify. This choice between them is dumb. Someone said it based on costume similarities and everyone is following the herd like sheep.

Doris
Doris
1 month ago

Malta with a ratio of 55/45% like/dislike on Youtube. And this is a winning song ????
Odds bots must be in panic because in a normal world it should already be out of the top 10 in the odds.

Kristian
Kristian
1 month ago
Reply to  Doris

Well , it’s more been a matter of France rising than Malta falling. France went up from 13% 2 days ago to 19% today.

Malta was 18% 2 days ago , and is 17% today.

Samo
Samo
1 month ago

Ukraine is my winner today. I never cared too much for the song, but the performance look fun!

Malta on the other hand is a complete disaster. It completely lost the classy feel of the music video. Those pink costumes feel cheap and trashy + they failed to come up with an idea of what will Destiny do on the stage. You can’t have a dance track and just stand there. Take a lesson from Netta, you don’t need to be a great dancer to make it work.

Ted
Ted
1 month ago

Ukraine and Croatia SLAYED

Teddy
Teddy
1 month ago

Ukraine was hands down the best rehearsal. Completely elevated the song and is yet another reason why Ukraine is one of the greats. I can’t really make a top 8 because the rest of the songs are either very similar or all had decent but not spectacular runs. However Romania was really worrying… And Croatia and Israel both having almost identical concepts was also worrying as only one of them will win the neon diva battle.

Rye
Rye
1 month ago

Bots from Azerbaijan can give Efendi as many votes as they want, but let’s get real, it’s just plain awful.

Lena
Lena
1 month ago

Ana’s song is everything but emotional lol

Candy
Candy
1 month ago

My ranking of today’s rehearsals:

  1. Cyprus
  2. Ukraine
  3. Belgium
  4. Croatia
  5. Romania
  6. Israel
  7. Azerbaijan
  8. Malta
  9. Norway
Anhel
Anhel
1 month ago

I voted Ukraine and Belgium, and I think Romania had the worst rehearsal, idk why it’s not on the bottom (as much as i like the song ).

Kristian
Kristian
1 month ago
Reply to  Anhel

She was vocally the weakest. I’m sad . It’s in my overall top 5 , the song

WannaEatMySpaghetti
WannaEatMySpaghetti
1 month ago

Hooverphonic: delivers a flawless rehearsal.

Belgian fans looking at the odds: are we a joke to you?

Giolo
Giolo
1 month ago

Odds predicted Elliot and Sennek to qualify and they were wrong.

2 years later: Odds predicted Hooverhonic out and they were wrong.

Jo.
Jo.
1 month ago

They shouldn’t worry to much, Belgium has a very good shot of going thru. Too many upbeat songs and dancers in this semi-final.

DDRaven
DDRaven
1 month ago
Reply to  Jo.

If they don’t kill the whole audience with boredom, sure

Bella
Bella
1 month ago

I think it’s going to be tough for Belgium cause this SF is a bloodbath but I think they have a chance, if only because their song stands out. Most of the other songs are trying too hard to outscream, outglitter and outstage each other. Belgium will feel like a deserved and welcome break in the middle of that.

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 month ago

Combining both days, I would say Cyprus, Lithuania, Russia and Ukraine (alphabetic order) were the big winners so far. Cyprus was better than their direct competitors, Lithuania reinforced their current status and Russia and Ukraine maybe will finally get all the traction they deserve.

But I would highlight Belgium also, because they’re doing exactly what they need to do. Those who think it’s boring wouldn’t vote for them anyway. They’re fighting for a different kind of audience. It’s early to tell if it will be enough, but they’re playing the right cards.

Last edited 1 month ago by Sabrina
Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Sabrina

Alex would be happier not qualifying than catering to the “fireworks” televoters.

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

I imagine so. And it wouldn’t be a smart move either. I just hope this has great camera work. It seems on the snippet that the camera will gently move from one performer to another. It can be cool.

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Sabrina

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Badwoolfgirl
Badwoolfgirl
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

Not that CATS!

Kristian
Kristian
1 month ago
Reply to  Sabrina

Exactly , this is the staging I expected . Dark and brooding and that’s what they’re doing

Jo.
Jo.
1 month ago

Good thing is that there’s no trainwreck in this semi-final. It looks like all the performances will be very good, which is great for the contest and makes things more unpredictable. Lot of stuff to fix, but overall pretty good, judging by the snippets.

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 month ago
Reply to  Jo.

I agree. Nothing was embarassing, no mistake was unsolvable and nobody seems totally out of the game yet (I don’t believe North Macedonia has much chance, but at least they’re in a better situation than before the rehearsals).

Jo.
Jo.
1 month ago
Reply to  Sabrina

oh yeah, I forgot about that one. North Macedonia is pretty much out.

Kristian
Kristian
1 month ago
Reply to  Sabrina

I don’t see how that will happen ? There’s no way it’s coming out of bottom 1 position in Televote

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 month ago
Reply to  Kristian

Maybe some jurors will throw it some points. With the televote I guess it’s impossible to avoid last place.

PS: I went to look what Iceland got with “Our Choice”, which I believe it’s a similar entry. They got zero points from the televote and 15 from the jury. The bad news for Vasil is that 7 came from Belarus and 2 from North Macedonia.

Kristian
Kristian
1 month ago
Reply to  Sabrina

Lol , so 6 points remain

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 month ago
Reply to  Sabrina

You have to start somewhere, right?. 😛 But at least the staging is less corny than I was expecting. I was afraid that we would see a lot of pictures of baby Vasil or stock photos of happy people. He escaped the S!sters curse, I consider it a win!

notyourtoy
notyourtoy
1 month ago

Now Vanilla I have to apologize you for spreading hate on Shum some months ago

Darren
1 month ago

Azerbaijan 3rd?
Lol yeah right. K

Darren
1 month ago
Reply to  Darren

Evidently so

kas
kas
1 month ago
Reply to  Darren

worst case scenario.

Darren
1 month ago
Reply to  Darren

That will actually be a crime. I honestly don’t think I could watch on Saturday if that gets through at the expense of someone actually trying, capable of singing and playing the game fairly.

morten tvergaard
morten tvergaard
1 month ago
Reply to  Darren

If you think mate hari lacks vocals you must be the worst listener ever to listen to a song. Staging is up to you what you think, but her vocal is one of the strongest and most secure and safe of them all. And the girl from aussis vocal is btw. very unsecure… On top of that efendi is one of the few that actually has natural charm and smiling like she actually loves what she is doing….

Last edited 1 month ago by morten tvergaard
notyourtoy
notyourtoy
1 month ago

Russia and Ukraine are the real dark horses of the year, at least from this semifinal. The will both do really well

kas
kas
1 month ago
Reply to  notyourtoy

Russia and Ukraine were both well discussed for obvious reasons weeks now my friend.

From 16th (Ukr) and 15th (Rus) place in odds yesterday to todays 12th (Ukr) and 15th (Rus) or to 10th or 8th in the grand final (upper limit for both entries)….it is not considered as a black horse route (black donkey maybe).

There are not black horses this year. One of the favs is going to win. After today Malta’s flop…one of the rest.

notyourtoy
notyourtoy
1 month ago
Reply to  kas

When many people were questioning if Russia and Ukraine would even reach the finals, they can be called dark horses as they just shut the mouth of any “hater”

Kas
Kas
1 month ago
Reply to  notyourtoy

I don’t like at all both entries….but never have a question about their sure qualification.

notyourtoy
notyourtoy
1 month ago

In terms of odds, from the countries that rehearsed today, big winners are Ukraine and Cyprus (even here they are the top 2 of the day), while Malta, Norway and Romania underperformed, so the odds are against them now. There are no notable changes to the other countries for now

Anne Marie
Anne Marie
1 month ago

Sorry, but did you guys see the full performances somewhere? I think the material that we got is not enough to judge the performances tbh

phone but on laptop
phone but on laptop
1 month ago
Reply to  Anne Marie

this is all you are supposed to get for today and this is a poll about those small snippets. which snippet is the best? is that a hard question?

Ellen
Ellen
1 month ago

On my first impressions, Cyprus had the best staging, choreography and costumes. Vocally, it sounded like they were all good — except Roxen — especially TIX, Albina, Geike, Eden, the main singer from Go_A and Destiny. From what I see, Russia or Cyprus could win this SF.

Last edited 1 month ago by Ellen
Kristian
Kristian
1 month ago
Reply to  Ellen

Russia would do great with Televote , not so much Jury . Malta would do great with Jury , not so much Televote. It opens the way for Cyprus or Ukraine to go ahead and win.

sam
sam
1 month ago

my ranking today: 1) UKRAINE.. i got goosebumps. this has been my biggest grower this year (its now my 3rd) 2) cyprus, i like the staging concept and i think elena looks soo hot 3) croatia, i guess no one else really thinks so but i thought the staging was really nice and this will probably qualify 4) malta, i love destiny but this staging underwhelmed me. everything is there for her to win the whole contest but it feels like SJB is duping her… 5) romania, i actually thought the staging was innovative but it was executed wrong today.… Read more »

Last edited 1 month ago by sam
Chris
Chris
1 month ago

Yes but in 2011 we were surprised in a negative way.

Grft
Grft
1 month ago

So to me … Sure qualifiers are: 1. Russia – outstanding performer + fun act 2. Ukraine – great and original 3. Cyprus – super polished in every aspect 4. Sweden – good performer and.. it’s Sweden 5. Malta – fantastic performer and a good song 6. Lithuania – contender for the win Sure NQ are: – North Macedonia, sorry babe you’re no Dotter – Slovenia … do I need to explain That leaves 8 countries for 4 slots and I think it could be anyone’s game among them. I would say that Israel will make it because she’s super… Read more »

Jessie
Jessie
1 month ago
Reply to  Grft

No one cares about Slovenia honey. %100 NQ with North Macedonia.

phone but on laptop
phone but on laptop
1 month ago
Reply to  Jessie

You are wrong, Eurovision fans don’t care about Slovenia. We don’t know what the juries will like

Kristian
Kristian
1 month ago
Reply to  Jessie

Yup , with So many performers not vocally delivering and Ana delivering , I see her coming upto 4th with the Jury. She is definitely back in the game.

Azerbaijan, Croatia , Israel, Romania are slipping . Ireland is also slipping. North Macedonia is participating .

Last edited 1 month ago by Kristian
Grft
Grft
1 month ago
Reply to  Grft

I wish to have that level of delusion

Grft
Grft
1 month ago
Reply to  Grft

Not this

Stephanie
Stephanie
1 month ago
Reply to  Grft

Sweden was good??? Okay…

Luc
Luc
1 month ago
Reply to  Grft

Completely agree with everything except Sweden, their staging was messy and they ditched the elements that made it a winner in melfest

EurofanGr
EurofanGr
1 month ago

Belgium jumped on my top 5, azerbaijan from winner fell on my 3rd place, I still don’t get the hype around malta, I loved Romania and croatia. By Cyprus I was more focused on the mirror behind her, than actually her so I don’t know how much it will affect people’s voting intentions but overall I kind liked it.

EurofanGr
EurofanGr
1 month ago
Reply to  EurofanGr

Oh I forgot to mention that ireland and Australia have also entered my top 5. The only countries I liked from yesterday’s rehearsals lol

Last edited 1 month ago by EurofanGr
Candy
Candy
1 month ago
Reply to  EurofanGr

I haven’t seen a stranger top five lol

EurofanGR
EurofanGR
1 month ago
Reply to  Candy

Why is it strange tho? Maybe elaborate next time instead of just saying something and then run away?

Eurovisionary
Eurovisionary
1 month ago

Malta is droping slowly like dripping in odds only after first rehearsal. Wait and see how polls predictions are wrong when Malta doesn’t win in May…Sorry I am sorry Malta you need to send your original like you did in the past that hit top 3 and not your this year’s entry that is nothing special, the instruments you used to make the song big with 2015 junior winner got attention of polls bookies but not real votes yet to be decided and announced in May…I have heard many entries like this one in the past tired to hide the… Read more »