The 9 May saw nine acts from semi-final one of Eurovision 2021 undertake their first rehearsal on the Rotterdam Ahoy stage. Elena Tsagrinou brought the fire, Hooverphonic went for dark glamour, Go_A brought a psychedelic rave, and that’s just a sample.
After reading the reviews from the press and watching the official rehearsal clips, we asked you to vote for which act you thought delivered the best first rehearsal out of these nine countries.
After counting 7,890 votes, we can now reveal the winner…
Go_A delivered your favourite first rehearsal on 9 May
Earning the top spot for this poll are Go_A from Ukraine. The group received 1,803 votes, which is 22.85% of the total number cast.
Tron meets Ukrainian folk was the theme of the day with Go_A’s staging and they effectively brought their entry “SHUM” to life. These were wiwiblogger Padraig’s thoughts on Go_A’s first rehearsal:
“This is a feast for all the senses. Visually, sonically, spiritually. Go_A deliver. I didn’t know what to expect from them at Eurovision, but it certainly wasn’t this. All the disparate elements shouldn’t work — Kateryna’s green feather jacket, the boys in their hazmat suits, the trees, the bags of seeds, the halos made of ring lights, the psychedelic LED…. to name just a few. But the end result is spectacular. “SHUM” is an acquired taste. But the vocals are on point and Go_A are selling it!”
Second place in the poll goes to Cyprus’ Elena Tsagrinou. She picked up 1,528 votes (19.37% of the total). Flanked by four dancers in ruby catsuits, Elena set the Ahoy arena alight with her rehearsal for “El Diablo”. She might be toying with the devil in hell, but Elena is flying high towards the heavens (and potentially the scoreboard) after this first rehearsal.
The only other act to earn more than 1,000 votes is Efendi from Azerbaijan. She receives the bronze medal after being awarded 1,158 votes (14.68%). Yet another act who performs alongside four backing dancers, Efendi embodied the spirit of “Mata Hari” to deliver a notable first run through.
The fourth place finisher in this poll was Croatia’s Albina, while bookies favourite Destiny from Malta claimed the final spot in the top five.
Sixth place went to Hooverphonic of Belgium, and Romania’s Roxen followed in seventh.
Israel’s Eden Alene and her whistle notes are eighth, while TIX from Norway finishes ninth in the poll.
Full results: Who had the best first rehearsal on 9 May?
- Ukraine: Go_A — “SHUM” — 22.85% (1,803 votes)
- Cyprus: Elena Tsagrinou — “El Diablo” — 19.37% (1,528 votes)
- Azerbaijan: Efendi — “Mata Hari — 14.68% (1,158 votes)
- Croatia: Albina — “Tick-Tock” — 11.57% (913 votes)
- Malta: Destiny — “Je Me Casse” — 9.43% (744 votes)
- Belgium: Hooverphonic — “The Wrong Place” — 7.25% (572 votes)
- Romania: Roxen — “Amnesia” — 5.3% (418 votes)
- Israel: Eden Alene — “Set Me Free” — 5.21% (411 votes)
- Norway: TIX — “Fallen Angel” — 4.34% (343 votes)
Total Votes: 7,890
Do you agree that Go_A had the best first rehearsal amongst these acts? Who do you think will improve the most in their second rehearsal? Let us know in the comments below!