Poll: Who had the best first rehearsal on May 10 at Eurovision 2021?
Photos: Andres Putting / EBU

With day three of Eurovision 2021 rehearsals done and dusted, it’s time to review the competition.

Today, nine acts took to the Rotterdam Ahoy stage for their first rehearsals. We got our first glimpse at how the acts from San Marino, Estonia, Czech Republic, Greece, Austria, Poland, Moldova, Iceland and Serbia decided to stage their songs.

Senhit took us to church, Stefania delivered the magic tricks and Daði og Gagnamagnið went full on intergalactic disco. But who gave the best first rehearsal? Take a look at all of our reactions then vote for your favourite in our poll!

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Eurovision 2021 rehearsals: Day Three (May 10)

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 10?

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 11, with results publishing shortly after.

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

Read more Eurovision 2021 rehearsal news here

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CyxCy
CyxCy
5 months ago

2021 and some countries still think that a song boils down to girls in see-through bodysuits showing off their breasts and thighs. And that no one tells me that’s their way of claiming their femininity. Strangely enough, no delegation ask to their male singers to come and sing in their underwear to claim their manhood.

Luk
Luk
5 months ago

Poland and Austria the Best

Mr X
Mr X
5 months ago

I´m not a huge fan of Greece, so I voted for Austria and Iceland.

Ulla Rajala
Ulla Rajala
5 months ago

I think Estonia did well, although nobody’s favourite, but then it was Iceland and San Marino. Greece’s clothes made me negative.

Kirby
Kirby
5 months ago

It’s funny peculiar (as other wiwifans said) how the 1980s are a trend in the edition that opens the decade of the 2020s. Back in the day, in the early 1980s there was a trend that mirrored the 1920s (low waistline in dresses, very long necklaces… you can even see it in Jam Lemming’s headband in Harrogate 1982!) It’s the circle of life…

AMAAN STORM
AMAAN STORM
5 months ago

I dont care if Estonia didn’t meet anyone’s expectations. Uku can destroy my hymen any day.

And I dont even have a hymen….bobs or vagne. LOL

Romania Eurovision 2021
Romania Eurovision 2021
5 months ago

Actually I like San Marino and Moldova, I can’t waait just one week

Lotus flower
5 months ago

I feel some kind of moved seeing Da?i og gagnamagni? finally has their stage in eurovision after last year cancelation

Héctor
Héctor
5 months ago

I agree with some of you here. This is the year of neon ligths (following the neo 80s trend) and divas accompanied by four dance. This way, I think they will overshadow each other and only the best will stand out. That is also good for those who bring a different performance.

I must say, though, almost every performance look sleek, cool and modern. Great year in terms of staging.

Jo.
Jo.
5 months ago

I think Serbia has the best staging, judging from the snippets. Most of them look fine, but San Marino got it all wrong, and Poland is just there.

Daniel Garza
Daniel Garza
5 months ago

I wasnt overwhelmed by any of them, but they werent bad. I think the best and my favs were San Marino and Moldova. Greece would be here too but she didnt give that much energy in my opinion

Last edited 5 months ago by Daniel Garza
Han
Han
5 months ago

My ranking

Iceland – really goofy, looking forward to it

Greece – really intriguing

San Marino – looks really cool, the rapper wasn’t great though

Serbia – excellent chemistry

Austria – a real stripped back performance, it will help him stand out a bit

Poland- looks like a really interesting stage show

Estonia – looks a little boring

Czech Republic- looks quite messy

Moldova- very disappointing

notyourtoy
notyourtoy
5 months ago

I delayed with my ranking, but because I was at job here it is: 1) Iceland (the song is called “10 Years” and with a performance like that, the song will not be forgotten 10 Years after the final performance. Everything was EPIC!! Nice vocals, nice presentation, everything was GREAT! ) 2) Greece (Stefania gets a 1000/10 for her vocals. SHE is the one who made every aspect of the song look great! She was sexy and cute with that dress, she had a nice choreography, everything was wow from her. There are still technical issues that have to be… Read more »

Kas
Kas
5 months ago
Reply to  notyourtoy

Completely agree with some and completely disagree with others.
Stefanias vocals were on point in general…but she needs improvement.
Chez vocals weren’t on point and Benny was empty from energy.
San Marinos vocals weren’t the worst or from the worst of the day. Actually, was a honest try.

We haven’t see yet….almost nothing from the countries, except Lithuania and Iceland.
All the others hide things.
Both semis are widely open…although our estimations of the moment.

Shane Germaney
Shane Germaney
5 months ago

Not Greece first again!! Surprised they didn’t try and vote for her yesterday too!

London Boy
London Boy
5 months ago
Reply to  Shane Germaney

Learn how to write Germany first dear..

Shane
Shane
5 months ago
Reply to  London Boy

You trolling again? It’s my surname and it’s spelt correctly.

Shane
Shane
5 months ago
Reply to  Shane

dear

Milla
Milla
5 months ago

I actually start to think that the entries that are darker and less colourful stand out. So many acts include messy kind of dancing and neon that my eyes hurt. No wonder France is on top of the odds, even if it’s not a favourite of mine.. Italy will probobly stand out. Even Sweden stand out as something much more.. calm.. haha.

Agent 007
Agent 007
5 months ago
Reply to  Milla

I liked Belgium and I am sure I will like France and Switzerland. Eurovision is a song contest after all, not circus.

Shannon
Shannon
5 months ago
Reply to  Milla

It’s good you Swedes know how to compare two early favourites and somehow include yourself in the mix.

Milla
Milla
5 months ago
Reply to  Shannon

Isn’t it amazing how non -swedes just know how to bring some nice sarcasm as soon as Sweden is mentioned and also doesn’t get what’s between the lines at the same time? Perhaps you didn’t read the “haha” in the end? Just give me a break from your stupidity!

Shannon
Shannon
5 months ago
Reply to  Milla

So the “haha” meant that Sweden is a laughable act? Huh.

OberonYronwood
OberonYronwood
5 months ago

First of all, I wanna congratulate all the producers , volunteers, artists and workers at Eurovision, 3 days and NO incidents! It really shows the effort and work ethic of the hundreds of people, thank you guys! And now, let’s talk about the acts, and wow, semifinal 1 may be a bloody bath but this one is really strong too! I honestly don’t know who will go through and that keeps it very exciting SAN MARINO: iconic, Senhit is campy, extravagant, charismatic and engaging, she has the whole package to give San Marino it’s highest score ever. ESTONIA: glad they… Read more »

Kas
Kas
5 months ago
Reply to  OberonYronwood

I’m hearing a lot of good words for the whole organization from many sources….altough the frozen mood (covid).

Teddy
Teddy
5 months ago

This has been arguably the best rehearsal group so far but I find it easier to rate. 1- Iceland was so charming and I’ve fallen in love with Daði once again. They’ve amped it up enough to be captivating but also intimate. Maybe Iceland could still win?? 2- Austria, while the song still isn’t my favourite, Vincent gave it his all today and I felt the emotion just from the 20 seconds of stage footage, my biggest grower of the whole contest 3- San Marino. Not much here to say, very good vocals from Senhit but hoping Flo Rida turns… Read more »

Last edited 5 months ago by Teddy
Natali
Natali
5 months ago

Voted for Estonia and really surprised to see Poland on the first place.

Alex
Alex
5 months ago

Iceland, Greece, Serbia my top 3 from rehearsals.

WhiteSox
WhiteSox
5 months ago

I honestly can’t understand the hype for Iceland. It’s musically extremely poor, and visually cheap and… just bad. The good surprises today for me are Austria and Czech Republic.

Dolly
Dolly
5 months ago

Serbia !!! Omg what a mess . Moldova brilliant and San Marino

Sot
Sot
5 months ago

Wha- Where did Rafal even come from!?

He was third-to-last a while ago and then all the Polish grannies rushed in and now he’s winning the poll! What the heck!?

Last edited 5 months ago by Sot
Foby
Foby
5 months ago

Serbia and Greece!

IPA
IPA
5 months ago

I really enjoyed two snippets today: Iceland and Austria! Quality!

Mara
Mara
5 months ago

You didn’t see anything of the Greek performance, you only saw the outfits.

Kas
Kas
5 months ago
Reply to  Mara

Exactly.

Sabrina
Sabrina
5 months ago

I guess the biggest winners today were Iceland (because many people were reminded about how endearing their first impression can be) and Serbia (I believe some people were afraid the staging wouldn’t be as sophisticated as the ones from the other bops, but they proved them wrong). Greece will keep us in the dark until we see their visual effects, but I’m intrigued to watch the whole thing and the aesthetics pleased me. The rest was more or less as expected. The exception was Moldova, because this staging is too “behaved” when compared with their music video and usual level… Read more »

Alex
Alex
5 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

I agree with you on both Serbia and Iceland, plus Greece (we didnt actually see anything).

Ponta
Ponta
5 months ago

many poles here haha? Poland was the worst and the poles know that 1000%

Shane
Shane
5 months ago

The Queen of San Marino

Last edited 5 months ago by Shane
Thanos
Thanos
5 months ago

My thoughts on some of the rehearsals of today: GREECE: Right now it is difficult to judge the staging of my country. The rehearsal clip we were shown does not feature any of the technical elements that are included in the performance. I heard something about invisible dancers which sounds like a great idea, but I will wait till the second rehearsal to form an opinion. I am optimistic though. AUSTRIA: This is a song I am very keen on. And the staging though simplistic was very impactful. I really like the lighting of the whole performance, exchanging between white… Read more »

Una
Una
5 months ago

My top of the first half of semi2: 1. *Iceland*. I love *everything* about Iceland. 2. Czechia: I live for Czechia to qualify and do very well. Just that I like Iceland’s song a bit more. Benny is awesome and the Czech broadcaster keep doing the right things!! 3. San Marino: I *hate* their repeated approach to Eurovision – but I appreciate Senhit’s freaky trip that made last year more bareble. I don’t rate the song nor the staging but I rank them third for the reasons above and because I thought Senhit sounded very good during the rehearsal. Give… Read more »

Somebody
Somebody
5 months ago

On another note, I can’t wait for what Victoria has in store for us tomorrow.

Tom
Tom
5 months ago
Reply to  Somebody

Hopefully epic fail

Giolo
Giolo
5 months ago

Why does everybody think Moldova is a sure qualifier? I mean, the semi is weak ok, but the song, vocals are really bad! I think Austria and Czech Republic have more chances to qualify than Moldova or about the same in the best case.

val
val
5 months ago
Reply to  Giolo

Agree, Moldova might do quite bad with the juries, but might get just enough to get through, so I would also put them in the same tier as Austria and Czech Republic. I think Austria and Czech Republic will do better in jury vote, meanwhile Moldova will get more televote support. Will be interesting to see who gets through.

Giolo
Giolo
5 months ago
Reply to  Giolo

I believe in music, so I can’t help but hoping there’s a big chance Sugar will NQ.

Giolo
Giolo
5 months ago

Austria will surprise everyone. Mark my words 😉

Sabrina
Sabrina
5 months ago
Reply to  Giolo

I don’t like the song, but if the final product is as ellegant as it seems to be, Austria will be to the 2nd semi what Belgium will be to the 1st. The contrast with the surrounding neon lights may help both a lot.

Giolo
Giolo
5 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

I agree with you, although Belgium has a much stronger song and quality wise, probably the best one this year, but the comparison is so on point, as SF1 is much stronger than SF2 and both of them full of glitter, dances and flashy performances. Anyway I read that people who watched Vincent’s full rehearsal on TV were really impressed and we all know vocally, he was the only great one today, so I see him qualify from the terribile Semi Final 2. In the final he may get 0 points from the publich though (even if it won’t have… Read more »

Sabrina
Sabrina
5 months ago
Reply to  Giolo

I can totally see this happening, Austria sneaking in with the help of the juries and getting zero points from the televote in the final. I’m part of the minority of the fandom that would prefer Portugal getting this “pushed by juries” spot, though I can totally see the juries thinking Switzerland and Bulgaria are enough on the serious ballads side and allowing themselves to cast the rest of their votes for fun entries.

Sabrina
Sabrina
5 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

You assumed right, they have ellegant and intimate staging while almost all the others around them are going for a big spectacle. Musically, Belgium was my 12nd during WiwiJury and Austria my 36th. It’s quite a gap.

IPA
IPA
5 months ago
Reply to  Giolo

Pure quality!

baby
baby
5 months ago

My quick thoughts on each of them San marino: i love this song and i think the stage looks great, i hope flo rida comes but if he doesnt im cool Estonia: honestly not bad and song is good but still wont qualify Chezh republic: loooove this and think it will fly into the final, im not worried at all Greece: song is ok and i think it will qualify but dont think the song or staging is anything special Austria: its whatever, not bad but still wont qualify Poland: honestly i still cant remember this song, and i dont… Read more »

Luc
Luc
5 months ago
Reply to  baby

I was going to give my own review, but your review is practically what I had/wanted to say haha

Nick
Nick
5 months ago

Iceland just jumped up on odds to 4th place 🙂
Ukraine keeps rising and now is 9th
France is still first!

Kristian
Kristian
5 months ago
Reply to  Nick

Had it ? Now Iceland is at 5th but right on the heels of Italy !!

Iceland’s huge leap brought all countries
above it back.

Thisisntourlastdance
Thisisntourlastdance
5 months ago

Greece, Iceland and Serbia

Lolek
Lolek
5 months ago

I voted for Serbia. Not one of my favourite songs but the ladies really worked the stage and looked like they were putting on a fun show.

I’ll just mention that on all three of these polls so far, I never voted for the acts that were my ‘favourites’ going into the semi, but rather those that seemed the most impressive to me live. I get the sense that a lot of people are also voting that way, so I am happy we seem to have embraced the purpose of these polls 🙂

Anhel
Anhel
5 months ago

That’s the first time I’m seeing Poland of top of a poll. I personally liked the staging of Austria, Moldova, Greece and Serbia.

kas
kas
5 months ago

We don’t know about Greece…but it seems to have been impressive or different if you want.
We can say Serbia and Iceland for sure.

Leo
Leo
5 months ago

Dear, Polish people.
Pleaseeee stop! This is not best of the day

Una
Una
5 months ago

It could be but I have Czechia as qualifier 100%.

Una
Una
5 months ago
Reply to  Una

Yup, you’re right about the six back to back. Running order 13 through 18. I have to think a bit about my qualifiers from today. I don’t think I will rank them all.

Colin
Colin
5 months ago

Iceland and Greece are pretty safe, I think. 🙂 The situation just got more difficult for Moldova and San Marino. I doubt they knew they’d pitch such a similar staging idea. Now, is the situation better for San Marino, for coming first, or for Moldova, for coming later? Suddenly, I’m not 100% sure they’ll both make it. Out of sexy diva bangers, Serbia has the upper hand. They have the most distinct staging. Now, I know that I said that the song isn’t my cup of tea and all that, but the trio owned it on stage! They have to… Read more »

Rob
Rob
5 months ago

Wow the 2nd semi is so weaker than the 1st.. many countries that will not go through from the 1st sf could qualify easily if they would be in the 2nd sf..
From what i watched i liked Greece (sounds really promising and its so fresh.. i love it), Iceland (cute-fun show and really catchy) and Serbia (amazing energy).
The biggest disappointment for me is Moldova (i expected something more) and San Marino (that was too much… and the outfits are so bad.. i feel saaad)

Wheatley
Wheatley
5 months ago

This might be a reach, but I think there is a reason Stefania got cut in half during the rehearsal and that it wasn’t a technical issue. Maybe she’ll ride the pegasus after all? Anyways, maybe it’s just me…

I loved Iceland the most today. This song is in my top 3 from the 1st moment and i don’t see it leaving any time soon. As for the competition overall i am so glad we have so many polished entries. It’s gonna be a great 3 day show. I can feel it.

Whisker
Whisker
5 months ago

I don’t really bother with these snippets, all performances will look different in the second rehearsal clips. What I care about at this point is the fashion. Iceland is the best, but that’s about it for me. The San Marino dancers outfits look heavy, and the choreo looks off because of that. Also, the face-wear. I can’t. It looks claustrofobic-y, and with the global situation, that’s too much.

Paul
Paul
5 months ago

I wonder how many poles have voted for Poland???

AngryMusztarda
AngryMusztarda
5 months ago
Reply to  Paul

You know that Polish entry is hated in Poland and people don’t like Rafa?.?

Niko
Niko
5 months ago
Reply to  Paul

That can’t be Poles tbh because they hate this chose of artist and song

Whisker
Whisker
5 months ago
Reply to  Paul

No poles whatsoever.

Jamie
Jamie
5 months ago

Poland? This must be a joke.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
5 months ago
Reply to  Jamie

April fools was last month.

canada_piano
canada_piano
5 months ago

this is a very interesting turn of events. poland now has a chance to qualify. as someone who really really likes the song, im so glad the staging is on point

Nati
Nati
5 months ago
Reply to  canada_piano

Same here!

Euro Fan
Euro Fan
5 months ago

I think Poland might qualify as Belarus qualified in 2019 (both were one of the JESC hosts in different years). I’ve expected ice cream dancers for Moldova, but yeah, I believe that Moldova will qualify! Iceland have sent another interesting participants, they’re sure will qualify! I hope Serbia and Greece will qualify as well! San Marino will qualify I believe, alongside Lithuania as both of them are semi-final openers, just like Armenia and Malta opened semi-finals in 2014 and both qualified. Czech Republic was underrated, I believe they will qualify! Estonia and Austria were okay, but sadly, they won’t qualify… Read more »

Last edited 5 months ago by Euro Fan
Kristian
Kristian
5 months ago
Reply to  Euro Fan

You think 6/7 will qualify from this half and only 3/4 from the second half ?

Euro Fan
Euro Fan
5 months ago
Reply to  Kristian

Most of them, I think yes. It’s hard to choose.

Last edited 5 months ago by Euro Fan
Leo
Leo
5 months ago
Reply to  Euro Fan

Not the same

Juts
Juts
5 months ago

Who the hell vote for Poland? Kurski, is it you?