Nine acts competing in semi-final two of Eurovision 2021 took to the stage for their first rehearsal on 10 May. Senhit took us to church, Stefania delivered the magic tricks, Daði og Gagnamagnið went full on intergalactic disco, 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.
This ended up being our closest rehearsal poll so far, with the top three all within 2% of each other. But in the end, after 6,286 votes were cast, we have a result…
Stefania delivered your favourite first rehearsal on 10 May
Just squeezing into pole position is Stefania from Greece with “Last Dance”. She received 1,261 votes, which is 20.06% of the total.
Rumours were flying all over the place ahead of rehearsals of what the Greek delegation were planning. And now we know – a purple dream with partially invisible backing dancers. Wiwiblogger Padraig had the following thoughts upon seeing Stefania’s rehearsal for the first time:
“Purple! Lots and lots of purple! Stefania’s stage show is flooded with all shades — mauve, violet, splashes of pink. And the singer herself wears a gorgeous catsuit, long gloves and boots that are also purple. The staging is odd. It relies heavily on green screen, which sees the dancers turn invisible. Although we can still see their outfits. At one point, Stefania does like Sergey Lazarev and climbs a set of invisible stairs… albeit in a much more leisurely and less dramatic fashion. Paradoxically, the whole thing comes across as both innovative and dated. Stefania herself delivered a fine performance, even if there were a few discombobulating glitches that saw her midriff completely vanish.”
Only a few votes behind are Iceland’s Daði og Gagnamagnið. The group brought their geek-chic aesthetic to the stage, delivering a performance of “10 Years” that was full of charm and personality. This helped them win over many of our readers and they earned 1,197 votes (19.04%).
Rounding out the podium finishers are Serbia’s Hurricane. Many fans went “Loco Loco” over their rehearsal, and the trio subsequently picked up 1,187 votes (18.88%). Sanja, Ivana and Ksenija made full use of the stage in the Rotterdam Ahoy arena and even through in a wind machine to match their name.
One other act also managed to score over 1,000 votes. Poland’s Rafał revved things up in his rehearsal and plenty of our readers have decided to join him on “The Ride”. He finished in fourth place.
Things then tail off in terms of votes from here on out. Senhit, who represents San Marino, finished in fifth place.
Sixth position in the poll goes to Moldova’s Natalia Gordienko, with Austria’s Vincent Bueno following in seventh.
Benny Cristo from the Czech Republic is eighth, and Estonia’s Uku Suviste is ninth.
Poll results: Who had the best first rehearsal on May 10?
- Greece: Stefania – “Last Dance” – 20.06% (1,261 votes)
- Iceland: Daði og Gagnamagnið – “10 Years” – 19.04% (1,197 votes)
- Serbia: Hurricane – “Loco Loco” – 18.88% (1,187 votes)
- Poland: Rafal – “The Ride” – 16.23% (1,020 votes)
- San Marino: Senhit – “Adrenalina” – 11.07% (696 votes)
- Moldova: Natalia Gordienko – “Sugar” – 4.47% (281 votes)
- Austria: Vincent Bueno – “Amen” – 4.04% (254 votes)
- Czech Republic: Benny Cristo – “Omaga” – 3.74% (235 votes)
- Estonia: Uku Suviste – “The Lucky One” – 2.47% (155 votes)
Total Votes: 6,286
Do you agree that Stefania 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!