Eurovision First rehearsals semi 2 11 May

The fourth and final day of Eurovision 2021 first rehearsals over and done with, it’s time to review the competition.

Today, eight acts took to the Rotterdam Ahoy stage for their first rehearsals. We got our first glimpse at how the acts from Georgia, Albania, Portugal, Bulgaria, Finland, Latvia, Switzerland and Denmark decided to stage their songs.

Tornike had lyrics projected upon him, Victoria showed us the sands of time and Gjon’s Tears gave us avant-garde. 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 Four (May 11)

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 11?

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 12, 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

Photos: EBU / THOMAS HANSES

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Mr X
Mr X
1 month ago

My favourites from this semi final according to the reahearsals are Finland, Switzerland and Albania, followed by Iceland and Bulgaria. San Marino was a little bit disappointed.

It´s very difficult but here are my prediction for the qualifers (in alpabetical order)

  • Albania
  • Austria
  • Bulgaria
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • Greece
  • Iceland
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • Switzerland

But it could be Czech Republic and Portugal instead of Austria and Denmark.

The countries without any chances are Estonia, Georgia and Poland.

Lola
Lola
1 month ago

I really wish Russia wins this time round. You cannot imagine the mountain of racism and hatred against Manizha in Russia. Even the Government did an inquiry on her song. She is not a Russian but a beautiful Tajik. Europeans ! lets show Russia a lesson and help Manizha win. This is the only way she will make the voice of many heard on racism in her country!

Kosey
Kosey
1 month ago

Tornike is such a moment, I’m loving it.

IPA
IPA
1 month ago

I openly admit that the stage show is of minor importance to me (a bad or mediocre song is a bad and mediocre song no matter what) – a good song, however, can be complemented by a good staging: Hence five favourites of mine (based on the musical quality): France, Portugal, Belgium, Austria, Italy

Last edited 1 month ago by IPA
PaDim
PaDim
1 month ago

As for now its Bulgaria, Ukraine and Russia for me. I keep a little spot in my top places for Italy, but I’ll have to wait for their rehearsal (i know they’ll just perform but for me this song alone is winning material). I’ll also be ok with Iceland, Switzerland or France taking the trophy, or literally everyone as long it’s not Sweeden, Moldova or all the sweedish and kirkorov’s spin offs (poland malta etcetcetc) and its not some kind of hate against Sweeden as a country or kirkorov in personal, i just can’t handle anymore pop mass produced songs… Read more »

theRexx
theRexx
1 month ago

Eurofans are so rude really, this has to stop!

Dexter Morgan
Dexter Morgan
1 month ago

How can yall vote Portugal over Finland I-

tomtomtom
tomtomtom
1 month ago

I don’t get how everyone is ranking these based on the small clips. I get nothing out of the 20 second clips.

Jimmy Smit
Jimmy Smit
1 month ago
Reply to  tomtomtom

It’s peak Eurovision—even if the rehearsal clips are brief they offer a tantalising few seconds to see the contestants on the main stage.

It’s like the release of press photos for the new Game of Thrones spin-off last week. Four photos might be very very little in comparison to the final production—but they offer a window for fans and journos to get a sense of the aesthetics and the trajectory.

tomtomtom
tomtomtom
1 month ago
Reply to  Jimmy Smit

Sure I agree they give us something. But how can you possibly rank the different countries based on these clips? I have no clue who is better than anyone else except for maybe their outfits.

Jo.
Jo.
1 month ago

so y’all finally woke up on Bulgaria?! The bookies got all wrong this year, I can’t see France winning…

Pancake
Pancake
1 month ago

In this semi, I like Bulgaria, Switzerland and Albania.

But let’s get off-topic for a second….
Can we all agree that this year’s Eurovision is a bloodbath of epic proportions this year?

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
1 month ago

Ngl I want Bulgaria to win this year

Darren
1 month ago
Reply to  Eurovision fan

Same

Darren
1 month ago
Reply to  Darren

Welcome to the party haha good of you to join us Vanilla haha

Doris
Doris
1 month ago
Reply to  Eurovision fan

If it can prevent Malta to win I’ll take it.

Luc
Luc
1 month ago
Reply to  Eurovision fan

At first I preferred Imaginary Friend, but wow! They really pulled of a winning entry with the staging, I’ll be really happy if they win this year.

poe-tay-toe-chips
poe-tay-toe-chips
1 month ago

impressions: Georgia: I wasn’t expecting much so I’m not too surprised that it’s underwhelming Albania: Her music video dress looks a lot nicer and would work much better with her chosen background Portugal: The song’s kind of bland, but I’ll give props to the classy staging. One of the best today Bulgaria: This is the one i’m the most interested in seeing the rest of. She might be a serious contender for the win even Finland: It’s about what I expected. The red finger thing was clever Latvia: I…don’t understand any of the choices made here Switzerland: The staging is… Read more »

Luc
Luc
1 month ago

idk, I’m underwhelmed by Switzerland’s staging, don’t get any winning vibes and it’s kinda overrated

Leo M
Leo M
1 month ago

Winner and biggest grower for me today is Bulgaria
disappointed with Latvia

WannaEatMySpaghetti
WannaEatMySpaghetti
1 month ago

At this point I would qualify:

SF1: Malta, Lithuania, Belgium, Ukraine, Cyprus, Russia, Croatia, Sweden, Israel and Ireland, Azerbaijan or even Slovenia for the last spot.

SF2: Switzerland, Iceland, Bulgaria, Portugal, Greece, San Marino, Finland, Serbia, Moldova and Albania. I could also put Czech Republic or Latvia for the last spot but they didn’t convice me during these first rehearsals.

Fredrik
Fredrik
1 month ago

Not Austria? It was a GREAT rehearsel 🙂

Mr X
Mr X
1 month ago
Reply to  Fredrik

I agree with you !

Darren
1 month ago

Good qualifiers though I definitely think Slovenia ahead of Azerbaijan and Czech Republic ahead of Latvia haha but other than that we have the same qualifiers.

Doris
Doris
1 month ago
Reply to  Darren

Whoever thinks Azerbaijan will not qualify is delusional. Romania will be the “shock” NQ from SF1, no Moldova to save it. Belgium will need a jury top 5 to qualify
And Moldova will also NQ from SF2, no Romania, Russia and Ukraine to save Natalia.
San Marino is also border qualify, will need top 5 televote because it will be likely jury bottom 3. Austria and Denmark will qualify

Darren
1 month ago
Reply to  Doris

Azerbaijan isn’t for me but you’re probably right in that people will vote for it.
I personally find it tacky though

Jofty
Jofty
1 month ago
Reply to  Doris

I am on board with most of this except perhaps the Austria part

Escfan
Escfan
1 month ago
Reply to  Doris

I don’t think it’s necessarily delusional because although Azerbaijan has fans, there’s a lot of up tempo songs particularly in the first semi and I people will like it but it won’t be there favourite so they won’t vote for it. Just a thought.

Fredrik
Fredrik
1 month ago

My Q right now:
Bulgaria
Greece
Switzerland
Iceland
Finland
San Marino
Austria
Albania
Serbia
and Finally
Portugal

notyourtoy
notyourtoy
1 month ago

My ranking on semi 2 after the rehearsals:

1) Switzerland
2) Greece
3) Iceland
4) Bulgaria
5) Serbia
6) Albania
7) San Marino
8) Finland
9) Czech Republic
10) Portugal
11) Latvia
12) Austria
13) Denmark
14) Moldova
15) Estonia
16) Georgia
17) Poland

notyourtoy
notyourtoy
1 month ago

From today’s rehearsals here’s my ranking: 1) Bulgaria (What an innovative performance. I really enjoyed both her vocals and the staging. It seems that Bulgaria wants really hard to win Eurovision after they were so close in 2017, and I think that they could last year.) 2) Albania (This is unpopular opinion but Anxhela SLAYED! This time SJB did the right work. The song needed Anxhela and only Anxhela and here she is.) 3) Switzerland (Thankfully this isn’t Arcade vol 2 staging, but I think that it is kinda too much for Gjon. He just needs to sing with his… Read more »

Kas
Kas
1 month ago

Tbe one and only total winner.

DENMARK

No politica
No financial issues
No political corecteness cancer
No supposed messages
No special effects and fireworks
No depressive…quality
No…tones of detailed critique from supposed specialists
No sasha, basta, masta
No bookies
No EBU mafia system
No stress about corrupted juries and block televoting
No damn…about what world is saying

JUST PURE HEART !!!
WE ARE HERE TO SING BY HEART AND HAVE FUN

This is the esc I loved once…!!!!

Who cares about…the trophy ???
You’ve already won inside.

Thank you guys !!!

notyourtoy
notyourtoy
1 month ago
Reply to  Kas

Delusional

Colin
Colin
1 month ago
Reply to  Kas

You know, it is possible to support Denmark without shading literally everyone else.

Maartijn
Maartijn
1 month ago
Reply to  Kas

I don’t understand why this comment is down voted lol it’s pretty accurate and relatable

Shan
Shan
1 month ago

Finland get’s my vote here

tomtomtom
tomtomtom
1 month ago

Is there a way to watch the rehearsals? Or are people voting based on 20 second clips? I can hardly tell anything from these small clips. I would love to see the full rehearsal online – am I missing something?

Una
Una
1 month ago
Reply to  tomtomtom

No. full rehearsals are not published. Who would watch the show on the night? The press vote on what they see broadcast in the press room. The public can only watch the official esc releases on youtube.

Escfan
Escfan
1 month ago
Reply to  tomtomtom

I’m guessing people are voting on a combination of the 20 second clips, the pictures in eurovision.tv and livestreams where the press centre reacts and give their verdicts :).

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 month ago

I would say Bulgaria was the big winner of the day, because they moved from a closer outsider to a serious contender position. But considering how frontrunners are normally scrutinized, the press poll is very encouraging about Switzerland’s chances, this one probably looks good on camera. Besides them, most will probably agree that Finland, Greece, Iceland and San Marino seem safe, as already predicted before the rehearsals. I believe Serbia is also safe by this point, taking a lot of aspects in consideration (voting pattern, vocals, the way it stands out from the other upbeat songs, etc). And I personally… Read more »

Jana
Jana
1 month ago
Reply to  Sabrina

Completely agree! I’m always looking forward to your reviews as you so often speak my mind. I guess we share a similar music taste. You would make a great wiwiblogger. And so would Colin. Respect to you both.

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 month ago
Reply to  Jana

Thank you for your kindness, Jana. 🙂 Since you mentioned we share a similar music taste, I wonder if Lourdes is still around and just not commenting, because I believe you would agree a lot with her too, it was almost scary how me and she would agree about most entries in 2018 and 2019.

Colin
Colin
1 month ago
Reply to  Jana

Thank you very much, Jana. Such a nice thing to say. Sending you my best wishes. 🙂

Colin
Colin
1 month ago

So far, my objective projection about who’ll qualify is:
SEMI 1 – MALTA, CYPRUS, UKRAINE, SWEDEN, RUSSIA, LITHUANIA
SEMI 2 – SWITZERLAND, BULGARIA, ICELAND, GREECE, FINLAND, most likely SERBIA, SAN MARINO

So, there are probably 4 open spots in semi 1, and 5 (or 3) open spots in semi 2.
I hope to see ROMANIA, CROATIA, and NORWAY making it in semi 1, but I’m not sure.

Now, how is interested in how BIG FIVE + THE HOST will fare tomorrow? 🙂

Jimmy Smit
Jimmy Smit
1 month ago
Reply to  Colin

Certainly looking forward to seeing what Jeangu’s team brings to the stage!

It’ll be interesting to see how much or little France changes from the NF.

Italy.

Colin
Colin
1 month ago
Reply to  Jimmy Smit

My expectations / hopes are: Netherlands – A few musicians / dancers with Jeangu, creating that hopeful and vibrant atmosphere from the video. Germany – Perhaps his video crew joins him too? Or at least the lady in the hand costume? And of course, lots of color, smoke, instruments and random dance moves. I expect it to be jolly! France – More or less the enchanting staging she had in the NF. Italy – Reminiscent of their Sanremo performance, but I’m unsure whether they’ll use onesies or suits or something else entirely. United Kingdom – I am hoping for more… Read more »

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 month ago
Reply to  Jimmy Smit

I hope France doesn’t try anything fancy, because they already have the perfect staging. I also hope that the Netherlands takes their video as an aesthetic inspiration, because it looked beautiful.

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Sabrina

I don’t want France to change, but I also think it can help excitement when people see something they haven’t already seen.

Jimmy Smit
Jimmy Smit
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

I feel that too.

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 month ago
Reply to  Jimmy Smit

It’s tricky. On one hand, bringing something new could renew the enthusiasm for the entry, on the other, what if they change and lose part of their current fanbase (I feel most of them are attracted by the performance more than about the song itself) without gathering support from those who were already rooting against it? Maybe the best case scenario is doing like Lithuania and keeping the performance, but throwing a little new things here and there. I hope at least they mantain the lighting, the frame rate change during the climax and the big “Voilà!” in the end.… Read more »

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Sabrina

Maybe just little changes or the big arena will be enough. I hope so.

Ende
Ende
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

Let’s be honest here… The percentage of people who have already seen all contestants performance out of all finale viewers/voters is very low… so for the majority this would be new

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Ende

I never thought any differently, they are not who I was worried about. More the importance of odds, what commentators say, news stories, rehearsal reactions… we’ve seen how suddenly people are taking Bulgaria more seriously.

Jimmy Smit
Jimmy Smit
1 month ago
Reply to  Sabrina

I agree with you Sabrina on both! Jeangu’s video is a vibrant celebration, I hope its joyfulness and diversity can be translated on stage.

Colin
Colin
1 month ago
Reply to  Colin

Oh, so the reruns of semis are before the automatic qualifiers are on? Okay… And I said, I objectively think that the last 4 spots from semi 1 are still wide open, so Ana might take one of them. It’s all very exciting.

Colin
Colin
1 month ago
Reply to  Colin

Cool, thanks! 🙂

Han
Han
1 month ago
Reply to  Colin

Whilst I would like to see both Russia and Ukraine qualify, I am not sure Russia is a sure thing. It’s on really early, in the true statistical death slot for a semi and I think the juries will tank it. I can see Russia coming 11th. I hope not. I also see a path for Sweden not qualifying, I dont think it will happen but I wouldn’t be surprised. It sounds like Tusse’s vocals are not quite back to normal yet, there are many jury friendly songs in this semi and also many song that are more televote friendly,… Read more »

Teddy
Teddy
1 month ago

This is the closest year ever! I can’t believe how good today has been. 1= Bulgaria, Switzerland These were both SPECIAL. If I had to choose a winner from these two I’d not be able too let alone if you add in the likes of France, Malta, Iceland and Ireland plus certain others. The staging from these two both had my jaw on the floor. Gjon’s “Paul Rey Melfest 2021 meets Sergey 2016” moving set was immaculate and Victoria served arguably the best spinning platform of the semi and the sand!!!! 3= Finland, Latvia Finland left the performance very similar… Read more »

Darren
1 month ago
Reply to  Teddy

Most open Eurovision ever! Like a Eurovision where even Ireland can get a good result is definitely a contest to watch.

I just hope the winner isn’t such an anti-climax to what is probably the closest contest ever!

Jimmy Smit
Jimmy Smit
1 month ago
Reply to  Darren

They weren’t wrong when they said Open Up.

Darren
1 month ago
Reply to  Jimmy Smit

Totally!

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Jimmy Smit

Lucky the lockdown deciders are starting to agree, though.

Jofty
Jofty
1 month ago
Reply to  Darren

Which is good. When I heard the first 5/10 seconds of Arcade I knew it was a winner. To a similar extent Only Teardrops, Fairytale (yuk), Molitva (!) and My Number One.

Darren
1 month ago
Reply to  Darren

It’s been a LONG time coming since we had an unpredictable ESC Vanilla

Darren
1 month ago
Reply to  Darren

I’d prefer it for sure

Luc
Luc
1 month ago
Reply to  Teddy

idk, Switzerland’s staging was quite decent, but I don’t get winner vibes in it and I think it’s a bit overrated

Julie
Julie
1 month ago

Does anybody know if there will be snippets from the second rehearsals as well?

Whisker
Whisker
1 month ago
Reply to  Julie

Yes and yes!

Teddy
Teddy
1 month ago
Reply to  Julie

Yeah there’ll be TV quality camera footage of the 2nd rehearsals for 30secs if it’s like previous years : )

Una
Una
1 month ago
Reply to  Teddy

I can’t wait for the second rehearsals. Who will change what? Who will keep the same??

Teddy
Teddy
1 month ago
Reply to  Una

The camera angles and AR!! Especially Greece! Very exciting

Julie
Julie
1 month ago
Reply to  Teddy

Thank you Teddy and Whisker!

Teddy
Teddy
1 month ago
Reply to  Julie

Any time ^_^

Jimmy Smit
Jimmy Smit
1 month ago

How many u-turns can the human body take in one day? 😉

Last edited 1 month ago by Jimmy Smit
Jimmy Smit
Jimmy Smit
1 month ago
Reply to  Jimmy Smit

I’m sure you took more than two in Berlin last summer.

Una
Una
1 month ago
Reply to  Jimmy Smit

Chuckles.

Darren
1 month ago

Bulgaria (obvs)
Switzerland
San Marino
Finland
Serbia
Greece
Iceland
Czech Republic
Moldova
Albania

Those are who I think will qualify from Semi 2 after rehearsals.

Colin
Colin
1 month ago
Reply to  Darren

I agree. I had my doubts about Albania, Czech Republic, and Moldova. It’s not that I don’t want them to qualify (Czech Republic is in my overall top ten, and Moldova is in my top twenty), but I can see them missing out by a little. In that case, I can see Denmark or Austria filling the spot. Still, I would bet on the ten you listed to go through.

Darren
1 month ago
Reply to  Colin

Denmark could be a shock Q, I don’t know about Austria though, that could go either way.

Jofty
Jofty
1 month ago
Reply to  Darren

Denmark is this year’s Say Na Na Na but significantly better (sorry Una)

Una
Una
1 month ago
Reply to  Jofty

It’s ok.

Atlas
1 month ago
Reply to  Colin

Portugal Bulgaria Suiza

Han
Han
1 month ago
Reply to  Darren

I wouldn’t be certain about Albania, Moldova, Czech republic or Serbia. I think this semi is harder to predict as many countries are bringing their a game.
I dont think Georgia or Estonia will qualify but I wouldn’t be surprised to see any other act qualify.

Darren
1 month ago
Reply to  Han

I think Czech Republic will be grand all the same, Benny is a charismatic performer, probably one of the most instantly recognisable characters in the 2021 class.
While the song may be quite bland, he does manage to inject some oommph into it and give it life. That will translate well on stage

Robert
Robert
1 month ago

If people could stop sleeping on Latvia and Albania that would be great.

Nick
Nick
1 month ago

Folks, overall who got more points from press poll after 4 days?
I can’t find statistics

Kate
Kate
1 month ago
Reply to  Nick

Top 3

Ukraine 81
Switzerland 79
Bulgaria 70

Jimmy Smit
Jimmy Smit
1 month ago

Bulgaria—beautiful to listen to and look at on stage, and the design looks like it may capture the poignancy of the song. All the rest can obviously sing and belt out a tune—it really comes to down the memorability and likability of the staging and songs. Switzerland obviously stands out in this semi on both counts. I think Black Mamba are great in their genre, and the guys seem fun—serious about their work but not about themselves—I see the simple beauty of it, but their vibe on stage in Rotterdam doesn’t give me gig, it gives me band at a… Read more »

Stan
Stan
1 month ago

Definitely VICTORIA (Bulgaria) !

OberonYronwood
OberonYronwood
1 month ago

Wow, I must admit that I underestimated this semifinal (Im not saying it was bad by any means, the level this year is incredibly high but, for some reason, my eyes were more focused on semifinal 1, the bloodbath. And, my goodness, there are so many great stage shows that I cannot, for the life of me, predict who is gonna go through, so exciting! so, lets go with my opinions: GEORGIA: Simple and minimalistic staging, something that wonderfully suits the song, the lyrics on his body is a pretty nice touch. ALBANIA: Wow, this looks very promising, I think… Read more »

Berco
Berco
1 month ago

Here what I think about today’s entries: Georgia – I’ve already forgotten him until now. Very poor chance to qualify, sadly. Albania – She can sing, obviously. But there are so many moments to create a visual pleasure. I am not sure if she can fill the stage and the song, standing alone. But, she will qualify. Portugal – Wrong competition, they will never like and vote this. Sorry for them. Bulgaria – Staging has elevated the song so much. A great contender for the crown. This is what Roxen should have done as well. Finland – Well, they are… Read more »

Last edited 1 month ago by Berco
Aeria
Aeria
1 month ago

Today was MUCH better than I had expected. Aside from Georgia, every country nailed the rehearsal today in my opinion. Some are not perfect, particularly Latvia’s staging could be a bit messy, but I think this semifinal will be much tougher than people give it credit for!

(PS – Me and my mom got tickets for the live show of semifinal 1 :D)

Whisker
Whisker
1 month ago
Reply to  Aeria

Congrats for the tickets and enjoy!

Kristian
Kristian
1 month ago
Reply to  Aeria

Stay safe , wear masks , sanitize and have fun 🙂

Doris
Doris
1 month ago

Switzerland has won the press poll 🙂

Una
Una
1 month ago

My new top of semi2 *following the running order*.

1. San Marino (sure qualifier)
2. Czechia (sure qualifier)
3. Greece (sure qualifier)
4. Iceland (sure qualifier)
5. Finland (sure qualifier)
6. Latvia (borderline qualifier but I see a lot of merit in the song, vocal and performance).
7. Denmark (sure qualifier).

This is it. Seven entries that really appreciate.

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

And three spots for semi 1 countries ?

Una
Una
1 month ago
Reply to  Kristian

I am not sure what you mean, sorry.

Kristian
Kristian
1 month ago
Reply to  Una

As in since you don’t like 10 songs from Semi 2. And 20 songs should be in final , three spots go to semi 1 songs ?

Una
Una
1 month ago
Reply to  Kristian

Oh ok. I have about five solid entries from semi1 that I really, really like after the first rehearsal. And then I have these seven in semi2. Things can change after the second rehearsal.
I have a new “ranking method” so I may not have ten qualifiers per semi. Or maybe I will feel very positive and let go of some of my criticism and rank more countries.

Una
Una
1 month ago
Reply to  Una

I like Victoria – she seems very nice, a pro through and through and a very dedicated artist. I prefer to focus on the positives and will keep this short.
Today has been an amazing day in the Eurovision experience for many people. I cannot wait for tomorrow – so many rehearsals!!

Una
Una
1 month ago
Reply to  Una

Thanks Vanilla 🙂

Jofty
Jofty
1 month ago
Reply to  Una

Agree re Denmark Una but no Albania? I’ll be devastated if she doesn’t make it. I don’t get Czech but perhaps will on the night. I’m thinking Iceland possible winner now. It was on BBC Radio 1 today but still no James Newman. I know there is some “legal” clause or other but seems ridiculous/sad.

Una
Una
1 month ago
Reply to  Jofty

We don’t know what will happen on the nights of the semis so please Jofty, be positive!! Happy to hear your thoughts on Iceland. And happy to know you agree on Denmark – they are so underrated.
Hopefully we’ll get more of the UK in the next days. The most important thing is that James and team do well in the GF. I am hoping they’ll get at least two sets of 12. I want to see his happy face on the night. Eurovision means a lot to him!!

Jofty
Jofty
1 month ago
Reply to  Una

12 from? Maybe Malta pre 2016, but…..

Una
Una
1 month ago
Reply to  Jofty

I don’t know. Thirty-eight countries will vote. I would hope that at least two juries will find the UK worthy of 12 points. If the televote too could give them at least one set of 12, I would be so happy.

Last edited 1 month ago by Una
VEL
VEL
1 month ago

Bulgaria was the most emotional, however Switzerland surprised me with dynamic.

Doris
Doris
1 month ago

Malta is so manipulating everything this year. Odds, Youtube views, press….

Malta 7.4K likes on Youtube video from 2 days ago with 500K views mostly fake
And Switzerland already 6.4K likes in just 2 hours with 9 times less views LOL.

Kristian
Kristian
1 month ago
Reply to  Doris

Cyprus is not manipulating the views . It still has higher views and likes than Malta.

That said , Malta had a lot of hype and it’s getting quite decent dislikes. I think the views here might not be fake.The dislikes also add to views.

Last edited 1 month ago by Kristian
Frisian esc
Frisian esc
1 month ago
Reply to  Doris

That’s because toxic drama queens massively downvote it instead.
500k views is a logical number for the (former) 1st in the odds. What did you expect? That nobody would check out the favorites to win?

Last edited 1 month ago by Frisian esc
Doris
Doris
1 month ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

And explain why when you have something like 40% of negatives reactions you can be still 2nd on the odds ???

Kristian
Kristian
1 month ago
Reply to  Doris

For the same reasons they were 1st in the odds . Lol

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
1 month ago
Reply to  Doris

Well the simplest explanation I can offer you is look at the past: Jamala 1944 and Netta toy were also massively disliked. Dividing songs can still win.

Last edited 1 month ago by Frisian esc
Kristian
Kristian
1 month ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

Yeah , but their dislike ratio was like 15% and not 40%.
I think here the dislikes have been more for the not so widely acceptable color and clothes

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
1 month ago
Reply to  Kristian

Also not really 😉
Jamala’s first rehearsal: 3’3k likes vs 1’7k dislikes
Netta’s first rehearsal: 9’1k likes vs 7’3k dislikes

Kristian
Kristian
1 month ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

Ah , the rehearsal dislikes , that o don’t remember. I can’t confirm or deny that . I meant the music video like/dislike ratio .

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
1 month ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

Yes exactly. Love injected, viszlat nyar etc. When you hate it you despise it and when you like it, you love it and vote for it.

Kristian
Kristian
1 month ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

The total number is not suspicious according to me , but 220k on day 1 and 280k on day 2 is a weird pattern.

Having known that Malta manipulates YouTube views and the ESC youtube channel has to mention “we have subtracted those views” , I guess Doris’ reaction is not blasphemous.

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
1 month ago
Reply to  Kristian

I don’t think it’s that weird considering Malta was the last one to rehearse and get her video uploaded that day 🙂
I don’t know much about malta’s youtube manipulation history but I like to give the benefit of the doubt unless something is really sketchy. Like senhit’s views in comparison to her likes on her freaky trip to Rotterdam video’s haha

Last edited 1 month ago by Frisian esc
Kristian
Kristian
1 month ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

I’ve only noticed them now. Well San marino also bought views in 2018 , see where it led them

Kristian
Kristian
1 month ago
Reply to  Kristian

I’ve read on other websites that they might have been taking that advice .

This is too much coincidence though you know , France on top of odds , a very divided contest and possibly shady business takes away the win. 2011 flashbacks

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

Indeed Azerbaijan and Sw*den have been into shady business with juries

Kristian
Kristian
1 month ago

Wow , Latvia is even below denmark here . I reckon we won’t see Latvia in the final.

Kristian
Kristian
1 month ago

For the second rehearsal , they release 60 second clips from the actual recording screen . However most of the exciting parts are usually not included in this. Like don’t expect to see Greece’s green screen effect .

Kristian
Kristian
1 month ago

My impressions:

What impressed me most: Bulgaria
What intrigued me most: Switzerland

What gave me hope: Portugal , Albania
What gave me no hope: Georgia

What gave me qualifier vibes: Finland , Bulgaria , Switzerland
What didn’t meet my expectations: Latvia

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 month ago
Reply to  Kristian

I agree 100%.

Harm Stirnberg
Harm Stirnberg
1 month ago
Reply to  Kristian

Same thought!

Teddy
Teddy
1 month ago
Reply to  Kristian

Denmark really left no impression huh?

Kristian
Kristian
1 month ago
Reply to  Teddy

I had watched the DMGP on TV live. I think there performance is pretty much the same. Hence , nothing changed for me after their performance. I still think they are on the fence.
So , my perception of Denmark didn’t change that’s why it’s not on my feedback list .
Same for Finland , except I think they are Qualifying with certainty.

Kristian
Kristian
1 month ago

Reaction from Bookies:

Mostly positive: Bulgaria , Portugal
Non-chalant: Georgia , Albania , Denmark
Mixed: Finland, Switzerland
No reaction: Latvia

Sanne
Sanne
1 month ago
Reply to  Kristian

Mixed for Switzerland? I would likely say nothing changed

Kristian
Kristian
1 month ago
Reply to  Sanne

Exactly , there are 4 green movements and 6 red movements. Nothing changed hence in overall percentage

Jofty
Jofty
1 month ago
Reply to  Kristian

I think Malta will start to drop down the table now. Wouldn’t mind having a few quid on her NOT wearing that “outfit” ?

Una
Una
1 month ago

Second half of semi2: My first place is shared by Denmark and Finland: I like Finland’s song more. I like Denmark’s staging and energy more. I have Latvia on second place: I don’t like the aesthetic. I think the “urban” and “clubby” mood from the music video was awesome. I believe they chose this look as it may seem more “sophisticated” and “classy”. It may be, but I don’t think it is suitable for the show. It looks rather evening gown fashion contest. And she looks way too similar to Tamara of North Macedonia 2019. But I think she likes… Read more »

Roelof M
Roelof M
1 month ago

Bulgaria was unmatched today, but she is closely followed by Switzerland and Finland. Portugal was a nice surprise, and I also didn’t mind Latvia or Denmark. Albania was super disapointing, I expected something classy but we got something lacklustre. They might lose their spot to Austria or Portugal (or maybe even Latvia).

Heyey
Heyey
1 month ago

Qualifiers of Semi-Final 2 (my predictions after 1st rehearsals):
Sure qualifiers
• Bulgaria
• Switzerland
• Iceland

Likely qualifiers
• Greece
• Finland
• San Marino

Borderline
• Serbia
• Czech Republic
• Albania
• Moldova

Depends on the mood (but I see as not qualifying)
• Austria
• Denmark
• Portugal
• Latvia

Non-qualifiers
• Georgia
• Estonia
• Poland

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justafan
justafan
1 month ago

From what we’ve seen so far nothing screams WINNER. Malta is definitely not going to win, but has probably secured a place in the top 3. I was glad to see that Switzerland didn’t not just bring a piano, as they feared the Arcade 2.0 effect. Bulgaria gave me some winning staging vibes, but I’m not so sure that this song is the one (Victoria’s vocals were on point!). So I’m thinking that Italy might be in it to win it after all, so long as they up their game (but still I don’t think I could see Måneskin win).… Read more »

Luc
Luc
1 month ago
Reply to  justafan

I don’t see Italy as winners tbh, this is their most overrated entry in years. I say this despite me liking Måneskin myself.

Darren
1 month ago

The Best:
Bulgaria (by miles)
Switzerland in 2nd

The Worst:
Latvia

The As Expected:
Denmark
Georgia

The Improved:
Albania
Portugal

Whisker
Whisker
1 month ago

Denmark is my winner! I also liked Finland and Portugal.

Whisker
Whisker
1 month ago

It’s something like 50 second clips IIRC.

Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
1 month ago

its becoming a trend to downvote anything positive about Switzerland on this website and WOW I am excited to see your salty reactions when he wins

Jimmy Smit
Jimmy Smit
1 month ago
Reply to  Ashton Schier

Win them round, Ashton. Win them round!

chipo clu
chipo clu
1 month ago
Reply to  Ashton Schier

Same with greece.

theRexx
theRexx
1 month ago

Albania was the best alongside Switzerland! Two Albanian eagles ?