Photo: EBU / Andres Putting

Six automatic qualifiers, six second rehearsals on 15 May. Måneskin went crimson with a costume change, Jendrik brought the energy, Barbara Pravi delivered another enchanting performance, and that’s just half of the acts.

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 second rehearsal out of the automatic qualifiers.

A total of 2,771 votes were cast in our final rehearsal poll of the Eurovision 2021 fortnight. And now we have a result…

Måneskin delivered your favourite second rehearsal on 15 May

The winner of this poll is Måneskin from Italy. The band’s second rehearsal of “Zitti E Buoni” earned 1,097 votes, which is 39.59% of the total.

Måneskin changed their outfits up for this rehearsal, but they still brought their natural charisma to the stage. Add in a plethora of pyrotechnics, and the Italian group rocked the Rotterdam Ahoy arena to its core.

This is what wiwiblogger Padraig said after viewing Måneskin’s second Eurovision rehearsal:

“Måneskin are looking very comfortable with their new status as one of the bookmakers’ favourites to win Eurovision 2021. The pressure definitely isn’t getting to them, and all four looked as chill as ever. They’ve switched up their outfits so that they’re all in the same burgundy colour scheme with what looks to be gold trimmings. Damiano’s costume is particularly eye-catching. It’s much more glam. And while his abs are no longer visible, he still oozes sex appeal. The pyro bombardment at the end remains a wow moment.”

In second place is France’s Barbara Pravi. She came out on top of our automatic qualifier first rehearsal poll, but has to settle for silver this time around. The chanteuse gave another stellar rehearsal and remains one of the favourites to take home the trophy with her sophisticated and moving performance of “Voilà”. Barbara picked up 886 votes (31.97%).

Meanwhile, Jeangu Macrooy has risen up the rankings since our previous poll. The home nation representative finishes third with 226 votes (8.16%). Jeangu’s song “Birth Of A New Age” showcases his Surinamese heritage and the star has brought elements of this to this stage show. He’s joined by two backing vocalists and a dancer before the arena bursts into colour during the final moments of the song.

Spain’s Blas Cantó stays steady at fourth place with 220 votes (7.94%).

Jendrik from Germany climbs one to fifth place after earning 177 votes (6.39%).

The United Kingdom’s James Newman then finishes in sixth position with 165 votes (5.95%). This is somewhat of a fall from grace after James claimed the bronze medal in our first rehearsal poll for the automatic qualifiers.

Poll results: Who had the best second rehearsal on 15 May?

  1. Italy: Måneskin – “Zitti E Buoni” – 39.59%  (1,097 votes)
  2. France: Barbara Pravi – “Voilà” – 31.97%  (886 votes)
  3. The Netherlands: Jeangu Macrooy – “Birth of a New Age” – 8.16%  (226 votes)
  4. Spain: Blas Cantó – “Voy a quedarme” – 7.94%  (220 votes)
  5. Germany: Jendrik – “I Don’t Feel Hate” – 6.39%  (177 votes)
  6. United Kingdom: James Newman – “Embers” – 5.95%  (165 votes)

Total Votes: 2,771

Do you agree that Måneskin had the best second rehearsal amongst these acts? Who do you think will improve ahead of the live shows? Let us know in the comments below!

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Guillaume Pitron
Guillaume Pitron
4 months ago

While I’m rooting for France to win, I’m sure that Italy will win (not because I like this year’s song – song is average and staging is very predictable), but I know Italy does well every year and it is top in odds now so, I think I’m going to bet money on Italy. So if either France or Italy wins I’m going to be happy anyway. Either my favourite wins or else I win money 🙂

Chessguy99
4 months ago

Somebody from the press room posted a 2 minute clip of Italy. It’s going to be the last song Saturday. I can’t see anybody going after that. The amount of pyro and the way they used the LED wall, it looked like you’re at a high ticket world tour type concert experience. Best Italy staging ever and best staging of a rock song l ever seen at ESC. Sure top three televote.

Mr X
Mr X
4 months ago

After the rehearsals

France 10/10
Netherlands 9,5/10
Italy 9/10
Germany 6/10
Spain 4/10
United Kingdom 3,5/10

Emily
Emily
4 months ago

I have a feeling you might become sorely disappointed, haha! I just have an inkling that people may give votes to Germany just because it’s so zany and what a lot of people (that just go into the grand final blind) think of as stereotypically Eurovision. I think out of the Big 5, Spain’s going to do the worst, though hopefully not last place on the night.

Us in the UK, on the other hand…. arrrrrgh, best not to talk about that.

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Una
Una
4 months ago
Reply to  Emily

Let Saturday night/early Sunday come after the results are known. Can we predict what the discussions will be on the UK entry?

  • left side of the scoreboard
  • right side of the scoreboard
  • bottom 10

I don’t dare go any lower than that.

Liam Lindsay
Liam Lindsay
4 months ago
Reply to  Una

I’ll predict 17th place for the UK as there worse songs that are in the semis that will qualify and place lower than the UK. For some reason I think that the Jurors will give this some respect. I don’t forsee a zero from the Jurors for the UK

Una
Una
4 months ago
Reply to  Liam Lindsay

I am so happy to read this, Liam Lindsay!! I am hoping for 12 points as well, not just some points from the juries. I want to see James’ joy when the results are announced 🙂 12 points go to the UK!!
(Nevermind the staging which I think should be a lot better but we’ll see!!)

Teddie
4 months ago

I mean, Germany sent a joke entry with no ambition. No one really cares where it lands eventually. And this is precisely the problem whereas previous joke entries tried to provoke the crowd and somewhat satirize upon the ESC stereotypes. “I don’t feel hate” is just a toothless TikTok tune that doesn’t know its goal. Well, personally I guess I don’t dislike it per se, however, this atrocious “startup commercial” ukulele needs to burn in hell. Jendrik seems like a nice person though

Mark
Mark
4 months ago

How much points do you think Italy and France will get from jury/televote?
I think it will be something like:
Italy: 300 televote/ 150 jury
France: 200 televote/ 300 jury

Giolo
Giolo
4 months ago
Reply to  Mark

I think the televoting winner will get around 300 points, like every year. Even KEiiNO who had a low televote score for a winner got 291 points. On the other hand it will be difficult to get about 300 points with juries, I think it only happened with Dami, Måns and Alexander if I am not mistaken

Alex
Alex
4 months ago

Don’t be surprised if, in the following days, Blas Cantó talks about his terrible experience with RTVE. There are a lot of names talking right now (for example, Soraya, Barei, Ruth Lorenzo) and the things they say are insane. Some of them talk about the Head of Delegation ignoring them completely, and when they go to Eurovision, they just find the staging they did in the national final (sounds like Blas this year).

Alex
Alex
4 months ago
Reply to  Alex

You like gossip? Then please enjoy, cause this is a mess: Barei confirmed that she had to threaten the Head of Delegation with not singing in the contest. Basically, the Head of Delegation was rejecting all the ideas she and her team had (all of them, literally, even if they were free). What you could see in the contest was just a desperate move cause RTVE was self boycotting the entry. The “threatening the Head of Delegation” thing is not new. Rumors say Pastora Soler did the same. Not confirmed, but considering the Barei drama, I wouldn’t be surprised if… Read more »

Una
Una
4 months ago
Reply to  Alex

I am not talking about artists’ opinions.
HOWEVER:
it’s either that someone must be gaining something from the participation.Or they just like talking and complaining.

Other big countries withdrew at some point – like Turkey and Italy.

You can’t just “self-boycott” for years on end and keep participating and paying all that *money* and complaining.

Alex
Alex
4 months ago
Reply to  Una

I understand your doubts cause, under normal circumstances, this is weird… but it’s RTVE. Let me try to explain it: What are they gaining? Answer: Audience. Eurovision is one of the most viewed things every year in Spain. Even in the worst years, it has more than a 20% (TVE1 has between 8 and 10% every month, Eurovision is one of their biggest hits). Why don’t they leave if they want to stop? Answer: how can you leave if the show works? Audiences are massive and the show is cheap, they can’t leave easily. “All that money” That’s not correct.… Read more »

Una
Una
4 months ago
Reply to  Alex

Good to know!!

Re: “talking and complaining” – I was referring to the broadcaster, not the artists. I feel for every single artist that feels they are not supported enough. And for their broken dreams.

I just find odd the idea of participating and then complaining. I remember an article here where they said they didn’t know what they were doing wrong in the big contest while getting good results in jesc. For years on end. Es terrible.

Alex
Alex
4 months ago
Reply to  Alex

And let me say one final thing: I’m not saying that, without the internal boycott, they would be top 10. Hell no, some of those entries were genuinely bad. But that doesn’t justify what RTVE is doing. I think nobody understands why all those artists continue saying yes to this mess.

Iván el Conquistador
Iván el Conquistador
4 months ago
Reply to  Alex

The one you must blame is Toñi Prieto, director of entertainment in RTVE.

Iván el Conquistador
Iván el Conquistador
4 months ago

Voila can be seen as another Amar pelos dois, Je me casse can be seen as another Toy and Tout l’Univers can be seen as another Arcade. I think this is why Italy is on top in the odds, there isn’t a recent winner Zitti e buoni can be compared to (before you say Hard Rock Hallelujah, that was 15 years ago).

Euro Fan
Euro Fan
4 months ago

Imagining to send a DM to Måneskin for congratulating if they wins Eurovision, and befriending with them, as I’ve been to Italy 4 years ago, and I’ve realized that the band members are at my age, lol 😀

Sot
Sot
4 months ago

Not sure about the ‘Amar Pelos Dois’-‘Voila’ comparison but I get your point

Iván el Conquistador
Iván el Conquistador
4 months ago
Reply to  Sot

Ballads which are not sung in English and the staging of both might be seen as too similar.

Charli Cheer Up
Charli Cheer Up
4 months ago

Or maybe they are high because Italians are the ones placing the bets themselves? They did win San Remo afterall and are now big names in their home country. Same can be said for Barbara and Destiny getting support from the local French and Maltese people.

Cbl
Cbl
4 months ago

When Italy, France and Malta will be in top 5 please don’t cry too much

Charli Cheer Up
Charli Cheer Up
4 months ago
Reply to  Cbl

I won’t be crying because Malta and France are my favs they in my Top 10. Just stating why I think Italy is in top of betting odds right now. Peace 🙂

T.J.
T.J.
4 months ago

voilà is galaxies better than amar pelos dois – musically, lyrically and in terms of stahe presence. completely different songs, feeling and message.

Una
Una
4 months ago

I think Germany can grab some points for the mere cartoons factor. However, the UK’s staging could have been more elevated. Spain will do better, I think.

Datme
Datme
4 months ago

Wow, the results of this poll completely mirror my initial top for these songs.

Darren
4 months ago

OFF TOPIC: Interesting article in Irish media today from Marty Whelan, Ireland’s ESC Commentator. – He won’t be present in Rotterdam, he’ll be commentating from RTÉ studios in Donnybrook. – Lisbon 2018 was his favorite contest, apparently the hosts and team where on top of their game that year, it was very efficient and smooth. – Baku 2012 was his least favorite, as they weren’t allowed to leave their hotels and explore the city. Basically, the organisers insisted that everyone be transported everywhere by car Just thought I’d share that, as I found it quite interesting anyway, and Marty Whelan… Read more »

Euro Fan
Euro Fan
4 months ago
Reply to  Darren

Can’t say that 2018 was one of my favorite years, but was a good year for me, despite the team did a good job but the hosts are tragic (except Filomena), the stage was generic for me with an exception for bridges, mediocre results, the contest wasn’t exactly that smooth for me that year, so I kinda disagree with Marty Whelan.

Darren
4 months ago
Reply to  Euro Fan

I think he meant from an organisation point of view, like the background team etc.
But I dunno. Watching at home though I have to say I really enjoyed Lisbon 2018, and having visited the city myself a few years beforehand I fell in love with it wayy before Eurovision so I don’t know lol

Euro Fan
Euro Fan
4 months ago
Reply to  Darren

I enjoyed Lisbon 2018, but not too much. I’m actually not very happy for the results as too many good songs not qualified in semi-finals and some mediocre and generic songs were qualified, as I said that I find that music cut from Slovenia was ridiculous and I didn’t like that song much. I find UK’s song okay but I feel bad for Surie for stage invading, and I find Austria’s song overrated, tbh. And also, I am heartbroken that Örs, lead singer of AWS has died this year, Hungary should have finished top 15 :/ I find the 2018… Read more »

Whisker
Whisker
4 months ago
Reply to  Darren

That’s interesting! Why wouldn’t the Azeris allow the delegations walk around the place? Is Baku unsafe and un-beautiful?

Euro Fan
Euro Fan
4 months ago
Reply to  Whisker

I think that Baku is a beautiful and cultural place, a lot of the songs in 2012 was so good! 🙁

Darren
4 months ago
Reply to  Whisker

I haven’t a clue, I think maybe they were afraid of protests from locals who where evicted from the area to build the Crystal Hall or if Armenia decided they would participate, that there’d be a security issue or something (in the end Armenia withdrew).
I would have thought Baku was a safe city

Euro Fan
Euro Fan
4 months ago
Reply to  Darren

I have the same opinion with Eurovision’s social media! My top 10 for last decade: 1. 2019 (deserved #thebestofthedecade award with too many great moments and songs, watching the 2019 contest made me to miss these good ol’ no covid days) 2. 2014 (stage was amazing, iconic winner) 3. 2015 (I’ve been to the host city and I also think that there were too many good songs) 4. 2012 (Too many great songs, strong winner but poor production) 5. 2010 (Amazing interval act and a lot of great songs but weak stage) 6. 2016 (Unpopular opinion, despite having amazing hosts,… Read more »

Whisker
Whisker
4 months ago
Reply to  Darren

That could be it!

Una
Una
4 months ago
Reply to  Darren

I have a very strange feeling – this situation reminds me of the country known as “North-K”. Where foreigners are infamously accompanied at all times.

I am not saying A=”North K” though. Just to make it very clear.

Sot
Sot
4 months ago
Reply to  Darren

My top10 of the years of the last decade, considering songs, production etc is this: 2016 (the strongest year even in the history of the contest, amazing production) 2018 (risky plans, like the 4 female hosts and no led screen, so vintage!) 2014 (it’s amazing how little it took them to build the arena, it was crazy!) 2009 (really strong year actually and the stage was one of the best ones EVER) 2019 (the stage was great, also the acts were powerful but poor production) 2015 (Austria did a good job, I guess… another strong year) 2012 (that year made… Read more »

Euro Fan
Euro Fan
3 months ago
Reply to  Sot

2016 and 2018 aren’t the strongest years for me :/

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Euro Fan
Euro Fan
3 months ago
Reply to  Euro Fan

Maybe for the songs? I missed something, that 2016’s winner is not one of my favorites and there’s a song which is my all-time worst song ever, Sing it Away. 2018 have strange voting songs, there were some mediocre songs that qualified for the finals and finished higher.

And Sot, maybe you said 2019’s production was poor for being too far for the performer in the camerawork? Anyway, I can say it’s a strong year and 2019 had a much better winner than 2016’s, 2017’s and 2018’s

THOUKIS THOUKI
THOUKIS THOUKI
4 months ago

Im not Italian but if Italy does not win again (after loosing with Grande amore or Soldi im a gonna be veeeery pissed! No really their song is by far the best (and those lyrics brilliant)

Sot
Sot
4 months ago

I guess the UK returns to its initian good ol’ plan for the most last places in the new millenium

Alex
Alex
4 months ago
Reply to  Sot

They get what they deserve with those kind of songs.

Darren
4 months ago
Reply to  Alex

Their song is good this year, it’s the staging that lets them down here:

Alex
Alex
4 months ago
Reply to  Darren

yes , let’s blame the staging lol

Darren
4 months ago
Reply to  Alex

Yes, let’s.

Euro Fan
Euro Fan
4 months ago

I’ve just realized that the half of the Måneskin members are born in the same year with me (2000), imagining how I befriend with them if I go to Italy once again 😀

Alex
Alex
4 months ago

Imagine having a song named “Embers” and not using pyro on stage.

Whisker
Whisker
4 months ago
Reply to  Alex

I can! It would be as tacky as the trumpets in my unhumble opinion.

Jamie
Jamie
4 months ago
Reply to  Alex

My opinion: pyro is tacky and outdated. Not a single performance should use it.

Trocatroc
Trocatroc
4 months ago
Reply to  Alex

BBC and BMG really thought that they would be rewarded for those trumpets. I just cannot fathom. I feel bad for James. The song isn’t bad, but the overall presentation is.