Over the weekend, just after the last round of second rehearsals, we asked y’all to vote for your Eurovision 2021 semi-final one favourites. Now, with just hours to go until the show goes live, we can reveal your top picks in the first semi-final. After counting a total of 17,964 votes for 16 acts, the results are in.
Poll results: Malta’s Destiny is your favourite to win the first semi-final of Eurovision 2021 with “Je Me Casse”
Malta’s Destiny has been a firm favourite with fans for months. And that support remains strong going into tonight’s semi-final. The “Je Me Casse” singer amassed 2,923 votes or 16.27% of all votes cast. The 18-year-old vocal powerhouse has been pitch perfect throughout her time in Rotterdam, nailing all three minutes of her empowering song “Je me casse” — French slang for “I gotta go” or “I’m outta here!” Destiny wears a silver, sparkly number with thigh-high boots and stands centre stage with four dancers flitting around her. The staging features bold blocks of colour — from pinks to yellows — and eventually turns into a gigantic starscape. When Destiny hits the bridge — Ladies, listen to me! — the stars seem to shoot out from everywhere, creating a real moment.
Croatia’s Albina comes in second. The “Tick-Tock” hitmaker attracted 13.3% of the vote, which amounts to an impressive tally of 2,390 votes. Albina’s song is all about letting go of toxic relationships: “Lost in your playzone….now we’re in a warzone!” Our girl banishes the bad vibes by slipping into a futuristic warrior suit that reflects all manner of purples and pastels. She’s the only artist this year to stay entirely off the main stage — she and her four male backing dancers perform on a platform located just in front of it. Eye-catching visuals include beams of light that seem to fire from Albina’s body, and a moment where her dancers propel her toward the ceiling as she sings on her back. What’s better than one Albina? Try five. There’s a gorgeous hologram moment where she duplicates the fashion, the hair, the vibe.
Bronze goes to Cyprus’ Elena Tsagrinou with “El Diablo”. The pop goddess took home 2,297 votes or 12.79% of all votes cast. Elena sings of falling in love with a man as bad as the devil. And with that comes a sensual performance replete with devilishly good choreography performed by Elena (at times on her back, at times bending her back) and four dancers in skin-tight red catsuits. The stage moves between solid black, red and white, always framing Elena and her dancers beautifully. At the end of the song letters spelling out EL DIABLO become apparent and they catch fire — providing extra heat to an already hot performance.
The top five is complete by Ukraine’s Go_A with “Shum” and Lithuania’s The Roop with “Discoteque”.
If the final decision was down to our readers, the remaining five qualifiers would be Russia’s Manizha with “Russian Woman”, Ireland’s Lesley Roy with “Maps”, Romania’s Roxen with “Amnesia”, Israel’s Eden Alene with “Set Me Free” and Belgium’s Hooverphonic with “The Wrong Place”.
Poll results: Who should win Semi-Final 1 of Eurovision 2021?
- Malta: Destiny “Je me cases” 16.27% (2,923 votes)
- Croatia: Albina “Tick-Tock” 13.3% (2,390 votes)
- Cyprus: Elena Tsagrinou “El Diablo” 12.79% (2,297 votes)
- Ukraine: Go_A “Shum” 8.85% (1,589 votes)
- Lithuania: The Roop “Discoteque” 8.31% (1,493 votes)
- Russia: Manizha “Russian Woman” 7.19% (1,292 votes)
- Ireland: Lesley Roy “Maps” 6.63% (1,191 votes)
- Romania: Roxen “Amnesia” 4.1% (736 votes)
- Israel: Eden Alene “Set Me Free” 3.87% (696 votes)
- Belgium: Hooverphonic “The Wrong Place” 3.76% (675 votes)
- Azerbaijan: Efendi “Mata Hari” 3.39% (609 votes)
- Norway: Tix “Fallen Angel” 3.23% (580 votes)
- Australia: Montaigne “Technicolour” 2.88% (518 votes)
- Sweden: Tusse “Voices” 2.84% (511 votes)
- Slovenia: Ana Soklič “Amen” 1.85% (332 votes)
- North Macedonia: Vasil “Here I Stand” 0.73% (132 votes)
Total Votes: 17,964
Do you agree with the results? Is Malta your favourite? Which songs are underrated? Let us know in the comments.