Photo: Corinne Cumming / EBU

First rehearsals for Eurovision 2024 have officially kicked off. On Saturday 27 April, seven countries from semi-final 1 took to the Malmö stage for the very first time, providing us with a glimpse of the stage shows they’ve been preparing over the past few months.

Poland’s LUNA climbed her tower, Ireland’s Bambie Thug put a hex on their partner … and that was just two of today’s acts.

But which of the seven rehearsals impressed you the most?

You can watch our reviews in the YouTube playlist below, as well as inspect the rehearsal footage for yourself. Then scroll down to vote in our poll and share your opinions.

Eurovision 2024 first rehearsals: Saturday 27 April

  • Cyprus: Silia Kapsis – “Liar”
  • Serbia: Teya Dora – “Ramonda”
  • Lithuania: Silvester Belt – “Luktelk”
  • Ireland: Bambie Thug – “Doomsday Blue”
  • Ukraine: alyona alyona & Jerry Heil – “Teresa & Maria”
  • Poland: LUNA – “The Tower”
  • Croatia: Baby Lasagna – “Rim Tim Tagi Dim”

Poll: Who had the best first rehearsal at Eurovision 2024 on Saturday (27 April)

You can vote for as many of the acts as you would like. But you’ll only be able to vote once — so choose wisely!

Who did you vote for? Who was your biggest grower of the day? Let us know in the comments below.

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Riks
Riks
1 month ago

Can’t believe why Croatia’s representative has been so hostile towards other contestants, so rude.

ANDREW BROWN
ANDREW BROWN
1 month ago

Croatia isn’t winning, that stage show is barely interesting and song sucks.

Alen
Alen
1 month ago
Reply to  ANDREW BROWN

Bake yourself some lasagna for May 11th

Vjera Brdar
Vjera Brdar
1 month ago

The Baby Lasanga pix on the HRT site look spectacular.
Please, just get rid of the greased hair. We don’t want you looking too ptetty like one of them city boys, Marko.

yaremturkiye
yaremturkiye
1 month ago

Obviously we can only judge so much based on a few photos, but regarding those, my favourite from yesterday was Ukraine.

alfie23
alfie23
1 month ago

I don’t get this. Who had the best rehearsal, even though no one (outside the arena) could see it?

Kiwicelt
Kiwicelt
1 month ago
Reply to  alfie23

You need tik tok

Sandra
Sandra
1 month ago

About the styling.., I prefer the leather Dora outfits for Croatia, the new ones are not cool or sexy at all, Baby Lasagna is wearing a pyjama pants and the girl has a diaper over her leggings, not cool or sexy at all. unfortunately they tried too hard to mix tradition with modern fashion,

eurovisionfun
eurovisionfun
1 month ago

Cyprus will come Top 5 in this Semi and Top 12 overall

Voice_Of_Reason
Voice_Of_Reason
1 month ago
Reply to  eurovisionfun

Why so much hatred for this comment?Honestly people. grow up. Every country is here to do its best and every country deserves respect

Nadiia
Nadiia
1 month ago

I bit dispappointed by my Teresa & Maria.
It looks less good than I wished for.
It will be good from upstairs with the Cross.

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
1 month ago
Reply to  Nadiia

i like how brighter it looks compared to the NF staging

also better outfits than at the NF

snowflake
snowflake
1 month ago

poland got the vox populi staging lol

stommie
stommie
1 month ago

The idea behind the closed for the press rehearsals was to give the artists and delegations a lot less to worry about. But here we are with an article where we can vote for who had the best rehearsal. Rehearsals we haven’t even seen, apart from some photos and clips.

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
1 month ago
Reply to  stommie

we can base our votes in this poll on which staging looks best on those photos, those little clip

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
1 month ago

Croatia, am obsessed with Baby Lasagna honestly, also his outfit now: perfect resemblance to the Sissi era, looks kinda like a modern day Prince Franz! also very vegas show act, very cheesy which i like

same Poland, also very cheesy i think, she promised us a fairytale so i am intrigued

idk
idk
1 month ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

it takes way more effort for you to troll than for people to be annoyed

Martin
Martin
1 month ago

Ukraine’s staging was good but the song is just boring and mediocre :/
Croatia’s staging also looks good with traditional elements

baxter m
baxter m
1 month ago

wait also ireland

baxter m
baxter m
1 month ago

Most of the performances just seem to lack soul at this point. It seems like Serbia’s, Ukraine’s, and Lithuania’s were the only ones that were kind of overblown. Let’s wait for the other songs to see if they have better staging, because we could be in for a surprise.

Joanne
Joanne
1 month ago

I’m so proud to be Irish. We have had a hard run of it since 2018. Brooke should have qualified but this year is our year. We are definitely back

Lulu
Lulu
1 month ago
Reply to  Joanne

For the rest of EU she is just a girl that screams majority of the song, and a big NQ

Ems
Ems
1 month ago
Reply to  Lulu

Screams…? Totally disagree. Its very artistic. She has a good voice and it’s v catchy.. id be amazed if she doesnt qualify for final

Ems
Ems
1 month ago
Reply to  Ems

Apols meant they

MaxESC
MaxESC
1 month ago
Reply to  Lulu

Speak on your own behalf- you are not the voice of the EU. You are entitled to your view but don’t sell it as the view of others.

If you are being respectful, Bambie’s pronouns are they/them.

ANDREW BROWN
ANDREW BROWN
1 month ago

I’m not getting all the hype for Serbia. I think she could be in trouble.

ILikeCoffee
ILikeCoffee
1 month ago
Reply to  ANDREW BROWN

Good thing I feel the same about Olly Alexander.

Julia
Julia
1 month ago
Reply to  ANDREW BROWN

I think so too.

Miko
Miko
1 month ago
Reply to  ANDREW BROWN

I’m not getting all the hype for Ireland, I think her entire act is just cringe and cheap theater… but people have different options and full rights on it

SEIMÍ
SEIMÍ
1 month ago
Reply to  Miko

I suppose you’re going to tell us that Croatia is the height of sophistication next.

Miko
Miko
1 month ago
Reply to  SEIMÍ

If you read my previous comments you can see Croatia is on the bottom of my list. Do not assume, read!

Noel Kirwan
Noel Kirwan
1 month ago
Reply to  Miko

There is no hype for Ireland but a spirited performance from Bambi is different and original

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
1 month ago
Reply to  ANDREW BROWN

Serbia have had more death slots honestly, Luke last year also qualified from a not so popular position #3 and Konstrakta the year before had #3 slot too in semi 2

i think a classy ballad from Teya, beautiful lyrical composition, stunning instrumentals can put Cyprus in quite a lot of trouble, same how Greece will put Malta and Albania in a lot of trouble in semi 2 this year the contrast of something more genuine, authentic to something unoriginal i mean

ANDREW BROWN
ANDREW BROWN
1 month ago

The butterfly on the male dancers body on Bambie Thug is that a nod to the symbol of the motif used by Sweden in 2013 when last held in Malmo do we think?

Jimmy
Jimmy
1 month ago
Reply to  ANDREW BROWN

That’s a nice idea. I thought the reference was these two things:

  • Bambi and the Butterfly (from the Disney film)
  • Bambie Thug’s journey from cacoon to freedom
Gosh
Gosh
1 month ago

Poland is the only surprise here. Besides that everything else looks very good too.

Jimmy
Jimmy
1 month ago

I thought it was a great start to the Day 1 rehearsals.

Bambie looked fabulous. They’re surely going to qualify!

Luna came across really well too, and hopefully will have a better a Polish staging than recent years. She seemed really sweet.

Miko
Miko
1 month ago

Croatia was a stiff hot mess, still my 34th place in total, Ukraine was a nice one, Serbia fabulous, Lithuania is a mid, the rest are not even worth mentioning it…

Gabago
Gabago
1 month ago

For me today

1- Ukraine (the staging, the colors, the outfits, voices…Just wow)
2- Poland (great great staging!)
3- Ireland (the best atmosphere)
4- Serbia (love to see the music video scenography)
5- Croatia (good but nothing different or better)
6- Lithuania (same of Croatia)
7- Cyprus (mh, I’m disappointed)

Eve
Eve
1 month ago

For me it’s Ireland, Croatia and Serbia

PP 77
PP 77
1 month ago

For me best rehearsal Ireland, Serbia
OK rehearsal Ukraine , Lithuania
Disappointed rehearsal Cyprus (looks like JESC version of Greece ESC song from 2005,) , Croatia (ok, but with this staging I don t see Croatia to win), Poland ( to kitschy for my teaste)

Thomas
Thomas
1 month ago
Reply to  PP 77

Croatia’s staging is good actually, what else can be put on the stage to win?

Kor
Kor
1 month ago
Reply to  Thomas

As a minimum, live animals coming from the screen and joining Baby Lasagna… and at the end kitten walking down the stage, turning into a lion and roars llong for a big finale

(I am being sarcastic, just to be clear)

Andrew
Andrew
1 month ago
Reply to  Kor

Some actual cats dancing would have been great tbh

Kor
Kor
1 month ago
Reply to  Andrew

Lol, if they would manage that, we would not have any more discussions about winner…. few are immune to cats and dancing cats, even juries would fall

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
1 month ago
Reply to  Kor

or some pokemon cats like Meowth or Persian but they wouldn’t have the rights for that i think same as Finland with their windows logo

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
1 month ago
Reply to  Kor

or Baby Lasagna dressing up as a cat himself

(sarcasm just to be clear)

your sarcasm is right up my cup of tea, and to be clear i like his song otherwise i wouldn’t listen to it quite a lot of times tbh

Bettie
1 month ago
Reply to  Thomas

Better outfits and something that pops out

Alen
Alen
1 month ago

Croatia had the best and most polished 1st rehearsal.

Bettie
1 month ago
Reply to  Alen

I’m not impressed tbh, I don’t like the outfits and the fire is too cliché I think the song needs a surprise element, the cats are cute but unfortunately the song is not about cats.

Lena
Lena
1 month ago
Reply to  Bettie

The song is absolutely about cats. He is leaving his village and pleading with his cat to meow back.

Art S
Art S
1 month ago

Ukraine is gonna be dark horse.
I believe, the judges will finally be adequate to them and give them fair point (unlike previous years)

Jan
Jan
1 month ago
Reply to  Art S

I think juries put them on a 10th place max

Bettie
1 month ago
Reply to  Art S

They looked lovely on stage

Stevie
Stevie
1 month ago

Ireland gets my vote .

Stevie
Stevie
1 month ago

Ireland ?? for me ??

Chessguy99
1 month ago

For me, Ireland went from being iffy on qualifying to sure qualifier. That could be a real showstopper when televised.In all, these first rehearsals really set the bar high.

Amigo
Amigo
1 month ago
Reply to  Chessguy99

I just remember Franka for Croatia in 2018. Everyone was hyped about her “lifted” performance and then She ended up 17th in the semi. That’s What you Are feeling about Ireland this year. No one will vote for this song. Ireland took a risk bit a weird one and they will End up last or 14th. Mark my words!

Gosh
Gosh
1 month ago
Reply to  Amigo

I hope you’re right.

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
1 month ago
Reply to  Amigo

i think Ireland stands a good chance to qualify this year, something more risky compared to their usual generic pop entries

and there is a audience for this style honestly, any fan of musical theatre will also appreciate what Bambie are bringing to the ESC

Doomsday Blue could be the ”Mama SC” of this year i think

Andrew
Andrew
1 month ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

Ooh I agree with you!

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 month ago

What a lovely Day 1, thank you everyone.
All good for me. Ireland was my personal favourite (because I love theatre), but Ukraine looks impressive; all the others are solid too. Giant chess pieces from Poland and a sexy outfit from Luna are interesting choices.

CatcoolH
CatcoolH
1 month ago

From what I’ve seen Ukraine looks absolutely stunning! But of course it’s kind of hard to judge based off of a few pictures and a low quality video lol

Bettie
1 month ago

I don’t like the way Croatia mixed the traditional outfits with a modern look, I would have loved 100% traditional outfits, now it’s a bit overdone, Besides this it’s a missed opportunity the staging does not tell the story of the song. It’s not about cats but about young people leaving their home town. And the fire ? is a bit of a cliché. Marco is a good performer, but will it be enough?

Jo.
Jo.
1 month ago

based on what… didn’t see a thing lol

Gav
Gav
1 month ago
Reply to  Jo.

Photos and snippets from tiktok

United by Music
United by Music
1 month ago

Ireland, Ukraine and Serbia had the best rehearsal. I see Croatians doing their thing again, hilarious.

Dr. Fergal Sherlock
Dr. Fergal Sherlock
1 month ago

Bambie – they’re pure art! Those images are ready for print, they’re so beautiful; but was super Impressed with the readiness of all acts.. it didn’t seem like a 1st rehearsal. Kudos to the photographer BTW!!!

So, next up: audio, catching those camera angles, and the movement (and its effect on vocals – be careful Poland… A lot to do in 3-mins.. don’t get breathless).

Dr. Fergal Sherlock
Dr. Fergal Sherlock
1 month ago
Angela
Angela
1 month ago

Ukraine was the best. The whle concept was realy interesting and the girls have the music abilities to give us something amazing. That song needs a powerful duo on stage

Second favourite Serbia. Very decent, nice voice and she is ready to qualify

Basti
Basti
1 month ago

Ukraine and Serbia for me. They looked stunning. Croatia is what we expected it to be, so its good but not amazing. Im not a big fan of their visuals on the screen. This needs tight camerawork.

Mark
Mark
1 month ago

Looks like Ukraine combined last winners in their performance Jerry looks a bit similar to Loreen and DeForest, alyona to Jamala(don’t ask me why), the walking shadows on the screen when alyona’s rapping look like shadows from Kalush, and im sure the last stage scene when they are sitting on the flor will be effective like a Jamalas tree, soooo will se how it works, Im exited!!
People say Tanu Muino is a stage director of their performance

Eyal
Eyal
1 month ago
Reply to  Mark

The performance is overdone, wish they could keep it simple like in the NF.

Tino
Tino
1 month ago

With the very few we can see during the first rehearsals, I don’t see the point of making a poll there. Or at least don’t call it “who had the best first rehearsal”, go for “who made the best impression”. It seems more appropriate to me when we can base our opinion only on 5 photos and a very very short video (with terrible sound).
I’d say none of them seems bad for the moment. I’m very excited to see more about Ireland and Ukraine.

Ari
Ari
1 month ago

Lithuania looks ready to go. Ireland and Ukraine look like they’re gonna be impressive. Ukraine always plays the game and knows how to stage, gotta give them that. Croatia looks just like in the NF. I like the cats but again, this really should not win a song contest. Undecided about Poland, could go either way. Cyprus polished, Serbia ok.

Leo M
Leo M
1 month ago

Ireland looks promising, Cyprus underwhelming

Antananarivo
Antananarivo
1 month ago
Reply to  Leo M

Cyprus NQ

Jan
Jan
1 month ago

1. Ukraine
2. Ireland
3. Serbia
4. Lithuania
5. Poland
6. Croatia
7. Cyprus

But no one is bad!!!

Thanos
Thanos
1 month ago

My thoughts for today’s rehearsals (of course it’s too early for anything definite) : CYPRUS: Cyprus is staged exactly as one would expect: 4 backing dancers and LED images that are very alike all sorts of projections we have seen in similar entries in the past. The choreography is also nothing new. Silva dances well and seems to be in control of the performance (impressive for her age) but I am not sure she is a sure qualifier. SERBIA: Serbia kept the music video+national final performance aesthetic and they were correct to do that. The atmospheric, dark and melancholic staging… Read more »

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago

The final is three weeks away. Rehearsals sure start early. That’s a big commitment.

To answer the question, I guess Bambie had the “best” in terms of gaining momentum. Not that I ever doubted that they would shine.

Ari
Ari
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

Two weeks.

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Ari

OMG what was I thinking. I knew it is May 11, which I seriously thought was three weeks away.

Let’s just forget this comment happened…

Jimmy
Jimmy
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

Time really does fly.

Antrasyt
Antrasyt
1 month ago
Reply to  Jimmy

We will died soon 🙁

SEIMÍ
SEIMÍ
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

I hope you’ve not made other plans for two weeks time!

Nadiia
Nadiia
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

Two weeks. And exactly two weeks from now, we all have a hangover.

apollinischesprinzip
apollinischesprinzip
1 month ago
  1. Ukraine
  2. Serbia
  3. Lithuania
  4. Ireland
  5. Cyprus
  6. Croatia
  7. Poland
Milla
Milla
1 month ago

Can’t vote. And obviously people vote for what song they like best. Was Croatia so above everyone else?

Žilvinas
Žilvinas
1 month ago
Reply to  Milla

Yes haha

Jan
Jan
1 month ago
Reply to  Milla

No Croatia is the biggest flop of the year)

United by Music
United by Music
1 month ago
Reply to  Jan

Definitely.

Žilvinas
Žilvinas
1 month ago

Ireland! 😮

Žilvinas
Žilvinas
1 month ago
Reply to  Žilvinas

Honestly, none of them disappointed today

trabzan
trabzan
1 month ago

footages were (like) behind the cameras. it’s impossible to make a decision

Isabella
Isabella
1 month ago

Ukraine and Croatia stood out to me. Top 5 material.

eurovisionfun
eurovisionfun
1 month ago

Cyprus was magnificent!

Morten
Morten
1 month ago
Reply to  eurovisionfun

Not really, vocal was shaky and the stage were kinda not there. How can you say it was magnificent 😀

eurovisionfun
eurovisionfun
1 month ago
Reply to  Morten

Cyprus for the win! Winner Chicken Dinner! 🙂

Antananarivo
Antananarivo
1 month ago
Reply to  Morten

I´m so sick of this kind of perfomances….

AlexC
AlexC
1 month ago
Reply to  Antananarivo

Then Eurovision is not for you

Eve
Eve
1 month ago
Reply to  eurovisionfun

Where?

Voice_Of_Reason
Voice_Of_Reason
1 month ago
Reply to  eurovisionfun

Let them hate Ur comments. There is no original song in this contest. Ukraine keeps sending the same song every few years. Even Croatia and Ireland that I like are by no means original songs. Hateful comments come from people who know nothing about music lol. Otherwise they would respect every culture and every song

Peter Cane
1 month ago

Wow Poland!